viennacontemporary 2018 | ZONE1

We are happy to announce the participants of ZONE1, curated by Victoria Dejaco. 

ZONE1 presents artists under the age of 40 who are born, educated or living and working in Austria. The 2018 edition showcases artists with the ability to look closer at the stories of everyday life, political situations, materials and the “conditio humana” (human condition). The way they unpack the world in their practice, express themselves, treat their subjects or dive into topics makes them heralds of our time with each approach differing widely from the other.

Julian Palacz’s works deal with the aesthetics of data and traces of information we leave behind digitally and physically. Charlotte Klobassa explores ever new identities and moods by copying anonymous strokes, and combines them into a new formal language. Nana Mandl is a crossover between a contemporary Fluxus and post-internet artist. Simon Iurino often finds materials with intriguing characteristics and brings the essence of their raw aesthetics to life. Sasha Auerbakh has a painterly approach to sculpture that often leads her to unfamiliar results. James Lewis is a neo-materialist who dives into forgotten narratives, legends, and histories thus creating peculiar forms that are inseparable from their titles. Philip Patkowitsch lays bare all work processes and stages of his drawings and prints. Anne Speier’s alienating figures, which fluctuate between the 2D and 3D, draw the viewer into a parallel universe in its own right.’ – Victoria Dejaco. 

Zone 1Simon Iurino (b. 1986 in Bozen, Italy) has a practice of collapsing layers. The history of a place might very well come up in the form or material of his work. The title may reflect the concept. The place may inform the aesthetic just as much as material or spatial necessities. Exploring both physical and imagined definitions of space, Iurino’s installations challenge the way we claim and interact with our environment. His recent installations are simultaneously walk-through structures, architectural elements, sculptures and displays. The elements forming the objects are run-of-the-mill aluminum profiles used for construction purposes. Construction companies or the EU or the MOT association standardised them just like the wooden beams Simon Iurino chose to use, subsequently accepting all possibilities and limitations the material dictates. “The materials in my practice always relate to the medium and the historical context of the conditions in which a work manifests.” – S.I. www.simoniurino.com

Zone 1 2Nana Mandl (b. 1991 in Austria, based in Vienna and Cape Town) is a mixed media artist exploring the relationship between the digital and the material world, and how one transfers into the other. The overflow of visual stimulation and the increasing importance of the surface are recurring topics in her mixed media paintings. Incorporating various techniques like digital printing, embroidery and drawing, she combines seemingly unconnected images to wild yet elaborate collages and thereby manages to address issues such as overload, sexualisation and identity in a playful way. www.nanamandl.com

Zone 1 3Julian Palacz’s (b. 1983 in Leoben, Austria) conceptual works deal with the aesthetics of data and information traces left behind both digitally and physically. Customized software and algorithms build the basis of his process in reference to their usage in contemporary politics and society. From a critical and technological point of view, he is interested in de-contextualizing analytical procedures of mass surveillance and complex digital structures to examine their artistic qualities. With his ironic and highly aestheticized works, he wants to shed light on multifaceted aspects of an ambivalent reflection and stimulate new perspectives on contemporary processes. www.julian.palacz.at

Julian Palacz Portrait | Photo credits: Simon Veres

Zone 1 4Philip Patkowitsch (b. 1981 in Zell am See, Austria) uses film stills and set photographs as source material in his art. Patkowitsch‘s criteria for selecting an image are not focused on specific plots or actors/actresses but rather on more subtle details: a patterned textile, a gesture or a gaze might catch his attention. Using them as starting points, he creates drawings and prints that investigate the possibilities of these mediums and often combines them in picture-in-picture configurations. The torsos, hands, jackets and pants featured in Patkowitsch‘s works might occasionally hint at narratives, but instead of pursuing that, he approaches the images in a circling motion and zooms in on details. How many types of perception can be extracted from one single picture? By offering a multitude of variations on the images he works with, Patkowitsch demonstrates the sheer complexity of what it means to see. www.bechterkastowsky.com

