Social hyper-complexity in contemporary times cannot be simply illustrated without resulting in one-sidedness. Clemens Krauss tries to open spaces, which allow approaches to the vulnerabilities of the individual in social, political and cultural contexts. As an artist he sees himself in the position of active participation, while significations and conclusions may remain in the beholders’ sphere of responsibility.
For Krauss’s most recent series ‘Friction’ 2015 he deals with the instability of society and its impact on the individual and collective psyche. Krauss states that “Social collectives are constituted by physical human interactions; the interaction of bodies. Starting from the human body, friction(s) and predetermined breaking lines within social structures are the core interest of my current work”
Having been exhibited extensively internationally in Seoul, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Vienna, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles and most recently Chengdu with his exhibition, ‘Little Emperors’ at the Chengdu Museum of Contemporary Art. Austrian born and Berlin based Krauss also has a long standing relationship with Sydney: The residency at the Artspace Visual Art Center in Wooloomooloo in 2007 and the remarkable presentation of his work “Large Self Portrait” at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2009 as well as an artist in residency in 2011 at the National Art School in Sydney. ‘Friction’, at the Dominik Mersch Gallery is Krauss’ fifth solo exhibition in Sydney.
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