Asgar/Gabriel is an artistic duo consisting of Iran-born Daryoush Asgar, and Austria-born Elisabeth Gabriel. The two are focused on creating peculiar multilayered narratives by appropriating various oppositions such as the serious and the entertaining, masculinity and femininity, avant-garde and kitsch, etc. At the same time associative, psychedelic and ludacris, their canvases filled with collective bodies dispersed around the pictorial plain call for interaction. The proposed meta-reality is a manifestation of the artists’ need to articulate the contemporaneity from a cynical socio-critical stance.
Featured image: Asgar/Gabriel – Edward geht es wie, 2014 (detail). Acrylic, oil and paper on canvas. 47 1/5 × 31 1/2 in. 120 × 80 cm. Photo courtesy Galerie Ernst Hilger.