Ed. Museum für Angewandte Kunst, MAK Wien
Published in conjunction
with the solo-exhibition of Manfred Wakolbinger at the Museum für
Angewandte Kunst, MAK Wien.
180 pages, 200 colour
illustrations, German / English, 290 x 320 mm, Hardcover
Preface: Peter Noever;
Texts by David
Espinosa and Elisabeth Schlebrügge
€ 39,10 [A]
€ 38,00 [D]
For many years, the
austrian sculptor Manfred Wakolbinger has been working underwater, with
the camera as a tool, in the Indian Ocean, in the south-east Asian seas
and in the Pacific. Wakolbinger is also at work there as a sculptor and
artist, with his eye for volume, space, material and colour.
Wakolbinger creates pictures of the creatures and organisms - the fish,
crab and smaller sea creatures which populate the sea close to the surface
- in the very different spaces of their natural habitat, in their assimilation
and complementarity which make complete sense in their circumstances but
also appear hybrid and grotesque.
Wakolbinger's eye settles on the transformations from inanimate structures
to living organisms, in the diffuse area of underwater fauna, in which
sexuality and singularity only first begin to differentiate.
However, if this position of the artist floating in a submarine microcosm
is translated into categories of social life, Wakolbinger's anti-pathos
becomes evident: in that he understands and shows that it is the cooperation,
cohabitation, border crossings, mixings, parasitism, improvisation, role
playing, mimetic talent and inventiveness of these creatures which bring
alive and make up the wealth of this environment which begins just under
the surface of the water.
in diving jargon, the total elapsed time from the beginning of a
diver's descent to the beginning of a direct ascent to the surface.