Alfredo Barsuglia is guest artist at studio das weisse haus from October 22, 2014 – February 28, 2015.
“The boundary between appearance and reality, between illusion and reality is a pivotal point of Alfredo Barsuglia’s work, which is why it is not surprising that his ways of working are often that of a film director or storyteller. Barsuglia’s installations are mostly narrative, but not before giving the viewer a linear plot or interpretation. The artist creates fiction based on subtile detail that raise questions for the viewer and offer room for interpretation. Accordingly, the artist’s use of exhibition space is not merely a presentation of individual works but also weaves together complex stories that make each work and item an indispensable part within a larger whole. Through the use of immanent and seemingly incidental detail, cross references are exhibition spaces for crime scenes, insignificant objects of evidence, viewer complicit, voyeurs and sniffer dogs. Through the deliberate confusion of the apparent and the real, the artist sometimes pursues very literal illusionistic space, for example, in his painting. In other cases, he devises entire scenes. Several of his works consist of the creation of fictitious scenes outside of a clearly recognizable artistic context like
his fictitious dental office in Los Angeles (Oderfla Dental Office, 2006) or a beauty amidst the California desert resort (Oderfla Beauty Resort, 2008). In Barsuglia’s fictional worlds, greed, beauty
ideals and morals are questioned.”
Curator, Lenbachhaus Munich
Alfredo Barsuglia born in 1980 in Graz, Austria, currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Alfredo Barsuglia’s works have been shown, among others, in MUMOK (Vienna), MAK Center (Los Angeles, USA), Meštrović Pavilion (Zagreb, Croatia), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing, China), MACRO (Rome, Italy) and in Artplay Design Center (Moscow, Russia). Barsuglia was a MAK-Schindler Artist in Residence in Los Angeles in 2006 as well as a Joshua Tree Highlands (USA) Artist in Residence in 2008. He received the Art Award of the City of Graz in 2007 and the Theodor Körner Art Award of the City of Vienna in 2013. In 2014 he received the Foreign Studio Scholarship of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Culture and Arts for Rome. Between 2009 and 2011 Barsuglia was invited as a guest critic at Pratt Institute (New York).
Alfredo Barsuglia, Una cosa incredibile è successa, Multimedia Installation, 1-Kanal-Video-Projektion, Sound, MACRO Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Testaccio, Rom, 2014
Alfredo Barsuglia, Fast Nichts – Next to nothing, Performance, Viennafair, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Wien, 2014
Alfredo Barsuglia, Schaukel, Acryl auf Papier, Acryl auf Wand, Holz, Erde, Klebebänder, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz, 2014
Alfredo Barsuglia, Land, Installationsansicht, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz, 2014