See how Peter Kogler’s hypnotic installations transform rooms

Peter Kogler - Dimensions, 2011
Peter KoglerDimensions, 2011

Who is Peter Kogler?

Peter Kogler is a renowned artist from Austria that currently works and lives in Vienna. Kogler is best known for his different psychedelic room installations. Through his paintwork and his intricate projections, he transforms ordinary looking rooms and spaces such as lobbies, galleries, and transit centers by making them look twisted, warped or distorted, which in turn has a psychedelic effect on the public.

Biography

Kogler was born in 1959 but is today regarded as a famous pioneer in the field of computer-generated art. Although his work spans decades (more than 30 years), his installations continue to improve regarding design and depth, which has allowed him to experience success throughout his career. At the start of his career, he dabbled in painting and experimental filmmaking but settled on computer technology in 1984.

Kogler uses different mediums

Kogler’s room installations explore vital concepts in his art, such as modularity and repetition. The rooms alter one’s perception of architecture, which serves as the primary medium for his art. Aside from his dizzying rooms, Kogler is also a performance, film and video artist and a sculptor.

Peter Kogler’s Rooms

For his Rooms installations, Kogler essentially uses hypnotizing line designs to affect the viewer’s perception in unique and unnatural ways. He transforms ordinary spaces into virtual mazes with different interesting lines, creating a feeling of undefined movement for everyone who experiences his various room installations.

Most of his room installations are mainly 2D in nature, allowing them to be more eye-catching and engaging. They do a great job of inviting the user to interact with their surroundings and allow audiences to view old environments in new and unforeseen ways.

Video: Peter Kogler speaks about his work

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Technique & medium

Most of the backgrounds that he prefers to use are white, and the intersecting lines are often bold. To ensure that the audience indeed gets lost in his installations, he mixes whites, blacks, and sometimes reds to create stark contrasts that generate a dramatic illusion. Aside from lines, he also uses geometrical elements similarly.

Conclusion

With each work and each viewer, the experience and perception are different and unexpected, making the room installations fascinating for anyone who experiences them. His multifaceted style complements whichever medium he uses, whether it is an art space or a subway station.

Kogler’s works have been featured in numerous collections and museums as well as in popular public spaces across the world. Because of his unique approach, he has managed to create an absorbing and impressive composition of works.

Selected works

Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome 2018
Peter Kogler - Room, Dream, Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome 2018
Peter Kogler – Dream, installation view, Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome, 2018
Peter Kogler - Room, Dream, Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome 2018
Peter Kogler – Dream, installation view, Chiostro Del Bramante, Rome, 2018
Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, Austria, 2018
Peter Kogler - Room, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, 2018
Peter Kogler – Installation view, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, 2018
Peter Kogler - Room, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, 2018
Peter Kogler – Installation view, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, 2018
Peter Kogler - Room, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, 2018
Peter Kogler – Installation view, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck, 2018
Willkommen im Labyrinth, Marta Herford, Germany, 2018
Peter Kogler - Room, Willkommen im Labyrinth, Marta Herford, 2018
Peter Kogler – Willkommen im Labyrinth, installation view, Marta Herford, 2018, photo: Hans Schroeder
Peter Kogler - Room, Willkommen im Labyrinth, Marta Herford, 2018
Peter Kogler – Willkommen im Labyrinth, installation view, Marta Herford, 2018, photo: Hans Schroeder
Peter Kogler - Room, Willkommen im Labyrinth, Marta Herford, 2018
Peter Kogler – Willkommen im Labyrinth, installation view, Marta Herford, 2018, photo: Hans Schroeder
Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria, 2014
Peter Kogler - Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2014 - 1
Peter Kogler – Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria, 2014
Peter Kogler - Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2014
Peter Kogler – Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria, 2014
Astana Contemporary Art Center, Kazakhstan, Artists & Robots, 2017
Peter Kogler - o.T., Astana Contemporary Art Center, Artists & Robots, 2017
Peter Kogler – o.T., installation view, Artists & Robots, Astana Contemporary Art Center, Kazakhstan, 2017
Peter Kogler - o.T., Astana Contemporary Art Center, Artists & Robots, 2017
Peter Kogler – o.T., installation view, Artists & Robots, Astana Contemporary Art Center, Kazakhstan, 2017
Subway station Karlsplatz, Wien, 2011/12, Vienna
U-Bahn Karlsplatz, Wien, 2011:12, photo Iris Ranzinger
Peter Kogler – Subway station Karlsplatz, Wien, 2011/12, photo: Iris Ranzinger
documenta IX, 1992 & documenta X, 1997
Peter Kogler - Ants, Museum Fridericanum, Kassel, Germany, documenta IX, 1992, Photo Dirk Pauwels
Peter Kogler – Ants, Museum Fridericanum, Kassel, Germany, documenta IX, 1992, photo: Dirk Pauwels
Peter Kogler - Documentahalle Kassel, Germany, documenta X, 1997, Photo Werner Maschmann
Peter Kogler – Documentahalle Kassel, Germany, documenta X, 1997, photo: Werner Maschmann
Peter Kogler - Documentahalle Kassel, Germany, documenta X, 1997, Photo Werner Maschmann
Peter Kogler – Documentahalle Kassel, Germany, documenta X, 1997, photo: Werner Maschmann
Peter Kogler - Documentahalle Kassel, Germany, documenta X, 1997, Photo Werner Maschmann
Peter Kogler – Documentahalle Kassel, Germany, documenta X, 1997, photo: Werner Maschmann
Brussels, 2016
Peter Kogler - Art Brussels 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – Art Brussels 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - Art Brussels 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – Art Brussels 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - Art Brussels 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – Art Brussels 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - Art Brussels 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – Art Brussels 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - Art Brussels 2016
Peter Kogler – Art Brussels 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo Vincent Everarts 1
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler - ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo Vincent Everarts
Peter Kogler – ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016, photo: Vincent Everarts
Kunsthalle Krems, 1996
Peter Kogler - Ohne Titel, Kunsthalle Krems, 1996, Photo Margherita Spiluttini
Peter Kogler – Ohne Titel, Kunsthalle Krems, 1996, photo: Margherita Spiluttini
Peter Kogler - Ohne Titel, Kunsthalle Krems, 1996, Photo Margherita Spiluttini
Peter Kogler – Ohne Titel, Kunsthalle Krems, 1996, photo: Margherita Spiluttini
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010
Peter Kogler - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010, Projektion photo Norbert Miguletz
Peter Kogler – Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010, photo: Norbert Miguletz
Peter Kogler - Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010, Projektion
Peter Kogler – Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010, photo: Norbert Miguletz
Other works
Peter Kogler - MSU, museum of contemporary art Zagreb, 2014
Peter Kogler – MSU, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2014
Peter Kogler - Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lissabon, 2009
Peter Kogler – Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lissabon, 2009
Peter Kogler - Sigmund Freud Museum, Schauraum, Wien, 2015
Peter Kogler – Sigmund Freud Museum, Schauraum, Wien, 2015
Peter Kogler - DIRIMART Gallery, Istanbul, 2011
Peter Kogler – Dirimart, Istanbul, 2011
Peter Kogler - Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, 2017
Peter Kogler – Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, 2017

All images: Atelier Kogler unless otherwise noted.

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