Thomas Bayrle – If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer | ITSLIQUID

Thomas Bayrle – If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer

Design | March 20, 2018 |

thomas bayrle – if it’s too long—make it longerImage courtsey of MAK AUSTRIAN MUSEUM FOR APPLIED ARTS / CONTEMPORARY ART

Thomas Bayrle – If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer
From 25 October 2017 –  02 April 2018
MAK AUSTRIAN MUSEUM FOR APPLIED ARTS / CONTEMPORARY ART, Wien

 

In his solo exhibition that reflects the MAK Collection, Thomas Bayrle (born in Berlin in 1937) combines traditional craft techniques with the computer-generated art of the Information Age. Using the metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming, Bayrle explores the ambivalence of art, craft, and industry and gives rise to kaleidoscopic shapes Mass Ornaments.

 

Thomas_Bayrle_002
Image courtsey of MAK AUSTRIAN MUSEUM FOR APPLIED ARTS / CONTEMPORARY ART

 

Bayrle develops his legendary “superforms” as a reference to cultural and industrial icons like Jesus Christ, Mao, the highway, or the smartphone. He composed the oversize stage set iPhone meets Japan (working title, 2017) for the MAK Columned Main Hall out of iPhones; under the auspices of digital interconnectivity, it oscillates between a couple who briefly indulge in a play of scents, and architectural elements.

 

Image courtsey of MAK AUSTRIAN MUSEUM FOR APPLIED ARTS / CONTEMPORARY ARTImage courtsey of MAK AUSTRIAN MUSEUM FOR APPLIED ARTS / CONTEMPORARY ART

 

With Bayrle’s project, the MAK becomes the arena for a newly established interaction between art and craft, artist and weaver. Drenched in blue, Bayrle has created the ornamental image area of the iPhone Pietà (working title, 2017), a tapestry woven by hand in France, using smartphones – simultaneously ornament, apparatus, and adornment – and has translated the cultural code of the pietà into an atmospheric portrayal of social and political events.

Curators: Nicolaus Schafhausen, Bärbel Vischer

more. www.mak.at

 

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


LEE BUL: UTOPIA SAVED

Art | January 20, 2021

Lee Bul (b. 1964) is an artist based in Seoul, South Korea. Trained as a sculptor during the period of social and political upheavals of the 1980s, she started off her artistic career with performative pieces that incorporated wearable soft sculptures. In the 1990s she gained international recognition with a series of provocative works, including her scandalous installation of fresh fish left to decay and her Cyborg sculptures, hybrids of machine and organic forms. Read more


Ado Vabbe. Kumu Art Museum

Art | January 16, 2021

From 28 August, Kumu Art Museum will host Ado Vabbe: Wunderbar, the largest ever exhibition of the works of Ado Vabbe (1892-1961), who is one of the most intriguing names in Estonian art history and a forerunner of avant-garde art. Read more


Mondrian and De Stijl

Art | December 30, 2020

Holland at the beginning of the last century was the birthplace of a totally new form of art, an abstract art based on strict relations between rectangular forms, color planes, and straight lines. In October 1917, during the First World War, a group of young artists in neutral Holland joined forces to create a magazine. Called De Stijl, it presented and promoted this new, innovative art. Read more


The Fullness of Color: 1960s…

Art | December 28, 2020

The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting reflects the museum's historical engagement with this artistic period, and, while far from comprehensive, seeks to provide a point of departure for future collection growth that may further illustrate the richness of 20th-century painting. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!