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Exhibitions 
Albrecht Zauner und Uschi Janig

20.10. – 25.11.2017

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Vernissage: Mittwoch, 29.11. 2017,19.00 – 21.00

On the Exhibition: Hartwig Knack, Kulturwissenschaftler und Kunsthistoriker

Albrecht Zauner and Uschi Janig will be present.

Ausstellungsdauer: 20.10. – 25.11.2017

Tues – Fri from 12 – 6 pm, Sat from 11 am – 3 pm

Location: Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann, Grünangergasse 8/3, 1010 Wien

 

 

Densifications

Albrecht Zauner

 

Humans are a central theme in the oeuvre of Albrecht Zauner, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Joannis Avramidis. The interactions of body and space, proportions, and formal experimentation are often at the forefront. His materials of preference are stone and bronze. In this exhibition, plaster, steel, and straw also play important roles. 

In his newest works, Zauner examines the language of bodies and the vibrations, the resonances, they incur. The artist attempts to capture the movement and lightness of a moment in massive stone. 

At the center of his exhibition is a real scene he observed at the ocean, sculpturally reenacted indoors by Maria and Natalie

These two figures of plaster, steel, and straw are related to the sun and ocean, to each other, to themselves, and to the people around them. This consequently gives exhibition visitors an integral and dialogical meaning. “Observing, comparing, showing, hiding, and evaluating — consciously or unconsciously, bodies begin to resonate and stories are created. The more realistic the portrayal, the more directly the resonation process emerges,” says the artist. For “resonance” also means the reactions and acceptance or rejection by the audience. 

A third figure, of South Tyrolean marble, lays on the ground, wholly concentrated upon itself. Zauner has named it a-f. This is for the sound emanated by the unworked stone, stored on a wooden pallet, when set into vibration: middle A.

 

Smaller works of art and drawings accompany the exhibit.

 

 

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 maria, 2017, Südtiroler Marmor, 150 cm

maria 4, 2016, Bronze,3/5, L 25 cm

   

maria  und Zeichnung von maria  (150 x 110 cm)

 

 

 

 

Present Practices

Uschi Janig

 

For Uschi Janig, media like the internet, newspapers, and books are sources of inspiration, and where she researches about crises. Her work is based on photos and texts. Another important source of inspiration is her direct social work with groups of people who live at the edges of society, either existentially or due to health, who experience exclusion and are stigmatized. Janig is interested in their subjective means of coping with crisis, the solutions they practice, and their views of the society they live in. Another aspect focuses on institutionalized crises such as communication taboos, discrimination, racism, environmental pollution, and much more. 

Chronologically, Janig began experimenting first in the field of painting, going on to work with installations on architecture, topology, and through direct interaction in their social and political fields. In recent years, her work has mainly been focused on drawing and painting, which the artist sees as a kind of retreat that allows her to think more about the two- or three-dimensional objects she produces and the activity itself. The same is true of her work processes of cutting out, dividing and warping, turning the foreground into the background, the painting into a sculpture. The generally abstract painting sculptures are made of light metal. Janig cuts out panels, warps them, and paints them – often on both sides – with oil, latex, and acrylic.

 

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mehrere Betitelung, 2016 - 2017 Bildobjekte, Öl auf Aluminium, unterschiedliche Größen

„Narzisstischer Staat von innen“, 2017

41 x 61 cm, Zeichnung: Buntstift auf Papier

„Scheitern, geordnet...“, 2017

41 x 61 cm, Zeichnung: Buntstift auf Papier


„Gelenkter Schritt...“, 2017

je 41 x 61 cm, zwei Holzrahmen, Zeichnung: Buntstift auf Papier

 

 

Vernissage: Mittwoch, 29.11. 2017,19.00 – 21.00

On the Exhibition: Hartwig Knack, Kulturwissenschaftler und Kunsthistoriker

Albrecht Zauner and Uschi Janig will be present.

