BIGTIME is the first solo exhibition of the Viennese artist Axel Schindler. His works deal in a humorous way with the consumer society and play with the viewer’s perception.
BIGTIME invites to discover the hidden side behind the obvious and the ugliness of the nice.
BIGTIME is a sum up of the extremities of subjects, objects and actions.
BIGTIME to be discovered.
Axel Schindler was born in 1991 in Vienna, where he currently lives and works.
Meeting him in the family shop “Graf und Gräfin vom Raimundhof”, one can already discover some of his artworks - prints on paper and wood. The artist and illustrator likes to be a bit edgy, avoids plain and flat results by adding extras in his work. During his studies at “Die Graphische”, in Vienna, he had the opportunity to figure out what he likes the most: illustration, which breaks the rules of graphic design. With his masterclass diploma work “Delicatesse” he first showed that he wants to go his own way, and this brought him first public recognition.
Immediate responses from passers-by at his shop or at design markets such as Feschmarkt, Axel Schindler finds motivating and important for his creative path. It is that feedback that “allows” him to keep drawing with humor and always include something that brings a smile to people's faces or creates a moment of surprise after discovering a “hidden” part behind the obvious.
Axel Schindler also believes that it is important to see the artist behind the artwork. In drawing he sees the possibility of specific expression, development and working with people’s reaction. He is a lot inspired by music - his second big passion which he prefers to keep for himself, as a gateway to freedom at any moment. Other inspirations - black & white illustration, Japanese Manga, 50’ & 60’ and stand-up philosophers. After a mural for Absolut Vodka at DO-AN in Vienna this summer, a selection of his artworks will be seen in his first solo show at Improper Walls.
Photos by Mani Froh //