Current Exhibitions

 

 

Robert Bodnar and Elfriede Mejchar

 

Vernissage
Wednesday,  27 March 2019, 7–9pm

On the Exhibitions
Bodnar: Angela Stief
Mejchar: Alexandra Schantl

Duration
until 13 April, 2019

 

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ROBERT BODNAR
BINARY RESTRAINT
Photographs And Objects

 

 

“Photography” is a phenomena that is becoming increasingly intangible and incomprehensible in this day and age. The days of defining a photograph as a printed image on a sheet of paper are long past. Photography today is a ubiquitous technological principle, a social behavioral mode, and much more. 

With Robert Bodnar, Galerie Straihammer and Seidenschwann presents an artist who is continually redefining the boundaries of photography.

Robert Bodnar explores new technical and conceptual forms of photography and photographic images in relation to human perception. By using hi-tech industrial materials and methods, he expands the definition of the photographic image and what it can represent. A “Digital Intermediate”, he follows the transition from analogue to digital and the transformation from digital to computational photography. He combines the traditional methods of photography with sophisticated digital technologies.  He transfers photographic processes into real spaces to create installation art experiences.  The conceptual reference points of the Binary Restraint series are raster, light, and perception.  The pictures and installations playfully reference the origins of photography in the silver salt crystals of analog film, as well as current forms of images as abstract information embedded in the circuit boards of our electronic devices.

Bodnar’s historical canon ranges from photograms to Photoshop copy stamps. He makes the materiality of digital structures tangible, expanding the possible range of how photographic images can manifest.

Johan Nane Simonsen

Biography

Born 1980 in Prague, Czechoslovakia

1991-1998 Secondary school in Vienna

1999 Studied Journalism and Communication Sciences at the University of Vienna (AT)

2003-2011 Studied Photography and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna 

under Eva Schlegel, Matthias Herrmann, and Harun Farocki

2011 Graduated in Art and Photography under Matthias Herrmann (AT)

2003—present Numerous exhibitions and lectures at home and abroad

 

Lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria.

 

 

Images (Download):

 

 
   
   

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autochrome study #1, 2018
Lackiertes Birkenmultiplex-Sperrholz, Geschweißtes Stahlgestell, Pflanze, Lightjet C-Print auf Duraclear

 

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clonebrushed firmament #1; aus: [Cloning Toolbox], 2017
Kupfer-Fotolithografie auf Epoxydharz-Glasfaser-Gewebeplatte [FR4], Rahmen

 

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Verschiedene Fotolithografien auf Epoxydharz-Glasfaser-Gewebeplatte [FR4] 
„Yellow Darkroom“, Fotogalerie Wien, 2018

 

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self-similar object #1_1, 2018
Fotogramm, Vergoldete Kupfer-Fotolithografie auf Epoxydharz-Glasfaser-Gewebeplatte [FR4], Rahmen

 

 

 

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ELFRIEDE MEJCHAR
ZUM 95. GEBURTSTAG

 

The oeuvre of this great Austrian photographer is extensive and varied. Much of her work is regarded today as an icon of Austrian post-war photography and it has become an important testimony of the era.

Over the course of her decades of professional life — first as a photographer for the Federal Monuments Office and, after her official retirement, for the TU Wien as a photographer of industrial monuments — she always took a close look at everything else that came across her path, from car wrecks to hotel rooms, from wood huts to traffic mirrors. With her superior alertness, Elfriede Mejchar has recorded and brought to life what would seem insignificant or even ugly, the traces of humankind in nature and in urban space. Not to mention her exceptional photos of tulips and amaryllis. Here, too, she found the decisive point of view to take the observer beyond the façade of superficial beauty and to discover something sculptural.

The exhibition shows a selection of her extensive work.

Biography

 

Born 1924 in Vienna.  

1941—1944 Photography apprenticeship and assistant certification in Germany 

1958 First camera 

1960 Master craftsman certification at the Graphischen Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna 

1947 Started at the Department of Historic Monument Research, later employed by the Federal Monuments Office, projects throughout Austria. 

1954—1961 Photographed numerous artists in their studios and workshops. 

1984 After retiring, freelance photography work and from 1984—1994 for the TU Wien, Institute of Art History, Building Archaeology and Restoration.

 

 

Images (Download):

 

 

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aus der Serie Simmeringer Heide und 
Erdberger Mais Blick auf Gasometer,
11. Bezirk Wien, 1967-76

 

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aus der Serie Stiegenhäuser, Graz
ohne Jahr

 

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ohne Titel, 1997

 

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aus der Serie Simmeringer Heide und 
Erdberger Mais, 3. Franzosengraben, 1967-76

 

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aus der Serie Verseltsamte Stillleben, 1988 - 1990

 

 

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Vernissage
Wednesday,  27 March 2019, 7–9pm

On the Exhibitions
Bodnar: Angela Stief
Mejchar: Alexandra Schantl

Duration
until 13 April, 2019