With the spatial installation and the works for A Trip to Vienna like Bruno Munari, Sierra relates to the ideas of Italian artist and graphic designer. Hutzinger similarly designs the gallery's basement architecture as an in-situ work. Small formatted paintings on canvas as well as collages absorb and reflect the formal repertoire used in the wall paintings.
GABRIEL SIERRA: A TRIP TO VIENNA LIKE BRUNO MUNARI
From March 16 till April 30 2011, Galerie Martin Janda is showing the first solo exhibition by Columbian artist Gabriel Sierra. With the spatial installation and the works for A Trip to Vienna like Bruno Munari, Gabriel Sierra relates to the ideas of Italian artist and graphic designer Bruno Munari (1907–1998): “The pieces presented in this show explore the role of the didactic material developed by Bruno Munari as a device to understand the concept of geometry, dealing with the idea that everything can be represented by geometric figures, and the concept of geometry as the only universal language to question our relationship with the world. I’m interested in how ideas survive travelling in time and from one context to another.”
Sierra, who started his artistic career as a student of industrial design, defines his work as a possibility to understand and visualize the connections between art history, architecture and design. His objects and installations often play with function and dysfunction in a humorously manner and suggest new, alternative possibilities of use: “For Gabriel Sierra, function follows form: In an inversion of the old modernist dictum, his objects seem as if they are useful, but just what for is often ambiguous.” (Adriano Pedrosa)
Gabriel Sierra, born in 1975, lives and works in Bogotà.
CHRISTIAN HUTZINGER: warm
“I don’t regard a wall simply as a large canvas with fixed borders, I try to find an architectural anchor in the room to which I can link my painting or which I can use as a point of departure for my works”, Christian Hutzinger says about an important facet of his work. In his second solo exhibition at Galerie Martin Janda, Hutzinger similarly designs the gallery’s basement architecture as an in-situ work. Small formatted paintings on canvas as well as collages absorb and reflect the formal repertoire used in the wall paintings. “Christian Hutzinger (…) does not only use rooms to display his pictures, he also interprets them politically by creating mural paintings. By thus linking pictures and spaces he shows that exhibition rooms are always an integral part of the process of staging art.” (Rainer Fuchs)
Christian Hutzinger, born in 1966, lives and works in Vienna.
Image: Gabriel Sierra, Untitled, Miércoles, 2007 (Detail)
Opening: Tuesday, March 15 2011, 7 p.m.
Galerie Martin Janda
Eschenbachgasse 11, A-1010 Wien
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.