2014

ZONE 1

This year once again, thanks to the support of the Arts Division of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the ZONE1 exhibition format provides an extraordinary opportunity to discover the work of young Austrian artists.

With ZONE1, VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary(organized by VF Betriebsgesellschaft mbH) and the Austrian Federal Chancellery support the careers of young Austrian talent and galleries. This platform provides extensive insights into new forms of artistic production and offers artworks at a reasonable price.

The following artists will be presented in ZONE1 at the 10th edition of VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary:

Alfredo Barsuglia (Viktor Bucher, Vienna)

Alfredo Barsuglia born in 1980 in Graz, Austria, currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Alfredo Barsuglia’s works have been shown, among others, in MUMOK (Vienna), Leopod Museum (Vienna), MAK Center (Los Angeles, USA), Meštrović Pavilion (Zagreb, Croatia), CAFA Art Museum (Beijing, China) and at the 4th Moscow Biennale (Russia). Barsuglia was a MAK-Schindler Artist in Residence in Los Angeles in 2006 as well as a Joshua Tree Highlands (USA) Artist in Residence in 2008. He received the Art Award of the City of Graz in 2007 and the Theodor Körner Art Award of the City of Vienna in 2013. In 2014 he received the Foreign Studio Scholarship of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Culture and Arts for Rome. Between 2009 and 2011 Barsuglia was invited as a guest critic at Pratt Institute (New York). www.alfredobarsuglia.com

Alfredo Barsuglia will present a performance “Next to nothing”. Within 30 minutes the empty gallery booth will turn into an architectural structure with a garden view by using convertible materials. Next to nothing (dt. fast nichts) opens possibilities to encounter emptiness and space, to tell stories, which hadn’t been told, to provoke imaginations you haven’t thought before.

The boundary between appearance and reality, between illusion and reality is a pivotal point of Alfredo Barsuglia’s work, which is why it is not surprising that his ways of working are often that of a film director or storyteller. Barsuglia’s installations are mostly narrative, but not before giving the viewer a linear plot or interpretation. The artist creates fiction based on subtile detail that raise questions for the viewer and offer room for interpretation.

Asgar/Gabriel (Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna)


ASGAR/GABRIEL, graduated from Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and University of Vienna (Philosophy), live and work in Vienna. Selected solo exhibitions: Bucolica Obscura, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); the disciplining time stands still, no activity, no automobiles, no angst, Annarumma Gallery, Naples (2011); Auflösung der Ökonomie, Mannheimer Kunstverein (2011); Under The Paving Stones, The Beach, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (2011); we are hungry, in fact very hungry, hilger contemporary, Vienna (2012); Armed With Fever And Good Health, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles (2014). www.asgargabriel.com

Cut canvasses, disjointed shapes and sprawling painting installations increases Asgar/Gabriels’ deviation from linearity, adding to an already sublime expression. Armed with fever and good health, Asgar/Gabriels’ role is now of provocative visual instigators whose universes are both fantastical and anarchic. Philosopher Denis Diderot viewed the ruin, and images made of ruins, as being paradoxically irregular and incomplete but also fascinating and strongly emotive – suggesting their desecrated state offered a (perverse) sense of gratification, and ultimately positioned the image of the ruin as sublime. Asgar/Gabriels’ distorted and epic imaginations depict both despair and erotica evoking a similar sense of the sublime with this paradox. Their lusciously rendered characters, neon brilliance and dramatic epic narratives belie a macabre undertone that explores dark desire, greed and death. By moving beyond the canvas grid, the works become increasingly sculptural, challenging a formal reading of the depicted history paintings and placing the viewer in an unknown world where a conventional metaphorical and physical reading of the work is disrupted. In this way Asgar/Gabriel create an experience that activates the exhibition as an environment, placing the viewer, quite literally, amidst the drama. By adopting a Dadaist sensibility, it can be argued that their work is proof that painting has become, ironically, anti-art. (Claire Breukel in Asgar/Gabriels’ Autonomous Universe…and other such Anti-Art Gestures, from the catalogue accompanying the solo exhibition Armed With Fever And Good Health at Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles 2014)

Cäcilia Brown (Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna)

Cäcilia Brown (b. 1983 Sens, France) currently lives and works in Vienna. She had studio scholarships in Göteborg, Bejing, Berlin, and Tokyo. In 2011 Cäcilia graduated from the Academy of fine Arts in Vienna. In 2008-2009 she studied at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. www.caeciliabrown.net

