Andreas Heller fills the gallery with mountainous sculptures in his new exhibition. Pics courtesy Austrian Cultural Forum
Exhibition: Andreas Heller – Blueprints for a Blackout, Austrian Cultural Forum, London, until April 3 2009
Andreas Heller’s works are tricky to precisely define. More concerned with encouraging imaginative perceptions of the unseen in his etchings and structures, Heller’s focus lies in deconstructing landscapes and images to leave blueprints, revealing raw, empty backdrops.
Heller's fascination lies in outlines and perceived emptiness. Pic courtesy Austrian Cultural Forum
The images are essentially flattened by these techniques – mountains are reduced to outlines, and the removal of all form and texture aims to enhance our understanding of the way we read images and the different perspective we gain on previously rich scenes (such as the Austrian countryside he chooses) when their visual substance is whittled down.
Heller produces visual outlines of the Austrian countryside. Pic courtesy Austrian Cultural Forum
“Andreas Heller’s more recent works, particularly his photo montages, at first glance suggest associations that can be classified in terms of art and cultural history under nature romanticism,” offers Georg Schiemer in an introductory note, alluding to the caverns and cliffs Heller depicts.
The show is Heller's first solo exhibition in the UK. Pic courtesy Austrian Cultural Forum
Heller has spent four years developing Blueprints for a Blackout, featuring a recreation of a mountain through angled white bars in the midst of the show, and it is the first solo exhibition in the UK for this talented young Austrian artist.