Colourful, provocative, humorous and glamorous: During the past three decades, David LaChapelle has created an extraordinary and unmistakeable oeuvre that had a lasting influence on the aesthetics of the visual realm. For his fantastic exaggerated, flashy photographs the storyteller has staged numerous pop and movie stars. With hyper-real settings featuring gleaming and perfect bodies, bits and pieces of consumer culture and citations of natural beauty, he creates a bizarre tension between alienation and attraction that raises existential questions – of spirituality and religion, gender and sexuality, transience and exploitation.
Inspired by Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle started in the mid-eighties in New York to take photograph for international lifestyle magazines and exhibit his work. This was followed by shows in major museums and galleries around the world. Galerie OstLicht is pleased to presents in Vienna a comprehensive exhibition, featuring well-known icons of the photographer alongside three of his latest groups of works.
As a kick-off to the exhibition and the Life Ball a poster campaign in cooperation with Gewista with the images Once in the Garden (1) and Once in the Garden (2) will take place in public space starting May 12.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue edited by Peter Coeln and Reiner Opoku and published by Brandstätter Verlag (EUR 19.90).
Five percent of the net artwork sales profit will be donated to AIDS LIFE.