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Olena Newkryta and Titania Seidl | Domino Exhibition

The Austrian gallery Raum mit Licht and the Munchies Art Club presents the exhibition DOMINO a series of solo and duo shows, growing, adding new artists weekly. The artists present new artworks and work in progress on location. The third Duo Show of 11 presents the artists Olena Newkryta and Titania Seidl.

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Olena Newkryta and Titania Seidl | Domino Exhibition

October 9, 2021

The contemporary artists Olena Newkryta and Titania Seidl present their work in a duo show at the Gallery Raum mit Licht.

The exhibition called Domino gradually grows week by week into a full group show reaching its peak by June.

Titania and Olena had a zoom conversation which served as the source for their text.

Titanias text is in English and Olenas German text is enclosed at the bottom.

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Titania Seidl | The artist in her studio | Photo credit: Emma Kling

It’s a grey March afternoon in 2021, the one year anniversary of Austria’s first lockdown was just a few days ago.

As I enter my studio, I see I will need to make room amidst the clutter covering my table: small paintings, finished and unfinished, sketches, a variety of palettes, paintbrushes, a set of containers filled with water and turpentine, an array of books and catalogues.

I carefully push it all aside to make room for a glass of water and my laptop.

Olena appears on the screen, framed by the objects on my table. As is customary these days, I meet her as a half length portrait, seeing only her head and upper body.

Behind her, I can catch a glimpse of the artist’s studio - white walls, a sliver of a white door, a black shelf displaying spines of books, and two reels of film. -Titania

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Olena Newkryta | Photo credit: © Maria Magdalena Lanchis

Olena: I can see your painting standing behind you, have you decided if that’s what you want to show?

Titania: Yes, I think so, the three paintings that I’ve sent you before.

And you, did anything change about the work for the exhibition?

Olena: Yes, I restructured the work a little bit.

The images won’t be printed on one large textile, but they will be split into single images instead.

I’ve had eight images printed on canvas and I think I will make a selection, the chats will be printed on a plastic foil and either placed on the wall or on the floor of the gallery, depending on the entire installation..

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Duo show | Titania Seidl | Domino | Photo credit: Olena Newkryta

Titania: Can you tell me more about the text?

Olena: The text is a chat protocol of my conversation with Tareq.

Tareq is a digital worker offering all kinds of services related to digital image production and manipulation.

I’ve hired him through an internet platform established especially for self-employed, “visual” workers from different corners of the world.

So, I’ve asked him to photoshop around 30 images showing the Veil of Veronica and isolate the object from its original background, leaving only the hands that hold it and the piece of fabric without the face of Jesus on it.

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Exhibition view | Olena Newkryta left | Titania Seidl right | Domino

Titania: So all that’s left is the bare veil.

Olena: Exactly, only the bare veil is visible.

Scrolling through the chat, you can read how I requested his services and how much it cost.

The chats are all about this commission situation.

I usually don’t deal with painting in my work, also it’s the first piece that I’ve printed on canvas - I’m very  happy that we’re participating in Domino together. You studied painting, didn’t you?

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Titania Seidl | How my bodiless eye travels | 2020 | Oil on canvas | 200x100cm | Photo credit:  Rudolf Strobl

Titania: Yes, I studied painting and animation film at Angewandte in Vienna.

This is also how I came across your work in the first place, because you studied there too.

After reading your diploma text and visiting your exhibition, I thought, I would really like to talk with you one day, because I found both your ideas in the text and the show fascinating.

I’m glad that we get the chance to talk to each other in this context!

I’ve also seen photos of another work of yours, a printed fabric hung on a metal construction - is that related to your work for the show?

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Exhibition view | Olena Newkryta left | Titania Seidl right| Domino

Olena: Yes, I’ve produced a scarf that is actually meant to be a merch, it’s an artwork in a way but first and foremost an object to be used and worn, without a fixed edition or anything like that.

For this piece, I have used the image of the Veil of Veronica for the first time, and have also extracted the veil from its original context.

The idea was simple: The body of the future wearer should inscribe itself into the scarf and into the image.

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Olena Newkryta left | Titania Seidl right |Gallery Raum mit Licht | Domino | Print on canvas | 380x225cm

(Sometimes during our conversation, there are pauses, as in any good conversation.

I find it hard to tell whether it’s a moment where we collect our thoughts, catch our breath, reflect on what we spoke, or if it’s a technical stutter, a delay in the connection.

I make a lot of affirmative sounds to assert that I’m present, sounding like a strange metronome. )-Titania

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Olena Newkryta | Erased Veronica painting | Chat conversation on tablet | 2021⁠ | Print on canvas | 380 x 225 cm⁠ | | Image editing: Tareq⁠

Olena: Back then, I had started to collect different representations of the Veil of Veronica, and decided to pick them up again for this upcoming show, as Domino is also about accumulation, gathering artworks in the space over time.

This curatorial idea relates to the way I have worked on this piece-collecting the images over and over again since 2018.

So, this exhibition seemed like a good opportunity to edit the collection and show it in a physical space.

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Close up | Olena Newkryta | Erased Veronica painting | 2021⁠ | Print on canvas | 380 x 225 cm | ⁠Chat conversation on tablet | Image editing: Tareq⁠

Titania: How did you come across the Veil of Veronica in the first place?

Olena: It was more of a coincidence.

I’m not religious and as I was born in Ukraine, where the depiction of the veil isn't really famous, I didn’t know the motif for a very long time.

But I’ve examined religious images a while ago, after I got inspired by an Orthodox custom, where pictures are kissed by the praying people.

I think this physical approach towards an image that you kiss and adore is beautiful. During that research, I came across the Vernicle.

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Olena Newkryta | Erased Veronica painting | 2021⁠ | Print on canvas | 380 x 225 cm⁠ | Chat conversation on tablet | Image editing: Tareq⁠

I thought it was very interesting how this piece of cloth tells a lot about the economy of images when looked at from a contemporary perspective: The veil itself was supposedly created by the imprint of Jesus’ face and not by a human hand.

Therefore-it got incredibly precious, an invaluable relic, but exactly because it was unique, people started copying it and proclaiming that their piece would be the original object. Later, attempts to stop the process of reproduction and efforts to find the original veil with scientific methods have been initiated.

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Olena Newkryta | Titania Seidl | Gallery Raum mit Licht | Domino

Those interventions render visible the hierarchy of value between original and copy as well as the conditions of image production in general.

The circulation of those images and their entanglement in economic structures interested me, which is why I’ve started collecting and manipulating them.

But I also wanted to address the invisible labor of digital workers inscribed in the circulation of digital images.

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Exhibition view Raum mit Licht | Artworks Olena Newkryta left | Titania Seidl right | Domino exhibition

That's how I decided to hire Tareq and make that commission readable by displaying the chat alongside the images in the gallery space.

The erasure of the imprint on the veil is also a nod to Rauschenberg’s “Erased De Kooning Drawing” from 1953, where he performs an artistic gesture that’s not additive but subtractive - in a way that work has a dual authorship.

In my own practice, I also like to pass or share the authorship of an image.

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Artwork: Titania Seidl | Domino | Raum mit Licht gallery | Photo credit: Olena Newkryta

(Again, there is a short break in our connection, or rather, I’m not even sure if it’s long or short.

While I look at the frozen image on my screen and wish to hear Olena finish her thought, I silently plead with my internet connection to please come back on.

When the sound returns, the sentence is not lost but compressed, words that were spoken over the course of a minute tumbling out of my speakers in mere seconds.)-Titania

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Titania Seidl | Look of disinterested longing | 200x100cm | 2020 | Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

Titania: I have looked at older works of yours online and one work that really held my attention was “To Hand. A Projection for the Palm”.

