Christine & Irene Hohenbüchler
Galerie Martin Janda shows several works of the last few decades by twin sisters Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler. One of them started out in painting, originally, the other one in sculpture, and they collaborate since the late 1980s. Quite often „multiple authorship“ in the psychoanalytical sense of the term is mentioned in connection to their work: the limits of the media and techniques applied dissolve; the artwork itself is mostly just the result of more important processes of thought and creation which the sisters often design in a participatory manner.
Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler´s main issues, put very shortly, are sociotopes and their microorganisms. Right at the gallery´s entrance, for example, one finds two metal structures. They refer to botanical watercolours by 19th century painter Moritz Michael Daffinger, but they equally reminded me of space stations and experiments concerning survival strategies on other planets, an impression probably further strengthened by photographs of wooden scenery and drawings of plants. So, even if unintended, the exhibition for me also gets a slightly utopian character. Contextual fusions, though, are basically desired in Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler´s work.
Galerie Martin Janda
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