Heimo Wallner

Heimo Wallner's "wallpaper" projects at the Neiman Center transformed a group of line drawings into silkscreen prints that can be assembled into two large wall installations. Wallpaper I and II, make use of a gridded structure, a formal extension of Wallner's cartoon drawn language. These compositions invite the viewer to search for narrative connections between events unfolding in each of the tiles. Wallner's primary work exists as drawing installations. They have been compared to the "automatic" works of the early Surrealists. Like Breton or Tanguy, Wallner engages in a type of suspension of the conscious mind as a means of expressing ideas and images of the subconscious. His drawings manipulate body parts, actions, and expressions to create what he refers to as "a vocabulary of emotions." The primary protagonist in Wallner's work is a naked male with a mask-like face and empty eyes - an elemental, detached "everyman." His behavior is often vulgar, violent or self-destructive.

Wallner was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1961 and studied sculpture at the Vienna Academy of Art. He has exhibited his work in Europe and the United States, most recently at the International Print Center and Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. In addition to prints and drawings, he has worked on several animated film projects which make use of extensive frame-by-frame drawing. One notable work shot every frame of a evolving drawing of figures atop the writings of Mao Tse Tung. Wallner runs an artist-in-residence program, Hotel Pupik, in Schwarzenberg'schen Meirie in Schrattenberg, Austria.