Lisson Gallery

Florian Pumhösl

Florian Pumhösl processes the tropes of art, architecture and graphics of the modernist avant-garde to create new aesthetic systems through painting, film and installation. He addresses the legacy of modernism through its canon of abstract visual language, from utopian architectural plans and buildings to innovations in publishing, the politics implicit in exhibitions and the motifs of early experimental filmmaking. In a series of minimal glass paintings, previously shown at the Lisson Gallery geometrical shapes float in space, while their titles – including Plakat (Poster), Seite (Page) and Aushang (Notice) – identify the shapes as reductions of typographical elements from the 1920s. Where their original function was to aid interpretation of a text, here they are devoid of text and interpretation proliferates. In OA 1979-3-5-036 (2007), Pumhösl converted a 17th-century Japanese Kimono pattern catalogue into a 16mm animated film, selecting, simplifying and rearranging the patterns in order to ultimately arrive at a typology of fragments. Again, the title grounds the work in research: it is the British Library catalogue number for the original source. Moving between countries and media, Pumhösl picks up the skins shed between prototypes and artefacts, in readings that undermine the possibility of closed cultures. 

Florian Pumhösl was born in Vienna in 1971, where he lives and works. He Studied at the Higher Federal Teaching and Research Institute for Graphic Vienna (1989-91) and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria (1989-97). Solo exhibitions include Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2015), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, (2012), The Art Institute of Chicago, USA (2012), MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2011), Kunstverein for Rhineland and Westphalia, Dusseldorf, Germany (2010), Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2009), New Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2005-6), Secession, Vienna, Austria (2000). He participated in Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007) and São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2006).

Florian Pumhösl
Relief (Beyer), 2012
Wall vitrine. MDF covered with black bookbinders cloth, printed material, perspex cover 160 x 120 x 12 cm / 63 x 47 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Tract, 2011
One channel film projection, 16 mm film, colour, silent front projection (film still) 9 min loop

Florian Pumhösl
EI335721443JP Yuzen Hiinagata - Yuzens Muster, von 1688, 2009
One channel film projection, 16 mm film, black and white, silent, front projection (film still) 191m loop

Florian Pumhösl
Studies of Georgian letters, 2013
Stamping with oil paint on ceramic plaster 36.5 x 25.5 cm / 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Studies of Georgian letters, 2013
Stamping with oil paint on ceramic plaster 36.5 x 25.5 cm / 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Studies of Georgian letters, 2013
Stamping with oil paint on ceramic plaster 36.5 x 25.5 cm / 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Studies of Georgian letters, 2013
Stamping with oil paint on ceramic plaster 36.5 x 25.5 cm / 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Studies of Georgian letters, 2013
Stamping with oil paint on ceramic plaster 36.5 x 25.5 cm / 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Expressiver Rhythmus , 2010 - 2011
35 mm film, colour, sound 28 min loop

Florian Pumhösl
Plakat (# 1) , 2007
Acrylic lacquer painted behind glass 43.2 x 32 cm / 17 x 12 5/8 inc.

Florian Pumhösl
Cliché 9 , 2012
Gesso and oil paint on ceramic plaster 146 x 102 cm, 73 x 51 cm, 36.5 x 25.6 cm 57 4/8 x 40 1/8 in., 28 5/8 x 20 1/4 in., 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Cliché 8, 2012
Gesso and oil paint on ceramic plaster 146 x 102 cm, 73 x 51 cm, 36.5 x 25.6 cm 57 4/8 x 40 1/8 in., 28 5/8 x 20 1/8 in., 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Cliché 8, 2012
Gesso and oil paint on ceramic plaster 146 x 102 cm, 73 x 51 cm, 36.5 x 25.6 cm 57 4/8 x 40 1/8 in., 28 5/8 x 20 1/8 in., 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Cliché 9 , 2012
Gesso and oil paint on ceramic plaster 146 x 102 cm, 73 x 51 cm, 36.5 x 25.6 cm 57 4/8 x 40 1/8 in., 28 5/8 x 20 1/4 in., 14 3/8 x 10 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Animated Map, 2005
Single-channel film installation, 16 mm film, colour, 4.20 mins, loop, silent. Installation view, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

Florian Pumhösl
Tabloid (#5), 2007
Acrylic lacquer painted on reverse of glass plate 53.3 x 42 cm / 21 x 16 1/2 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Tabloid (Rot), 2008
Acrylic lacquer painted on reverse of glass plate 53.3 x 42 cm / 21 x 16 1/2 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Relief (Sutnar), 2010
Wall vitrine 120 x 90 x 10 cm / 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 4 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Relief (Rossman), 2010
Wall vitrine 120 x 90 x 10 cm / 47 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 4 in.

Florian Pumhösl
OA 1979-3-5-036 after Take Hiratsugi, Gozen Hiinagata, (Dress Patterns for Noble Ladies), ca. 1690, 2007
Single-channel film installation, 16 mm black and white film, 17 mins, 213m loop, silent.

Florian Pumhösl
Untitled (Bewegliche Bühne), 2009
Multi-part relief consisting of black buckram fabric covering MDF board and a montage of glass silhouettes 4 parts: 90 x 120 cm each / 35 3/8 x 47 1/4 in. each

Florian Pumhösl
Tract, 2011
One channel film projection, 16 mm film, colour, silent front projection (installation view) 9 minute loop

Florian Pumhösl
Relief (Various Notations), 2012

Florian Pumhösl
Untitled, 2009
Multi-part relief consisting of black buckram fabric covered MDF panel and a montage of glass silhouettes 4 parts: 90 x 120 cm each / 35 3/8 x 47 1/4 in. each

Florian Pumhösl
Fliegende Händler (Travelling Hawkers), 2011
Series of 54 glass paintings, acrylic lacquer on reverse of 2 mm glass plates 66.5 x 45 cm each / 26 1/8 x 17 6/8 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Fliegende Händler (Travelling Hawkers), 2011
Series of 54 glass paintings, acrylic lacquer on reverse of 2 mm glass plates 66.5 x 45 cm each / 26 1/8 x 17 6/8 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Fliegende Händler (Travelling Hawkers), 2011
Series of 54 glass paintings, acrylic lacquer on reverse of 2 mm glass plates 66.5 x 45 cm each / 26 1/8 x 17 6/8 in.

Florian Pumhösl
Expressiver Rhythmus, 2011
35 mm film, colour, sound 28 min loop Installation view, MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien), Vienna, Austria

Florian Pumhösl
OA 1979-3-5-036 after Take Hiratsugi, Gozen Hiinagata, (Dress Patterns for Noble Ladies), ca. 1690, 2007
Single-channel film installation, 16 mm black and white film, 17 mins, 213m loop, silent.

Florian Pumhösl
OA 1979-3-5-036 after Take Hiratsugi, Gozen Hiinagata, (Dress Patterns for noble Ladies), ca. 1690, 2007
Single-channel film installation, 16 mm black and white film, 17 mins, 213m loop, silent, projection (film still)

Florian Pumhösl
Spatial Sequence, 2012
Gesso and oil paint on ceramic plaster Dimensions variable Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

Exhibitions

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    Florian Pumhösl

    15 November 2013 – 11 January 2014

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    Florian Pumhösl: Three Animated Films

    28 September – 2 November 2012

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    Florian Pumhösl

    6 February – 15 March 2008

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