All you can
Is there any beauty in abundance?
»These are portraits of our unrestrained mania for growth, and addiction to consumption enforced by the system. Robert Staudinger has photographic models stuff fast food into themselves, until their attractive faces become distorted into grotesque caricatures. The cheeks of the anonymous faces are filled to excess.
The uncultured nature of excess not only does not suit us: it turns against us. By means of an over-sized magnifying glass in front of each portrait, the observer is confronted with a bulging image of greed, gluttony and excess in hyper-realistic sharpness. It is the ambivalence between the aesthetics and reflection of everyday “mortal sins” that fascinates us in Robert Staudinger’s facial landscapes.«
ZS ART GALERIE,
» It’s quite alright if some audiences feel irritated upon their first encounter with Robert Staudinger’s images, because the artist is not content with visual flatteries or conceptual evasions. Their subtle mixture of an ethical fundamental impulse, perfectionistic realisation and a magnetically pulsating expressivity challenges the person standing before them to cast aside traditional clichés of viewing.
Penetrating through to the inner substance of these extraordinary works requires the courage to engage in introspection.
Narcissistic desires and fantasies of beauty are unmasked through an almost microscopic inspection of the flesh’s surfaces, and the half-truth intentions of moralising facades are likewise exposed through mouths stuffed to overflowing. The illusion of corporeality is just as incapable of persevering against Staudinger as the belief in lucidly digestible worlds.
Almost like a surgeon he dissects the limitations of the human eye, while simultaneously indulging us with the complex innards of a delicately refined aesthetic.
It is no light fare, but is nonetheless irresistible, because Staudinger shows that beauty does not always mean being beautiful but can be beautiful nevertheless. «