Artist Statement

OPUS is almost a laboratory-type experiment, based on the idea of devising a principle of classification that is rather visionary than mythical, because it utilizes our everyday commodities. 

But these commodities aren’t what we used to call “ready-mades” since the times of Marcel Duchamp: They reach far beyond and aim at something completely different. The essence of this new principle is the continued usage of these commodities, or items; to unhinge them, employ them and afterwards re-integrate them, thereby facilitating via art a completely new awareness of how to handle the world. 

This process consists in the change of our perception of things; of how we view them even as we use them, while the subconscious “images” them in their “customary connection of convenience”. Thereafter we rediscover them, now qua formal elements of an artwork, wherein they suddenly come across as something totally diverse: An orderliness that outranks the myth of purpose. Thus we overcome the principles of classification that follow the axiom of this myth. They belong to the perennial legends of the 20th century, causing absurdity, implying contempt of the world and the unscrupulous interaction with it. 

Forced to reach into the work, this action is embedded in the work, becomes part of it, and thus redefines action per se. 

Works that lack the implication of commodities point their overtone to the very painting, making it palpable to what extent painting is still caught up in myth, denominating painting as the overcome of an action that rooted in volition. We are being referred to the pivotal issue of artistic principles – how to contact the entities of life? 

What are entities literally? What is the proper impetus of our actions? – Could any touch, could any admission to the world have dreadful results? 

And it is precisely because we act forcedly, and not always in accordance with our uppermost awareness, that we miss the violations that are integral part of most of our actions. 

That’s the tragedy of action, of time, and the enigma of being on this Earth. 

There is no consummate movement, as every motion is a search. - Whilst on this Earth, we cannot seize the ultimate truth. – We can merely approach truth by endless variations=visions. – Once we do know the truth, there is no more need for action. 

Motion denotes a movement through endless times and horizons, towards the ultimate truth. 

“When it gets dark, we turn on the light” 

Our society defines itself as “civil society”. But nowadays there is no worse insult then “bourgeois”. This so-called “pacified civil society” that is so proud of its peacefulness, cherishes its delusion of being much more progressive and sophisticated than the “brutal ages”, when people ran around fully armed and dashed out each other’s brains at every opportunity. But this shallow observation is utterly deceptive. In order to judge our times correctly, we have to comprise the whole arsenal of NBC weapons. Thus we notice that we have done nothing else but to repress “violence” from consciousness, into unperceivable shadow zones, ready to be released at the push of a button. 

If these weapons should ever be applied, the world would be destroyed for endless generations, a feat no former terror would have been able to achieve. 

This alleged placidity emerges as “pseudo-peacefulness” and impairment. 

Rudolf Leitner-Gründberg