Review of Arrested Ascent by Su Hyun Nam May 4, 2011
Stagl moves his work between digital and tangible realities in order to reposition himself relative to architecture. In the digital reality he takes over the authority of those magnificent objects in the real world, distorting and rearranging them in order to examine and look into them further. Sometimes he combines unrelated ones and finds something in common or transpose their meanings in real world. As the virtual models become tangible objects, they have the power to call back people’s memory, and tell a history of human life.
In Along the Axis (2011) as he reorders the structure of a church, which is the symbol of authority and sanctuary, converting it into a fragile object, he attempts to reveal what it has cherished and what we could not have seen behind conventional belief systems. I could imagine those who have longing, emotional trauma and belief in divinity, come and tell their story in there. A church looks like a vessel for hope and story of human to me. That could be the reason traditionally the church room is seen as a ship.