by Ariadna Zierold
Austrian artist Peter Kogel mixes architecture and geometric patterns to create dazzling public environments. By painting contoured black, and sometimes red, lines onto plain walls, floors, ceilings and hallways, he creates dizzying surroundings that are both magical and visually arresting. His painted pipes and tracks create unique spatial illusions bringing energy and movement to otherwise lifeless public spaces.
Kogler has been playing with spatial illusion since the 80’s and is one of the pioneers of computer-generated art. His eye-catching designs turn a two-dimensional work of art into 3-dimensional spaces that are difficult to forget.
Pop Art movement and the Russian Avant-garde are big influences in his pieces, but his most recent works take inspiration from computer games and digital revolution. This tool allows him to create impressive extraordinary landscapes that, although static, emulate a disorienting movement.
Kogler’s work can be seen in subway stations and airports’ parking lots, sometimes accompanied by sonic artist Franz Pomassl’s acoustic elements to extend to the visual perception.