Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna: Klar Schilf zum Geflecht

Maria Brunner

Klar Schilf zum Geflecht

04.05.13 – 29.06.13

With great pleasure we herewith invite you to Maria Brunner’s second exhibition at Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, presenting oil paintings the artist has created between 2010 and 2013.

The process by which Maria Brunner’s paintings come about is an elaborate and lengthy one. The artist faces up to the creative challenges that the history of painting confronts her trained eye with. Extensive, apparently monochrome fields of colour, details overlapping, various picture levels and depths characterise her very subtle painting style. The image structure meanwhile is determined by the collage-like meeting of several, in most cases unrelated

The subjects derive from the day-to-day world of the media, from magazines and private photographs, that supply her with clippings, details or backgrounds, which she then reassembles in her pictures. Some specific formulations, no doubt, are rooted in the artist’s biography. ‘It can safely be said that a substrate, an essence comes to the fore here, that can be influenced as far as its surface is concerned, yet the search for the subjects, the image search rather is a fishing in the deep.’ (Maria Brunner) Brunner sets out tableaus in which the seamless transitions between the most diverse photographic sequences produce an irritating complexity.

Rules of perspective are frequently ignored, the result being an unexpected, new spatiality. The artist thus undermines expectations and handed-down image concepts, creating a surprise effect that challenges our perceptual habits.

The observer is drawn into an irrational reality, that at times feels mysterious, at times also threatening. The mixture of harmless, quaint and sweet elements with others of a cryptic nature conveys an eerie feeling and attracts us with an irresistible charm.

‘I have given up on the idea of expressing something. Symbols don’t mean anything, or the labelling from the outside, the subject in the image, doesn’t correspond to the word in a sentence. Irrespective of what the busy-body interpreters might be saying.’ (M. B.)

Maria Brunner, born in Lienz, East Tyrol, in 1962, lives and works in Berlin. 1980-1985 University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 1987, contributions to international exhibitions, e.g. 2010 Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum; 2005 BAWAG Foundation, Vienna; 2004 Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, Maximilianmuseum Augsburg, Cook Fine Art, New York; 2003 Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne; 1997 David Zwirner Gallery, New York, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, August Sander Archiv, Cologne, Kunstverein Hamburg; and solo exhibitions, most recently: 2012 Der Himmel hatte Fieber, Kunstverein Offenburg-Mittelbaden (with Florin Kompatscher); 2011 Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck; 2010 I’m glad I’m not me, Kunst Forum Rottweil; 2009 Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; 2008 Auf den Knien meines Herzens, Kunstverein Heilbronn; 1999 Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck.
Maria Brunner

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