Josef Fischnaller: Prächtig

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Created by Naila Scargill

Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD

[13.05.19] Cadogan Contemporary present Prächtig an exhibition of new works by the Austrian artist Josef Fischnaller. Fischnaller’s artfully constructed photographs are inspired by the compositional styles of Old Master and Renaissance painters; to these, he incorporates modern clothes, products and affectations, such as Playmobil models and body piercings, to give them a wry, contemporary twist.

Prächtig features two series, Renaissance and Flowers, both created between 2009 and 2019. In the former, Fischnaller exhibits other works inspired by Renaissance paintings, such as Bacchus (2009), a take on Caravaggio’s self-portrait Young Sick Bacchus (c. 1593). In Fischnaller’s his model adopts a similar pose as the original whilst locking her eyes on the viewer with the same lugubrious insolence, and yet he has chosen to depict the Roman god as a woman. 

For Flowers, Fischnaller transforms classic floral still life arrangements by concealing small contemporary objects in their compositions. For example, in Lillies & Roses (2019), the artist disguises pieces of plastic, tissue paper and a handful of flying saucer sweets as flowers in the arrangement alongside tiger lilies and roses. 

For further information, visit Cadogan Contemporary’s site here.

Image: Josef Fischnaller, Herbst (Autumn), 2013-2016 © the artist, courtesy of Cadogan Contemporary

Naila Scargill
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Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.

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