Young art scene in Vienna.
Our plan is to explore the new young contemporary art world in Vienna by foot.
First we met the lovely gallerist Aljoscha Ambrosch from the AAAA gallery and saw the wonderful exhibition The Table is Set by the artists Albin Bergström and Julia S. Goodman.
Then we went to see the chickens at the Mz* Baltazar Laboratory space presenting the amazing artist Julia Frank and her great project REVIER with egg laying white chickens and an important message.
It was the perfect day! Vienna has awoken. Sun back in full force, and the spirits high.
After being locked up for so long we decided to walk around the cities new and younger gallery scene around the Hannover market in Viennas 20th district.
On the way back on foot, we discovered in the small side streets so many new and young galleries in cool venues showing all kinds of art works, work spaces and installations.
We were too early, most still closed, but definitely noted and we will come again.
We ended the day feeling inspired, impressed and stuffed.
The Table is Set
Julia S. Goodman
The table is Set delicately brings into conversation works by Julia Goodman and Albin Bergstöm.
Arising from the context of their shared studio space and a (literally ) fruitful exchange over the years between both artists.
Is an intimate dialogue of artistic ideas and practices that stand at the intersection of societal constructs of tradition, family ties and personal histories.
In the gap between the intimate proximity and divergences of their work we hear the faint chatter of childhood memories, holiday celebrations, and the pleasures and traumas of the exuberant domestic experience which both artists playfully dissect.
What remains is the sucked-out husk of a devoured lobster.
Call it the skeleton of the bourgeoise.
Unafraid and wild at heart
We unashamedly believe in art
As we fathom that we always are
Closer to the beggars bar
Than any skunk with Rolls Roys´s Car
True opulence is still
The sheer thrill
Of the ability to feast alone
On a lobsters husk, a single bone
No adults, yet armed with fantasy
Weil call it skeleton of the bourgeoisie.
Text by Jackie Grassmann
For more information:
Website gallery: AAAA gallery
Instagram: AAAA gallery
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Mz* Baltazar's Laboratory
1200 Vienna, Austria.
REVIER from Julia Frank | Mz* Baltazar's Laboratory
Mz. Balthazar’s Lab presents Julia Frank and their newly conceived project that invokes the Lab’s collective code of conduct and addresses and visualizes the conditioned presence of the pandemic in relation to the definition of inhabited habitat by its main character(s) through a scenario that is atypical in urban space.
The exhibition can be experienced from the sidewalk in front of the exhibition space.
Through the large windows, one first sees wire mesh, then the earth, grass, scattered, a few bushes and bark mulch behind.
Opposite the window front, a timber wall closes off the room. In the room we encounter a wooden construction whose material was part of a detached house of a Viennese Kleingartenverein in a previous life cycle.
In between, 7 hens cavort. Sometimes they can be heard from the street through the window above the door, which has been removed and replaced with a grid.
Almost every year, millions of chickens are slaughtered as a preventive measure because virologists find viruses during routine checks that could potentially be dangerous for humans, and now, in the middle of the second pandemic year, the artist is bringing quality Austrian poultry directly to us.
Mz* Baltazar’s Lab is interested in the sources.
Of code, of culture of collective working. This time we look into the source of our commodity chain.
We look at chicken and poultry production and it’s entanglements with ecology, economy, post-humanism.
Whatever was first, the chicken or egg: let’s re-think our commodity chains.
For more information:
Website: Mz Baltazar Laboratory
For more on the artist:
Website: Julia Frank
Instagram: Julia Frank
Photo credits: @ Ernst Koslitsch