Monument to the Free World, alkyd on canvas, 2014

Monument to the Free World, alkyd on canvas, 2014

not yet titled, alkyd on canvas, 2013

not yet titled, alkyd on canvas, 2013

Second Decade, alkyd on canvas, 2013

Second Decade, alkyd on canvas, 2013

First Decade, acrylic and alkyd on canvas, 2013

First Decade, acrylic and alkyd on canvas, 2013

Multicultural Painting, alkyd on canvas, 2012

Multicultural Painting, alkyd on canvas, 2012

Repeating Pattern, pencil on archival paper, 2012

Repeating Pattern, pencil on archival paper, 2012

Ritual, alkyd and acrylic on canvas, 2012

Ritual, alkyd and acrylic on canvas, 2012

Art Lover T-shirts, installation, printed textile, wire, 2012

Art Lover T-shirts, installation, printed textile, wire, 2012

I am an Artist…, video poem in edition of six, 11’47”, 2012

Photos from the exhibition Other Side of a Painting

Message to Gagosian, photo-performance, 2012

Message to Gagosian, photo-performance, 2012

Dwelling in the Abstract Ghetto, alkyd on canvas, 2012

Dwelling in the Abstract Ghetto, alkyd on canvas, 2012

Heritage, alkyd on canvas, 2012

Heritage, alkyd on canvas, 2012

Exercise of Attention, video, 8’4’’, 2012

Exercise of Attention is an exercise for people who stutter, used every day to relax their speech apparatus and to train body and speech control. The stutterer ‘sings’ words by singing individual letters and ‘writing’ them in the air. Each ascending and descending line consists of eight tones in duration of two seconds per tone. This exercise emphasizes on controlling different aspects of body and speech apparatus at the same time, paying attention to timing, pitch, hand movement, control of lips, visualization of letters and words etc.

Deriving from his personal experience as stutterer as well as an artist, Kleindienst points out the dominance of form over context in contemporary art system and society in general, where social skills and representation often produce more personal and professional success than contextually relevant production. The video Exercise of Attention shows the artist practicing the speech exercise in order to improve his rhetorical skills (rather than, for example focusing on practicing skills that would contribute to production of a better artwork), while at the same time giving a statement on the respective issue (‘art is form’).

Boy with Butterflies, acrylic and print on canvas, 2012 

Boy with Butterflies, acrylic and print on canvas, 2012