“I don’t want to be interesting, I want to be good”. This Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s sentence comes into in my mind, every time I am in front of a work of Cäcilia Brown. She naturally skips the trap of “wanting to be interesting“. Cäcilia’s sculptures are captivating. Her work in general has a natural breathing, it is alive. And funny, which is an incredible quality for a contemporary sculpture! The wood, the concrete, the steel, all the classical materials used for a sculpture, once they are in Cäcilia’s hands, they get involved in a process that has always a coefficient of surprise, the final result is not the end of this process, sometimes is just the beginning. Cäcilia Brown’s work is not interesting. It’s good. (Salvatore Viviano)

Julia Haller (Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna)

Julia Haller (b.1978 in Frankfurt/Main, lives and works in Vienna) studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien. Recent exhibitions include Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, 2013 (solo); Galerie Praterstrasse, Berlin, 2013; Reisebürogalerie, Cologne, 2012 (solo); Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, 2012; Christian Andersen, Copenhagen, 2012; Kunstverein Schattendorf, Schattendorf, 2011; Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Schwaz, 2011. www.meyerkainer.com/Julia-Haller

If Haller’s work seems to derive from its immediate art-world context, its dynamic of derivation is at least partially justified by the axis between origin and trace that it cultivates. Her handling resists her shapes’ repletion, leaving them too soft and semi-transparent for hard-edged formalism, and yet too non-gestural to reference the hand of the painter. They exist in a peculiar limbo: non-referential but implying the possibility of a referent they refuse to manifest, a wholeness (like that of Jensen’s or Müller’s work) that they conspicuously do not attain. It is in this detachment from context that Haller maintains a tenuous autonomy, which is nevertheless difficult to distinguish from nostalgia, homage and the attempt to claim one’s own niche within an established field. (Mark Price)

Benjamin Hirte (Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna)

Benjamin Hirte (b. 1980, Aschaffenburg, Germany) lives and works in Vienna. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include “Jürgen Ponto Stiftung,” MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt, 2015; Galerie Emanuel Lary, Vienna, 2014 and ‘The classic mob ballet’, MAK, Vienna, 2012 . Recent group exhibitions include “Grand Opening,” Frutta Gallery, Rome, 2013, and “Die Sammlung #2,” 21er Haus, Vienna, 2012. www.benjaminhirte.de

Markus Hofer (Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Salzburg / Vienna)

Markus Hofer ( b.1977 in Haslach, Austria) started his artistic studies at the Universität Für Künstlerische Und Industrielle Gestaltung in Linz , Austria in 1997. He later attended the Akademie Der Bildenden Künste in Vienna, under the guidance of Professor Bruno Gironcoli. He received his sculpture diploma there in 2003. Wanting to deepen his artistic curriculum, he furthered his studies at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee in Germany. He is currently living and working in Vienna. www.markushofer.at

Markus Hofer creates pieces by interfering directly into the imagination that surrounds us. He gives birth to extraordinary sculptures that, although created starting from existing objects, take us on a journey into the universe of eccentricity, disconcerting and enchant us through constant discovery.  This spectacular artist’s ability and meticulousness in working with different materials is stunning. Markus Hofer particularly prefers resins, generating a flawless rendering of objects. This leads directly to a state of mental confusion towards actuality, where even the most banal and ordinary thing reveals an unexpected essence. Everything contributes into creating a great, mind expanding experience for viewers. (Source: www.daily-art.com)

Claudia Larcher (Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz)

Claudia Larcher (b. 1979 in Bregenz, Austria) lives and works in Vienna / Austria. Larcher studied transmedia art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna attending the masterclasses of sound artist Bernhard Leitner from 2001 to 2005 and sculptor Erwin Wurm until 2008. In 2008 she won the “Kunsthalle Wien Award” for her animation HEIM followed by a solo exhibition at “Kunsthalle Wien” Vienna. Since then Claudia Larchers work was shown in several solo and group shows for instance at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan, Slought Foundation in Philadelphia or Centre Pompidou in Paris. www.claudialarcher.com

Claudia Larcher’s artistic work mainly deals with architecture. She is interested in places that are connected to history, familiarity and memory, questioning the meaning of “home“ and “identity“. The last years she was working in the field of (photo)collage, (site-specific) video animation and mixed media installation. She is doing live visuals in performances and for live concerts.

