Johannes Vogl

Dampfsäule / Column of Steam, 2011. Water, gas, ceramics, copper, steel, plastic, aluminium, 100 cm by 40 cm by 300 cm. Courtesy Belvedere Museum, Vienna.

Dampfsäule / Column of Steam, 2011. Water, gas, ceramics, copper, steel, plastic,
aluminium, 100 cm by 40 cm by 300 cm. Courtesy Belvedere Museum, Vienna.

“It seems that art, for Johannes Vogl, is a miraculous means to deal with a surrounding reality in a constant exceptional state of a raised intensity where senses are sharpened and perception becomes activated. As a careful observer of the everyday, Vogl is in a condition of a permanent alert with a volcanic (creative) energy and vigilance, bursting out at each step and reaction. Here, artistic field is an open and unlimited area of genuine possibilities and potentialities where endless solutions are being applied and new unexpected constructions are being staged on the crossway of inspiring reality and seductive fiction. Vogl is such a constructor and a passionate inventor of objects on the edge of functionality and fairy-tale like surreal application, beyond reason, within the realm of almighty imagination.

The artist is an author of self-sufficient structures, appearing as almost parasitic mechanisms that confuse the usual object. Vogl’s is extremely sensitive poetics of the everyday gesture, non-pretentious, authentic supplement to a reality, turned for a moment into a playground where a moderate dose of irony and a good sense of humour
balance the precariousness and insufficiency of today’s (imperfect) world.” – Adam Budak

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