Peter Sandbichler - Shrine
22.07. - 14.09.2017MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Alongside the large museums, whose contents and communications programmes are often accessible with a ticket, the art installations in the MQ ART BOX almost become accessible en passant.
Peter Sandbichler reacts to this pop-up setting by wrapping almost the entire volume of the interior space in cardboard: The rectangular prism measuring 840 x 334 x 505 cm which is made from 180 folded boxes floats around 70 cm above the ground, creating a form of miniature pendant to the volumes of the surrounding temples of art. By recycling low value packaging material the artist creates spatial sculptures with complex surfaces whose effects emerge from the interplay of light and shadow. The title SHRINE is related to the interface between imagination and truth, the point of orientation of the contemporary Economy of Attention*, in which less and less content is offered with more and more packaging.
Peter Sandbichler (*1964 in Tirol) initially studied painting in New York before gaining his diploma in Bruno Gironcoli’s masterclass at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 1991. He then spent a year with Professor Peter Weibel at the Institute for New Media in Frankfurt. This was followed by periods abroad in Tokyo, Berlin, New York and Sri Lanka. Peter Sandbichler lives and works in Vienna.
Alongside his sculptural work groups Tensegrities and Alte Schachteln Sandbichler is best known for his works in the public realm. Most recently he designed the entire façade of a building at Mariahilferstraße 1 in Vienna. A further concrete relief with the dimensions of 22 x 14 metres adorns a building of the Chamber of Labour at Plösslgasse 1 in the 4th district.