Clemens Krauss’ new body of work ‘2020’ depicts fraught scenes that are invested with a sense of resilience – encapsulating the present moment of social seclusion, absence and anonymity. He says, “whatever will happen in the future, we are witnessing a turning point.” Working on paper with sparse but thick acrylic paint, Krauss records subtle and “brachial” observations that tap into psychological currents. The word brachial calls to mind the network of nerves that run through the body, commenting on how the social body is also a sensitive, interconnected system.
Krauss also describes his broader series ‘2017-2021’ as a way to “metabolise the present.” Each work is both retrospective and prospective, forming part of an ongoing personal critical diary. He explains that “social collectives are constituted by physical human interactions; the interaction of bodies. Starting from the human body, friction(s) and predetermined breaking lines within social structures are the core interest of my work.”
It is not by accident that, prior to his art studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, Clemens Krauss also completed his training as a medical doctor and later as a psychoanalyst. In his oeuvre, painting, performance, sculpture, psychoanalysis and video fuse together to examine the way that people navigate social spaces.
Works by Krauss have been exhibited extensively across the world, including in Seoul, Chengdu, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Vienna, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Cuba and recently in Brazil at the Curitiba Biennial. His 2020 project ‘Isolation Consultation’, facilitated by Haus am Waldsee in Berlin, involved over 180 individual psychoanalytic sessions of 50 minutes each, reflecting on the extreme situation of the immediate present. In Australia, he has been awarded residencies and exhibitions at Artspace, the National Art School, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
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