Category Archives: • Kantgasse 2010 – 1012

Temporäre Autonome Zone >< September – December 2012

• September – December: Temporary Autonomous Zone

ABOUT Temporäre Autonome Zone

The Temporäre Autonome Zone is an independent experimental exhibition platform produced by Lisa Ruyter with ff, a group of international women artists who meet regularly to collaborate on feminist projects. The Temporäre Autonome Zone, in practical terms, will have a festival format, comprising of performances, lectures, talks, workshops and film screenings. The nature of this project is collaborative, performative, pedagogic, necessary and non-commercial.

The Temporäre Autonome Zone is a frame for a living and evolving network of women artists. This network is formed around a constantly shifting discussion of contemporary feminist and participatory practices. Our views and approaches vary extremely. Some of us are focused on naming and identifying a specific methodology and some of us choose to develop a personal practice independent of such identification. Temporäre Autonome Zone is not the name of an exhibition, but a fluid, independent platform in which collaborative artistic production occurs in tandem with a search for a lived feminism. Production is not associated with commercial concerns, though our discussion may overlap with issues women artists have within a ‘marketplace.’

Artist Lisa Ruyter has invited ff to Vienna to develop this concept live, in collaboration with an extended network of Vienna-based artists, students, writers and curators. ff is a group of international artists who have been meeting weekly in Berlin for similar discussions. ff is Delia Gonzalez, Mathilde ter Heijne, Antje Majewski, Amy Patton, Katrin Plavcak, Jen Ray and Juliane Solmsdorf.

We will develop a variety of productions within the frames of an exhibition space, the city of Vienna, our limited resources, and a time period of about three months. The subject and content of the ‘exhibition’ is simply the productive results of a network of women artists. This network mediates our individual practices as well as our collaborative efforts. The highlight will be the chaotic and creative development of ideas from a living and breathing body of participants. Our research is not scientific, certainly many have made thorough studies of specific topics that we plan to approach. The point of our research is our need for discussion of an applied feminism allowing for diverse individual artistic practice by artists who happen to be women.

 

Lisa Beck >< Looking Through >< May - June 2012

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“Looking Through”
May 24 – June 30
Opening Thursday 24 May 19-21h.

 

We are extremely pleased to present the first European solo exhibition by Lisa Beck, titled “Looking Through” from 24 May to 30 June. The exhibition will include paintings and installation works installed in an environment mediated through wall paintings.

In a Lisa Beck exhibition, paintings double themselves, a room is reflected, compressed and inverted into a small sphere, wall paintings link illusionary space with real space.

In 2010 Lisa Beck was included in our exhibition “Pull My Daisy,” and was invited by Lisa Ruyter to make a project with Olivier Mosset at Bell Street Project Space in Vienna, known for having a large mirrored wall. The mirrored surface has since become a greater part of the artist’s language, the materiality reflecting, both literally and metaphorically, core interests at the heart of her practice.

Lisa Beck writes:

“Transparency and reflection are the visual qualities that link all the works ‘Looking Through’. Patterning through repetition and an exploration of the pictorial suggestiveness of material and abstraction come into play as well. The way the reflective surface brings its environment into the work is of primary interest to me, as well as the illusion of depth it lends to the flat surface. The smoothness of the glass allows the diluted paint to pool and separate in ways that are both allusive and formally focused. This serves my concurrent interests in the materiality of the art object and its metaphorical references to space, landscape and mood.”

Visual awareness and perception are a bridge between us and the world we live in. There’s everything and there’s us, and although we’re part of – inside – everything, we also stand apart – outside – as we perceive, analyze, and interpret it. Encouraging pure acts of observation and heightened visual awareness with these works, I want to look at seeing…I’m interested in optical illusions and other visual effects, and am interested in how they inform the innate desire we have for order, the stories we tell ourselves about what makes sense in our experience. Symmetry, repetition and pattern are some of the ways we make sense, make order from chaos. And maybe it doesn’t matter if we fool ourselves with this illusion that things match up and dance together in an orderly fashion. Because maybe there really is order beneath the chaos. Or not.”

A catalog “yes, no, something, nothing, never, always” includes selected works by Lisa Beck and an interview with Bob Nickas has just been published by Feature Inc.

