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The mind is a voice, the voice is blind, 2019–21

„The mind is a voice, the voice is blind“, examines the cognitive dialogue between memories and the conscious. Coming from personal experiences the work reflects on domestic and emotional violence, trauma and mental health and depicts a maturation process through four characters that struggle along the path of their future.

The body of work is structured as a series and designed as an installation that combines various media. It includes lens-based animated videos such as a 3D character who represents my ten-year-old alter ego, my childhood room as well as lens-based sculptures — all of which were generated from the personal archive material through various digital reconstruction methods and reflect patterns of being stuck in traumatic memories.

These digital modifications leave gaps on the archive photographs - memory errors of the software, which are detectable on the surfaces, textures, environments of the 3D animation videos and sculptural pieces as these distortions form an exact parallel to our cognitive memory process.

The approach of incorporating the pre-existing personal archive forms a way of creating new work from memory. With the core of the series circling around iterations of the photographic process, the body of work attempts to make memory of trauma tangible and reflects a search for a visual language that aims to deconstruct lived experiences as it tries to create an emotional layer through the medium itself.

Simon Lehner, The mind is a voice, the voice is blind, 2019–21, installation view
Simon Lehner, The mind is a voice, the voice is blind, 2019–21, installation view

installation views

Simon Lehner, First ever (Mom and me), 2020, acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate, 150 x 150 cm x 30 cm
Simon Lehner, First ever (Mom and me), 2020, acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate, 150 x 150 cm x 30 cm

The source material goes through various algorithmic stages that exctracts every pixel of the original photograph and forms a neurological parallel to our memory processes
acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate
150 x 150 cm x 30 cm

Simon Lehner, Selfportrait I, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, ​​​​​​​80 x 64 cm

pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
80 x 64 cm

Simon Lehner, Marker study II, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, ed. of 5 + 1AP, 130 x 101 cm
Simon Lehner, Marker study II, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, ed. of 5 + 1AP, 160 x 189 cm

Various postproduction-based symbols reflect the construction of longings in our mind and the construction of imagination through the medium.
pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
ed. of 5 + 1AP
130 x 101 cm, 160 x 189 cm

Simon Lehner, Childhood room 1996–2020, 3D animation Video, loop, filmstill

The video animation was generated entirely through multiple methods of manual and algorithmic iterations of the pre-existing archive images of my childhood room, which date back to 1996.
3D animation Video, loop

Simon Lehner, Boy III, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, ​​​​​​​80 x 64 cm

pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
80 x 64 cm

Simon Lehner, 5:30:11, 2020, acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate, 150 x 150 x 30 cm

acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate
150 x 150 x 30 cm

Simon Lehner, Hair on blanket, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, 64 x 80 cm

pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
64 x 80 cm

Simon Lehner, Archive material selfportait, 2005–2020, 3D animation video, loop, videostill

The 3D character is generated through a method of digitally exctracting data from multiple lens-based archive images that depict me as a ten-year-old
3D animation video, loop

Simon Lehner, Bottle–test, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, 64 x 80 cm

pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
64 x 80 cm

Simon Lehner, DuraLife, 2020, acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate, 18 x 13 x 4 cm
Simon Lehner, DuraLife, 2020, acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate, 18 x 13 x 4 cm

acrylic on unique lens-based wood plate
18 x 13 x 4 cm

Simon Lehner, Safespace study II (Palms Springs), 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, 130 x 101 cm

pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
130 x 101 cm

Simon Lehner, Boy I, 2020, pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed, 80 x 64 cm

pigment print on Hahnemühle Ultra Smooth mounted on Alu-Dibond, framed
80 x 64 cm

Simon Lehner, Archive Material dance, 2005–2020, 3D animation video, loop, videostill

3D animation video, loop

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Simon Lehner

Simon Lehner's still young work - the Vienna-based artist was born in 1996 - is characterized by a recurring traumatic structure. A structure in which human emotions and memories converge with processes of artificial intelligence that reconstruct the past, the buried or the repressed, but also deform it and remove it from human control. In this way, works are created that draw on private and public image archives and work on a contemporary iconography of the psychic state of emergency. A state that not least shakes male self-images, which are in any case and rightly in question, but which Lehner also problematizes as a highly ambivalent question of identity and toxic masculinity. Lehner moves pictorially between classical photography, digital forms of production, and painting.



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