Norbert Brunner (artist)
July 17, 1969 |
|Education||University of Applied Arts Vienna|
|Known for||object art|
Norbert Brunner (born 1969, Hohenems, Austria) is an Austrian object, conceptual and installation artist. Brunner’s mirror objects reflect not only the viewer, but also superimpose messages across their visual path, insisting they become an interactive part of the installation. He studied on the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Currently Brunner lives and works in Vienna and New York City.
Norbert Brunner was born in Hohenems, Vorarlberg Austria. After being raised in Vorarlberg he served a joinery apprenticeship and attended a vocational school for sculpture in Elbigenalp, Tyrol. He studied sculpting on the University of Applied Arts Vienna  with professor Wander Bertoni. He also had been influenced by Oswald Oberhuber, Bernhard Leitner, Franz Graf and Isabelle Graw.
Brunner has public projects in Kobe, Japan; Edmonton, Canada and Birmington, UK. His work has been exhibited throughout the world including Beijing, China; Sydney, Australia; London, UK; Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; Vienna, Graz, Austria; Geneva, Swiss; Prague, Czech; New York City, Dallas, USA; Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Japan and Sydney, Australia. He also participated in the biennale in Valencia and the architecture biennale in Beijing, the expo Aichi in Nagoya and the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition.
Norbert Brunner's works are meant to inspire for the beholder to get a "broader" attitude of mind. In his objects he translates two dimensional images into a multi-dimensional design. His objects demand that the viewer examines them closely for full visual appreciation and understanding. This spatial interaction with the sculpture is forcing the viewer into a more extensive contention with the artwork. Brunner's mirror objects reflect not only the viewer, but also superimpose written messages. Using few but compelling words, Brunner’s texts reflect infinite possibilities asking us to formulate our own interpretation of reality.
Brunner employs acrylic glass, Swarovski crystal, mirror, photographic prints, paint, and foil in his creations that range in size from personal and intimate to monumental and communal. In his objects he defines the dot as the lowest common denominator. Everything consists of these dots, which are located next or above one another and make up the image. By putting foil dots on several layers of acrylic glass and mirrors he arranges layers in a sandwich system. When the viewer changes his position towards the object these images dissolve into many individual parts and reassemble only when seen from the right angle.
Brunner is always dreaming up new techniques and mediums to employ new means of "communication". As source material for his works, Brunner uses well-known objects or texts from everyday life which are universally familiar. They become his vocabulary of global communication with the aim to reach as many people as possible.
- Guerlain Eye Object / Magic Mirror, Norbert Brunner, Paris Champs-Élysées, France, 2013, 2min
- Guerlain Eye Object / Magic Mirror, Norbert Brunner, Paris Champs-Élysées, France, 2013, 10min
- NYC Gallery Openings, Claire Oliver Gallery, Smiling Broadly, Feb. March 2012
- Norbert Brunner, Claire Oliver Gallery, Fuck Luck 2010 Interview
- Video Interview, Berggespraeche, Norbert Brunner, Lech, Austria, 2012 (German)
Exhibitions / Installations (selection)
-  "Artist Datenblatt." Norbert Brunner. Nextroom. Apr. 2008.
-  "Die Angewandte." Schultes, Peter Michael Univ.-Lekt. Dipl.-Ing. Wissenschaftlich-Künstlerische Gruppenausstellung.March 1994.
-  "Basis Wien." Norbert Brunner. 1990- 1994.
-  "F2 Gallery." Norbert Brunner Everyday Heroes. Dec 2006.
-  "Dep. of Foreign Affairs." Norbert Brunner Everyday Heroes. Nov 2006.
-  "Basis Wien." Beijing ABB., Modul Architektur/Nicht-Architektur, 2004.
-  "Moscow News." Exhibitions - Norbert Brunner: Heroes. May 2008.
-  "artnews.org." Norbert Brunner Heroes, Aidan Gallery. June 2008.
-  "Galerie Caprice Horn." Obama objects: Live in Berlin. Aug. 2009.
-  "Art & Idea." Vienna Art Week 2006. April 2006.
-  "Baeckerstrasse 4 - Platform für Junge Kunst. Sep. 2014.
-  "Neue Gallerie." Norbert Brunner Vor Laokoon. Nov. 2005.
-  "Galerie Litera." Norbert Brunner. Now Installation. Sep. 1998.
-  "Galerie Navratil." Norbert Brunner. Jan. 2006.
-  "Claire Oliver Gallery." Fuck Luck. March–April 2010.
-  "http://according2g.com/." Smiling Broadly, Norbert Brunner at Claire Oliver. Feb. 2012.
-  "ARTslanT." Claire Oliver Gallery. March 2012.
-  "Claire Oliver Gallery." Dallas Art Fair 2012. April 2012.
-  "Basis Wien." Norbert Brunner. Gallery 141, Nagoya, Wisdom of Nature. July 2005.
-  "Basis Wien." Norbert Brunner. Von Andelsbuch nach Valencia. June 2003.
-  "e-flux." Wisdom of Nature, Eight Visions from Austria. May 2005.
-  "NBMAA." Norbert Brunner. Contemporary Art Glass Featured at the 54th Venice Biennale. June 2011.
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- Austrian Culture Forum Recommendation, Norbert Brunner, Claire Oliver, Fuck Luck
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- Claire Oliver Blog, Norbert Brunner: Smiling Broadly
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