Thomas Albdorf was born
in Linz, Upper Austria in 1982. After working for several years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director,
he studied Transmediale Kunst at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2013.
Despite working with various media, his main interest focuses on photography and sculpture – in particular, the
intersection area between both practices, their shifting perceptions
and the decontextualization caused by internet distribution.
His work has been exhibited throughout galleries in Austria, Germany,
Sweden, UK & the United States, and has been featured / interviewed
in magazines and blogs like It's Nice That, Tell mum Everything is
okay, A5 Magazine, Eloquence Magazine, Aint Bad, FM4, Mossless and many more.
He currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
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Copyright (c) 2009 - 2014 Thomas Albdorf
2013 _ BLOG RE-BLOG (curated by Max Marshall and Paul Paper), Signal Gallery
, NY / USA
2013 _ What You Want
(curated by Matthew Leifheit), The Camera Club of New York, NY / USA
2013 _ HOT BED
, TGIF Gallery, NY / USA
2013 _ Former Writer: Colour on Surface @ M&C Saatchi Corporate Online Gallery
2013 _ MULTISTABLE (curated by Sarah Duncan), The Owl, Austin TX / USA
2013 _ Former Writer: Colour on Surface (graduation show), Heiligenkreuzerhof / University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria
2013 _ Sraunus Cardiff
(curated by Paul Paper & Rowan Lear), Arcadecardiff, Cardiff / UK
2013 _ DATA Gallery - Exhibition N°2: Muse, curated by Anne Bertrand & Étienne Saint-Denis
2012 _ Sraunus Gothenburg
(curated by Paul Paper), Nextart Gallery, Gothenburg / Sweden
2012 _ Aufheben
(curated by Aaron Hegert & Zachary Norman), Fuller Projects Gallery, Bloomingten, IN / USA
2012 _ hm und mh, Hufak Off Space, University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria
2012 _ The Essence 12, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna / Austria
2012 _ Aint-Bad Magazine / Issue Three: Hyperlinked Exhibition, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA / USA
2012 _ Naked Fire, Kunstpavillon Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck / Austria
2012 _ Mit sofortiger Wirkung – Interventionen "Again & Again", Kunsthalle Wien / project space Karlsplatz, Vienna / Austria
2012 _ imitation imitation, Hufak Off Space, University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria
2011 _ Universals (curated by Oliver Udy), Fringe Arts Bath, Bath / UK
2011 _ remove – reuse – recycle, Forum Stadtpark, Graz / Austria
2011 _ Japan Charity Exhibition, gallery base level, Vienna / Austria
2011 _ Kunstüberforschen, schikaneder, Vienna / Austria
2010 _ schik IV - Family, schikaneder, Vienna / Austria
2010 _ Videoromanzen 2, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster / Germany
2010 _ Holy Ghost @ Off Modern (Curated by Holy Ghost Zine), London / UK
2010 _ Other Dimensions, schikaneder, Vienna / Austria
Selected publications, articles and features
2014 _ print _ Selected as one of British Journal of Photography's Ones to Watch 2014
2014 _ online _ "It's Nice That" about "Crystal Method" for CUT Magazine # 10
2013 _ online _ Phaidon UK - 2013 The year in photography
2013 _ print _ Computer Arts Collection Volume 2 Part 5 (photography issue) - "Material Assemblage"
2013 _ print _ YET zine
2013 _ print _ Nylon Magazine South Korea April 2013
2013 _ online _ Phaidon UK - "Thomas Albdorf on keeping still life alive"
2013 _ online _ 12-52
2013 _ online _ Feature Shoot
2013 _ online _ "It's Nice That" about "Former Writer"
2013 _ online _ 7000WORDS
2013 _ online _ CULT
2013 _ online _ Self Publish, Be Happy
2013 _ online _ Disturber
2013 _ online _ The Latent Image
2013 _ online _ DUST Magazine
2013 _ online _ Phases Mag
2013 _ online _ Stampsy
2013 _ online _ People of Print
2013 _ online _ YET magazine issue 2
2013 _ online _ Soramimi
2013 _ online _ je suis perdu
2012 _ print _ Aint-Bad Magazine / Issue Three: Hyperlinked (Aint Bad)
2012 _ print _ Again and Again / project space Karlsplatz Exhibition Catalogue
2012 _ online _ Booooooom!
2012 _ online _ 5 on 1 - Still Life
2012 _ online _ The Incoherent Light
2012 _ online _ CZE Magazine 12
2012 _ online _ Of The Holy Blood
2012 _ online _ Make Space
2012 _ online _ This Isn't Us
2012 _ online _ je suis perdu
2011 _ print _ Tell mum everything is ok n°5 - Stigma (Éditions FP&CF)
2011 _ print _ A5 Magazine No. 11 - Home (A5 Magazine
2011 _ print _ Blossoms of a Multitude - Transmediale Kunst/Brigitte Kowanz (publisher), Vienna 2011
2011 _ print _ Kunstüberforschen - Exhibition Catalogue
2011 _ print _ Thomas Albdorf (the velvet cell books) / thevelvetcell.com
2011 _ online _ I like this blog
2011 _ online _ Art Sponge
2011 _ online _ Clik Clk
2011 _ online _ Oitzarisme
2010 _ online _ Not Content
2010 _ online _ Booooooom!
2002 - 2005 Graphic Design and Communications College / Goethestrasse 17, Linz / Austria
2008 - 2013 Transmediale Kunst (class of Brigitte Kowanz), University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria
"Style and substance are sometimes bafflingly considered as competitors in an artist’s work,
while it would be more correct to expect that – in order to create something remarkable –
they should actually compenetrate each other. This is what happens in the work of Thomas Albdorf.
[…] Thomas Albdorf’s photographs deal mainly in manipulation of the landscape and composition,
characteristics that underline the thoughtfulness of the author’s process and his ability:
Albdorf shows a deft hand in taking objects and refashioning them in new tools or shapes […].
The landscape is often treated as part of the work itself and becomes almost sculptural in and of itself,
particularly in the series “Soft and Lucent” and “I’m not yet out of the Woods”.
Cecilia Manfredi on disturber.net
"In his new series Former Writer, Part 1: Colour on Surface, Vienna-based photographer Thomas Albdorf
builds on his past as a graffiti writer. By making blunt spraypaint interventions both in the real world
and in his studio, he bends space and creates fluorescent visual play. In the vein of John Divola’s Zuma series,
Albdorf physically marks his subject as evidence of his involvement. […] Here is a punk rock approach to the contemporary photographic still life."
Matthew Leifheit on featureshoot.com