Our first podcast
From December 2019 to January 2020 we realized a project with the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In the course of the Winter semester, curator Verena Kaspar-Eisert developed an exhibition for and with the gallery with 17 students of Gabriele Rothemann's photography class, which we showed under the title "Farewell, you beloved piece of art".
On several occasions, we invited the artists who were taking part in our current exhibition to present – sometimes through interview formats – and discuss their work with the public, on-site. These spontaneous “art talks” events led us to think about creating our own podcast, so we put ideas together, gathered the necessary material and produced the first issue of our podcast with the artists of our current exhibition. The first issue of this podcast consists of a series of short interviews between each artist and the gallery owner, each statement – that you will discover below – will give you an insight into the artist’s thinking and methods.
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Kaja Clara Joo
Inspired by numerous conspiracy theories, which regard the US-American moon landings as a vertigo, the artist created impressions of distant stars’ eerie landscapes. The artist transformed this subject-matter into art. Kaja Clara Joo’s works always oscillate between sculpture and image. Political and cultural (mass) phenomena as well as behavioral patterns are at the center of her artistic gesture. Through her eyes, photography is understood as an intervening instrument that combines narratives, scans and preserves matter beyond the barriers of materiality.
Sebastian Eder & Matthias Köck
The artists play with the senses and the imagination of the viewer in their jointly created works. The synergy resulting from this cooperation influences their creative process. Every decision is made in an interplay of ideas. The element that binds them together is their common interest for light, space and form.
“I’m concerned with photography and its manifestations. Above all, their boundless potential to see the world in new ways and their ability to bundle, shape and represent light are important components of my work.”
Verena Gotthardt’s work gives voice to the relationship between photography and language, the artist exploits photography’s potential for narrativity. She writes texts of great poetic power. The photographs of the series “hier draußen” belong to the genre of street photography. The decisive moment of these street scenes lies in the unseen, which is exactly what is so singular about these shots.
Maximiliane Leni Armann
The artist works with photography, video, sound and 3D programs. Her artificially created visual worlds blur the boundaries of the physical space and allude to a new digital existence. HumanDoing_on/off is her first augmented reality work. Two digitally created images act as a stage for the characters animated by a smartphone app. What can be seen is a dystopian scenario in which the human being imitates a working process in a mechanical manner and alternates this supposedly meaningless automatized activity with a phase of regeneration.
Felix J. Frühauf
In his work, the artist deals intensively with details and plays with the change of individual factors. Through the craft component found in many of his works, he creates a mixture of photography and sculpture. In the work 0000/1111 0010/1111, the form of a digitally generated image is changed to such an extent that in the end it can only exist as an analog original stored on punched cards.
In her works, Elisa Schmid examines how the photographic principle of inscribing information in film material can be translated into sculptural media. In the work Fazies (lat. facies 'Antlitz'), for example, Schmid compares the inscription of its origin in rocks with the possibilities of photographic reproduction. She processes the stones she finds according to a traditional Portuguese handicraft technique and reveals the inscribed information, the geological stone structure. The sculptures are accompanied by photographic portraits of the latter.
In her works, Carmen Alber mostly uses the media of photography, film as well as book formats. She is interested in geometric and anatomical forms, but also in physicality and sensations. Material and space play a central role in her works.
Carlo Zappella's photographs take up aspects of pictorialism and tableaux vivants. The large-scale productions of the last two series Biosphere and Wayside are strongly reminiscent of cinema.
Julia Reichmayr experiments with a multitude of technical possibilities and artistic media. Photography, sculpture, sound and video play an essential in her work. On a general basis, sound installations -because of their acoustic amplitude- conquer space, and in her work, Julia Reichmayr explicitly challenges the medium. Material experimentations and photographic investigations are currently at the core of her work. In, die Härte einer Abweichungrole, what is reflected is the artist’s interest in uncontrollable changes, as well as in the instability and the transformative nature of memories.
Katharina Liatskaia mainly works with analog photography. Her photographs show industrial motifs and an aesthetics that puts all its emphasis on the metropolis and on the consumer culture through portraits and still lives. She intensively plays with contrast and shadow and creates highly contrasted, grainy images. The visual language that she develops drives the viewer’s attention to her photographs’ structural composition, light and it leads the viewer to reflect on the role that the depicted objects play in everyday life.
Carlos Vergara (born in Barranquilla, Colombia) uses various techniques such as photography and appropriation to explore his own identity and everyday experiences. In recent years, his own sexuality has also become an issue. The photographic sculpture Totem, for example, ironically illuminates the power struggle in today's hypermasculinized gay society.
Anna Carina Roth
Intimacy and identity play an essential in Anna Carina Roth’s works. She uses various media, and one of the most important components of her works is the way the diverse materials used in her works resonate with one another and achieve to create networks of meaning, themselves comprised of singular narratives.
So sieht der Mensch aus
Er sieht am Vorhang nicht vorbei – Michael Fast, Kosmische Idiotie
Magdalena Stückler's working process is determined by the analysis of form and function. The investigation of materials such as everyday objects and the study of the human body as a measure are often the starting point for behavioural, psychological and sociological investigations of subject-environment-interactions. The object series re-using material, which consists of five different nails, is cast from single euro coins. Through the act of recycling, the euro coins have been transformed into work objects.
Tobias Izsó’s works tell a multi-layered story about an ‘inside’ and the attempt to create a space that carries this ‘inside’ outwards. The artist tries to fathom the essence of things and the form of thoughts. He understands photography as a material and integrates it in various ways into his sculptural works, which often borrow from the form of furniture.
Noah Kolb catches the essence of small, mostly casual and sometimes intimate moments from his everyday life. Recorded as photographs, these images are meaningful and yet do not aim at saying anything concrete. Rather, they open up the possibility of associations and individual interpretation.