Illustration today? Artists that gravitate towards pen and paper today seem to seek isolation within an artistic environment that only accepts large format work that implements sophisticated digital techniques. This makes Stefan Zsaistsits’ application of this medium, which is generally considered graphic art, all the more impressive. (Dr. Anton Gugg)
Franz Riedl’s works are aesthetically sublime. The artist lends structure to pristine sheets of white paper using razor sharp incisions. Barely raised surfaces and subtle recesses in the paper make up these softly vibrating white spatial reliefs. (Dr. Anton Gugg)
Mexican-born painter Enrique Fuentes’ works combine the pictorial language of Austrian actionism, informalism, and German romanticism. His penchant for the Austrian avant-garde is undoubtedly influenced by his mentors Arnulf Rainer and Günter Brus. Fuente’s gestural paintings are set within European symbolism’s expression of beauty around the turn-of-the-century: the transformation of the grotesque into irresistible beauty.
Hubert Schmalix’s medium format oil paintings exhibit idyllic and beautiful landscapes void of people. The interaction between surface and line remains essential to his work, exploring vivid color arrangements and compositions.
Margo Gabryszewska’s water monotypes are made by painting on the surface of the water in a small basin. The interaction between color and medium on water results in a wide variety of atmospheric liquid images. Colors come together creating a marbling effect. Also on view are collages created out of magazine cut-outs and paper elements from previous lacquer paintings.
Bernhard Resch’s Salzburg exhibition consists of paintings and embroidery on bedsheets that reference fairytale worlds told before sleep and the subject of dreams. His black sweat series borrows the iconography of the shroud and places it within the present day with the use of plastic as a medium. Both series ultimately play with the idea of the bed.
For this end-of-season exhibition, the gallery will turn off all of its lights and invite its visitors to explore the works of primarily young Austrian artists with a flashlight. The works of art on view will be liberated from sophisticated gallery lighting and the context they exist in, allowing the viewer to discover their individual qualities and unique features.