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Group show: Jakob Gasteiger: Borderline / Rina Banerjee: Stranger in Paradise (over)

13 September 2006 until 20 November 2006
  Jakob Gasteiger: Borderline / Rina Banerjee: Stranger in Paradise
Jakob Gasteiger Rina Banerjee MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art
Weihburggasse 26
1010 Vienna
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Jakob Gasteiger "Borderline"

Rina Banerjee "Taj Mahal"

Opening: 14.09.2006
Duration: 15.09.2006 - 18.11.2006

The Vienna based artist Jakob Gasteiger represents a particular, not at all austrian position in contemporary austrian art: his work is determined by strong formal precision, unemotional headstrong distance from any genial attitude, the concentration on the working process itself, serialization, all marked by the constant examination of boundaries between sculpture and painting.

The "wallpiece", an extensive tissue and carbon paper work, will form a central part of the exhibition.
This work leads to a new unexpected and atmospheric perception allowing deep blue ruminant views to itīs inside. There are also new expressive moments in Gasteigers combed paintings attracting the observers attention: expressive and pictorial emotions appear under the minimalist coloured surface achieved by applying acrylic on the canvas and combing horizontal and vertical ridges into it. Due to the similarities in their composing principles, Gasteigers work is appreciated by numerous excellent contemporary composers (from Morton Feldman, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann up to Galina Ustvolskaya) forming an appropriate, sensitive cover for their sound storage media: the slightly modulated repitition of an infinite "tender touch", constant packing and sudden stop, ecstatic fire breaking through the surface, all according to the composition rythm of the comb.

Gasteiger keeps on bluring the boundaries between sculpture and painting: while his paintings meet some of the conventions of what makes a painting - a rectangular canvas which is hung up on a wall
- the treatment with the comb-like instrument supports the sculptural character, leaves it slightly dominant. The constant examination of boundaries between sculpture and painting is reflected in the colouring of his work: the monochrome ones present the sculptural intent of the artist meanwhile the coloured ones are evidence of the pictorial conceptional formulation.
Colour and light are another central moments in Gasteigers work. Some of the acrylic works are coloured using brilliant varnish, others are left uncoloured. The interaction with light leads to diverse
interpretation of the coloured and uncoloured tableaux - the varnished ones reflect the light tha flows on the combed ridges, the pure acrylic works absorb the light totally and show an edgeless reliefstructure.

Gallery Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna is happy to announce the first exhibition in Austria of a selection of drawings and an installation from New York based RINA BANERJEE at ROOMNUMBERONE.

From her sensational debut at the Whitney Biennial 2000 on the artworlds focus is on emerging artist Rina Banerjee, whoīs been very successful at her last exhibitions in PS 1/MoMA and Tsumari-Echigo Triennial in Japan:

"...Rina Banerjees work is all about excess and colour and has south indian vibes, it is also about East-West relations, tourism, exoticism and stereotypes..." thatīs how New York Times describes the work of the Calcutta-born artist.

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Jakob Gasteiger: "20.VII.2006", Acryl on canvas, 1.0 x 100 cm
Rina Banerjee: "Not titled yet" 2006, Watercolures on paper, 103 x 66 cm

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