On the 1st floor
03.06.2023 — 15.07.2023
Brush and ink
“Through brush drawing, Roman Scheidl has achieved a way out of the stagnation felt at the beginning of the 1980s. He has thus also been able to position himself beyond the one-dimensional demands of contemporary art criticism. His artistic practice has long since ceased to be concerned with the question of whether it is still possible to paint at all, whether there is still potential in the classical disciplines to adequately capture the current general situation, and what the afterlife of the “New Painting” of the 1980s looks like. All of this becomes secondary in view of Scheidl’s monumental conception, which deals with the central questions of the visual. …
For Roman Scheidl, art has long since become a way of life. In it he expresses himself, in it he finds all the explanatory models of life, which can also never be exhausted. Today he varies the different methods and procedures. In this simultaneity of performance (life-drawing), drawing, painting, ceramics, film, theater and poetry, this multifaceted work takes place. It cannot be pinned down and clearly assigned. Attracted by one, leaving the other, setting out again and again for the next, the result is a dynamic that can be read in Taoist terms and that asks for the way rather than formulating a specific goal.” (Günther Holler-Schuster)
On the 1st floor of the gallery, works on paper by the artist, who was born in 1949 in Leopoldsdorf, Lower Austria, are on display.
Roman Scheidl lives and works in Vienna.