Florian Süssmayr's latest works have as their theme one of the oldest genres in the history of art: the self-portrait. His chosen process, however, is anything but direct, for he depicts himself as the reflection of his own silhouette in shop windows, motifs that acquire an additional level of meaning – one of belonging to, or of being excluded from, the artist's observed surroundings. Fleeting moments now take on an aesthetic dignity, become permanent and tangible. Serving as the surfaces for his projections are records, such proven heroes as Johnny Thunders, reflecting surfaces, collages of photographs from his archive or images of violent demonstrations from the 1980s.
Süssmayr's works are thus part of a painted biography, either experienced or imagined, though never speculative. They are mages at close quarters, somewhere between solitude, aggression and banality.
Florian Süssmayr, born in 1963 in Munich, Germany, lives and works in Munich.
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