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Opening | 09.10.2007, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition | 10.10.2007 - 12.10.2007
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Main Buliding, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, Aula, Demonstrationsraum

Opening Hours: daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., free admission

 

© Mathias Pöschl: Die urbantschitsche Methode (detail), wood and acrylic paint, dimensions variable, 2007

 

Welcome address | Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein
(Art historian, curator, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Mathias Pöschl in conversation with Diedrich Diederichsen
(Cultural scientist and journalist, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Mainly working with drawing and sculpture, Pöschl's practice brings together a formalist approach with ideas that relate to cultural borrowing and social injustice. His works explore the paradoxes of politically active groups like the Black Panther Party that invoked militancy to fight for equal rights while being caught up in homophobic tendencies. Such collisions articulate also in the minimalist visual language of his works, where images are deliberately left unfinished or coloured using materials such as shoe polish to increase the effect of their thick and opaque black tones. The works and the title of the exhibition take inspiration from Billie Holiday's song "Strange Fruit" (1939) in which poplar trees were used for gallows to hang Afro-Americans, whereby now they are used to fabricate commercial pallets. Pöschl has reassembled one of them into a gallows, presented on top of the collapsed structure of the Demoraum transformed into a podium. (DB)

Pöschl2   © Mathias Pöschl: Die urbantschitsche Methode (detail), wood and acrylic paint, dimensions variable, 2007   Pöschl_Eröffnung   Mathias Pöschl: "For the crows to pluck", opening of the exhibition on 9 October 2007
Photo: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
 
Felicitas_T-H   Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein opens the Demoraum- Season 07|08 on 9 October 2007
Photo: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
 
Diedrich Diederichsen   Diedrich Diederichsen in conversation with Mathias Pöschl at the opening of the exhibition "For the crows to pluck" on 9 October 2007
Photo: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna