Markus Wilfling

Austria 1966

Installation, Sculpture

Markus Wilfling
Markus Wilfling
April 8, 2016

Markus Wilfling explores the physical laws of perception in everyday life. He plays with common objects that we find in our environment and assembles them together in his unique sculptures. In them, he extorts the unseen potential and offers the audience a different point of view on ordinary reality. His ambition is to enrich the existing actuality with the clarity of human perception that we frequently underestimate. The psychological aspect of his art is focused on the sensual nature of human experience. Even in the commonest entities lies the potential of surprise and excitement – it just requires a different point of view.

The psychological aspect of Wilfling’s art is focused on the sensual nature of human experience

Markus Wilfling - Sculpture, 2015 (left), Linien Der Brauchbarkeit II, 2015 (right)
Markus Wilfling – Sculpture, 2015 (left), Linien Der Brauchbarkeit II, 2015 (right)

Fallacy of Automatic Reasoning

Wilfling was born in Innsbruck, Austria and he started his education at the School of Applied Arts in Graz. After graduation, he moved to Vienna, where he studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts. He was a holder of many study scholarships. In his work, he deliberately uses common objects which can be seen perpetually. However, he drives the viewer into the play game of optical illusions where the automatic perception loses its predominance. His pieces are not symbolic, they are even literal but his subjective artistic motive extracts the psychological reflection even in the most mundane occurrences. He uses the element of surprise to express himself artistically using the objects from which we never expect to give us something more than they are made to give.

The artist uses the element of surprise where the automatic perception loses its predominance

Markus Wilfling - Ich und Dort, 2013
Markus Wilfling – Ich und Dort, 2013

The Importance of Second Guessing

His goal is to make the viewer question the reliability of perception and to make people aware that quite often we rely on the automatic processes without any ambition to second guess what we reason. In one of his sculptures he made an illusion of infinity, by using a symmetrical construction with mirrors, so the viewers in the center of his installation believed they were caught in a different reality where space was extended to an infinity. Wilfling sends a small warning to everyone who takes things like they are, without engaging in a mental process of reevaluation. Seeing is quite often deceiving, and this phenomenon usually occurs in daily routines.

Wilfling is inspired by common perspective on everyday

Escaping the Routines

To be fully aware of the world we live in, we do not need to be skeptical, but we need a strong mental grasp on reality. What we see is just the collection of information, visual or any kind, but we sort out that information in our minds. In his sculptures, there are no such things as objective, independent objects with universal meaning and definition. There is room for confusion everywhere, and his installations serve a teaching purpose, where the audience get educated by their own powerful eye and its ability to see through the pall of illusion. Also, ordinary items can have an aesthetic component, proving that sometimes all we need to do is look at things with a different perspective and pull ourselves from the pits of established routines.

The artist is represented by Lisabird Contemporary.

Markus Wilfling lives and works between Graz and Vienna.

All images used for illustrative purpose only © Markus Wilfling
Featured image – Markus Wilfling – Portrait of the artist (detail) , photo credits Artepari

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
20153 x 3Galerie Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2015save the dateGalerie Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2014In other roomGallery Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2007interimproject Viktor Bucher, ViennaGroup
2007MirrorsKunsthalle, KremsSolo
2007Alice is where is AliceOst. cultural Institute, LondonGroup
2007Murpiraten (with Christian Eisenberger, ILA etc.Intro-Graz-Spection, GrazGroup
2007Markus Wilfling, Michael Kienzer and Tobias PilsMuseum of Contemporary Art, AdmontGroup
2006Keytheater Cafe, KlagenfurtGroup
2006Opera AustriaLuigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, PratoGroup
2006Faint glimmerKunstraum Lower Austria, ViennaGroup
2006Birthday PartyGalerie Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2005Made for AdmontArtist in Residence, Museum of Contemporary Art, AdmontGroup
2005Forum FestivalForum Stadtpark, Graz Group
2004SUPPORTThe Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, GrazGroup
2004no man's land - Models for the public spaceKunstlerhaus, ViennaGroup
2004Art BrusselsGallery Eugen Lendl, Graz Group
2004A guest in SalzburgGallery Lukas Feichtner, SalzburgGroup
2004Temporal Artposter campaign the group 77, Graz Group
2004Lost in Orderproject Viktor Bucher, ViennaGroup
2004memories of a sculptureCatholic university parish, GrazGroup
2004NothingnessGalerie Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2004Art CologneGallery Eugen Lendl, Graz Group
2003Shadow object Clock TowerGraz 2003 - cultural capital of Europe Group
2003Shadow Clock TowerGallery Thomann, Innsbruck Group
2003ShadowGallery Wengihof, ZurichGroup
2003The Shape of emptinessGallery Eugen Lendl, New Space, GrazSolo
2003Art BrusselsGallery Eugen Lendl, Graz Group
2003Deleted New game RunLock Retzhof, Leibnitz Group
2003Fresh Juicy StyrianArt Forum at the Town Hall, Hallein Group
2003Operation FiguriniWien Group
2003Arts ViennaGallery Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2003Exhibition Diocesan PriceMinoritengalerie Graz, GrazGroup
2003Caribbean winterquartier 21, Vienna Group
2002PapersGalerie Eugen Lendl, Graz Group
2002Soho in Ottakring(with Michael Kienzer), ViennaDuo
2002Graz internForum Stadtpark, GrazGroup
2002Art in timePlakation the group 77, GrazGroup
2002Miami BlueInstallation St. Andrae - steirischer herbst, GrazGroup
2001The AppointmentInstallation in the staircase of the Neue Galerie, GrazSolo
2001Me Tarzan, tu felix AustriaGallery Christine Konig, ViennaGroup
2001Short and sweetGallery 4U, Bruck an der Mur from the collection of the Neue Galerie GrazSolo
2001More and lessGallery Eugen Lendl, GrazSolo
2001Kunst Wien (with Anton Henning)Galerie Eugen Lendl, GrazDuo
2000New Austrian SpotlightArt University IstanbulGroup
2000NadeirChurch St. Andrae, GrazGroup
2000Phantom's RoomGallery CC, GrazSolo
1999Quick, prompt, fasting (with Michael Kienzer)Gallery of all kinds, Bludenz, VorarlbergDuo
1999The broken head (with Michael Kienzer)Galerie 422, GmundenDuo
1998the Normal OnesAustrian cultural Institute, LondonGroup
1998Shadow objectsUrania, GrazSolo
1998Image of the clearings no. 73 Journal of literature and ArtMetal sculpture Symposium, Ybbsitz , Lower AustriaGroup
1997Walking on itTrabant, ViennaGroup
1997Shadow ObjectsExhibition Space Mezzanine, Vienna Group
1996The normalSchloss Farrach, Zeltweg, Steiermark Group
1996Art-in-architecture projectLandesberufsschule Arnfels Group
1995La prima ideaGallery Eugen Lendl, Graz Group
1995ExhibitionInternational Art Fair Knokke, BelgiumGroup
1995ExhibitionInternational Print Biennial, Udine Group
1994Museum RaveJoanneum Ecksaal, GrazSolo
1993mirror jumpAcademy of Fine Arts, Vienna Group
1992Noticed the wayTheseustempel, ViennaGroup
199227th International Painters weeksNeue Galerie, GrazGroup
1990Current scoreCity Museum, Graz Group
1989Art in TimePoster Action Group 77, Graz Group
1989Interventions (Stefanie)Gallery of the group 77, Graz Group