May 20 – July 9, 2016

The title of this exhibition is a play on the famous phrase “irrational exuberance” used by former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute during the Dot-com bubble of the 1990s. In this case the title is the program. It refers to the artist’s strict methodologies which employ binary logic as well as tropes of minimalism to exuberant extremes. As demonstrated in his light installations and most recent kinetic works, a very restrained vocabulary due to the scale, repetition, and variations leads to a sense of deep corporeality. The meaning oscillates between the purely abstract and profound sensuality.


Redl_headshotBorn in Austria in 1963, Erwin Redl finished his studies at the Vienna Music Academy with a BA in Composition (1990) and BA in Electronic Music (1991). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in computer art at the School of Visual Arts, in NYC (MFA 1995). Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations.
The artist’s work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial by covering the Whitney Museum’s façade with three multicolor LED veils. In 2008, he created a sound and light installation for the Austrian Pavilion at the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain. The Pacific Design Center’s new Red Building by Cesar Pelli features four permanent installations by the artist completed in 2013. Redl’s largest work to date is a computer-controlled, 580-foot-long-LED-installation at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (completed in November 2010).
His work is collected by prestigious national and international institutions, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; as well as by private collectors.




Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light
Spartanburg, SC

The City of Spartanburg is planning temporary art installations on city-owned public spaces in ten neighborhoods. The project builds on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership, and neighborhood camaraderie. Artist Erwin Redl is collaborating with the city’s police and fire departments and neighborhood associations, selected through a competitive process, to design and develop LED light installations to transform open spaces and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. Mark Sloan is artistic director and curator for the project.


Cubes (3×16) from Erwin Redl on Vimeo.

Erwin Redl’s ART AS SYSTEM lecture, May 2016


Community Partners 2017