Dauerwelle

Caroline Achaintre

 

Similiar to „Via Appia“ at Galerie nächst St. Stephan, „Permanent Wave“, Caroline Achaintre´s exhibition at Belvedere 21, too, has a  focus on ceramics. But while Isa Melsheimer´s work centres on architecture, Caroline Achaintre´s pieces ressemble masks, which – always shifting between abstraction and figuration – sometimes own a surface structure reminding of (reptile) skin. She also uses wool, another very homely material, in a singular and intuitive way – as there is, for example, a fringy tapestry piece calling to mind a sagging face, or another one in the shape of a hand; also a labyrinth-like work can be found. So, Achaintre´s art clearly evokes issues of carnaval and Mardi Gras, as well as the esthetics of the presention of ethnological collections. As bright and colourful her oeuvre is, though, her characters rather belong to the „dark“, a little disquieting and  uncanny side – as if, with „Permanent Wave“, one had entered a sanctuary (or spaceship?) for likeable outsiders and unusual persons.

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue:

 

Belvedere 21
Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Arsenalstraße 1

1030 Wien

 

 

www.belvedere21.at

 

 

 

 

 

 

Content:

 

Header: Detail von 4 - Ausstellungsansicht „Caroline Achaintre. Dauerwelle“

Foto: kunst-dokumentation.com, Manuel Carreon Lopez; © Belvedere, Wien

 

1: Ausstellungsansicht „Caroline Achaintre. Dauerwelle“

Foto: kunst-dokumentation.com, Manuel Carreon Lopez; © Belvedere, Wien

Courtesy Caroline Achaintre und Arcade, London & Art:Concept, Paris

 

2: Ausstellungsansicht „Caroline Achaintre. Dauerwelle“

Foto: kunst-dokumentation.com, Manuel Carreon Lopez; © Belvedere, Wien

 

3: Caroline Achaintre, "Super-Vette", 2019

Courtesy Caroline Achaintre und Arcade, London & Art: Concept, Paris

 

 

4: Ausstellungsansicht „Caroline Achaintre. Dauerwelle“

Foto: kunst-dokumentation.com, Manuel Carreon Lopez; © Belvedere, Wien