Unfolded Matters - Nature as Culture, Culture as Nature

To most people climate change unfortunately is only present when there´s an especially unusual heat wave, combined with the efforts of a young and courageous/ desperate girl. With this background and the summons (not the question anymore) „What Is to be Done!“ and its concurrent obsolescence, the group show „Unfolded Matters. Nature as Culture, Culture as Nature“ is taking place at Georg Kargl Fine Arts. It treats the issue of the schism between the assumed spheres of nature and culture predominant in Western thinking. Or, at least, the works shown integrate elements from the sphere of nature and embed them in pieces of art, as - even though the exhibition is really well done - Nature as unpredictable, pervading and encompassing existence is not really manifest.

The show begins with Olivia Coeln´s very beautiful but not mellifluous series „I Feel You“ for which she sew fish scales onto some of the sheets. Jitka Hanzlová´s sombre, documentary photographs of (parts of) plants and a spider depict the uncanniness people feel when confronted with nature´s sublimity probably best; the same way Mark Dion grotesquely exaggerates and brings into plain view its domestication with potted plants in prams and playpens.

An important topic, a good exhibition – only the fold between human and non-human that the text for the exhibition mentions, isn´t completely ironed out. But this, maybe, is simply impossible to achieve.




Julia Maurer





Georg Kargl Fine Arts

Schleifmühlgasse 5

1040 Wien



Wed. -Fri.:  13:00 -19:00

Sat.: 11:00 -16:00








Header, 1: Olivia Coeln, aus der Serie „I Feel You“

2: Olivia Coeln, links: „I Feel You (VII)“, 2018, fish scales on paper in wooden frame, 32 x 22cm; rechts: „I Feel You (IV)“, 2019, barite print, fish scales hand-sewn, 27 x 20cm

3: Jitka Hanzlová, links: „untitled/ Hydrangea“, 2009, archival pigment colour print, 18 x 26cm; Mitte: „untitled/ Spiderbloom“, 2011, archival pigment colour print, 18 x 23cm; rechts: „untitled/ Physalis alkekengi“, 2009, archival pigment colour print, 18 x 23,8cm

4: Jennifer Gelardo, hängend: „suspension“, 2019, Soundpanels and swarms, hung in a grid, styrofoam, nylon thread, steel rope, hair spray, dried leaf of a Philodendron, 39 x 28 x 25; rechts: „Zeichnung 2007“, 2007, Black ink, cardboard, wood, glass, 25,7 x 19,7cm

5: links: Agnieszka Polska, „Your Instestines“, 2019, print on textile, 336 x 130cm; Mitte: Mark Dion, „Nursery“, 2007, Baby´s high chair, 1 plant, 50 x 50 x 170cm; rechts: Sanna Kannisto, „On Forest floor“, 2006, c-print, 74 x 95cm

6: links: Agnieszka Polska, „Earth“, 2017, ink print on archival paper, mounted on dibond, 70 x 70cm; rechts: Mark Dion, „Nursery“, 2007, Playpen, 4 plants, 125 x 125 x 145cm

7: links: David Maljkovic, „Untitled“, 2012, palm tree, painted plywood plinth, 195 x 180 x 180cm; Mitte: Mark Dion, „Nursery“, 2007, Perambulator, 4 plants, 120 x 53 x 150cm; rechts: Jennifer Gelardo, „Neuer Vorhang“, 2019, Curtain rod made of aluminium, steel, rope, rice paper, silver ink, 180 x 150cm

8: links: Marcel van Eeden, „Untitled“, 2001, Koo-I-Noor on hand-made paper, 19 x 28,4cm; rechts: Hannes Zebedin, „Partizanski Dnevnik“ // „Novice iz Gozda“, on newsstand, hazelnut wood