Women in contemporary art are extraordinary and divine beings filling our world with incredible artworks, finding more and more their rightful space in contemporary art globally.
At the Munchies Art Club Magazine we share with you the artists Anouk Lamm Anouk, Klodin Erb, Simone Fattal, Galli, Margaret Lansink, Eveleyn Plaschg and Maruša Sagadin, anexquisite selection of whats to come at this years Spark Art Fair.
SPARK 2022 is a one of a kind art fair in Vienna. Establishing with just one event in 2021, an important role in the Austrian and international art scene.
Last year, under challenging circumstances, Renger van den Heuvel and his team turned the headlights on an extraordinary affair.
The SPARK Art Fair will once again take place at the historical Marx Halle in the 3rd Viennese district.
Anouk Lamm Anouk is Painter, is Poet and everything in between. Or as they say: «I am nothing, no one», which could be a reference to their embedding in Zen Buddism.
Anouk identifies as non binary.
Reduction as condensation was their early goal that lead them to the development of a deeply personal approach to abstraction. Based on the exploration of their identity and body in relation to society.
Early experiences and growing into a wrongly gendered body were transformed in a wide body of work.
Confronting and transforming pain into beauty and power. By doing so, they challenge the viewers by examining sex, eroticism and female liberation.
Certain motifs, beings, rhythms are repeating themselves or are found fragmentarily in different series of works. Just like a subtle reference to the big picture.
Everyday life, dreams, work, the extravaganza — Anouk's oeuvre is about uniting all aspects of being.
Visibility is the key and an essential part of their self and creating. For being true to yourself — visible queerness is a big concern of Anouk. Being out and proud is a fundamental part of their practice.
Visibility is activism in a world that is still shaped by discrimination of all kinds.
That is why a space of peace and contemplation is so central in Anouk’s work. Make the medium visible; linen is the oh so present painting ground and also the first hue of most of their paintings.
A compact pallete of colours create a mediative non-space — especially in their non-figurative abstract series «post/pre».
Courtesy and credit Studio Anouk Lamm Anouk
At SPARK ART FAIR VIENNA Klodin Erb will present woks from her latest series titled Flowers for Sale, flower paintings that only reveal themselves to the public when viewed closely and allude to the selling off of nature. The pictures were all created on plasticized tablecloths, whose motifs Klodin Erb artfully continued, altered, or added new elements to.
Klodin Erb is one of the most famous Swiss painters. In her expressive, fantastic pictorial worlds, she explores the boundaries of painting and simultaneously questions definitions of gender and identity.
In an effort to combine topicality and timelessness in her paintings, the artist uses various techniques to "sample" borrowings from art history with motifs from the contemporary world.
Klodin Erb lives and works in Zurich and is a lecturer at the Department of Design & Art at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Simone Fattal was born in Damascus, Syria, and raised in Lebanon, where she studied philosophy at the École des Lettres in Beirut.
She then moved to Paris, where she continued her philosophical pursuits at the Sorbonne.
In 1969 she returned to Beirut and began working as a visual artist, exhibiting her paintings locally until the start of the Lebanese Civil War.
She fled Lebanon in 1980 and settled in California, where she founded the Post-Apollo Press, a publishing house dedicated to innovative and experimental literary work.
In 1988 she enrolled in a course at the Art Institute of San Francisco, which prompted a return to her artistic practice and a newfound dedication to sculpture and ceramics.
Fattal currently lives in Paris, and has had recent solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery (2021), ICA Milano (2021), Bergen Kunsthalle (2020), and MoMA PS1 (2019).
Fattal’s work—watercolours and collages as well as sculptures made from clay and bronze—exists between figuration and abstraction.
She draws on sources ranging from war and conflict, to landscape painting, ancient religions and mythologies, Sufi poetry and the fragility of the human form.
She explores the impact of displacement and migration as well as the politics of archaeology and excavation.
Using frequently recurring motifs and forms, and just enough detail to make her characters discernable, her works construct worlds that feel as though they have emerged—temporarily—from history and memory.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna | Photos credit: Simon Veres
GALLI was born in 1944 in Heusweiler, Germany – The artist lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Establishing herself amidst the tumultuous, hedonistic spirit of the West Berlin art scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Galli rejected the austere visual language of conceptual art and embraced narrative forms and subjective experience.
