Manfred Pernice is considered one of the most important, innovative artists working with sculpture today. He integrates architecture, urban construction, everyday aesthetics, contemporary history, and politics in his art, creating a body of work that is laced with innuendos and whose material and formal aspects impress us with their factuality. It is an oeuvre undergoing constant change and adaptation based on context.
Pernice’s sculptures are objects that remind us of cans, containers and, more recently, prisms. They explore the relationship between sculpture and space and focus on the theme of exhibiting objects. Made of plywood, pressboard or laminate, they often appear as if just barely put together, revealing their construction. “Everything concerning my work is implied by it,” says Pernice.
Pernice transforms the Login, the gallery’s street-side showroom, into a room of critical self-reflexivity where the presentation of art as a commodity becomes the subject of “(R)egal of creativity.” Two sculptures attached to the inside of the display windows are filled with objects of various origins. The sculptures themselves become the display cases where objects are offered for sale. The books refer to the fact that the showroom used to be a bookstore, and there are small “take away” works of art along with many other things. All of these objects have been chosen carefully and they convey social and cultural relationships through their everyday aesthetics. Pernice’s combinations and staged installations are subtle and often seem Dadaistic.
He was invited to take part in such important group exhibitions as Berlin Biennale in 1998, Manifesta 3 in 2000, Documenta 11 in 2002, Venice Biennale in 2003, Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007, Carnegie International in 2008, and Bienal de São Paulo in 2010. His latest major solo exhibition “Que-Sah” at the Neue Museum Nürnberg 2008 was widely discussed in the media and the comprehensive catalogue for this exhibition was recently published. Following his collaborative exhibition at the Salzburger Kunstverein (February 4 – April 11, 2010), his solo exhibition at the Wiener Secession (November 26, 2010 – February 13, 2011) will be his second major appearance in Austria. His work “tür+tor” has also been on display in the Schlosspark Grafenegg since the summer of 2010.