who’s afraid of blue, red and green?, 2000
series of 3, each ink-jet print on vinyl (scaffolding net), 430 x 300 cm.
exhibition: günther selichar, tiroler landesmuseum ferdinandeum, innsbruck 2000.
© photos (from top to bottom): günther selichar; günther selichar; günther selichar; günther selichar; günther selichar.
robert c. morgan
… also part of the who’s afraid of blue, red, and green?-series, selichar began to think about physical representations of the stripes that could exist architecturally in real time and space. two of these projects in austria, one in raumberg/irdning (1998), and another in innsbruck (2000), exemplify the artist’s interest in retaining a sign of ”a mass media space” while putting that sign into an architectural context, usually on the facade of a building. in iraumberg/irdning, for example, a perforated aluminum sheet is extended vertically in front of a glass facade. these semi-transparent sheets comprise a fine grid of the colors: blue, red, and green. during the day, one cannot see into the facade of the building given the play of natural light on the surface. at night, one can see easily through the perforated screen into a lighted interior. selichar refers to this commissioned work as a ”media curtain.”
in the work at innsbruck, installed two years later, the material consists of an acrylic net, such as those used to cover scaffolding during the time of construction. instead of a single vertical space over a glass facade, as in irdning-raumberg project, this work uses a repetition of three hanging curtains that exactly fit the three open spaces between the doric columns of the tiroler landesmuseum. one can see more easily through this acrylic screen as long as there is light behind it. acrylic is essentially less opaque than the aluminum screens used for who’s afraid of blue, red, and green? in raumberg/irdning. …
from: robert c. morgan: what is an image?, in: hubertus von amelunxen, robert c. morgan, urs stahel: günther selichar. screens, cold. (vienna: triton, 2001).