Lauren Nickou: “Waves” 7 September to 14 October 2023
Solo-exhibition of new paintings by Viennese-based American artist Lauren Nickou. Poetic and lush, Lauren Nickou’s new paintings channel the serenity of an otherworldly nature. The colors are deliciously luminous. Whether large mellow waters or mysteriously dark waves—all is done in a palette that belongs to a different place. A saffron-yellow crescent moon hangs in the crimson sky; rocks are scarlet and washed in neon blue splashes, the ripples iridescent. A true indulgence in vivid contrasts and intense bold shades, Nickou’s landscapes are full of life, although deserted. The very sea appears like a living creature with her shining body spreading and coiling under the sky ablaze.
Ariadne Randall: “The Meltiverse – Teil 1” 10 November to 17 November 2023
In a special exhibition to be held in conjunction with Vienna Art Week, American artist, composer, and writer Ariadne Randall will present the inaugural part of her project titled, the “Meltiverse.”
“In a world made strange by human action, subjects struggle to cohere. Seas melt, art feeds AI. All that is solid melts into banks. We’re suspended in a hurricane with our dining table and chablis 10,000 meters in the air, telling stories of the ground.
Proposing that our poly-crisis is at heart a crisis of imagination, Ariadne Randall’s Meltiverse project de- and re-constructs the given using image, text, and sound. “Meltiverse – Teil 1” contains the first part of this research: video installations, drawings, wearables, 3D renders, excerpts from a novel, and modified instruments.
The works draw on her lived trans* experience, Jack Halberstam’s low theory, and the ever-presence of the archive. While men with goggle toys sell us our world but worse, the artist asks what stories of difference we might tell instead. What might a monster know that we could learn? What was your original face before your parents were born?”
Question Me and Answer: QM&A Artist Collective (2023) – 23 November to 3 December 2023
– curated by Justina Špeirokaitė
Yuliia Strykovska & Julian Palacz
Marina Leo Shamov & Valentino Skarwan
Nellya Dzhamanbaeva & Roswitha Weingrill
– curated by Deniz Güvensoy
Zeynab Kirikou Gueye & Frederik Marroquín
Antonie Bernadova & Leo Lisa Begeré
– curated by Natalia Gurova
Artists selected by an external jury comprised of: Peter Gaugy (Galerie Peter Gaugy),Laura Amann (Kunsthalle Wien),Heike Maier-Rieper (evn sammlung)