FUNNEL CONTEMPORARY BELGRADE
FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY
Curator Domenico de Chirico
Exhibition: 3 June – 30. August 2022
Dunavska 21, Belgrade, Serbia
NORBERT BRUNNER was born in Hohenems, Vorarlberg Austria.After being raised in Vorarlberg he served a joinery apprenticeship and attended a vocational school for sculpture in Elbigenalp, Tyrol. He studied sculpting on the University of Applied Arts Vienna with professor Wander Bertoni. He also had been influenced by Oswald Oberhuber, Bernhard Leitner, Franz Graf and Isabelle Graw.His works are part of important museum collections like the 21 Haus in Vienna, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Vorarlberger Landesmuseum.
Brunner creates opulent, reflective works that confront viewers with messages of empowerment. His signature pieces are made from a combination of Plexiglas, mirrors, and Swarovski crystals; their surfaces are such that the viewer’s reflection is thrust into the composition, which to Brunner is the final realization of his creative process. Rendered in crystals, his titular phrases, like “anticipate greatness” and “visualize the extraordinary,” are illegible unless the viewer faces his works straight on; he sometimes heightens this sense of confrontation by including a giant pair of eyes in his pieces, as if watching for reaction. For Brunner, the multivalent inclusion of the viewer is an explicit statement on the inherent subjectivity of all art: “Everything seen, perceived, and experienced, all forms of art, culture, and politics are relative and depend only on the beholder’s point of view…
FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY”
Artist statement solo show in Funnel Contemporary gallery Belgrade, 3rd June 2022
In times like these, I want to react as an artist, to be a mirror of my surroundings. It is important to me not to take a politically judgmental position, as it would be impossible for me to do so without being judgmental in a negative sense.
I take the position of “the beauty of being different”. To respect and value the other. To do this, you need courage to take responsibility for your own thoughts and actions again. I miss an education of emotional and social intelligence in our modern school system. The focus in our current system lies in the rational intelligence, which pursues a rating system, and thus promotes any form of “fear”. We are thus developing a society that is constantly afraid of doing the wrong thing and is then supposed to take responsibility for it, which causes uncertainty in the future. We are not trained to recognize our needs and live by them. So can we even recognize our talent to live our individual being? I see this as a huge waste of potential, which is there but not used. The real virus for me is “fear”, which needs to be got under control, because it paralyzes the positive potential of the individual.
Norbert Brunner, März 2022
‘’FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY’’
Galerija, Funnel Contemporary
Kustos, Domenico de Chirico (Italija)
Umetnik, Norbert Brunner (Austrija)
Galerija Funnel Contemporary u saradnji sa Austriskim Kulturnim Forumom priređuje samostalnu izložbu umetnika Norbert Brunner-a u izlagačkom prostoru Galerije Funnel Contemporary na Dorćolu u ulici Dunavska 21 a otvarnje događaja je predviđeno za 03.Jun u 20:00 časova.
Norbert Brunner (rođen 1969., Hohenems, Austrija) je austrijski konceptualni umetnik. Brunnerovi radovi su veoma pažljivo rađeni objekti od materijala kao što su akrilno staklo,klirit, kliritno ogledalo.Pecizno štampane tačke na akrilnom staklu pedantno složene na nekoliko akrilnih površina daju trodiminzijalnu sliku njegovim radovima.Često na njegovim radovima susrećemo poruke koje nas podstiču na razmišljanje.
Rečenice ili čak par reči u kombinaciji sa pažljivo izabranim fotografijama koje umetnik naknadno transformiše u detaljno raspoređene tačke on nastoji da nam na taj način replicira njegov doživljaj datog umetničkog dela.
Često gledajući njegov rad stiče se utisak da umetnik ima nameru da nas podseti na snagu sublimativnih poruka koje vešto sakrivene najstoje da nas osvoje kroz našu znatiželjnu prirodu u otkrivanju dela koje stoji ispred nas. Norbert generira objekte iz “izvora” svakodnevnog života i prenosi perceptivne strukture koje pozivaju gledaoca da učestvuje u stvaranju datog doživljaja na njemu svojstven način.
Norbert Brunner je diplomirao na akademiji primijenjenih umjetnosti u Beču. Trenutno živi i radi na relaciji Beč – Njujork. Njegovi radovi su uvršteni u značajne kolekcije širom sveta kao što su : New Britain Museum of American Art – Connecticut,USA, CT 21c Museum, Louiosville – USA, The Museum of Arts and Design – New York,USA, NY LMU Eye Hospital – Munich, Germany, Artothek Austria 21 Haus, Vienna – Austria , Belvedere 21, Vienna – Austria, MUSA Museum Vienna – Austria… i mnogi druge kolekcije.
Domenico de Chirico is an independent curator from Italy. Born in Bari in 1983, he lives and works in Milan. From 2011 until 2015 he was a professor in “Visual Culture” and “Trend Research” at Milan’s European Institute of Design (IED). He collaborates with a number of international artists, galleries, institutions, art fairs, art prizes, and magazines worldwide. He has been artistic director at DAMA Fair, Turin since 2016.
Sind doch gleich zwei österreichische Künstler derzeit in den an einer Hand abzählbaren Orten für zeitgenössische Kunst in Serbiens Hauptstadt vertreten: Erwin Wurm hat eine Riesenschau im Museum für Gegenwartskunst, seine größte bisher überhaupt, „Die Presse“ wird berichten. Das im Vergleich dazu winzige Gegenprogramm bestreitet Norbert Brunner, der gar nicht so wenige seiner Spiegelarbeiten im neuen Artist-Run-Off-Space „Funnel“ in einem charmanten, fast griechisch wirkenden Hinterhof am Hafen ausstellt.
02.06.2022 um 12:42
After all, two Austrian artists are currently represented in the places for contemporary art in the Serbian capital that can be counted on one hand: Erwin Wurm has a huge show in the Museum of Contemporary Art, his biggest ever, “Die Presse” will report. The comparatively tiny counter-program is denied by Norbert Brunner, who is exhibiting quite a few of his mirror works in the new artist run-off space “Funnel” in a charming, almost Greek-looking backyard at the harbour.