BENI ALTMÜLLER Patterns and Correlations
MASSIMO LUNARDON Think Tank
December 1 to 30, 2022
Gallery Kovacek & Zetter presents a special double feature featuring new paintings by Linz-based artist Beni Altmüller and sculptures by Italian glass virtuoso Massimo Lunardon.
In his paintings, Beni Altmüller strives to reveal the immense complexities of our world, which we alter through our actions. By using color-loops and patterns that blanket the landscapes, he makes the currents of power between nature and living things visible. In addition to the beloved skier pictures, light brown cappuccino bears - hybrids of brown bears and polar bears - represent a new theme, that critically reflect climate change on one hand, but also highlight the strengths of nature's adaptability on the other. The encounter of man and nature culminates in perfect chameleon-like adaptation: zebra stripes in animal-fur, on the garb of small children and on the earth’s surface form an impressive all-over. The artist urges us to change our perspective, to observe the world with fresh eyes.
Man and nature are also the focus of Massimo Lunardon's new series titled "Think Tank". Using an incredibly intricate technique that requires extreme precision and great skill, the Italian artist combines his mouth-blown aliens with motifs from the world of plants and the animal kingdom. The resulting creatures are meant to inspire us and – in the same breath – challenge us to reflect on the preservation of biodiversity and the making of a better world. The translucent beings are accompanied by colorful reflecting companions, humorously imitating human characteristics and quite literally holding a mirror up to our faces.
Two catalogs will be published to accompany the exhibition.