I was reminded of this piece again when you were talking about physical contact with an image, because that is somehow connected to this earlier piece of yours - an imaginary touch that actually happens merely on a visual level, by light touching skin.

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Titania Seidl | I keep your name out of my mouth |  Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

Olena: This topic appears repeatedly in my work, not only in an obvious way, as a connection through physical touch, but as a search for communication or an attempt to establish contact with someone else.

Which was also the case with Tareq, who is -just like myself- working mainly with images, but approaching them differently.

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Exhibition view | Titania Seidl | Domino | Photo credit: Olena Newkryta

That got me motivated to get in touch and develop a piece together.

This search for contact through the artwork itself, is also the foundation of other works, in which the visitors are directly or unwittingly contributing to the work - usually by leaving a trace.

I sometimes use photosensitive material. For example, in the installation “Gestures of Collectivity” I place a piece of photosensitive paper on a table that is covered with a piece of “focussing cloth” which is used in analogue photography.

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Titania Seidl | I keep your name out of my mouth | Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

The viewers are invited to lift the cloth in order to see the image below. That image is the imprint of the cloth left on the paper when touched by light, and if they lift the cloth, this imprint shifts.

I like the idea of one viewer creating an image for the next one, while the imprint keeps moving and shifting.

Titania: Image production as a collaborative work.

Olena: Exactly..

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Titania Seidl | I keep your name out of my mouth |  Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

(Our conversation continues through a broad range of subjects - we touch on painting, different modes of collaboration in art works, bodies and physicality, and the relationship of a viewer’s body with a work of art.

Sometimes during our talk, I forget that we are not in the same room, connected only by the glow of our computer screens, and I’m only reminded of this when Olena tells me about the Ghent Altarpiece.) -Titania

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Titania Seidl | I keep your name out of my mouth |  Detail |Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

Olena: I think especially with painting, where it’s really important to experience the texture and physicality, questions of presentation in a virtual space become important.

Do you know the website Closer to Van Eyck, it’s one of my favorites?

Titania: No, I don’t think so, let me write that down.

Olena: The website was created only for this altarpiece. The altar has been documented with high tech photographic resources, so in this virtual presentation you can really zoom in deeply into the texture of the paint.

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Titania Seidl | I keep your name out of my mouth |  Detail | Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

It is totally absurd, because I’ve been to Ghent before and I’ve visited the altar in its real space, where you are separated from it by a sheet of bullet proof glass.

You can’t get very close to it, and the glass itself is covered with smudges and traces of the people that were there before you and touched it or rubbed up against it.

Of course it is great to be able to move around it and see its wooden backside, but on the website, you can travel through the painting millimeter by millimeter.

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Titania Seidl | I keep your name out of my mouth |  Detail |  Photo credit: Rudolf Strobl

(I suddenly notice the traces on another sheet of glass, the glass on my laptop screen that separates me from Olena.

I see traces of grease and little dots of thin paint, some I’ve clearly tried to scrape off with my fingernail which only resulted in sharp crisscrossing marks covering the surface, and I see the layer of dust that has accumulated on the backlit rectangle through which Olena and I continue talking.)-Titania

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Exhibition view | Titania Seidl | Domino | Photo credit: Olena Newkryta

You can find the original German text below.

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Portrait Olena Newkryta: © Maria Magdalena Lanchis

Portrait Titania Seidl: Lorenz Kunath

Photo credit exhibition views: Olena Newkryta and Rudolf Strobl.

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The artists conversation in German:

Titania Seidl Olena Newkryta

20.3.2021, 15:00, Zoomaudio_only.m4a, 01:20:32

#00:00:15#

hast du dich denn schon entschieden, ob du das bild hier zeigen wirst?

#00:00:20#

ja, ich denke die drei bilder, die ich dir geschickt hatte. scheint auch so, als ob der transport nunklappen würde.

#00:15:30#

als du mir die auswahl der bilder geschickt hast, die du in der ausstellung zeigen wirst, habe ich michsofort in das Ikeepyournameoutofmymouth.jpg__

das gerade im hintergrund steht?

