171212: Gabriele Senn Galerie: Hans Weigand/Elfie Semotan

Gabriele Senn Galerie Hans Weigand/Elfie Semotan 16.11.2012 – 12.01.2013 Mars searching for Venus By Goschka Gawlik Basically, we are living in a completely aestheticized world in which art is defined by brilliant and (too) exuberant renditions. One example of such a temporary phenomenon is the superb exhibition Lucas, Bosch, Gelatin shown in the Kunsthalle Krems. Another example of this phenomenon is the exhibition Hans Weigand and Elfie Semotan in the Gallery Gabriele Senn. The main reason for the two artists to collaborate was their encounter in the gallery, in which each of them is currently presenting their most recent work. Both artists are well known internationally. Weigand is an established artist of his generation, Semotan a renowned Austrian advertising photographer. Both are known as audacious and militant personalities full of innovative ideas. It comes as no surprise that they agreed to jointly finish a picture in this exhibition, as a kind of proof of the unambiguity of their elective affinity. Following his last opulent paint collages and panoramas with dystopian content Hans Weigand surprises by reducing his otherwise monumental means of expression. He shows two almost monochrome waves (2012), similar to the style of Japanese woodcuts. Placed opposite is a group of objects made of styrodur, so-called breakwater, with a shimmering silver surface. While Weigand’s work is devoid of any humans, Elfie Semotan, for the first time in her oeuvre, deals with female nudes to oppose the flood of nudity in today’s consumer world and the “latent depreciation of the female image as a mere object of (male) desire.” The timeless effect of Semotan’s nude photographs is the result of applying an old technology. Her work, depicting a 50 year-old friend lying on a mattress in an unspectacular room, evades looking into the camera; she is attractive but in no way immaculate. Semotan presents the nudes beyond the current canon in which physical perfection prevails. For her, a woman is not an object of exposition, but a live subject of self-dramatization. If nude photography can be seen as a discourse about the dominating power structures and culture in a society – if it does not only deal with formation or shadow and light games – then both artists place sexuality back into the metaphoric language of their art. Gabriele Senn Galerie 1040 Vienna, Schleifmühlgasse 1a Tel: +43 1 535 99 30 Fax: +43 1 535 99 29 Email: galerie.senn@aon.at http://www.galeriesenn.at Opening hours: Tue – Fri 14.00 – 18.00 hours, Sat: 11.00 – 16.00 hours

Gabriele Senn Galerie
1040 Wien, Schleifmühlgasse 1 a
Tel: +43 1 585 25 80
Email: office@galeriesenn.at
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