Philip Patkowitsch Portrait | Photo credits and copyright: Claudia Rohrauer

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Charlotte Klobassa’s (b. 1987 in Vienna, Austria) series “Scribble” is inspired by collected pieces of paper she finds in stationery shops. The works with test scribbles of unknown authorship manifest a very direct, impulsive and unconscious composition and lend themselves for free association and interpretation. With meticulous precision, Klobassa transfers selected “Scribbles” onto large-format canvases and supplements them with her own motifs. She attributes pathos to the supposedly insignificant and plays with the ideas of gesture, writing, imitation, fetish and desire. At first glance, the works appear to be abstract, gestural in nature, but upon closer inspection they turn out to be absolutely figurative. www.charlotteklobassa.com

Charlotte Klobassa Portrait | Photo credits: Katharina Cepak

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Anne Speier (b. 1977 in Frankfurt am Main in Germany) studied at Frankfurt’s Städelschule and currently lives in Vienna where she teaches in the Object Sculpture Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts. Anne Speier makes art in two dimensions and works with painting, photography, collage, analog printing techniques, and digital image editing. She also creates installations and sculptures that often revisit characters from her pictures and transfers them into three-dimensional space. Speier’s representational and figurative visual idiom grows out of experimental interactions between different media such as photography, painting, and various printing techniques. The specific characteristics and material requirements of the techniques she employs leave traces that are no less integral to her compositions than their subjects proper. Blending painting, photography, printing and cutout techniques, the artist furnishes multilayered stages on which social roles are enacted. www.meyerkainer.com

Anne Speier Portrait | Photo credits: Anne Speier

James Lewis (b. 1986 in London, lives and works in Vienna). There is a form of recursion known as the Droste Effect that describes the repetition of a self- similar image contained within itself, which typically recedes into exponentially smaller formats as a type of fractal. In the works of James Lewis, the effect is similar: the artist creates objects that appear approximately alike to themselves, forming extensions between the tangled hierarchies of language and expression embodied within specific material surfaces. 
His work establishes a dialogue with a suppressed and obscure double-subjectivity. This volatile semiosis is mirrored in the unrefined materiality that Lewis exposes to its own corrosion, to its eventual return to dust. An amorphous, raw material, usually worked out of agar, lead, stone and clay. www.jameslewisjameslewis.com

James Lewis Portrait | Photo credits: James Lewis

Zone 1 8Sasha Auerbakh’s (b. 1985 in Moscow, Russia, lives in Vienna) artistic practice is focused on sculpture’s potential to translate form into meaning through experiences and interpretations of the viewer. Her objects, often alluding to common visual codes, serve as placeholders or props for specific narratives. Her recent works are inspired by the notion of alternative education as seen through reading of the Tarot cards imagery. Surreal, semi-abstract objects are “icons” or “indexes” that bear in mind symbols and signs present in what K.G.Jung called “collective unconscious”. Each object stands for a certain feeling or situation, but avoids straight references and therefore remains open for interpretation. www.auerbakh.com

Sasha Auerbakh Portrait: Photo credits: Baril Gallery

Victoria Dejaco is an Italian writer and curator, currently full time manager of the Stefan Stolitzka Collection (AT). From 2014 until 2017 she was external program advisor for Galleria Doris Ghetta (IT) and co-editor for Petunia magazine (FR). She produced exhibitions in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Poland and Bulgaria since 2012 while running an offspace called Hallway Gallery in Vienna (2011-2013), working as gallery assistant at Galerie Emanuel Layr (2012-2013) and being a curatorial assistant at Grazer Kunstverein (2014-2016).

PARNASS is the Media partner of ZONE1 at viennacontemporary 2018.

As in recent years, the Austrian Federal Chancellery is kindly supporting the ZONE1.BKA_Logo_srgb

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27 – 30 September 2018
Marx Halle Vienna

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