Herbert Brandl - Monotype - 2009 - 2010


October 22, 2010–January 9, 2011 – The Albertina

It was in 2009 when Herbert Brandl (born in Graz in 1959) for the first time chose the monotype technique for realizing a comprehensive series of works dedicated to the subject of mountains and landscapes. More than 300 works were printed in the lithograph studio Chavanne Pechmann until the summer of 2010. A compelling selection of these fascinating series and single sheets is nowpresented for the first time at the Albertina, revealing the uncompromising character of Brandl’s both intuitive and processual analytic method of work.
For Herbert Brandl, the monotype method has proved an ideal technique for making his artistic intentions come true. He can develop a series from unique sheets instead of producing an edition of prints and yet integrate the printing process into his work. Brandl’s monotypes result from impulsive strokes and bundles of strokes. Paint is applied and wiped off, the delicate constructs materializing on the sheet within the short moment between their emergence and disappearance.
The monotypes breathe a differentiated energy and pulsate in the metamorphosis they always comprise. The serial approach drives the artist from one picture to the next, with the works developing in a dense and dynamic way: in his more recent series, Brandl has sped up the creative process by working directly on the phantom print remaining on the plate from the preceding sheet. This interlinkage results in series that unfold like film sequences.
Since 2000, the artist’s love of and respect for the mountains has repeatedly found its expression besides the motifs suggesting landscapes. Brandl relies on different techniques and formats for exploring his monumental motifs and always transforms his subjects into spaces of color and masses of form. The artist shows himself concerned with his works’ oscillation between the opposites of form and content.
“I am a mountain seer and not a mountain climber.” Herbert Brandl

Herbert Brandl was born in Graz in 1959. From 1978 on, he studied at the Vienna College of Applied Arts under Herbert Tasquil and Peter Weibel. He held a guest professorship at the Vienna College of Applied Arts from 1985 to 1991. In 2004, he was offered a professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In the beginnings of his career in the early eighties, Brandl was considered to belong to the Neue Wilde generation of artists because of his explosive, gestural style of painting. He has presented his work in numerous solo exhibitions and internationally important shows such as the documenta IX in Kassel in 1992. In 2007, his work was on display in a solo presentation in the Austrian Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. Herbert Brandl lives and works in Vienna.

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