#00:15:42#

ja

#00:15:43#

in das bild habe ich mich irgendwie verliebt. und ich dachte: WOW, es ist so super wie gerade alleszusammenkommt, weil, für mich, also__

ich habe mir sofort einen gegenstand vorgestellt, der irgendwie zerbrochen ist

#00:16:0#

super

#00:16:01#

und versucht diesen im kopf zusammenzusetzen. ich fands interessant, wie die elemente diesesobjekts losgelöst in einem raum schweben
das blau erinnerte mich auch an screens, an digitale screens
in dem schwebenden sah ich einen anknüpfungspunkt zu meinen bildern, zu den tüchern, die ausihrem ursprünglichen kontext freigestellt wurden

#00:16:49#

oh, du bist ganz eingefroren

#00:16:55#

ja, ja jetzt höre ich dich wieder, ganz kurz warst du weg

#00:17:08#

ich habe in das *jpg hineingezoomt_

das bild ist ja relativ groß_

jetzt sehe ich, es ist so ca. menschengröße?

#00:17:20#

ja, so etwa zwei mal ein meter
es freut mich total, weil ich das gefühl hab, dass das, was ich damit wollte, bei dir ankam.
für mich ist bildentstehung und bildbetrachtung auch ein arbeitsteiliger prozess und deshalb freue ichmich, wenn das, was ich kommunizieren wollte auch ankomm diese arbeit sowie die zwei anderen sind letztes jahr im und zwischen den lockdownsentstanden_

dieses bild hat deshalb bis auf meinen atelier kollegen noch niemand gesehen.für mich war es letztes jahr mitunter schwierig bilder entstehen zu lassen, zu denen ich das erste malseit langem kein unmittelbares feedback hatte und ich nicht wusste, wie sie wirken, wenn sie dasatelier verlassen

#00:18:56#

in der herangehensweise sehe ich eine parallele zu deiner arbeit. ich gehe auch stark von meinenbildarchiven aus, versuche dabei zu begriffen, die mich interessieren zu recherchieren, suche nachvorbildern aus der malerei- und designgeschichte.
in dem fall hat mich einerseits eine vorstellung von fragiler körperlichkeit interessiert, andererseitsgefühle, die schwer darzustellen sind, die für mich aber letztes jahr sehr präsentwaren_

neid und eifersucht_

das sind themen zu denen ich wenig konkrete darstellungengefunden habe, vermutlich da es gefühle sind, über die es schwer ist zu sprechen und die eventuellnoch schwerer darzustellen sind_

interne gefühle,die mit externen situationen zu tun haben. und was letzten endes dargestellt werden kann, sind dieseexternen situationen, aber nicht die eigentliche emotion.

die darstellung, die mir am passendsten hierzu vorkam ist eine porzellanfigur aus der victoria & albertcollection, die ja eine ganz tolle online sammlung haben. da fand ich diese ganz kleine porzellanfigur,die zwei personen darstellt, die einander nachlaufen aber sich nie erreichen können, obwohl sie auseinem stück porzellan sind_

und ich habe imnächsten schritt versucht diese figur in vielen skizzen und studien zu fragmentieren und den körperals ein ganzes darzustellen, das in viele teile zerfallen ist

#00:21:32#

was meinst du damit, wenn du sagst, dass die gefühle von neid und eifersucht letztes jahr besonderspräsent waren?

