Florian Pumhösl (b. 1971, Vienna) is a process-based artist who works at the interstices of architecture, modernist avant-garde movements such as the Bauhaus and graphic design. He studied at the Höhere Grafische Bundeslehr und Versuchsanstalt Wien (1989–91) and the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst Wien (1989–97). The extensive research he undertakes for each of his artistic projects often leads him to remote areas such as Finnish-Russian region of Karelia. He now lives and works in Vienna.
Pumhösl's art constitutes complex systems through painting, film and installation. The artist’s central engagement is with the legacy of modernism which he addresses through abstract visual referents, utopian architectural schemes and the photographic remnants of the propaganda movements from the early 20th century.
Pumhösl’s practice incorporates a lexicon of abstract forms. He focuses on a reductivist visual expression in which different typographical elements, and geometric shapes are drastically reduced to a minimalist aesthetic. Motifs are reinterpreted and rearranged into fragments that become part of the artist’s independent, and individualised, abstract visual language. Known to work across a wide range of mediums, Pumhösl has been lauded for his capacity as an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in both the genealogy of images and their political implications.
Recently, the artist has experimented with serial shapes and patterns that are pressed through rubberised stamps designed by Pumhösl himself. These images examine recurrent themes of printing and are often created through painted stamping mechanisms on plaster tiles or on painted glass. Within the exhibition context, Pumhösl pairs these static images with moving versions of these shapes and symbols created through film creating a deep site-specific engagement that enables the artist to fill the gallery space with his unique pictorial language.