Spanning an array of media, from architectural intervention and installation, through performance, film and video, to sculpture and painting, Zobernig’s practice across all these forms is connected by an interrogation of the formal language of modernism. Concerned with the tropes of the monochrome and the grid, yet also with Constructivism, colour theory and geometric abstraction, his riffs on these themes spill out from his paintings into sculptures, videos and room installations. Zobernig fundamentally subverts the high modernist ideal of the monochrome, compromising its aesthetic purity with the introduction of elements of the decorative, the functional, or the lightly comic.
- Heimo Zobernig, Untitled, 2018. Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery