Rio is a new installation of work by Marita Fraser. Working between Austria and Australia, painting and sculpture, Rio was chosen as a new conceptual and physical location in which to situate her art practice.
In Rio, Marita Fraser works between the material and immaterial; the abstract and representational. Rio is a continuation of her concerns with formal and conceptual problems of what constitutes contemporary painting. Working with materials such as fabric, felt, styrofoam, plaster and paint she constructs a multitude of possibilities for what painting might be.
“The recent work of Marita Fraser, connects abstraction to the physicality of the material, constructing abstract diagrams of the material unconscious. Here abstraction is not simply the return of the repressed, her work opening the field of abstraction onto the world. But in doing so it reveals the world to be exactly as painting is, material and abstract. Abstraction is able to reconnect to life at precisely this point, where it creates sensations acting as diagrams of the material unconscious. Fraser’s affirmation of the material and the unconscious refuses language, offers instead mysterious diagrams – abstract sensations - for constructing the real.”
From “A Love of Diagrams – Recent Work by Marita Fraser”, by Stephen Zepke 2008
image: O.T., 2009.
Image courtesy James Dorahy Project Space and The Artist
Trick of the Light
Benjamin Hirte, Alex Lawler, Sonia Leimer, Tove Storch, Nadim Vardag curated by Marita Fraser
Trick of the Light is an examination of new video and projection work from Vienna, Austria. These artists work with video and projection as one part of larger practices that examine formal, sculptural, spatial, conceptual and material concerns using various media including drawing, sculpture, installation and painting. All of the artists have a strong sculptural component to their practices and Trick of the Light examines how light, moving image and projection are used within a broader sculptural practice.
Benjamin Hirte is a German born artist, whose practice examines the process of sculptural production. His work presents systems of display such as walls, plinths and constructed framing devices as formal objects to be considered for their formal, conceptual and aesthetic qualities. His work leaves the site of aesthetic experience open for others to come into, with the line between finished artwork, studio refuse and support structures, blurred.
Alex Lawler is an Australian artist working between Sydney and Vienna. His practice examines the formal and aesthetic qualities of post minimalism through the lens of ideas such as sensation, memory and the subconscious. His practice removes the minimalist object from its self-reflexive history placing it firmly into the world of lived experience. His video work continues these questions with an enquiry into memory, history and what inner vision exists when looking at monochrome painting.
Sonia Leimer is an Italian born artist whose sculptural and video works examine the categorisation and dependency of spaces and their relationship to our perception. Her point of departure for work is conscious research into, and the analysis of, objects in public spaces and how they are interwoven with the subjective experiences and memories of their producers. The work shown for Trick of the Light examines a reproduction of a section of the Great Wall of China, which was built as a film set in the Mongolian desert.
Tove Storch is a Danish born artist whose work examines sculptural presence and spatial experience by asking questions like: How does a form, volume or shape appear? What are the formal rules for creating a sculpture? And how can you escape from these basic premises of a sculptural object and develop new and or different methods? With logical progression she combines aspects from the virtual and the physical world in order to create objects. Using light projection, movement and fragile or extremely solid materials, she creates new kinds of sculptural presence in the material word. Tove Storch’s work is courtesy of Gallery Kirkhoff, Copenhagen.
Nadim Vardag is a German born artist who investigates the relationship between art and media image production; between institutional frameworks and the cinematic. He is interested in cinematic motifs, which have become archetype through their repeated use in film, removing such archetypal symbols from their plot context and transforming them sculpturally into the institutional gallery setting. His works use context displacement to create cinematic readymades producing installation, sculpture and video loops. Nadim Vardag’s work is courtesy of Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna.