‘Remaining Silent 5′ was exhibited in Clemens Krauss’ 2013 solo show ‘Like memory works’. His paintings teeter between abstraction and figuration through the use of thickly-applied oil paints and vast areas of negative space. His work taps into the vulnerabilities of the individual, looking with a deeply personal yet clinical gaze at social interactions. It is not by accident that Krauss has completed studies in both Fine Arts and Medicine, and that his practice crosses painting, video and psychoanalysis.
In the series ‘Remaining Silent’, the viewer is confronted with forms that directly derive from the niches of the famous Buddha-statues busted by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. It turns out that symbols are not linked to physical conditions – the focus lies in the interaction between the individual and their destroyed surroundings.
Works by Berlin-based Austrian artist Clemens Krauss have been exhibited extensively across the world, including in Seoul, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Vienna, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Cuba and most recently in Brazil at the Curitiba Biennial. In Australia, he has been awarded residencies at Artspace and the National Art School, and held a remarkable presentation of work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales titled ‘Large Self Portrait’.