#00:22:27#

am anfang der pandemie entstand plötzlich das gefühl, dass es eine weltweite gleichzeitigkeit gibt

#00:23:51#

dann war es ganz klar: jetzt ist der punkt erreicht, dass je nachdem in welcher position man sichgerade befindet, man ganz unterschiedlich mit der situation umgehen kann

#00:24:08#

zurückgeworfen auf sich selbst

#00:26:34#

wie wertvoll es ist random gespräche mit unbekannten zu habeneine kalibrierung von dem eigenen ich

#00:27:49#

blasenphänomen
in der nacht am würschtlstand

#00:29:21#

und was für eine wertigkeit diese zusammenarbeit in einer kollektiven struktur für dich hat

#00:41:33#

weil wir so ganz viele künstlerische Arbeiten nur aus dem Internet kannten, war das einer der gründe,warum wir sie im mauve ausstellen wollten_

damit wir sie in wirklichkeit sehenkönnen, uns um die arbeit bewegen und uns im raum dazu in ein verhältnis setzen können

#00:42:45#

hörst du mich noch?

#00:43:08#

was ich dich schon vorhin zu deinem bild fragen wollte_

ich habe in dein *jpg ganz stark hineingezoomt und bemerkt, die malerei hat eine gewisse rauhigkeit, war mir aber unsicher ob es pixel sind,die ich sehe, oder tatsächlich die struktur der leinwand
und erst in dieser starken vergrößerung habe ich gesehen, dass im innenraum der fragmente eineganz feine struktur gemalt ist, die an newton ringe erinnert

was zeigt diese struktur, welche bedeutung hat sie in dem bild?

#00:44:13#

ursprünglich kam da muster vom gedanken an das porzellan, das außen ganz glatt ist aber innen einerauhigkeit und undefiniertheit hat_

gleichzeitig etwas fast ornamentales und dekoratives_

ich freue mich darauf, es dir in echt zu zeigen, denn in den letzten wochen habeich mir genaue diese muster nochmal angeschaut und gedacht: Nein. Das geht irgendwie so nicht,das muss ich nochmal überarbeiten_

das entstand sehr aus dem prozess heraus, aus dem versuch in diesen körperhineinzudenken

#00:46:00#

ich finde es total schön, weil
denn die musterung ist ja nur dort erkennbar, wo noch etwas licht ins innere eintritt
dann verläuft es im schwarz, wo das licht geschluckt wird. wir wissen also nicht 100% wie es in deminnenraum dieser körper aussieht und müssen deinen gedanken und das bild selbst vervollständigensowie ich auch gleich versucht habe, die fragmente zu einem ganzen zusammenzusetzen.
die oberfläche der objekte hat mich auch an technoide körper erinnert und die musterung an rillendigitaler chips, die informationen speichern

#00:47:34#

ja, ja, stimmt
dass es an diese strukturen erinnert
an mikrochips, wo sich die feinen strukturen wiederholen und ineinander verschlingen

#00:48:34#

das mit der detaillierten ausarbeitung von bildern ist auch etwas, worüber ich mir zuletzt gedankengemacht habe, vor allem im hinblick auf die virtuelle präsentation
die meisten menschen werden das bild ja nur so groß auf ihrem screen sehen und deshalb stellt sichmich schon die frage, wie gehe ich mit details um und mit elementen, die aus der großen kompositionherausfallen oder nicht so gut digital reproduzierbar sind

Olena Newkryta

(*1990, UA) is an Ukrainian-Austrian visual artist based in Vienna. Her interdisciplinary work was awarded prizes and grants, including the START-scholarship of Federal Ministry and the Award of the Kunsthalle Wien and presented at international exhibitions and screenings, including WRO Media Art Biennale 2021, VISIO - Lo schermo dell´arte, Kunsthalle Wien, Salzburger Kunstverein, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Crossing Europe Filmfestival, Belvedere21 Vienna, WORM Rotterdam.

More on the artist:

Artist Olena Newkryta

Website: Olena Newkryta


Titania Seidl

(*1988) lives and works in Vienna where she also co-curates MAUVE and teaches at the University of Applied Arts.

She recently exhibited at Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava; Daihatsu Rooftop Gallery, Vienna; Waf, Vienna; Bruch&Dallas, Cologne; Quadrado Azul, Porto; Belvedere 21, Vienna.

More on the artist:

Artist Titana Seidl on Munchies Art Club

Instagram: @titanikpanik

Website: Titania Seidl