Verein Panorama Damtschach  



Michael Huey


24. April bis 22. Mai 2010





If it is not unusual for people to stay over as ‘houseguests’, it is expected that they leave their own homes behind when they visit: other houses are seldom invited in.

For Houseguests I have chosen a group of images – mostly of 1950s American rooms in a 1760s style – to hang in the 1820s rooms of Schloss Damtschach. Oriented toward European models, the American interiors nevertheless bear a rather awkward relationship to the salon and dining room where they are on display at Damtschach: now no longer themselves rooms, but having become something decorative to hang in a room, they are perhaps somewhat ill at ease – houseguests often are – as mere representations of themselves.

Ever younger than Damtschach, the spaces they depict appear nevertheless precociously ‘older’. Now, moreover, they are gone from the world entirely. That they came and went in what was a brief space of time for Damtschach, reminds me a little of the death of a child, and the pictures have something of that sadness, as well as a kind of knowingness, that comes with having passed prematurely.

Houseguests is supplemented by a video in the gallery space that allows a visiting garden, too, to make an appearance. Moving pictures of flowers blooming, water splashing, cells photosynthesizing, life being lived – all more than seventy years ago. The breeze rustling the flowers came and went before the time of the Second World War, as fugitive as a breath exhaled. It is as though time itself has come to Damtschach on Sommerfrische.



Michael Huey

Solo Exhibitions
2010 • upcoming Story Problems, Josh Lilley Gallery, London
2009 • Don't Say Things, KUNSTHALLE Wien im MQ
2009 • ASH, inc., Song Song, Vienna
2007 • Keep in Safe Place, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
2007 • Ruined Album, Blumen, Vienna
2007 • Betsy and I Killed the Bear, Charim Galerie, Vienna
2005 • Full Death, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna

Group Shows and Collections (selected)
2009 • Forschungsbericht, COCO, Vienna, curated by Severin Dünser and Christian Kobald
2009 • The Red Thread, Galerie Dana Charkasi, Vienna, curated by Julie Ryan
2008 • The Sugar Show, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
2008 • In-Visible Spaces, Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome
2008 • Lost + Found, Schloss Hollenburg, curated by Maximilian von Geymüller
2008 • Ein fürstliches Halali, Burg Forchtenstein, curated by Stefan Körner
2008 • Next, Chicago (Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York)
2007 • Artissima, Torino (Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York)
2007 • Art Under Glass (no. 3), Macy's Herald Square, New York
2007 • VOLTAshow 03, Basel (Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York)
2006 • Drawing Room, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
2006 • The Image is Gone, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna
2004 • The Rose Garden Without Thorns, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna






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Bedroom (no. 1), 2010
Based on a transparency by Charles Rushing, ca. 1952
C-print, diasec-mounted on aluminum, 40 x 40 cm

Bedroom (no. 2) 2010
Based on a transparency by Charles Rushing, ca. 1952
C-print, diasec-mounted on aluminum, 40 x 40 cm