Tina Lechner (Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna)

Tina Lechner (b. 1981 in St. Pölten, Austria)  lives and works in Vienna. She studied studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts attending the classes of Martin Guttmann & Matthias Herrmann. www.galeriewinter.at/tina-lechner/

Tina about her works: Topography of Light is my latest body of work. Instead of using the camera as an instrument to explore an individual face or depict personality a void is created in the centre of the picture. This effect is achieved by the simplest of means; using my own requisites that call to mind sculptural surfaces the portrayed person is radically reduced to a geometrical configuration defined only by light and shadow, edges and planes. This alienation explores the interface between representation and abstraction.

Robert Muntean (Charim Galerie, Vienna)


Robert Muntean (b. 1982 in Leoben, Austria) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 2000 to 2005 and at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig from 2005 to 2006. Since 2008 Robert Muntean lives and works in Berlin. http://www.robertmuntean.com

The open guitar tunings of Sonic Youth or the sounds and noise employed as musical means by Einstürzende Neubauten; both stand in connection with the optical noise that proliferates in Robert Muntean’s painting. If one conceives of musical and painterly figures as being related, as the artist does, then the latter is the melody recognisable within the picture. (…) Paradoxically, the clearly momentary element of painterly placement is firmly anchored in the process of pictorial invention. Neither the interventions on the canvas nor the smearing of paint directly from the tube are to be understood as impulsive gestures that might have been intended as some sort of expression of an inner state in a modernist, expressionistic sense. Rather they are the ciphers of an immediacy that Muntean posits precisely in order to expose the involvement of the individual gesture in the painterly process and thus to emphasize the working process over the work. (Oona Lochner “The Noise of the Tableaus”, in: Robert Muntean, Echoes, Kerber Verlag, 2012)

Misha Stroj (Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna)

Misha Stroj (b.1974, Ljubiljana, Slovenia) studied philosophy at the University of Vienna and graduated in 2002 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His works has been the subject of solo exhibitions at WAAW Center for Art and Design in Saint-Louis; Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna; Ar/ge Bolzano, Bolzano; Forum Stadtpark, Graz; District Foundation, Berlin; Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago de Chile; Kunstverein Salzburg, Salzburg; Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg and Villa Merkel, Esslingen, as well as in international group exhibitions including Manifesta 5. European Biennial of Contemporary Art; 21er Haus, Vienna; Black Bridge Off, Beijing; Lentos, Linz and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. Misha Stroj´s works are held in various public collections including the Belvedere, Landesgalerie Oberösterreich, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, MUSA Collection of the City of Vienna, AK Wien and Tiroler Landesmuseum. Stroj is living and working in Vienna. www.kerstinengholm.com/23-0-Misha-Stroj.html

If there remains a characteristic utopian undertone within Misha Stroj´s art it is one of a positive utopia made of visible and concrete ingredients, of appropriations and processes rooted within the space of shared human experience. It is therefore not a suggestion of abstract and idealistic hypothesis but based in perception of the value of profoundly human stories, artefacts, conversations and interactions. (Luigi Fassi, 2012).

Lukas Troberg (Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna)

Lukas Troberg (b.1984, Munich, Germany) lives and works in Vienna. Studied sculpture and multimedia in class of Erwin Wurm (graduation with honours) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, art history at the University of Vienna and Architecture at the University of Stuttgart. Lukas had varios solo exhibitions in Austria as well as participated in group shows in Austria, Luxembourg, Egypt and the US. He received the prize of the Kunsthalle Vienna in 2011 and honorary prize (FTP) at Leuchtturm [light house] in 2010. www.lukastroberg.com

Lukas about practice: “Growing up in Munich, Germany, I got in touch early with graffiti and street art. Travelling somewhere always offered me a colorful world outside the car or train windows. When i took the suburban trains to my dad’s place, I could see all the pieces that Munich’s writers had left there the night before. I was fascinated by how quickly and clean these people had painted those masterpieces. Some years ago, when I started studying sculpture, I thought about how to combine my graffiti background with my studies, where I exclusively worked in third dimension.

My works deal with text, letters, drawings, lines and forms, but also with infiltrating or questioning of existing systems. Rules or laws are something that I think should be used as material –like paint, wood or metal– to be formed, interpretated or even reformed by an artist.”

Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna presents a different artist every day:

Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller

Markus Hanakam (b. 1979, Essen, Germany) and Roswitha Schuller (b.1984, Friesach, Austria) collaborate as duo since 2004.Their work is shown at Museums and Festivals in an international context, including Videodumbo Festival 2013 at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York, Recontres Internationales 2012 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, ISEA 2011, Istanbul, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Contemporary Art 2011. www.hanakam-schuller.com

Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller’s works are focused on aspects of popular culture, challenging the role of the artifact therein; as marketing tool, as gaming device, as apparatus, as fetish. Questioning the status of the object they experiment in a reflection on, – or an ironization of – different historical and contemporary artistic strategies, as well as their means of expression. The artists mainly work with video, interactive computer applications and applied art forms. They gained several awards like the MAK Schindler Fellowship in Los Angeles as well as an Artist in Residency at the Citè International des Art, Paris. Their short Film “INVASION” is awarded as Jury Selection Work at Japan Media Arts Festival 2012.

Rosmarie Lukasser

Rosmarie Lukasser (b. Lienz, Austria) graduated from Acadey of Fine Arts with distinction (class of Prof. Zobernig), before that she studied at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, UK and HTBLA in Hallstatt, lives and works in Vienna and Ainet. She had various exhibitions in Austria, Belgium and Czech Republic. She received the STARTStipendium des bmukk and Förderpreis für zeitgenössische Kunst 2013. Her works are part of such collections as: Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Tirol, Universitätsbibliothek der Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien, Neue Galerie Graz and RLB Tirol. www.rosmarielukasser.net

When a sociology of the body encounters spaces, locations and borders, a network of technomorphic approaches is involved. The laws of cool (A. Liu) within media reality emerge in their bodily forms. White icons of a man-machine-adaptation show warps that collapse into pixels of deep surfaces (M. Faßler). The materiality of their bodies allows the influence of digitally networked telepresences to be read via interfaces to the individuals’ postures associated with it. Work is carried out on a sculptural ‘anthropology of the medial’, whereby human expressivity as a history of individuality can no longer be located on the margins of an exterior and an inte- rior. Mediality itself is elevated to a higher level in anthropological discourse. The media is and was an integral component of institutional and normative structures of culture. It thus provides the breeding ground for cultural-evolutionary processes (M. Tomasello). Attempts to initiate body-reforming tendencies allow scope for speculative constitutions of a future morphology of the human body. (Georg Russegger from Thoughts on ‘… I’m on the Web’ by Rosmarie Lukasser)

Bernd Oppl

Bernd Oppl (b.1980 Innsbruck, Austria) lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He has studied fine arts (painting and graphic arts) from 1998 to 2007 under Ursula Hübner at Kunstuniversität Linz (Austria) and, since 2008, fine arts under Dorit Margreiter (video and video installation) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Awards / Grants – RLB Art Price, Künstbrücke, RLB Tirol AG, Innsbruck (2012), Sponsorship Award for Contemporary Art of the state of Tyrol (2008), Working grant of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Kulture (2008/09). www.berndoppl.net

Bernd about his work: In my current work I focus on the cinematic use of space and architecture, the perception and change of it through the medium of film. I refer to personal experiences of a space as well as collective illusory spaces, as they seep through the mainstream cinema in the collective subconscious. Currently I deal with transitional spaces, temporary staging, waiting rooms and passages. I reconstruct these spaces in scale models, in which I stage chaotic events and various substances. In combination with the interior structures are being formed, in which institutions thus transform.

Linus Riepler

Linus Riepler (b.1984 Vöcklabruck, Austria) lives and works in Vienna. Linus has studied at from 2004 to 2009 under Manfred Pernice and Gunter Damisch at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with one exchange semester spent at Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, Belgium. His works were exhibited in Austria, Germany and Hungary. He received Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Grant at the Theodor Körner Award and STARTStipendium by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (bmukk). www.linusriepler.eu

The presented works were produced during the last three years. Some were built simultaneously and others lead to one another. Those objects can be a starting point for a bigger project or a way to try out variations on a finished work. It became a kind of working procedure that’s been running on its own – along with the development of big sized installations. „Bergauf und bergab und bergab und bergab“ is an example for a larger sculpture, which is the result of the process described above. “Das beliebte Format” (the popular format) originates from a totally different concept, but uses similar shapes.

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