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2nd - 5th October 2014
VIENNAFAIR, Messe Vienna, Hall A,
Booth D14


With Lukas Troberg's artistic origins tracing back to graffiti and Street Art, various signs and typefaces of these genres can be found in his diverse oeuvre which comprises performances and, in particular, objects and in-situ work.

Always seeking new perspectives and, thereby, allowing unusual glances at what is ordinary, he lets the observers of his work plunge into a world that seems both familiar and alien at the same time. Following this principle, he created a whole range of objects that are based on this duality: Examples thereof are Amber (2009) and Shuttle (2011) – both of which are handy sculptures, seemingly being assessed for their practical value. But what keeps us from touching them, from spinning and turning them around, from trying to screw them into something?

The reason for our respectful and distanced approach to these objects lies in the almost exclusive surface that is the product of Troberg's artistic refinement procedure. With regards to refinement, the artist finds his material on the street, on building sites or other areas through which he strolls. Already back in the 1960s, the Situationists regarded the „dérive", i.e. exploring a city by roaming through its streets, as something productive – a view that places them within proximity of graffitisprayers. The Troberg-style of meandering a city's landscape has its roots both in Street Art and in the Situationists' „dérive". This subversive element is thus incorporated in some of his works.

Whatever form of representation Lukas Troberg adopts, he always makes the observer feel as if they were on an emotional roller-coaster ride between proximity and distance. It is exactly this aspect that adds an almost complete sphere of elusion to his oeuvre. Just as we can never fully and precisely perceive Troberg's work, we cannot predict the form the artist will use next to subvert the systems and conventions of the institutional art scene either. What is certain, though, is the fact that he will subvert them.

(excerpt from "Mr. Troberg's realm of the in-between"; text by Manisha Jothady for Troberg's catalogue "541")

Press conference
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Opening hours
Thursday, 2 October 2014 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, 3 October 2014 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, 4 October 2014 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, 5 October 2014 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Press release | VIENNAFAIR
Press photo 1 | Lukas Troberg, Drips, 2013, aluminium, powder coated, black, 98x170x5cm

Press photo 2 | Lukas Troberg, FTP, 2012, video, 3'52", camera: Matthias Bildstein, Lukas Troberg
Press photo 3 | Lukas Troberg, 2 1/4CV, 2014, ca. 45x100x60 cm
Lukas Troberg

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