Manfred Wakolbinger - Inhale - Exhale


Manfred Wakolbinger

Inhale - Exhale

19.04. - 30.06.2016

MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

The MQ ART BOX is an interior room within an external space, a hollow form, a display window, which simultaneously excludes and includes space. In Manfred Wakolbinger’s installation, a photograph of rising air bubbles divides the room diagonally. The air bubbles rise, drifting upwards from the watery medium that is their origin, towards the atmosphere. Breath – too much of it, too randomly, makes the breathing person stagger; too little of it makes him lose consciousness. When pressure is reduced, something new is created; the form changes.


The sculptures of this installation show moments of floating and of pausing mid-air – fragile moments of equilibrium between what lies above and below. The lines drawn by the sculptures are reminiscent of the bloodstream that keeps an organism alive: Goethe’s Lines of Beauty and Bellmer’s Lines of Crime. They are cryptograms of a double movement: of giving and receiving, of push and recoil. Figures entwined in a dance.