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Bernhard Buhmann's paintings are sprites of our times: sensitive mirrors reflecting the stages of everyday life. What unites the works surveyed in this monograph is his inquiry into the (re-)construction of identity and the theatrical processes this quest involves. Self-discovery and loss of self, the intermingling of authenticity and fabrication, the promises of an individual self we fashion according to our aspirations and the ways they affect the reality of our lives with all their ecstasies and paradoxes. In the course of just a few years, Buhmann (b. Bregenz, Austria, 1979; lives and works in Vienna) has built an extensive oeuvre: works of lively invention and exuberant imagination, pictures animated by the artist's playful delight in confabulation and love of experimentation. Hence the wide range of his protagonists, from clowns and mythical creatures to bizarre flying machines and colourful abstractions. Yet the artist's vision also encompasses the dark side of such merriment. The mutability of all that seems fixed and the perpetual danger of losing control make contemporary society a scene of uncertainties and menaces. Our very existence is at stake.With essays by Gunther Oberhollenzer and Fabian Ziegler and a conversation between Katrina Kufer and Bernhard Buhmann.
ISBN 9783954761227. Distanz Verlag.