The exhibition space (8850 vertical), which is a selection of Slovak and Austrian authors. Their common denominator is the interest in the phenomenon of space, its understanding and transformation in the media of drawing, video, installation and object.
The exploration of “physically perceptible” space correlations in a concrete time and place and their media transfer, or if you like the visualisation of this transformation. The results are formations carrying traces of abstracting of space, space objects, horizontal and vertical distances. At the same time, they are addressing the issues of mental mapping of a place and the ability to imagine spacial relations in a moment when we have no direct contact, and we “only” stand in front of a visual representation. The space reality is substituted by its reconstruction and reinterpretation.
The object of Peter Wehinger titled 8850m vertical is a black cube with dimensions 1 x 1 meter, which from a distance creates an impression of being massive. The look at it changes with the decreasing distance, and the hard surfaces disintegrate into a thick tangle of lines in a gentle movement. The author stretched a black thread between two boars, and its length corresponds the height of the tallest mountain of the world Mount Everest. In his object, Wehinger explores the distance, amount and height, in one cubic meter he contained the basic data of the Himalayan massif, which is suddenly visible complete at one glance in an abstract form.
In her drawings and installation, Eva Beierheimer pursues architecture elements of bridges in Bratislava and Vienna. While doing this, she concentrates on their construction, which, besides the fact of creating the basis for architecture, shapes the space around it, and gives emptiness a form. This is discovered by the author's visual analysis based on omitting and reduction.
In video Vedutas, Daniela Krajčová created and album from her travels during her residence in Mexico. Unlike most tourists, she did not photograph, but drew the cities, returning to the traditional method of graphic recording. The observation of the transfer of the spatial experience into the media of drawing and then animation opens a question, what is left as a memory of the real time and place, and what influence the chosen medium has on our imagination.
In drawings “That Place”, Rastislav Podoba focused on an austere functionalist seaside villa, and pictured it in a day and night light, while the night situation is a result of the author's mystification. The game with light and the subject refer to a frequent motive of a solitary house in a landscape, as we know it from symbolist and impressionist art. Podoba won the Prize of the International Association at the Biennial of Drawing in Plzeň in 2008.
In her video installation Plinth, Miriam Laussegger focused on the changes of the space object in the media of film and photography. Three-dimensional exhibition plinth becomes flat abstract picture and a geometric composition, which gains autonomous quality.
Eva Beierheimer (*1979) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (studio of Heimo Zobering), she lives and works in Vienna and Stockholm. In her work, she focuses on sculpture, object, drawing and installation.
Daniela Krajčová (*1983), is a Phd student at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava (studio of Anna Daučíková), she lives and works in Bratislava. Her work is focused on animation, video and drawing.
Miriam Laussegger (*1980), is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (studio of Heimo Zobering), she lives and works in Vienna. She is mostly focused on photography, video and installation.
Rastislav Podoba (*1975), is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava (studios of Vladimír Popovič and Rudolf Sikora), lives and works in Krušovce and Banská Bystrica. He focuses on painting, drawing and prints.
Peter Wehinger (*1971), is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna (studio of Monica Bonvicini, Peter Kogler, Gunter Damisch), lives and works in Vienna. His work is focused on installations, video and objects.
Text by Gabriela Kisová
Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 18.00-19.00, guided tour of the exhibition, free entrance.
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