Exhibition "Oasis" at MQ Salon with Karina Mendreczky and Katalin Kortmann Járay

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Austria
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March 13, 2023
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Museums Quartier Salon
karina mendreczky, katalin kortmann járay, mq salon vienna
Oasis” is a subtly composed, expansive installation featuring numerous different sculptures, photographs, printed textiles, drawings, and sound elements

"Oasis" at MQ Salon, Vienna: Karina Mendreczky and Katalin Kortmann Járay reveal a surreal world

Oasis | MQ Salon 

KARINA MENDRECZKY & KATALIN KORTMANN JÁRAY | Oasis, large-scale installation at MQ Salon, Vienna. 

Curator: Verena Kaspar-Eisert © 2023 MuseumsQuartier Wien 

On view till 07.05.2023 

From Tuesday - Sunday and on holidays from 10-18h | Entrance is FREE

Participating Artists: Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky 

mq salon, vienna, oasis installation sculptures
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Press text: 

Environmental catastrophes and bleak prognoses for the future of life on earth – the climate crisis has become part of our everyday life and is determining our life reality to an ever-greater extent. 

female figures, mq salon vienna, unchies art club
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Our emotional relationship to nature is thus often burdened with guilt, since we human beings are responsible for the destruction of our environment. 

who is karina mendreczky, artist
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Even if there is the will to bring about a sustainable society, the political and individual scope for action nonetheless has its limits. 

who is katalin kortmann járay, artist
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

The oscillation between power and powerlessness that results from this is shaping philosophical, ethical-moral, and spiritual discourses and raises questions that occupy many individuals. 

who is verana kaspar-eisert, curator, mq salon
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

In their artistic work, Karina Mendreczky and Katalin Kortmann Járay take up animist motifs and conceptual worlds. 

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Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Animism is based on the belief that all elements in nature, both living creatures and inanimate objects have a spiritual essence. 

interconnectedness surrealism cabinet of curiosities
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

While animist thought has always been a central component of many indigenous religions. 

art installation on view museums quartier, vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

It is also currently being given new attention in Western societies: as a relationship to the world that emphasizes the mutual interdependency of all things, that regards the boundaries between species, between oneself and the world as fluid. 

fairytales mythology environmentalism
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Since with the environmentally destructive lifestyles of the present, a relationship to the world that is based on differentiation, objectification, and hierarchization becomes questionable. 

karina mendreczky, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien


Oasis is a subtly composed, extensive installation of sculptures, photographs, printed textiles, and drawings that is supplemented with a sound component. 

karina mendreczky, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

In it, Mendreczky (*1988 in Budapest, Hungary) and Kortmann Járay (*1986 Budapest, Hungary) take up both spiritual narratives and personal family histories and translate them into unusual pictures and objects that seem alien and familiar to us at the same time. 

katalin kortmann járay, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Besides set pieces from nature like shells and sand, the space is populated with hybrid creatures with human traits and plant characteristics or that represent a merging of animal and object. 

verana kaspar-eisert, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

They are free interpretations of elements and motifs from old fairy tales and myths. 

There are also spiritual-religious symbols such as the pomegranate, date palms, or folded hands, as well as historical photographs from family albums in which a particular aura is inherent. 

oasis mq salon Vienna, munchies art club
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Female figures are positioned in various places in the space and sustain the mystical scenery. 

exhibition mq salon, munchies art club
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

As a whole, the objects form a magical-seeming, fairytale-like arrangement, a sort of surreal cabinet of curiosities that evokes the interconnectedness of all beings. 

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Exhibition "Oasis" at MQ Salon with Karina Mendreczky and Katalin Kortmann Járay

Text:
Austria
Photographer
puplished on
March 13, 2023
Curator
Museums Quartier Salon
"Oasis" is an installation with sculptures, photos, textiles, drawings, and sound.

"Oasis" at MQ Salon, Vienna: Karina Mendreczky and Katalin Kortmann Járay reveal a surreal world

Oasis | MQ Salon 

KARINA MENDRECZKY & KATALIN KORTMANN JÁRAY | Oasis, large-scale installation at MQ Salon, Vienna. 

Curator: Verena Kaspar-Eisert © 2023 MuseumsQuartier Wien 

On view till 07.05.2023 

From Tuesday - Sunday and on holidays from 10-18h | Entrance is FREE

Participating Artists: Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky 

mq salon, vienna, oasis installation sculptures
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Press text: 

Environmental catastrophes and bleak prognoses for the future of life on earth – the climate crisis has become part of our everyday life and is determining our life reality to an ever-greater extent. 

female figures, mq salon vienna, unchies art club
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Our emotional relationship to nature is thus often burdened with guilt, since we human beings are responsible for the destruction of our environment. 

who is karina mendreczky, artist
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Even if there is the will to bring about a sustainable society, the political and individual scope for action nonetheless has its limits. 

who is katalin kortmann járay, artist
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

The oscillation between power and powerlessness that results from this is shaping philosophical, ethical-moral, and spiritual discourses and raises questions that occupy many individuals. 

who is verana kaspar-eisert, curator, mq salon
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

In their artistic work, Karina Mendreczky and Katalin Kortmann Járay take up animist motifs and conceptual worlds. 

art about art on environmental catastrophes climate crisis
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Animism is based on the belief that all elements in nature, both living creatures and inanimate objects have a spiritual essence. 

interconnectedness surrealism cabinet of curiosities
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

While animist thought has always been a central component of many indigenous religions. 

art installation on view museums quartier, vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

It is also currently being given new attention in Western societies: as a relationship to the world that emphasizes the mutual interdependency of all things, that regards the boundaries between species, between oneself and the world as fluid. 

fairytales mythology environmentalism
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Since with the environmentally destructive lifestyles of the present, a relationship to the world that is based on differentiation, objectification, and hierarchization becomes questionable. 

karina mendreczky, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien


Oasis is a subtly composed, extensive installation of sculptures, photographs, printed textiles, and drawings that is supplemented with a sound component. 

karina mendreczky, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

In it, Mendreczky (*1988 in Budapest, Hungary) and Kortmann Járay (*1986 Budapest, Hungary) take up both spiritual narratives and personal family histories and translate them into unusual pictures and objects that seem alien and familiar to us at the same time. 

katalin kortmann járay, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Besides set pieces from nature like shells and sand, the space is populated with hybrid creatures with human traits and plant characteristics or that represent a merging of animal and object. 

verana kaspar-eisert, mq salon vienna
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

They are free interpretations of elements and motifs from old fairy tales and myths. 

There are also spiritual-religious symbols such as the pomegranate, date palms, or folded hands, as well as historical photographs from family albums in which a particular aura is inherent. 

oasis mq salon Vienna, munchies art club
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

Female figures are positioned in various places in the space and sustain the mystical scenery. 

exhibition mq salon, munchies art club
Oasis | Installation view | Katalin Kortmann Járay and Karina Mendreczky | Credit: Rudolf Strobl, Mátyás Gyuricza and MQ Wien

As a whole, the objects form a magical-seeming, fairytale-like arrangement, a sort of surreal cabinet of curiosities that evokes the interconnectedness of all beings. 

Follow on Instagram


Follow on Instagram:

Katalin Kortmann Jaray

Karina Mendreczky

Verena Kaspar Eisert

Q21 Vienna

MQ Vienna


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