In Gottfried Bechtold’s “Mitten durchs Herz” (Right through the heart) themes such as religion and physics collide, organic and inorganic materials meld, opposing forces seize hold of the space. In the publication accompanying the exhibition at Kunstraum Dornbirn the internationally renowned Vorarlberg artist addresses, with his radical research approach, technology, myth, death and overcoming gravity. Gottfried Bechtold was born in 1947 in Bregenz. He initially trained to be a stonemason in Hallein and subsequently spent considerable periods in Great Britain, the USA and Canada. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions, for instance the documenta in Kassel in 1972. The artist works in Hörbranz and Bregenz, taking an experimental approach to expanding the concept of art. He is particularly interested in physical phenomena, the transfer of reality in media, the mythology of the automobile and the idea of time and motion.