Born 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.
ARTIST’S WEBSITE: www.paramedia.net
Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light
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.
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