Galerie Deschler is pleased to announce the exhibition of Vienna based artist Lois Renner, featuring a selection of his latest artworks. The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show in Berlin since 2008. The opening will take place on April 25th, 2019 at 7 p.m.
The uncompromising reality of photography and traditional emotions of painting merge in Lois Renner’s pieces. Inspired by the ancestry of art history and the documentary power of photography he challenges the concept of contemporary painting. The canvasses are printed and mounted behind acrylic glass covers. By combining both media into hybrid images Renner expands their potential.
The exhibition at Galerie Deschler shows large-scale photos by Lois Renner which depict his studio. First, Renner built a miniature version of his working space. He then equipped it with autobiographical objects and art-historical reproductions. The resulting assemblage goes beyond the metaphorical image of an artist’s archive. With a sense of irony Renner scales down his installation, constructs and arranges miniature objects to later reproduce them in a large-size photograph.
Playing with ideas of dimension and disparity, the piece Heliogabalus (2017) which consists of painted roses on a photograph of Renner’s miniature studio-installation takes us to a new three-dimensional reality.
In each of his works Renner overcomes the current reality of painting, challenging traditional boundaries. Like in a laboratory he juxtaposes his own objects with reproductions of works from the history of art. A mix of precision and emotion define his high-resolution, color-saturated images. Digital aesthetics are Lois Renner’s way of creating a highly intense and thus perfect reality.
Lois Renner (1961, Salzburg, Austria) lives and works in Vienna. He studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf as a student of Gerhard Richter. From 2002 — 2005 he held a professorship for artistic photography at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany. Lois Renner’s works are in numerous public and private collections, including the MUMOK Wien, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Neue Galerie Graz, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Museum Stift Admont, West Collection Philadelphia (USA), ABSOLUT Collection Stockholm.