Lisa Beck lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in film. Her artworks are created in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture and installation, often in combination. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally since 1989 in galleries and other venues including Feature Inc, New York; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; de Pury & Luxemburg, Zurich; Le Magasin, Grenoble; La Salle des Bains, Lyon; PS1, Long Island City; CCNOA, Brussels; White Columns, New York. She has just been awarded a residency with the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program.

Tamuna Sirbiladze >< Naked Ground >< March - April 2012

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“Naked Ground”
March 23 – April 28
Opening Thursday 22 March 19-21h.

 

We are extremely pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by Tamuna Sirbiladze in Vienna, “Naked Ground” from 23 March – 28 April 2012.

“Naked Ground” will consist of a series of oil-stick on raw canvas works, and a literal wall-painting, a wall-object built into the space as a site-specific painted work.

Tamuna Sirbiladze work is clearly dealing with gestural issues, in the works themselves and in the placement of the works in the room. Her installations often present situations which hinder the viewer’s movement, or which are stacked so that a kind of withholding becomes a part of the gestural act, a kind of reversed erasure, an explosive expression of an anti-aesthetic take it or leave it approach. The “Naked Ground” raw canvas support becomes a field of action. Her drawing practice takes on the epic gestural nature that her paintings have. Not quite a sculpture, nor a painting, the ‘wall painting’ introduces the performative element of Tamuna Sirbiladze’s approach. In the oil stick works, Tamuna Sirbiladze’s performative space has been taken into the works themselves.

Tamuna Sirbiladze was born in 1971 in Tbilisi in Georgia, and currently lives and works in Vienna. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions worldwide, including Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Austrian Cultural Forum in London, Shusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow, Musée d’Art Contemporain in Marseille, Museum of Modern Art in Passau (Germany), Albertina Museum in Vienna, Museum für Angewante Kunst in Vienna, Künstlerhaus Wien and Zwanzigerhaus in Vienna. Her work was included in the Arsenale section of the 54th Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions include Charim Ungar Contemporary in Berlin, Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner in London, Gallery Collet Park in Paris, and Old Gallery in Tbilisi.

This exhibition is produced in co-operation with Charim Gallery, Vienna.

Lotte Lyon >< Souterrain >< January - February 2012

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“Souterrain”
January 20 – February 25
Opening Thursday 19 January 19-21h.

We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Lotte Lyon, “Souterrain,” from 20 January – 25 February 2012.

“Souterrain” will consist of new objects built in response to the gallery space, a wall painting, and recent photographs from 5 different series.

Lotte Lyon’s sculptures employ a pragmatism in the materials used, in the methods of assembly, and in the delivery of associative ideas. The two sculptures made for “Souterrain” respond to un-heroic architectural elements of the gallery space: the stairway leading from Beethovenplatz is matched with a stepped object propped against a large empty wall, and a small utility cabinet seems to have yielded a stack of boxes that could be drawers pulled out of an impossible space hidden by that cabinet. A wall painting transports the visitor from one space to the next, and a room filled with photographs makes it clear that Lotte Lyon’s staging is meant to give an impression of theatricality and performance, as much as they are referencing various Minimalist traditions.

In the catalogue produced for Lotte Lyon’s exhibition in 2010 at the Landesgalerie Linz, Midori Matsui describes the work as having a strategy of gestural, metonymical analogy, which connects the artist to an American Minimalist tradition by way of the performative elements of Robert Morris, the perceptual elements of Donald Judd and the associative elements of Robert Smithson. The element missing in this description, as Matsui points out, is the lightness in Lotte Lyon’s work, which has an important humorous element, and is carried out through the use of prefabricated two-dimensional materials, rather than solid mass. This work would just as readily find a lineage within a European tradition as well, Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, and Lily van der Stokker, as examples.

Lotte Lyon has exhibited in a number of Austrian institutions, including Landesgalerie Linz, Kunstpavilion Innsbruck, Camera Austria in Graz, Secession Vienna, the Jesuitenfoyer in Vienna, das weisse haus in Vienna, Galerie Stadtpark in Krems as well as a number of alternative spaces in Vienna including LOVE_, Area 53, and Kunstbuero. Internationally, the PS1 in New York, the MMC LUKA in Pula, Croatia, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tokyo. She shows extensively with Galerie Aoyama|Meguro in Tokyo.