Günther Selichar: Dominion of the Screens
Günther Selichar (Linz, AT, 1960 — Vienna, AT) is a photographer, media artist, and theorist who has been working for more than thirty-five years on topics dealing with the mediation, technology, perception, and presentation of images. Selichar analyzes the interactions between humans and the media apparatus. With the gaze of both a scientist and a philosopher, he observes our perception of reality as it is filtered through mass media. The display screen is our “window to the world”; it pervades our everyday lives and plays a fundamental role by allowing us only a supposedly unobstructed, unrestricted view of what is truly happening. In addition to the monitor, the light effect of various media and the scanner — a standardized input medium — are also central to Selichar’s work.
In the formal realization of his works, Selichar utilizes reduction and a minimalist approach. He adds a fundamental, media aspect to the history of abstraction and, in so doing, reveals numerous cross-references to painting. Especially today, in a world that is increasingly digitized, Selichar’s works are more relevant than ever. .
An artist’s book will be published to accompany this exhibition.