The increasing number of surveillance cameras in public space caused various discussions about the violation of privacy over the last couple of years. What is meant to protect us becomes to a constant threat. The misuse of recorded material as well as technical failure are further aspects one has to take into account when discussing this form of state’s engagement in people’s privacy.
Austrian artist Stylianos Schicho illustrates in his large-scale paintings what the individual looks like from the perspective of the all seeing surveillance camera. In front of Schicho’s paintings the viewer himself becomes the observing subject met by the protagonist’s killing glance. The large bloodshot eyes of the figures catch the viewer being a voyeur.
By employing the format of multi panel paintings, the artwork by Stylianos Schicho only seems to be a detail of a larger scene, which could be completed by adding another panel. But in fact it is the viewer’s associative imagination developing a story around the painted details.
Moreover does the white panel, always forming the background in Schicho’s figurative paintings, connect to the walls of a white cube in a way that the protagonists seem to be detached from the canvas, ready to move. The motion however that is just about to be accelerated is by no means of free choice as is indicated by remote controls, joy-sticks, headphones and computers, symbols of surveillance and control of our society.
place & year of birth
Vienna, Austria, 1977
studies of painting and graphics (Professor W. Herzig)
Diploma, University of Applied Arts (Vienna)
Stylianos Schicho. All you can eat, Lukas Feichtner Gallery,Vienna/AT
Stylianos Schicho. Der beobachtete Beobachter, Kunsthalle Krems/AT
1st Danube Biennale, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava
For Security Reasons, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam/NL
Pilotenkueche ganz und gar, Leipzig/Baumwollspinnerei
Flavors of Austria TAF the Art Foundation, Athens/GR, Group Exhibition
Pilotenkueche, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig/Germany
Latest Works, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Wien/AT
Walter Koschatzky Artprice 2007, Mumok, Vienna/AT
RED, Gallery Frey, Vienna/AT
REAL, Kunsthalle Krems/AT
Strange Cargo, quartier21/Museumsquartier Vienna/AT
Christian Eisenberger – Dies ist doch kein Porno, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz/AT
Nairobi Retour, Kunsthalle Wien, project space, Vienna/AT
Galerie Frey, Vienna, “New Perspectives”
Grand Prix of the 1st Danube Biennale, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava
Collection of the cityVienna, Musa, Vienna/AT
Collection Leopold Museum, Vienna/AT
Artprize of Pöchlarn/AT
Walter Koschatzky Artprice
Art Collection, University of Applied Arts, Vienna/AT
Sophie und Emanuel Fohn scholarship
Artprize of Ternitz/AT
Ternitz Art Collection /AT