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Heidi Popovic - The Unspectacular Life.

Category: Portrait 4. June 2008

The little superhero, Superrobbie, who looks like a Playmobil figure, appears together with his other little brothers-in-arms in an image that resembles children's room wallpaper, strewn in cheerful crayon shades. Surrounded by cute little ducklings, little Superrobbie places himself in a scene of contrasting reality, toting a pistol in his hand. Stretched out before him are his dead teachers, who are embodied in a similar Playmobil form. The dark side of the image reveals itself in its title: “Erfurt”.

Christian Pölzler create his art under the brand name, Heidi Popovic, which may seem cynical at first, but actually isn’t. Through pop poster images, through decorative wallpaper samples, through advertisements that promise us that “everything is OK”, Pölzler salvages forgotten images and maps a modern political apocalypse.

The style of the artist’s works, with titles like “Erfurt”, “Enschede”, “9/11”, and “Fifty Years Contergan”, seems to be addressing the question, “What's new, Pussycat?” But Pölzler’s blend of art hacks away at neurotic societal preoccupations in a different way than say, Woody Allen. His mix of visual images, which depicts a version of insanity that has become normal to us, brings to mind the lucidity of Thomas Bernhard. Pölzler creates critical pop art. (wh/jn)

A number of the artist’s works can be seen in the Gallery Artmosphere by the curator Rudolf Budja.

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