Robert McNally | The Metawürst

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Robert McNally, Detail, Z Manifold, 2021, Courtesy KOENIG2 by_ robbygreif, Vienna and the artist

Date and time

4/09/202116/10/2021

A quantum narrative is at work in the most recent drawings of Robert McNally: within them the artist unfolds the intricacies of the digital realm while maintaining an intimate relation to the analog craft of drawing. His constructions evoke a certain kind of anachronistic and abstracted storytelling, one that feeds on the paradox, the surreal, and the subconscious. The ambiguity of in-between states, which are enclosed by dichotomies like slow and fast, technique and medium, viewing and depicting as well as inert and accelerating, is of central interest for McNally's structural methodology. His depictions are entropic, overwhelmingly saturated with information, but simultaneously sharpening our senses for the absurdities of our existence.

Titled 'The Metawürst' his first solo exhibition in Austria at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif draws a clear line to the 'Metaverse' – the totality of all virtual worlds, spaces, augmented and physical realities and the internet as first defined by Neal Stephenson in his sci-fi novel 'Snow Crash' from 1992. Each of McNally's large works function like chapters in a novel. While all of them are independent from the other and interchangeable in the way we 'read' them in their sequencing, their implicit symbolic forms, tropes and motives serve as clues that may help us to decipher and resonate with some of them. The second part of the title, 'würst', is a play on words, a metaphorical suggestion that points to the filling of paper with data and stimuli – quite in the same way a 'Wurst' or sausage is produced, crammed to the edges with a mélange of processed parts.

(Andrea Kopranovic, 2021)
Robert McNally, born 1982 in Gateshead, UK, lives and works in London.

LOCATION

Margaretenstraße 5, 1040 Wien

http://koenig2.at/

+43 1 5857470

koenig2@christinekoeniggalerie.at

KOENIG2 by_robbygreif

Christine König Galerie was founded in 1989 in Vienna. The gallery represents a variety of internationally recognized artists and works simultaneously with a decidedly younger generation of upcoming artists. The gallery’s program and its selection of the artists reflects the central concerns of Christine König: Politics and activism, feminism, literature, as well as post-conceptual approaches.
In the last decades art has become a dominant field of action and discourse. Visual arts can help develop an understanding for socio-political and cultural processes of change. In a highly stimulating and productive climate, galleries have assumed the role of intermediaries, making a preliminary selection and using their intellectual resources in a responsible way to back and promote certain positions and artists vis-à-vis collectors.

KOENIG2 by_robbygreif is a sealed exhibition room visible in its entirety from the exterior. In its focus on young artists the space acts as a counterpoint to the ongoing exhibition program at the main gallery. The artists usually create site-specific installations for the almost square space which is accessible by appointment only.

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