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Lived/Active: New York / Austria      Known for: mixed media wall reliefs

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BIOGRAPHY for Hermes Payrhuber
1969 (Vienna, Austria)
New York / Austria

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is submitted by the artist, May 2004.

Hermes Payrhuber, sculptor in abstract styles, was born April 27th 1969 in Vienna, Austria, and his studio is in New York City. His primary mediums are mixed media, plaster, and paint.


From an exhibition in a New York City Gallery

Negotiating Concept and Material

Parallel lines engage a conversation within frames large and small

By TATE DOUGHERTY, Gay City News, New York City, Volume2, Issue 39, Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2003

Positives and Negatives Hermes Payrhuber engages both simultaneously.

Many artists work adeptly with concept, many others with material, and then there are some extraordinary ones who manage to successfully engage both simultaneously.

Or more precisely, they manage the difficult task of negotiating the gap between the two. They undertake, often with beautiful or breathtaking results, the impossible task of mapping the distance, perhaps the void, between physical and conceptual form.

These artists include Vito Aconcci, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Rachel Whiteread, and Shirley Tse.

They also include Hermes Payrhuber, whose first New York solo exhibition entitled Void and Light Wallreliefs opened last week in the Meatpacking district.

In some of his subtlest work, Payrhuber applies a single graphite line parallel to another created by a shallow precise incision into the beautifully polished plaster surface. Much of his work examines various possibilities of juxtaposing these two renderings of a line: one in positive and the other in negative; one created by the application of material, the other by shadow.

These parallel lines applied to a medium created from construction materials (plaster of Paris, plywood, cement) engage a conversation with their own framesthe sides of the artwork, as well as the larger structures they inhabit, in this case, the gallery. Taken to an extreme, the lines explore notions of space and time, as well as the creative process itself.

Some of Payrhuber's work is entirely covered in a deep coat of graphite. They are luminous and dark at the same time, conjuring notions of distant galaxies or stone tablets. Again similar notions are raised: What is written on these surfaces? What are their bounds?

The lines of the Wallreliefs extend limitlessly, undermining secure notions of space, time, and structure, opening innumerable possibilities for new paradigms. Payrhuber calls this the "endless choreography of changing stadiums." Through manipulating notions of space, he creates a playground of continual rejuvenation and reinvention.

It is wonderfully refreshing.

"perpeetum mobile", Theseustempel Vienna
by Kristian Sotriffer about the work of Hermes Payrhuber

Biennale Santa Fe with Jim Kelly Contemporary, Franz West in the mainroom
Hermes Payrhuber at the first floor gallery

Jim Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe
Kupferstichkabinett, Museum of Fine Art Vienna

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