Fliegenfänger, Lois Weinberger
Lois Weinberger
Fliegenfänger
Back to top

Lois Weinberger

Fliegenfänger, 1976


Dimensions
57.0 x 45.0 cm
Physical Description
Fly strip with flies, brass nail, drawing pin and wooden frame
Inventory Number
2373
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from private property
Status
Not exhibited

Texts

About the Work

The lifespan of a housefly is just a few days - even shorter if it flies into a sticky flypaper at a speed of about two metres per second. For Lois Weinberger, the short life of a fly is a symbol of the cycle of life, and not least of our own transience. Using ordinary drawing pins, he fixes the fly strip dotted with their tiny dead bodies onto paper in the form of a cross; the pins and the cross both recall the Passion of Christ. This crude memento mori is then surrounded by a plain black wooden frame. Weinberger's work displays the characteristics typical of the fieldworkers who have been active since the 1970s, when artists began applying scientific methods to art in an ironic manner. The resulting work is, in the best sense of the word, 'povere' - raw, both in terms of form and content, and located somewhere between blasphemy and irony, and between Conceptual Art and the physicality of Viennese Actionism.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Fliegenfänger (Original Title)
Title Translation
Flycatcher
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Fly strip with flies, brass nail, drawing pin and wooden frame
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet unten rechts: Alois Weinberger / HASLACH

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Lois Weinberger
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from private property

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 11D121 cross as symbol of Christ
  • 25F711(FLY) insects: fly
  • 57AA6223 Ambuscade, Trap; 'Insidia' (Ripa)

More to discover

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last import

20.08.2019