Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2016

Jan, Feb, Mar

Alwin Lay | Visual Artist

Alwin Lay
Alwin Lay
Born in Lugoj, Romania
Diploma of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne Mischa Kuball, Johannes Wohnseifer and Christopher Williams
2011 – 2013
Guest student at the Dusseldorf Art Academy with Christopher Williams
In the curatorial team of Simultanhalle Cologne
Lives and works in Cologne

Alwin Lay graduated from Düsseldorf Academy (class of Christopher Williams) and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Recent exhibitions includes his solo show in 2015 at NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (Catalog) and participations in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Kunstverein der Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.

Although the meticulously staged artworks of 1984 born artist Alwin Lay are especially founded in the medium of video, photography and installation, a sculptural origin cannot be denied. Even so, Lay’s works are not a mere reflection of the relationship between photographed image and sculpture as they deliberately play with intuitive expectations that form the contexts of our everyday experiences. Similar to the methods of a magician, Lay uses these everyday situations as a foundation for the manipulation of their physical, temporal and aesthetic laws. The result is an array of strange or absurd, humoristic interludes. Lay intentionally creates seemingly surreal moments and sequences, in which antecedents and anticipated outcomes are interrupted by narrative vacancies. At the same time Alwin Lay’s simulations create a space of contemporarneity in which the beholder can only linger and experience the present moment.