Patrick MaunMy work finds its outlet primarily through photography, video and video installation. It explores and critiques the interplay between technology and society, authenticity and power, communications and history. It examines ideas of self, privacy and surveillance. Lately, much of my work has been focused on perceptions of evil and genocide in its past and present permutations.

My work is political, though not overtly. Rather than represent work with a blatant bias, I instead strive to engage the viewer in a meaningful intellectual and aesthetic dialog, leaving the ultimate interpretation of the work to the viewer.

While I feel that my artistic practice can be called conceptual in nature, it departs from much of that genre in that while conceptual in form, it is very concrete in its goals. Too much of contemporary art deals with abstraction and academia, asking for sacrifice from the viewer, without offering anything in return. I strive to give something back to the viewers of my work, whether that is simply entertainment, or ideally, a greater understanding of the topic at hand. The role of the artist in society is one of interpretation and documentation, not clever quips and navel gazing. I continually ask myself, as an artist, what is it that I have brought to the discussion.


1986-93          M.A., University of Applied Arts under Prof. Peter Weibel, Vienna, Austria

1990-93         Graduate work in linguistics at University of Vienna, Austria

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2002         I Am, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN

1998         Solo Show, Robinson Gallery, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

1995         Solo Shown,  Lougheed Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts. Banff, Alberta, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007         Identity, Stevens Square Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2006         Getting’ Above Your Raisin’, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN

2004-10 Poster Offensive 2-5 Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Design & Politics,  Design History Society Conference, Belfast, N. Ireland

2003         State of the Art,  Carelton Art Gallery, Northfield, MN

2000         Through the Looking Glass,  Beachwood Center for the Arts, Cleveland, OH

1999         The Shock of the View, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

1998         The Franconia Mound, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Art in Space XI, Intermedia Arts,  Minneapolis, MN

Patrick Maun & Shana Kaplow: New Work, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

1997         Material/Immaterial, No Name Exhibitions, Minneapolis, MN

The Combustion Polyserial Research Show: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Hatiesburg, MS

1996         Drawing oN Air, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada (also co-curated by artist)

New York Digital Salon, School of Visual Art, New York City, NY

Through the Body, Weisman Museum of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Video and Film Screenings

2008         Spark 07, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand

2000         International Festival of Streaming Media, The Media Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1997         Uno Minuto Festival, São Paolo, Brazil

1996         MNTV, KTCA, St. Paul, MN

1993         Minnesota Film and Video Showcase, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Unitn Festival of Art and New Technology, Vienna, Austria

Prix de la Creation Video. Clermont, France

1992         Mediawave ‘92 International Festival of Visual Arts, Györ, Hungary

Neue Medien,  Salzburg, Austria

WRO Sound Basis Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland

Selected Awards

2002         Career Opportunity Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board

2001         Visual Artist Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board

1996         Regional Grant for Video, Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts

Selected Performances (video, environments and music)

2006/07                  Have Gun will Shoot with Rosy Simas Dance, Ritz & Southern Theaters. Mpls, MN

2005                  Fragments with Barbara Mahler, St. Marks Church. New York City, NY

2004                  If Andy Warhol Were My Dad with Rosy Simas Dance, Red Eye Theater. Minneapolis, MN

2003                  Borderline with Barbara Mahler, HERE. New York City, NY

Where Are We Going, with Rosy Simas Dance Company, Red Eye Theater. Mpls, MN

2001                  Sympathetic Vibrations, with Rosy Simas Dance Company, Red Eye Theater. Mpls, MN

2000                  Moments In Between, with Rosy Simas Dance Company, Intermedia Arts. Mpls, MN

1998                  Form: Choreographers’ Evening, with David Wick, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

1998                  Vows, with Heidi Geier, Space Space, Minneapolis, MN

1997                  Art on the Electronic Edge/Sonic Circuits, Minneapolis,MN

1993                  beatha: HILUS New Media Festival, Vienna, Austria

1989                  Patrick Maun – A Portrait. Art Radio: Radio Art Vienna, Austria

Awards & Grants

2002                  Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant

2001                  Visual Artists Fellowship, Minnesota State Arts Board

1998                  Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Foundation artists grant

1996 –                   Design awards including the One Show Interactive, American Design Center 100 Show, Communication Arts Interactive, ID Magazine and others

1997                  Jerome Installation Commission

1996                  Canada Council and Banff Centre for the Arts Grant for the group project DNA

Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Grant for Video

1995                  German Video Art Prize for project Kettenanimation, WDR-TV, Germany

Austrian Cultural Ministry (BMUKS) Grant for Video

1991                  New Video Award, as part of the Austrian Film Days, Austria