Leda Bourgogne, Jesse Darling, Kerstin von Gabain, Sophie Jung, Maria Lassnig, Alina Szapocznikow, Jala Wahid: Being Towards the World & Sophie Jung: After Hours

The current exhibition at Sophie Tappeiner´s gallery sports the beautiful title „Being Towards the World“. Yay, I thought, ideal for the time, when it´s nice to go outside again, and present the skin with a little bit more of air and sunshine.  But, carefully put, I have to say that the exhibition and I didn´t become best friends. It is about (mainly abstract) corporeality, skins and membranes, also about wounds and vulnerability. But in the end the choice of presentation remained too diffuse in its core - at least for me, which doesn´t really signify. As a mental game, now, when writing this, I thought that maybe this sense of elusiveness really was the exhibition´s aim? Like a human being, always in and towards the world, and trying to work off this discrepancy, wearing oneself out?

 

The second exhibition is a photo series, „After Hours“, by Sophie Thun. It consists of pictures she has taken of herself naked, and assembled to amorous double self-portraits, held by white, cut-out hands. Maybe this series might be read as an ironic comment on the exertion created by selfie-portrayals. But it does leave me a little bit helpless.

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

Venue:

 

Galerie Sophie Tappeiner
An der Hülben 3
1010 Wien

 

 

www.sophietappeiner.com

 

 

 

 

Content:

Header: Jala Wahid, „Born and Buried in Baba Gurgur, 2018, microcrystalline wax, beeswax, MDF, 250 x 130 x 30cm

1-6: „Being Towards the World“ Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, 2019

1: im Vordergund: Jala Wahid, „Born and Buried in Baba Gurgur, 2018, microcrystalline wax, beeswax, MDF, 250 x 130 x 30cm; hinten: Alina Szapocznikow, „Untitled“, 1968, pencil on paper, 65 x 49,7cm, private collection, Graz.

2: links: Kerstin von Gabain, „Civilization and Monsters“, 2019, wax, vaseline, plaster, wood, oil paint, nails, dimensions variable; rechts: Sophie Jung, „Sewfpowtwaits as Seethers“, 2019, mesh, paint, plastic foil, page from a colouring book, clay, test tubes, black cling film, audio file, dimensions variable

3: Sophie Jung, „Frau Welt 1“, 2019, foam material, mirror floor, nails, black cling film, c-print photograph, photocopy, medium gloss, clay, audio file, headphone, dimensions variable

4:  Kerstin von Gabain, „Civilization and Monsters“, 2019, wax, vaseline, plaster, wood, oil paint, nails, dimensions variable

5: Ausstellungsansicht „Being Towards the World“. Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, 2019.

6: Leda Bourgogne, „Spilling Tree“, 2018, pantyhose, oil, ink on silk, 125,5 x 100 x 2cm

7, 8: Sophie Thun, „After Hours“, Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, 2019

7: Ausstellungsansicht, Sophie Thun, „After Hours“, Galerie Sophie Tappeiner, 2019

8: Sophie Thun, „Altstadt, 11.03.2019, ST“, 2019, contact print + photogram, silver gelatine print on baryta paper, unique, 40 x 30cm