Born in 1975 - Austria
Asgar/Gabriel are two artists who live and work in Vienna.
Philosopher Denis Diderot viewed the ruin, and images made of ruins, as being paradoxically irregular and incomplete but also fascinating and strongly emotive suggesting their desecrated state offered a (perverse) sense of gratification, and ultimately positioned the image of the ruin as sublime.
Asgar/Gabriel distorted and epic imaginations depict both despair and erotica evoking a similar sense of the sublime with this paradox. Their lusciously rendered characters, neon brilliance and dramatic epic narratives belie a macabre undertone that explores dark desire, greed and death. By moving beyond the canvas grid, the works in Armed With Fever And Good Health become increasingly sculptural, challenging a formal reading of the depicted history paintings and placing the viewer in an unknown world where a conventional metaphorical and physical reading of the work is disrupted.
In this way Asgar/Gabriel create an experience that activates the exhibition as an environment, placing the viewer, quite literally, amidst the drama.
By adopting a Dadaist sensibility, it can be argued that Armed With Fever And Good Health is proof that painting has become, ironically, anti-art.
"Armed with fever and good health", Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, (USA)
"We are hungry, in fact very hungry", hilger contemporary, Vienna, (Austria)
Volta NY, BrotKunsthalle, New York, (USA)
"Under the paving stones, the beach", Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, (Danemark)
"Auflösung der Ökonomie", Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, (Germany)
"The disciplining time stands still", no activity, no automobiles, no angst, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, (Italy)
"The Loves of the Plants", hilger contemporary, Vienna, (Austria)
"Bucolica Obscura", Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, (USA)
"Low clouds, high spirits and the island", hilger contemporary, Vienna, (Austria)
Hilger Next, Vienna, (Austria)
"The Colour of Landscape", A Tribute to Joe Goode, BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, (Austria)
"Menagerie", Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch-Hall, (Germany)
"A.E.I.O.U.", Österreichische Aspekte in der Sammlung Würth, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, (Germany)
"The Kids Are All Right", Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, (Netherlands)
"The Impossible Heap", Galerie8, London, (UK)
"Sex, DUI#x2019s and Videotape", Brotkunsthalle, Vienna, (Austria)
"The Promise of Loss", Arario Gallery, New York, (USA)
Don't worry, be happy, MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam, (Netherlands)
"The Promise of Loss", BrotKunsthalle, Vienna, (Austria)
"Get connected", Künstlerhaus, Vienna, (Austria)
"Central Europe Revisited II", Schloss Esterhazy, Eisenstadt, (Germany)
"The New Force of Painting", Frissiras Museum, Athens, (Grece)
Museum Wuerth (Germany)
Sammlung Esterhazy (Aaustria)
Marc Quinn private collection (UK)
Collection Nadour (France)
Frank Gallipoli Foundation (USA)
CarlaampBruno Brown Collection (Belgium)
Sammlung Sanziany amp Palais Rasumofsky (Austria)
Uni Credit Art Collection (Italiy)
Siemens Art Foundation (Germany)
STRABAG Collection (Austria)
JaLiMa Collection (Germany)
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