Use Your Illusion

At the showcase of bb15 - space for contemporary art at the art fair in the State Gallery of Upper Austria FAXEN presented their work, “Use Your Illusion”. Consisting of a commercially available hardware store shelf, contain- ing the neon lettering “Use Your Illusion“. The installation refused to take part in the common practice of an art fair, and instead acted as a placeholder for a group exhibition curated by artist-group FAXEN in the premises of bb15. A contribution, as a subversive denial, interpretable as a comment or statement about the situation on site and the staging of art.
In the subsequent exhibition at bb15, the already used hardware store shelf acts as a recurring element to form the exhibition architecture. Based on these elements, the surrounding space is opened up by video projections and screens.
The focus of the exhibition is based on works at the interface between artistic realities and chimaera's in art. The works are addressing these topics and can be subsumed under the concept of illusion. Illusions in the artistic dis- course emerge,especially in relation to issues of aesthetics, presentation and staging.

Installation & exhibition
hardware store shelf, neon lettering, participating artists: Sam Bunn, Carola Dertnig, ekw14,90, FAXEN, Invernomuto, Tomáš Moravec, Alexandra Navratil, Roman Štětina, Jakub Vrba


  • Kunst Messe, Landesgalerie, Linz, 2012
  • Use Your Illusion, bb15, Linz, 14.11 - 23.11.2012