image/reads/text. Language in Contemporary Art.
Another event tickling the Viennese art scene each autumn is the gallery festival „curated_by“. 21 galleries invite guest curators to compile exhibitions around one topic, and this year it´s „image/reads/text. Language in Contemporary Art“. All through the festival´s duration an exuberant supporting program with talks, lectures, tours,performances and many other activities is offered as well.
In Vienna´s most gallery-saturated street, Schleifmühlgasse, two neighbouring galleries show in what different manners this vast issue of language might be taken up.
Curated by Sabine Schaschl and Michael Riedel Gabriele Senn Gallery shows Michael Riedel´s expansion or take on Joseph Kosuth´s „One and Three Chairs“ of the same name. Very roughly summarized, the original 1965 art work deals with the relations between definition and object. By means of performances Michael Riedel takes those considerations further and integrates the resulting transcripts into the installation.
Next door at Christine König Gallery, Moritz Wesseler shows Uri Aran´s „Time for an Early Mark“. Born in 1977 the New York-based artist uses all different kinds of media to tell „his story“. These narrations, though, remain mostly abstract. Sometimes they are appropriations, over- and underwritings, and rhythm plays a big part in them; sometimes also normal words appear, but only in a rather tentative manner, adding another nuance.
Looking back I somehow had the impression of having seen two antithetic movements: while Uri Aran leaves conventional language behind, goes beyond it, Michael Riedel seems to be searching for one of language´s most fundamental but at the same time very elusive functions.
Gabriele Senn Galerie
Christine König Galerie
Header: Ausstellungsansicht Gabriele Senn Galerie, Michael Riedel, One and Three Chairs (Vienna)
1: Ausstellungsansicht Gabriele Senn Galerie, Michael Riedel, One and Three Chairs (Vienna)
2: Christine König Galerie, Uri Aran, For Piano or Flute, 24 Teile, Bronze, 2017
3: Christine König Galerie, Uri Aran, garden invite, Öl und Mischtechnik auf Papier, 77 x 112cm, 2017
4: Ausstellungsansicht Christine König Galerie, Uri Aran, Time for an Early Mark