Markus Muntean, Graz, Austria, 1962.
Adi Rosenblum, Haifa, Israel, 1964.
This pair began their artistic collaboration in 1992.
Their work is impregnated with paradoxes about a lost generation. Through painting, photography, video, performances and installations, they seek, in a critical manner, the sense and the meaning of a young culture defined by MTV and the novels by Bret Easton.
Their compositions are inspired by old paintings and their figures are taken from collages from the columns of fashion magazines.
Using the format of photo story vignettes, each painting has a certain tabloid style with nihilistic prose that describes adolescent anguish through this pop pastiche. Their works offer an empty comfort of visual perfection.
The exquisite and vulnerable figures of their characters are distorted and are shown in grotesque ways. Meanwhile, their identities are reduced to a vague recognition of fashion brands. Painted with a faux-naif realism, they present a sincere commitment to adolescent politics, i.e., a conflict that aspires to both emulate and ridicule "good looking" people. Their characters, full of self-confidence, invoke an immediate nostalgia and transmit a deep sense of doubt, social exclusion, role models and changing values in advanced culture.
They are painted in calm colours, with the scenes being designed in minimal simplicity. The sensation of emotional isolation is magnified through the opening of the space and the artificiality of the light.
Muntean/Rosenblum have shown their work at exhibitions in MUSAC in León, the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona, the Mücsarnok, Kunsthalle Budapest, the Tate Britain in London, the Sommer Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, the CAC in Málaga, the MARCO in Vigo, etc. They also participated in the Berlin Biennial (2001) and Sao Paulo Biennial (2004).
Both artists continue their work between Vienna and London.
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