N.D.C.M. Fröhlich, A fox at the Belvedere, Collage on Fujicolor Crystal with gold leaf, Vienna series, Edition 50, 2022
The popular “Vienna series“ – a tribute to the artist‘s hometown – fascinates its audience with its sheer richness of detail, hand-applied gold leaf background, as well as a humorous touch à la N.D.C.M.
In these collages, the artist presents a parallel world where animals walk the empty streets of Vienna around 1900. After research through thousands of old photographs from the period 1890-1930, archived in the National Library in Vienna, the most beautiful motifs were carefully selected and replicated on crystal supreme photopaper, in a strictly limited edition.
This project, which combines N.D.C.M.’s love for animals, his penchant for black-andwhite photography and attributes of Viennese Secessionism, is his most successful series of collages.
Nikolaus Dominik Cyril Merlin Fröhlich (1989*), N.D.C.M. for short, has been making collages from found and collected materials since 2011. He was inspired to his artistic work by his two artist grandfathers Josef Pillhofer and Rudolf Polanszky, who taught him as a child to go his own way artistically and to create works that clearly position themselves with their own visual language. His collected materials range from 1960s fashion magazines from to old photographs of big cities and animals. His images are created exclusively by hand, in a period of 6 months to 2.5 years, the time he needs to find individual elements with the right size and color in order for them to fit together perfectly. Each of his works tries either to describe a feeling he had, to preserve the past or to tell a story. Each motif he creates has several editions, however, each picture is made unique through the application of gold leaf by the artist himself.
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