AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH, curated by Mari Otberg: December 15, 2021 - February 5, 2022
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” curated by Mari Otberg brings together 33 internationally known artists to address the theme of Mountain.
December 15, 2021 to February 5, 2022
Iris Andraschek Christy Astuy Manfred Bockelmann Armin Boehm Nana Dix Martin Eder Lars Eidinger Andrew Gilbert Esther Haase Siggi Hofer Christian Hutzinger Karin Kneffel Hinrich Kröger Christopher Lehmpfuhl William Mackrell Jonathan Meese Anna Meyer Mari Otberg Justine Otto Martin Parr Danielle de Picciotto Katrin Plavčak Lukas Pusch Christian Ruschitzka Alex Ruthner Hubert Schmalix Erik Schmidt Norbert Schwontkowski Christian Stock Maja Vukoje Letizia Werth Nives Wildauer Erwin Wurm
naturae: August 27 - October 30, 2021
August 27 – October 30, 2021 | naturae
naturae: introduces the work of four international artists to Vienna whose work is addressing various elements of our natural world.
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Gonzalo Reyes Araos
Gonzalo Reyes Araos is a research artist who is interested in the intersection of light, communication and human perception. With studios in both the arid Atacama desert in northern Chile and in Berlin his work is questioning the digital world’s flattening of our sense of space which is transforming light into data packets and reassembling the images on our screens across vast distances. Using the same three colors as digital screens, RGB (red, green, blue), he recreates this fragmentation and consolidation by assembling hundreds of tiny bits of painted paper into abstract grids that seem to pulsate with energy as our brains seek to consolidate the images into a cohesive whole.
Marlene Bart takes the taxonomy of natural phenomena as a departure point to ask questions about the reductive thinking and our scientific need to classify and categorize the tremendous diversity of living species. Working at the renowned Berengo studio in Venice she cast a variety of natural creatures in glass. By assembling these pieces into a contemporary Kunstkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, thereby fetishizing them, she is reminding us that, as Michel Foucault pointed out, at the heart of scientific classification is a need to possess and control, and that knowledge is always tied to power.
Mona Pourebrahim’s work is reassessing contemporary landscape painting by exploring the endless painterly possibilities inherent in the genre. Her work confronts the German romantic landscape tradition by deftly incorporating non-Western compositional elements of light and perspective from her native Iran to create pictorial tension. Rather than idealizing the mountains, she reminds us of the mountains’ power to bring out our fears of solitude and a foreboding sense of the unknown, perhaps explaining why we often are so eager to tame nature.
Tamara Repetto creates multimedia conceptual works that draw the viewer into a dialogue with nature via their own perceptions, using a variety of materials such as soil and plant roots found in the hills of Piedmont, Italy, soap bars, hand blown glass, olfactory pods, and scent distribution programmed devices. By focusing on the overlooked details of natural phenomena she seeks to open the way for an internal dialogue that sublimates, highlights and ultimately helps to awaken our sense of belonging to the earth, rather than being removed from it.