LOSS curated by Claudia Pilsl

 

This exhibition brings together the works of six artists: Irene Andessner, Oreet Ashery, Stuart Moore, Kayla Parker, Claudia Pilsl, Elisabeth Woerndl; who address loss through engaging with physical traces in form of objects, locality or digital files. When Michel Foucault (1989) suggests that ‘a work of art opens a void’ he not only proposes that art has the ability to raise questions without necessarily providing answers. His proposition also implies that artists can indeed disrupt the forced smoothness of the narrative in order to provoke the viewer to re-examine their preconceptions. These artists engage with events of finite dimension not only to satisfy the needs of their own curious minds, but also to open up a void for the viewer to engage with what it means to live whilst owing ourselves to death.

 

This exhibition at artP in Perchtoldsdorf brought together the works of six artists: Irene Andessner, Oreet Ashery, Stuart Moore, Kayla Parker, Claudia Pilsl, Elisabeth Woerndl; who address loss through engaging with physical traces in form of objects, locality or digital files. When Michel Foucault (1989) suggests that ‘a work of art opens a void’ he not only proposes that art has the ability to raise questions without necessarily providing answers. His proposition also implies that artists can indeed disrupt the forced smoothness of the narrative in order to provoke the viewer to re-examine their preconceptions. These artists engage with events of finite dimension not only to satisfy the needs of their own curious minds, but also to open up a void for the viewer to engage with what it means to live whilst owing ourselves to death.

The show opened in September 2021. ArtP is an artist run space in Perchtoldsdorf, a small market town on the outskirts of Vienna.

Photo below: gallery director Brigitte Lang, Claudia Pilsl, Elisabeth Wörndl and Rosy Martin