Ausstellungsdauer: 20.10. – 25.11.2017

Tues – Fri from 12 – 6 pm, Sat from 11 am – 3 pm

Location: Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann, Grünangergasse 8/3, 1010 Wien

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Trans-Forming
Veronika Veit, Sculptures and Objects
Leo Kandl, Photography

20 Oct. — 25 Nov., 2017

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Vernissage:  Thursday, 19 October 2017, 7-9 pm

On the Exhibitions: Margit Zuckriegl, Curator

Duration: until November 25, 2017
Tues. – Fri. from 12 – 6 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann, Grünangergasse 8/3, 1010 Wien

 

 

 

 

Trans-Forming
On the Tracks of Inevitable Change

 

Artist Veronika Veit, from Munich, is visiting the Galerie Straihammer und Seidenschwann with a group of works from 2015 and a spatial installation. Viennese photographer Leo Kandl joins her, presenting a concise selection of his now classic convolute of clothing photos. The title of the show is “Trans-Forming”. Curator Margit Zuckriegl explains:  “The inevitable and often unnoticed aspects of change, particularly today in these times of fakeness and reality constructs, are an interesting phenomenon. The undefined aspects of forms and the transparency of materiality reflect the current contingency debates occurring in sociology, economy, and politics in an artistic context.” “Trans-Forming” refers to a process of change that emerges from forms that have been recognized as fixed and stable since ancient times, and allows new liquid formal analogies to arise. 

In her series “Turning”, Veronika Veit transforms the presence of human figures into an ensemble of abstract husks. Presence is turned into absence — manifested by the remnants of the eliminated person: Clothing, husks, sculptures, bags, and shoes collide with balls, tubes, pipes, and stands. The observer looks on in shock at these supposedly everyday items, the life and will to merge of the objects inciting irritation and interest. Head over heels, figurines tumble from a skirt into a neck ruffle, insect-eyed bald-headed replicas ask for their right to live: Are we the result of a test?

For Leo Kandl, it is out of the question that clothing exists for humans to play games with their identity. The articles of clothing he photographs take on the role of the wearer, mutating into objects with symbolic character and a sculptural quality. Kandl doesn’t show clothed bodies – but rather shells that have emancipated themselves into their own shape, assuming a unique physicality. There is room for interpretation and association within this “existential difference”. Philosopher Hans Blumenberg ties his phenomenology of things to the difference between perception and imagination: He named his 1980 publication To the Things and Back Again (translation 2002), attesting to art a sphere of non-representation of things. These also belong to the realm of the fantastic, the insecure, the mutated, and the changed. Veronika Veit and Leo Kandl work in these intermediate spaces, hot on the tracks of the unavoidable and unsuspected in the processes of changing things. 

 

Curator: Margit Zuckriegl

 

 

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Veronika Veit
Sculptures and Objects

Array, 2013, Kunststoff, Acryllack, Leder
33 x 23 x 24 cm

Eloy, 2011, gold, resin, plastic, paper,
acrylic, clothes line, carpet, glass, metal
150 x 90 x 78 cm

the bitch:
Die bitch ist mein Zenmeister, 2015
Stoff, Epoxidhharz, Lack, Metall, Kunststoff
44 x 34 x 17 cm

 

Turning 3
(Method for shifting one´s own point
of life in time, try out 3), 2015
fabric, epoxy,resin, polish, metal,
paper, plastic, rubber
about 170 x 55 x 60 cm

Turning 8
(Method for shifting one´s own point
of life in time, try out 8), 2016
fabric, epoxy, resin, polish, metal
about 155 x 58 x 50 cm

 

 

 

Leo Kandl 
Photography

 

Flohmarkt, 1996
Vintage C-Print, 30 x 22 cm

Gewand, 1996/2015
C-Print, 27,5 x 18,5 cm

 

 

Polstermöbel,1995
Vintage Silbergelatine Print

Theaterkostüm, 1994/2016
C-Print, 25 x 36,5 cm