EXHIBITION OPENING: 6 February, 2015, Friday 7 pm
- Greeting by Josef Mederer, President of the Destrict County of Upper Bavaria, and Eva Bönig, Mayor of Freising
- Introduction by Adreja Hribernik, director of the Koroska Art Gallery in Slovenj Gradec
meetingpont+art: 24 February, 2015, Tuesday 5 pm
Guided tour with Alexandra M. Hoffmann - entry free
KUNST#TAG 025: 1 March, 2015, Sunday 3 pm
Artists' talk with the artists from Upper Bavaria in connection with the exhibition
The exhibition NatureStructure offers an exciting insight into the topic of nature and environment in contemporary arts. Our environment influences our thoughts and feelings - in case of artists it even leaves its mark on the artworks. This is what has happened in the case of the six artists from Slovenia and Upper Bavaria, who took part at the artists' exchange programme titled Transfer>Slovenia II between Slovenj Gradec and Freising. The European Art Scholarship of the District of Upper Bavaria is one of the focus of the interest at Schafhof, taking place yearly with the co-operation of European partners.
The European House of Art in Freising located on a idyllic hill, surrounded by fields and forests, as well as the small town of Slovenj Gradec, laying in a valley among steep rock walls with a ragged horizon of woods and rocks, were the living and working places of the artists for 3 months. It turned out that all of them started a dialogue with the environment in an individual way. A wide range of artworks from paintings to sculptures and objects, photographies and videos has been created.
born in Ljubljana in 1990, lives and works in Ljubljana
Focus: Sculpture, Video, Photography
In her project, called INFANTia, Tia is dealing with the idea of stuffed animals and their variable social positions. After making stuffed animal toys, she moves them to different places and contexts, thereby changing their identity. To document these changes she uses photography and video medium. Subsequently, she is also interested in human perspective on animals. She is exploring this perspective through proverbs and idioms, animal symbolism and documentary movies. Her work contains elements of humour and childishness.
born in Hausham in 1970, lives and works in Munich
Barbara Bernrieder does not use the classical easel painting technique in her work. Instead, her works are created on the floor by dripping the paint on the canvas and only directing with a paintbrush or a spatula. Thus in her workig process, Bernrieder subjugates the painting stroke to the consistency of paint, since she uses dilution and different paint compositions to achive the desired effects on the canvas. Althrough it may seem as if much is left to chance in her works, the opposite is true. The choice of the colour palette is extremly precise, while black and white also play an important role, as they often seperate different colour surfaces. Despite the fect that the artist creates abstract works of art, we can make out allusions of the physical worls, especially landscapes, from her paintings.
born in Dachau in 1983, lives and works in Munich
Focus: Installation, Sculpture
Nico Kiese deals in his works with the relocation of meaning and with different ways of evaluating and reevaluating objects. He uses diverse materials and explores their special characteristics by working with them. He often works with already existing objects that have a symbolic meaning for him, like pieces of turf from his birthplace shown in the exhibition at Schafhof. Thus his works are often concerned with the place of passage or transition, with the in-betwenn space.
Zahlreiche Ausstellungen in Slowenien und Europa. Ihre Gemälde sind Teil von öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen.
Artists duo with Mateja Rojc und Simon Hudolin-Salči
live and work in Cerkno
Focus: Drawings, objects, video, photography
With their drawings, photography, painting, objects and performances Small But Dangers create ruptures within the sacred “banality of the everyday” by placing the manipulability at the centre of our experience of reality. As a means to oppose any status quo and to propose another way of positioning, the one that refers to the rhetoric and logistic of Time. (Marko Stamenkovic)
Geboren 1978 in slovenj Gradec, lives and works in Muta und Maribor
Lucija Stramec uses the language of painting and directs it towards motifs from nature, which she transforms into almost abstract surfaces that illustrate the play of shadow and light. Her works speak about the micro world, which she captures on canvas and is infinitely complex, like nature itself. The paintings portray dead leaves, undergrowth, water, canopies etc.. Through these motifs the artist symbolically speaks of the never-ending cycle of life, when dying leaves mean a new beginning and birth as well. (Andreja Hribernik)
Numerous exhibitions in Slovenia and Europe. Her paintings are part of public and privat collections.
born in Eggenfelden in 1982, lives and works in Munich
Focus: Bildhauerei, Druckgrafik
Matthias Trager deals with the play between organic and inorganic forms in his work. He creates hybrid objects that spontaneosly combine natural as well as artificial imagination and reality interwine. The artist uses different mediums, thus he creates organic forms in bronze and iron, as well as wax and silicone. Small objects seem as artifacts, as fossils of some past fantasy worls, as traces of an existence, where the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred.