Gelitin, »2 Epiphanies«, 2012
2 Epiphanies, 2012
Digital print on Terraprint matt 80g paper
75 x 55 cm
Edition of 25, signed on front
»The work of Gelatin evolves from desires about situations we miss and we want to be in,« the collective once said of their objectives. These imagined scenarios have prompted unconventional works as dreamlike and playful as they are provocative. Since Gelatin has been founded 1993, they have staged numerous boxing matches and floggings, installed a giant plush bunny in the Italian Alps, made paintings of layered plasticine, designed a new typeface based on excrements, and engaged in incredibily messy, noisy performances.
2 Epiphanies originated as the invitation card for a project that they realised together with Franz West at Schloss Damtschach near Vienna. Gelatin installed a mighty gong that they had hand-forged over the course of the project, opposite a towering cactus by West in the palace gardens. It was the last time they worked with West before his death and the poster subsequently became a homage.
Gelitin (Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither & Tobias Urban) live in Vienna and have been working collaboratively since 1993. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Massimo de Carlo, Paris (2022); Tiroler Landesmuseum, Innsbruck (2021); Kunstraum, London (2020); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna and Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna (both 2019); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2018); Fondazione Prada, Milano (2017).
Read an essay on Gelitin in Issue #53, available here.