Points of Passage

Melk Abbey 2015.6.3.-2015.9.28
curated by Moussa Kone and Erwin Uhrmann
Katharina Gruzei, Ines Hochgerner, Bernhard Hosa, Moussa Kone, Stephan Lugbauer, Rainer Prohaska, Markus Proschek, Bianca Regl, Corinne L. Rusch

Between the apple and the plate

Bianca Regl: Between the apple and the plate
Headegg Kunstverein, Munich,Germany / 2014

Art Against Art / Gu Quan / Ma Ke / Xu He / Zhu Xianwei / Blackbridge Offspace

We hope that our art can take root in the land we live. Therefore we must respect ourselves, we need to reflect, to bring out the courage and the will in facing our true spiritual dilemma. We have the responsibility to provide new spiritual resources for our times, and to build our own lives. Art Against Art is the dilemma of reality, as well as the rule of art.

The Generosity in Joyful Limitations : 2 Dimensions Only / Curated by Anna Hofbauer & Liu Xiaohui / Blackbridge Offspace

Units of Measuring 'Amount'

The weight of an elephant is a world apart from that of an ant, but the amount and frequency of the ant's steps is also a world apart of those of the elephant. Here notions of 'amount' are like those of 'labor', measured in the density within units of surface, or in even more abstract definitions. Besides the obvious measurements of weight and dimension, what comes to mind is the amount of thought, the amount of accumulated time, ballsiness, and intensity. Weightier than Mount Tai, as light as a feather--all metaphors for amounts, carrying along value orientations. The methods of measuring 'amounts' are in the concept, in the eye of the beholder.

The Generosity in Joyful Limitations / Three Dimensions Only / Curated by Anna Hofbauer & Liu Xiaohui / Blackbridge Offspace

Nowadays, defining concepts no longer helps us understand anything. The symbols and concepts around us are like waves on the ocean, some rise, some fall.

The theme of this exhibition is sculpture. But do these works seek to overturn traditional notions of sculpture or do they attest to the fact that sculpture has already lost any concrete meaning? The artists don't seem interested in any of this.
These seemingly innocent objects are personal experiences that artists have materialized through concrete artistic processes. They are performative tokens crafted under the inescapable burden of conceptual cognition.

Chinese Contemporary

curated by Bianca Regl / lukasfeichtner Gallery 2014.5.15-2014.5.22
Su Wenxiang
Ma Qiusha
Wang Sishun
Zhang Xin Jun

Chinese Contemporary vereint vier Videos junger, signifikanter chinesischer KünstlerInnen, die eine radikale Gegenposition zum postsozialistischen Kunstboom der neunziger und nuller Jahre einnehmen.
Gemeinsam ist den Arbeiten eine Reduktion von Geschwindigkeit und Materialität, die der Opulenz der chinesischen Kunstproduktion der letzten beiden Dekaden entgegenwirkt.
Su Wenxiang, 1979 in Anhui geboren, studierte an der Designuniversität Anhui. Ausstellungen u.a. Taikang Space Beijing, Nanjing Museum, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. Gezeigt wird “Slow Down” von 2010 (Courtesy Su Wenxiang).
Ma Quisha, 1982 in Beijing geboren, studierte an der chinesischen Zentralakademie Beijing. Ausstellungen u.a. Beijing Commune, UCCA Beijing, PACE New York, CAFAMuseum Beijing.
Gezeigt wird “From No4 Pingyuanli to No4 Tianqiaobeili” von 2007 (Courtesy Beijing Commune).
Zhang Xin Jun , 1983 in Henan geboren, studierte an der Chongqinger Universität der Bildenden Künste und der Zentralakademie Beijing. Ausstellungen u.a. Blackbridge Offspace Beijing, telescope Beijing, Chinesischer Pavillon der Biennale Venedig. Gezeigt wird “Heavy Rain” von 2013 (Courtesy Zhang Xin Jun).
Wang Sishun, 1979 in Wuhan geboren,studierte an der Zentralakademie Beijing. Ausstellungen u.a. Long March Beijing, Galerie Krinzinger Wien, UCCA Beijing. Gezeigt wird “Desire and one of N points” von 2012 (Courtesy Long March Beijing).
Alle leben und arbeiten in Beijing.
Die Ausstellung wurde von Bianca Regl kuratiert, die seit 2009 in Beijing lebt und arbeitet und dort, gemeinsam mit Anna Hofbauer, den nichtkommerziellen Ausstellungsraum Blackbridge Offspace in Heiqiao fuehrt (http://www.blackbridgeoff.com).
Heiqiao befindet sich am Rande Beijings, in unmittelbarer Umgebung der Künstlerviertel 798 und Caochangdi, und ist Wohnort aller in der Ausstellung gezeigten Künstler. Als Künstlerbezirk konzipiert und 2007 auf Ackerland errichtet, stehen sich dort über 800 Ateliers, Lagerhallen der großen Galerien und Eselskarren eines sich parallel entwickelnden Wanderarbeiterbezirks gegenüber.
Alltag und Realität der Künstler sind nicht nur durch diesen Gegensatz von Heterogenität geprägt.
Zur universellen Grunderfahrung um 1980 geborener chinesischer Künstler gehört bekanntlich nicht nur die Tatsache, dass sie (ab 1979 Einzel-) Kinder der Jugendlichen der Kulturrevolution sind, sondern auch dass sie die Öffnung Chinas und den Wirtschaftsboom als erste Generation erleben. Die Stimmung auf den Universitäten zu ihren Studienzeiten ist auf der einen Seite geprägt vom kapitalistischen Funkeln der importierten Autos und Pfauengärten der Professoren, deren nach dem Geschmack des Westens gerichtete Arbeit einen bis dahin undenkbaren finanziellen Erfolg bringt, und auf der anderen von familiärem Druck, den die politische Architektur Chinas notwendigerweise hervorbringt.
Die Errungenschaft der gezeigten Videoarbeiten ist also, in Abwendung von einer rasenden Konsumkultur zu einer langsamen, sogar langweiligen Herangehensweise, die Auflösung von Perspektiven, die sich bereits als Selbstverständlichkeiten sedimentiert hatten.
Eine Buchseite, ein Bindfaden, ein Flaschendeckel und eine Rasierklinge sind als bescheidene Materialien für die vier Künstler ausreichend, um sich und ihre Situation zu erhellen.