Fragmented objects, human limbs, and amorphous blobs are playfully melded together in her drawings and paintings.
Galli determinedly blazed her own path within a generation dominated by the (male) painters of the New Fauves.
Fundamental to her work are the physical and psychological torment of her figures and her agile intellectual play with literature and language.
Galli became a prominent figure of her generation in Germany, presenting solo exhibitions in countless galleries as well as Forum Kunst Rottweil, the Bodensee Museum in Friedrichshafen, and the Salzburger Kunstverein. In 2020 her works were on view at the KW in the context of the 11th Berlin Biennale, and in 2022 she had her first solo show with brunand brunand gallery, Berlin.
Fragments of a text by Michèle Faguet
Images and text courtesy ©brunand brunand & Galli | Photo: Marjorie Brunet Plaza
Margaret Lansink is a fine art photographer who works and lives in a tiny village just above Amsterdam.
Lansink received a BA from the PhotoAcademy in Amsterdam, studied for a year at LeMasterklass Paris and at Smedsby Atelier in Paris.
Who we are is often determined by our social environment and (family) history. How we build our self-esteem, often determines how we look to the outside world and how we react to the other.
In her work, Lansink explores these relationships, trying to bridge the personal and universal.
The way she photographs is purely intuitive; her images present an open and honest reflection of her own inner emotions at a certain time, space and interaction.
Shot as self-portraits in the broadest sense of the word.
With this intuitive way of photography she invites the spectator to embark on a journey through his-her own intricate web of memories, emotions, expectations, fears and desires.
Margaret Lansink uses various analogue camera's to capture the different atmospheres of her inner emotions.
Giving the images the freedom to act as an overflow from reality to dream and vice versa. More and more she experiments with her images, with paint, goldleaf, charcoal as well as with liquid light in the darkroom.
Courtesy and credit the artist Margaret Lansink
The powdery surfaces of Evelyn Plaschg’s works on paper oscillate between matte and brilliant, depending on light conditions, turning the works themselves into fragile ‘bodies’ that rub off when touched – through display, storage, and presentation; an incipient dissolution of the work.
Starting from photographs, Plaschg translates the captured bodies into drawings, which are then in turn drawn up with pigments.
Her works show the permeability of a supposedly defined subject and its environment, that allows the vulnerability of its outward-facing surface to shine through.
Evelyn Plaschg (b. 1988 in Gnas, Austria) is an artist based in Vienna. Plaschg studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at ENSBA Paris.
She received the Marianne Defet Stipend for painting in 2020/2021.
Her works has been exhibited at the following institutions and spaces: Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg (2021), Kirchgasse Gallery, Steckborn (2021), Pina, Vienna (2021), Zeller van Almsick, Vienna (2020), Belvedere 21, Vienna (2019), Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg (2018), Spazio Murat, Bari (2019), Galerie PCP, Paris (2020), Bologna cc, Amsterdam (2019), Galeria Acapella, Naples (2018), Francesca Pia, Zurich (2018), Neuer Kunstverein, Vienna (2016).
Plaschg did performances at Belvedere 21, Vienna (2019), Salzburger Kunstverein (2018), Kirchgasse Gallery, Steckborn (2021), Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2020), at Tower, Vienna (2019) and at Riverside, Bern (2018).
Courtesy the artist and Layr, Vienna
'Maruša Sagadin draws inspiration for her ideas from architecture, but also from pop and subculture sources.
Extracted and abstracted, these elements form a sign which at a symbolic level incorporates an inherent narrative, directing us towards the story of an object while introducing dynamics and humour which camouflage criticism under a tarp of advertising approaches, entertainment or play.' (quot. Every city has its Tivoli!, 2015)
Courtesy the Christine König Gallery | Photo: Johannes Stoll, Belvedere Wien, David Stjernholm and Paul Knight in order of appearance.
Opening / 24 March 2022
Preview / 12 – 5 pm
Vernissage / 5 – 8 pm
Fair days / 25 – 27 March 2022
Opening hours / 11 am – 7 pm
MARX HALLE / Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna
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