b. 1963, Gföhl, Austria
Lives in Ohio
Known for his architecturally scaled light installations, Erwin Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3-D computer modeling back into architectural environments. In this body of work, space is experienced as a second skin, our social skin. Visual perception works in conjunction with corporeal motion, and the subsequent passage of time.
In Los Angeles, the Pacific Design Center’s new Red Building by Cesar Pelli features four permanent installations by Redl, to be completed in November 2012. He also recently won two major public art competitions in with installations now in progress for the New York Police Academy’s new building in Queens as well as the Union Square / Market Street subway station in San Francisco, California. In 2013 he will open a new installation at the Borusan Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
A computer-controlled 580-foot long outdoor LED-installation at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, is Redl’s largest work to date, completed in 2010. Among his most memorable of interventions was created for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, in a piece that covered the Whitney Museum's facade with a three multi-color LED veils. In 2008 he was commissioned by the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain, to create a sound and light installation for the Austrian Pavilion.
Redl’s work is collected privately as well as institutionally including the Whitney Museum ofAmerican Art New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Milwaukee Art Museum, among other national and international museums. His work can also be experienced in the permanent installations he has created for buildings and public spaces in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Arlington, Charlotte, and Birmingham.
Redl is presently an artist in residence at the Toldeo Museum of Art in Ohio. His past residencies include the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; MoMA/P.S.1 in Queens, New York; and the Art Omi International Artists Center in Ghent, New York. He holds two BA’s from Vienna Music Academy in Composition (1993) and Electronic Music (1991), as well as a MFA in Computer Art (1995) from the School of Visual Arts, which he
attended in New York on a Fulbright Scholarship.