Josef Zekoff – Solo 2018

Josef Zekoff Solo May 4th – June 1st. 2018

Opening Friday May 4th. / 5-8PM / 2018


Josef Zekoff’s paintings occupy a shimmering interstitial space. They seem like hybrids of ornaments, maps and stick figures. They are probably easiest to identify by the labyrinth symbol, but this is a keyword that only increases the open questions. The term has long separated from its origins; it is said to have been coined for an early urban settlement built of stone, probably on Crete, which was novel and unusual for its time. But the greater part of its history connotes a puzzle or mystery, a complex in which every visitor loses their orientation, maybe never to find the exit.

These paintings retain that fascination with unsettling perplexity. On the wall, they provide no clear information about their meaning. Symbol, figure, plan, impression or draft—none of these meanings are precluded and none alone would be exhaustive. The overview adds another perspective, their effect within an exhibition, as well as newest findings, such as that the human brain also is composed of such ramifications, in which thoughts seek certainty like visitors of memories, while they imperceptibly take on a new shape, becoming messages that no-one understands yet.

Walking is known to help with thinking; how seeing helps thoughts is far less clear. That is where Josef Zekoff draws the viewer. He seduces the eye to wander, and he stops it like a traffic signal, he offers a hint of clarity and simple forms, repetition and reduction, but then the feasability of a direct interpretation is again thwarted. What time are we in? In the sphere of archeology or on another planet? Could the painting be used, do its lines teach? These displacements in depth and in space, on the surface of the material and behind the symbolic belong to the complex in which he finds his images.

Text by Roberto Ohrt

Link to BIO



Josef Zekoff
1977 Born in Vienna, painter and publisher,
co-founder of Harpune Verlag Wien

Exhibitions (selected from 2015)
Sunday-S Gallery, Kopenhagen (Danmark), Katalog
Galerie Sabine Knust, München (Tyskland), Katalog
»BOXPLAY« – Groupshow, 8. Salon, Hamburg (Tyskland)
»Ein Tun ohne Bild« – Groupshow, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen (Tyskland)
»verlassen auf mein Herz« – Groupshow, Galerie im Künstlerhaus, Leonberg (Tyskland)- Katalog

»Lob des Schattens« – Groupshow, Marc Straus, New York (USA), Katalog
»Selvskabt Modvind« – Groupshow, Sunday-S Gallery, Kopenhagen (Danmark)
»Rendez-Vous« – Groupshow, Montreuil (Frankrig)
»Back to the Shack« – Groupshow, Meliksetian | Briggs, West Hollywood (USA)
»Visitez Ma Tente« – Groupshow, Warhus Rittershaus, Köln (Tyskland)
»ba ≠ b+a« – Groupshow, MUSA – Wien Museum, Wien (Østrig), Katalog
»chaque wind-GenÄir8töZ Bild is sense de la vie = 6+3+2« – Groupshow, Body and Soul, Genf (Schweiz)

»New Alexandria«, Galerie Thimme, Karlsruhe (Tyskland)
»Der Funke soll in Dir sein« – Groupshow, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin (Tyskland)
»1. Wiener Kunstausstellung; J. Zekoff/A. Butzer«, Arnold Schönbergraum/Harpune Verlagsmuseum, Wien (Østrig)- Katalog
»Flamingo Flametti« mit S. Bogner, Tal R, A. Heil, J. Zekoff – Zumikon, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg (Tyskland), Katalog

„Arthur Cravan“- Groupshow,8. Salon, Hamburg (Tyskland), Katalog
„Officer Appopriation“;8. Salon, Hamburg (Tyskland)
„Aufstellung – Element 1“;Mittwochsausstellung, Ve.sch, Wien (Østrig)
„Picasso in der Kunst der Gegenwart“;Groupshow, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (Tyskland)

Link to Feature With Josef Zekoff 

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