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For Man Cannot Be a Dog - Novelle montage No 1
Solo exhibition and book presentation in the Kunstpavillon der Tiroler Künstlerschaft in Innsbruck from 30.1. - 14.03.2015

Text about the exhibition by Ms.Mag. Ingeborg Erhart (curator and director of the Tiroler Künstlerschaft)


Excerpts from the book (of the same name) appearing for the exhibition are staged as an accessible narrative in this project.
By contrast to the book, in which the works necessarily occupy a fixed position, the narrative within space allows for a non-linear form of reception, which is part of the intended conception during installation, but equally escapes my direction because every visitor moves differently within the space, so creating his or her own individual novelle montage.

In this story the dog is a metaphor of man's longing for an ingenuous life.
But neither the human capacity for thought nor acquired knowledge are reversible.
Art and culture are the key - there is no escape.
For man cannot be a dog.








Entry situation Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, 2015
Photo: WEST.Fotostudio




Right: The title-page of the book
An extended online version of the book is available for free. Go to online book
View into the book and cover of the printed version. Go to book



Views of the exhibition, Kunstpavillon Innsbruck 2015
(Individual works, see page below)
Photos: WEST.Fotostudio


Wall text (written with brush)

Video: Dog wagging its tail (mechanical nativity scene Altötting), 2012


Some works from the series
Photos: WEST.Fotostudio

Roof Terrace with Man and Dog
Oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm, 2014
  Dog in a Ruined New Building (in Northern Cyprus)
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 2011
Strays Living at the Golden Horn
Oil on canvas, 130 x 150 cm, 2014
  Curs in Kathmandu
Pencil/Watercolour on paper, 50 x 65 cm, 2014
Dog in the Grave of St. Barnabas (in Northern Cyprus)
Oil on canvas, 165 x 155 cm, 2013
  If the Dog Can Choose ...
Collage (Photograph/pencil drawing), 70 x 100 cm, 2013
Oil on canvas, 100 x 30 cm, 2013
  Curiosity Cabinet with Cynocephalus
Pencil/Watercolour on paper, 50 x 62 cm, 2013
A bauble - a naught. What the hand of man hath wrought
(or: Michel Houellebecq in Schönbrunn)
Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm, 2012
  Linoleum-Intarsia, lino-prints mounted, á 75 x 105 cm, 2014
And: Ovid´s Dream, Cut out, pencil/watercolour on paper, framed between acrylic glass plates, 110 x 110 cm, 2014
Death and the Young Girl
Oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm, 2014
  The Second Attempt
Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm, 2012

The Second Attempt   — Reset —  (video work)
Action to paint over a globe on New Year's Eve 2013/2014. Maria Peters and Gunter Bakay paint over all the names, places, countries, national borders and other labels invented by man on a globe. A poetic gesture.
The action took place in the gallery A4 - Garage Span in Innsbruck.


Go to video at


The Second Attempt   — Reset —
Object. 2014


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