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IDOLS

“Idol (Neon)”, 2017
neon and acrylic glass, 115 x 90 cm
“Idol (Gold)”, 2017
pigment prints, 150 x 150 cm
“Rotating Idol”, 2017
HD film, 12:00 min Loop

The three works of the “Idol” series, “Idol (Gold)”, “Idol (Neon)” and “Rotat­ing Idol”, engage with effigies, phan­toms and in the widest sense with images and objects of ven­er­a­tion. The image, or rather that which it is assumed to embody, has lost noth­ing of its pow­er to direct indi­vid­u­als and mul­ti­tudes and to unleash strug­gles, not only between believ­ers and icon­o­clasts. Between the gold­en calf and gold-plat­ed stat­ues in baro­que church­es, between neon gods and tal­ent shows (Amer­i­can Idol, Arab Idol, Aus­tralian Idol etc.), between icons and fetish­es, the bib­li­cal cow is load­ed with sym­bol­ic mean­ings, encom­pass­ing absur­di­ty and kitsch. Styl­ized and sym­bol­i­cal­ly exag­ger­at­ed, it is turned into a mask, into a his­tor­i­cal, archaic and at the same time ubiq­ui­tous actor.

 

Michael Hirschbichler_IDOL (Neon), 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_I­DOL (Neon), 2017

Michael Hirschbichler_IDOL (Gold), 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_I­DOL (Gold), 2017

Michael Hirschbichler_IDOL (Gold), 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_I­DOL (Gold), 2017

Michael Hirschbichler_IDOL (Gold), 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_I­DOL (Gold), 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

Michael Hirschbich­ler_ROTATING IDOL, 2017

 

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