Vicolo Sforza Cesarini
Nikolaus Gansterer | Thinking Matters
23 Sep 2013 – 16 Nov 2013
First time in Italy of the Austrian artist Nikolaus Gansterer. The artist has chosen the title Thinking Matters for this exhibition which focuses on the processes behind human cognition.
The exhibition — which represents another step in Gansterer‘s visual research — explores in detail the relationship between drawing, thought and action. His work is a true example of interdisciplinary studies; it is the result of a close confrontation between socio-humanistic, scientific and artistic disciplines from which the artist takes single methodologies and applies to these his unique, highly personal artistic language. The result of this work is an environmental installation which occupies the entire space: the work is composed of autonomous elements which, contemporaneously, are tiles of a vaster mosaic which the artist has developed specially for the gallery space.
Gansterer creates a free universe of works which is somewhere between the physical and the ideal; two realities which continually cross-reference each other. The intellectual processes take on a temporary form and substance in the works, constituting the starting point to develop new lines of thought.
Gansterer‘s aesthetic re-elaboration on completion of his creative journey of theorization gives rise to a series of objects pertaining to scientific research which evoke not only the ideal but also the material dimension: blackboards with diagrams and graphs, laboratory tables with numerous notes, drawings and glass slides, frameworks made of light wood which take the form of three-dimensional chemical structures.
The artist constructs a laboratory in which he conducts a series of experiments to trace, as he himself says: “essential flows of consciousness between recognition and naming” of reality. His drawings, sculptures, videos and his translectures are visual and concrete instruments to know and understand this flow of thought. The common denominator in the exhibition is drawing; almost evanescent, drawn in chalk and white pastel, it seems to become fragile threads which support the artist’s theoretical constructions.
The exhibition gives the visitor a fascinating insight into the essential questions of human perception and interpretation told through the subjective construction of reality.
Nikolaus Gansterer (1974) was born in Klosterneuburg, Austria. He lives and works between Vienna and Berlin. He graduated in Anthropology from the University of Vienna, in Transmedia Art from the University of Applied Art – Vienna and later, he completed his graduate studies at the Jan Van Eyck Academy of Maastricht. He co-founded the Institute for Transacoustic Research and currently teaches at the Institute for Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is known internationally through his exhibitions and performances.
Some of his various performances and exhibitions: Drafts III, The Drawing Center, New York (2013); Die Wette – eine Untersuchung über Zweifel, Kontingenz und Sinn in Ökonomie und Gesellschaft” at the Foreign Affairs Festival, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (2013); Schaubilder, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld (2012); Lonely at the Top, Graphology#4, Muhka, Antwerp (2011); Story behold. Story be told al Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2010); Structures, Transmediale, Bethanien, Berlin (2009); Mifan, AnniArt Gallery, Beijing (2009); Sound Escpaes, Space Gallery, London (2009); Hypnorama Reflex, Wittmann Showroom & MUMOK, Vienna (2008); Hard Rock Walzer, Villa Manin, Udine (2007); Potential Dialogues, RCM Art Museum, Nanjing (2006); Living and Working in Vienna II, Kunsthalle, Vienna (2005); Sonar Festival, CCCB, Barcelona (2005); Moving Patterns, ACF, New York (2005); Trichtlinnburg, Salzburger Kunstverein/ JVE Maastricht/ CCA Tallinn (2005); Mapping II, Mess Hall, Chicago (2004); You Are Here, Free Manifesta, Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002).
Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch
Vicolo Sforza Cesarini, 3 A - Rome