Hand-me-down Alchemy / Lukasfeichtner Gallery

Bianca Regl : Hand-me-down Alchemy 3.27.2014-4.20.2017
Lukasfeichtner Gallery, Seilerstaette 9, 1010 Vienna

Die andere Sicht

Essl Museum, Vienna / 3.19.2014 - 9.21.2014
Astrid Bechtold, Brigitte Bruckner, Helga Druml, VALIE EXPORT, Ilse Haider, Xenia Hausner, Karen Hollander, Martha Jungwirth, Birgit Jurgenssen, Gudrun Kampl, Johanna Kandl, Andrea Kasamas, Kiki Kogelnik, Brigitte Kowanz, Elke Krystufek, Maria Lassnig, Marie Luise Lebschik, Franka Lechner, Anna Meyer, Florentina Pakosta, Bianca Regl, Meina Schellanda, Eva Schlegel, Deborah Sengl, Barbara Szuts, Barbara Vogel, Eva Wagner

How Lonely Does It Get? / Curated by Frederik Foert / Blackbridge Offspace

The artist is a lonely wolf. There are indeed those who are extroverted and those who are introverted, but when it comes to the actual process of creating, everybody stands on their own. Pack or not, you have to stay in the picture.

Whether you love it or you hate it, the artist's solitude in front of the blank piece of paper or the white canvas is a challenge you have to face all by yourself. Romantically transfigured by the outside anyways, suffering for ideas in the ivory tower is every creative thought's origin. Up there the artist is fighting with himself and the dark matters of creation, ruffling hair, discarding and crumpling paper and eventually catching himself in the act; momentarily understanding the beauty of exactly this process. The flash of genius, the successful throw; ? he steps back, lights a cigarette and considers his work proudly. "PloP-Zisch"!

The first reward may be the only one. No one can share this moment, detached from later public situations; the artist, at this point, is completely on his own. A narrative moment which illustrates the melancholy of the working situation as well as their perfect self-sufficiency unite the work selected for this exhibition - video, painting, drawing and installation. Regardless of the public and the art market - lonely at the top ? and then, with a wink, back into the circus! ? Or maybe just ride a little longer into the sunset?

No 11 / Curated by Anna Hofbauer / Blackbridge Offspace

To take a photograph of an object or a specific site confirms not only the existence of itself, but also of its maker/s. In that way photography seems to be a practice of self-affirmation of the human kind. Something comforting lies in the idea of us having been here before, being here now and going to be here in the future. Photography can calm us down through providing evidence of our being by images.

The 3 vessels photographed in black and white by Anja Ronacher are white-ground Lekythoi. They are a special kind of pottery that had been used in funerary rites in antique Greece. The photograph of the Lekythoi is taken in today’s arrangement of display at the Art History Museum of Vienna.

The street-views of Avenida Bolivar photographed in colour by Hannes Boeck show houses representative for the building activity in Lima in a modified style of European Modernist Architecture practiced as from the 1950ies.

Both artists work in analogue techniques and handle the procedure of the enlargements in the darkroom themselves. In charge of all aspects of the reproduction process they are providing evidence in the utmost individual perspective and interpretation of course. Existence is proofed as well as that there is no inherent truth in an object or architectural style itself, but a meaning and purpose in the way of using them - or photographing them. Thus exposing practices of self-affirmation of the human kind at different times and places.