"This exhibition examines the state of things from the outside, from where they once were but are now estranged. (...) Lunarium - a large-scale installation - which is emblematic of Vienna's urban culture." (D. K.)
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Romanian artist Daniel Knorr at the gallery.
Using a wide variety of genres, Daniel Knorr explores urban space and the relationship between public and private in his interactive artistic projects.
“This exhibition examines the state of things from the outside, from where they once were but are now estranged. The gallery’s Login, a small room that faces the street, is the place of initial encounter for the audience. In it, a connection is established. The room’s environment has been designed to be the opposite of a solarium. Lunarium –a large-scale installation– evokes paleness and refinement, which is emblematic of Vienna’s urban culture. It is about realizing the potential of the night – to discover it and reflect on the prospects it holds, while others succumb to sleep. Lunarium is only open to visitors at night between midnight and 5am.
While Lunarium is visible only at night, the wall sculptures Depression Elevations, made of plastics containing crystal-clear polyurethanes, represent something that is only visible when it rains –puddles. This work transfers the idea of the world’s lowest points to the city Vienna. Their forms reflect street deformations and abrasions, incorporating the role of the street as historical witness to certain times and practices. The colors correspond to the current industrial design code for public spaces and are based on colors used for packaging, various consumer goods, and company names. The puddles in the exhibition represent carefully selected sites in Vienna.
Block encourages visitors to examine history and cultural traditions from a new perspective. Classical musical instruments, which have become integral to Vienna in the last several centuries, are locked up in a cage. This work is an investigation of musical instruments as tools of territorial and cultural colonization. The instruments are expressions of culture and attitude, and they continually remind us of this indirectly every time they are used to make music. Visitors are also allowed to play the instruments; there is a key to the cage available upon request.
– from an artist statement by Daniel Knorr, Vienna, February 18, 2014
Daniel Knorr was born 1968 in Bucharest. He livesand works in Berlin. Selected exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille (both 2013); Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz (2012); Färgfabriken, Stockholm; Steirischer Herbst, Graz (both 2011); Kunstverein Arnsberg; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Lodz Biennale (2010); Kunsthalle Basel (2009) and Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2009). Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder first showed Knorr in 2012, on the occasion of the citywide gallery exhibition curated_by, in a solo exhibition curated Adam Szymczyk.
Image: 2-Dollar Pigs, 2012, Inkjet on paper, Origami Ed. 3 + 1 AP. 3 parts, H 45 x 88 x 22 cm
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Opening: 25 March 2014, 6pm
Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Grünangergasse 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Hours: Tue - Fri: 11am - 6pm; Sat: 11am - 4pm