Christoph Mayer

Artist statement

Christoph Mayer's works reflect a complexity that stems from the restless examination of the modus operandi (the way of acting and performing), the constant questioning of the modus procedendi (the way of procedure), and not least from the precarious awareness of the modus vivendi (the way of living with something). The creative act itself is thematized, scrutinized, deceived, which at the same time lends transparency and hermeticism to the works. An apparent paradox, which is based not least on the multi-layered tensions, the multi-faceted transformation processes in the works of Christoph Mayer.

Perceiving and exploring polarities is Mayer's central theme; it permeates virtually every work. He is concerned with the creation of units of tension between two interrelated and mutually dependent poles, the creation of a "dialogical" state of suspense in which the contradictory points of view are to be endured and creatively carried out.

Biography

                                                                                                                                  

Education
1993-2000
study of painting at the University of Applied Arts (MKL Attersee) Vienna/AT, diploma with honors, june 2000
1987-1992
studies of journalism, Russian and philosophy


Selected exhibitions


2023

EVOCATIONS, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Gallery Brugier Rigail, Paris/F

EVOCATIONS, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Faur Zsofi Galeria, Budapest/H

EVOCATIONS, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Shazar Gallery, Naples/I

EVOCATIONS, curated by Lorand Hegyi, Gallery Petra Seiser, Schörfling/A

2022

AIR CONDITION, together with Franz Lun, 50m textinstallation at the Reichsbrücke, Vienna, Danube Jumping, Vienna/A

BLAZONING AT LAKE  ATTERSEE, together with TOMAK and Nani Hagg,

Gallery Petra Seiser, Schörfling/A

2021

AQUARELL UND SKALPELL, Galerie Petra Seiser, Vienna/A

2020

RIVER OF POOLS, Galerie Heike Curtze, Wien/A

ICH WERDE NICHT DULDEN, DASS IHR MICH ALLEINE LASST, Notgalerie, Wien/A

2019

ROTER MÄRZ, Art Association Maerz, Linz/A

THE SUN HAS BEEN DRAWING, NOT ME, Grenzkunsthalle, Jennersdorf/A

DRAWING NOW, Gallery Heike Curtze, Paris/Fr

2017 

TRILEMMA, Vienna Parallel, Vienna/A

2016

AUSTRIAN PAVILION, Artothek, Krems/A

STATE OF THE HEART, Gallery Heike Curtze u. Seiser, Salzburg/A

FUCKSIMILE, Gallery Frewein-Kasakbaev, Vienna/A

2015

SCHÖPFWERK, Project room super, Vienna/A

2014

FOAM SWALLOWS UNCTION II, Jesuitenfoyer, Vienna/A

ACHTZIG FÜR ACHTZIG, with Birgit Brenner, Jonathan Meese, Neo Rauch,..,

Kunsthaus der Achim Freyer Stiftung, Berlin/D

2012

SPRING SALAD, Gallery Feichtner, Vienna/A 

2011

BEFORE THE MOVIES, PAINTINGS WERE LIKE THE MOVIES, mo.e, Wien/A

DOPPELPACK, Project room Ve.Sch, Vienna/A
2010
NEUE MALERISCHE POSITIONEN II, Gallery Feichtner, Vienna/A
ARTMART, Künstlerhaus Wien/A
FAHT, Black Heater Gallery, Kunsthaus Bregenz/A
757, G11-Gallery, Berlin /DE
FERNDIAGNOSE, Fritz-Schramma-Halle, Köln/DE
2007-2009
Project PILOTENKUECHE, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/DE
SIFTUNG BAUMANN, Kunstmuseum Lentos, Linz/AT
VEREINTER RAUM, Akademie für Kunst Usbekistan, Taschkent/U

2001
MOVING OUT, MUMOK, Wien/A