ZONE1 has established itself as acclaimed format for the presentation of young artists from or educated in Austria and this year offers a series of innovative projects. Marlies Wirth, curator at the MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna – has selected the program and presents the entire range of young contemporary art production: photography, extended painting and sculpture up to installation and performance will be on show in individual sections at viennacontemporary.
Peter Jellitsch | Galerie Clemens Gunzer
Peter Jellitsch (b. 1982 in Villach, Austria) has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe and can be found in collections such as the SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, MMKK Carinthian Museum of Modern Art and the Graphic Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Peter Jellitsch’s work is based on what has become an indispensable component of our modern-day life: the Internet and the constant availability of a wireless connection to it. In his work the physical act of drawing is combined with the ubiquitous flows of information that we use and create at the same time. Jellitsch has been the recipient of several grants & awards, including the Strabag Art award, Theodor Körner Prize, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Scholarship and the Outstanding Artist Award of the Republic of Austria.
Maria Anwander & Ruben Aubrecht | Galerie Lisi Hämmerle
Maria Anwander and Ruben Aubrecht (both born in 1980, Austria, live in Berlin) are both working individually as conceptual artists. On an irregular base they join to work as a collective. With collaborative projects Anwander and Aubrecht had participated in residencies in Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York, Bilbao and now in Vienna.
With her interventions Maria Anwander is exploring the edge of public and semipublic space. Her work was exhibited in Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; Bilbao Arte Foundation; Museum Morsbroich; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art Contemporain; Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Kunsthalle Mainz, Palazzo Reale, Milano and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gille in Mexico City. Ruben Aubrecht is working as a video and computer artist, with more recent works that form a series of drawings. His work has been exhibited in Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tumba; Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; Kunsthalle Osnabrück; Museum Centre Krasnoyarsk; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; The Drawing Center, New York; Salt Beyoglu, Istanbul; The Nunnery, London and at the 3rd Moscow Biennale for Young Art.
Thilo Jenssen | KOENIG2
Thilo Jenssen (b. 1984 in Daun, Germany, based in Vienna) belongs to a current generation of artists for whom versions and visions of modernity – also the most recent – are already history. He does not accept normative categories but examines them accordingly to their defects that reveal plenty of possibilities as well as impossibilities to him. In this spirit, his monochrome images can also be understood as bodies. Working with research demands observation and hypotheses, experimental order and argumentations, comparisons and discussions. Artistic research asks for the researcher to constantly switch between producer and observer thus the artistic process becomes the object of the work itself. Thilo Jenssen’s interest primarily lies in the processes, which emerge from a content-related examination. He is interested in the energies that lie in the interaction between painting and process, form and content, in other words, the question of how far these factors are capable to play with each other or even to play against each other – to create unstable conditions that are only comprehensible as a metaphor.
Theresa Eipeldauer | KROBATH
The artistic scope of Theresa Eipeldauer’s (b.1985 in Vienna) form language includes a wide range of materials and techniques, which refer back to the primacy of drawing and painting, while, at the same time, analysing these media in various ways and extending them to the next level of three-dimensionality. A range of basic colours are repeated in minimalist abstract formations, which are used in different media such as graphite drawing, screen printing, grounded canvas and sculpture and take up the issue of display options. Theresa is born, lives and works in Vienna. Graduated The Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Gunther Damisch.
Flora Hauser | Galerie Meyer Kainer
Flora Hauser (b. 1992, Vienna) studied graphic design at die Graphische as well as Transmedia Art in the class of Brigitte Kowanz at the University of Applied Arts, both in Vienna, where she currently lives and works. Her practice spans between writing and drawing. In her work the themes of repetition and surface often intertwine to create a language alluding to codes or topographies. For Hauser the feeling of drawing is the same as of writing and at times the two become interchangeable. From a distance her drawings with pencils and nude tones on canvas appear subtle and calm, but on close inspection, the scrawled compositions reveal a more phantasmagoric landscape. The acerbic appearance of her writings function as the visual model for her drawings. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Kunstraum Innsbruck (2016), Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna (2016) and Ibid Gallery, London (2015), as wall as group shows at Kunsthaus Hamburg, Salzburger Kunstverein and Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst.
Christian Falsnaes | PSM
Christian Falsnaes (born 1980 in Copenhagen, Denmark, studied in Vienna, based in Berlin) is a Danish artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. Falsnaes studied philosophy in Copenhagen from 2001 to 2003. After a short stay in Zurich, he went to Vienna and studied from 2005 to 2011 at the Academy of Fine Arts under Daniel Richter, Peter Kogler and Constanze Ruhm. Before his art studies, Falsnaes made performances and interactions in the public space using his background as a graffiti painter. Since 2009, he has developed performances based on a pre-written script.
Florian Schmidt | Philipp von Rosen Galerie
Florian Schmidt (b. 1980, Raabs/Thaya, Austria, based in Vienna) creates pictorial frames through which he is exploring the relation of space, material and color. This research results in two-, sometimes dimensional works for the wall and freestanding sculptures. The structure of his pictures is related to the empty frames, within which single wood laths build a construction on which image carriers can be mounted. Each of these elements is used by the artist fully equal and without deducting a hierarchy from its original function within the image. As a matter of fact Schmidt goes further. He is using these different materials not only without minding its original function, he rather attempts to deduct the actual design of the works from these materials, by being guided in his composing decisions by the available forms of the existing materials.
Samuel Schaab | unttld contemporary
Landscapes that remain in constant motion; objects that seem to speak like subjects; a meaning that implies itself, only to elude comprehension; an exterior that transmutes into an interior; traces, tracks and referrals without any answers — Samuel Schaab’s (b. 1981 in Starnberg, Germany, lives and works in Vienna) works evoke, within the gaze, a ceaselessly changing oscillation between the contradistinctions exposed as such, though long before constructed and now abstracted, within the space. Instead, however, of merely establishing differences anew, he creeps into the narrow spaces between their categories and makes their qualities and modes of effectuality tangible within the field of tension that emerges between the poles of duality.
Sarah Pichlkostner | Galerie Hubert Winter
Sarah Pichlkostner (b.1988 Salzburg, lives and works in Vienna) developed an idiosyncratic artistic language through the help of so called “self optimizing” apps. According to the artist her interest lies in ”where and how the ”private“ and ”public“ nowadays interfere with one another and whether this division still is a stressable concept.“ Pichlkostner’s new body of works thrusts the use of material to it’s extremes. Her minimalistic sculptures are more than inanimate installations. They incorporate fragile thin lines of glass tubes adhered with reacting silver nitrate and LED resulting in static aluminium objects with all their technical refinement and consequently setting off a dialogue with the object, room and viewer.
Kay Walkowiak | Zeller van Almsick
As in recent years, the Austrian Federal Chancellery is kindly supporting the ZONE1.