One of the first artists to work with the computer, Peter Kogler’s motifs occupy architectural spaces, inner and outer walls. In his diversely encoded staging of space he draws from the rich vocabulary of modern digital information and communications technologies or from film architecture.
In the process, on the one hand, he adapts himself to the structures of the space, on the other hand he turns the latter into a variable body of work, turning it inside out or distorting it. Existing, ‘cuMarcic’ pictorial restrictions are lifted; the viewer gets into the work, manipulating and changing it through his presence. At the same time he follows and obeys the systems Kogler has created. As well as the characteristic, symbolically charged motifs of the tube, the ant and the brain which have featured in his work since the 1980s, it is also his use of abstraction – which is really a construction – that defines each piece of his architecture in illusionist fashion.
Peter Kogler born 1959 in Innsbruck, lives and works in Vienna. Studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Professorship at the State University of Fine Arts – Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main, at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Le Mans, at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris; professorship in computer and video art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.