160608: Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Birgit Knoechl

Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Birgit Knoechl Discrete and space-gripping It is more or less a truism that one of the vital characteristics of art is its recall value. Works by this artist, who was born 1974, are definitely unmistakably hers; and at least in the Austrian art world absolutely unique. Birgit Knoechl’s gestural forms and ornaments painted with tusche, and partly reminding of plants, are currently exhibited at the Startgalerie. When viewing these organic-floral forms the onlooker is tempted to recognize thistles and runes, leaves and buds. But whatever is really meant to be depicted remains a mystery. The pieces are positioned so close together that the ensemble comes across more like an elaborate wallpaper design. It takes a while to see that the individual paintings are silhouettes. They project their pale shadows onto the paper beneath them and thereby allowing a dialectic between light and shadow to evolve. This seems to be the actual key to the artworks shown. The sculpture, which the artist has positioned in the gallery as a kind of antithesis to the orderly arrangement of the tusche-paintings, reveals itself to the viewer immediately. It is made of silhouettes on a black iron framework, which have been arranged into a playfully entwined sculpture. While the silhouettes on the wall appear like an awkward depiction of nature, the sculpture is a proliferous black-and-white plant. The artist has an independent and concise language. It is quite possible that we will see more of her characteristic works in the future. Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf 1010 Vienna, Felderstrasse 6-8, next to the town hall, until 24. 06. 2008 www.musa.at

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