Stefan WAIBEL @ MMKK Klagenfurt

incredibly beautiful. STILL LIFE TODAY

Burggasse 8, 9021 Klagenfurt
Tue - Sun: 11am - 6pm

In seven rooms and in the Burgkapelle, the exhibition brings together works by 16 contemporary artists whose approach to rendering the still life results in a surprising variety, using present-day resources and addressing topical questions. This demonstrates that the still life a genre with a long and varied tradition evidently remains an interesting theme for the creative artist, and that its continuity and powerful symbolism represent an ideal reference-point for recharging the content and expanding the range of meaning. The diverse works include all media. The genre ranges from the classical arrangement of flowers, comestibles, objects and dead animals (rendered in drawings, paintings, photographs, actual material compositions or filmed images), to plants which spread beyond painted tableaux to form experiential spaces in extensive installations, almost landscapes, appearing as transient phenomena by means of light projections, or which their nature and shape transformed by modern methods are re-created in the most diverse objects. Only in the broadest sense do these contemporary artists understand the still life as the traditional genre, the definition of which has been stretched in the post-Modern age. Artists prefer to take up controversial socio-political issues, particularly concerning the economy, nature and the environment, or they engage in subjectively motivated exploration, reflecting on the artistic possibilities of an approach to the topic.

(source: http://www.mmkk.at/30782_EN-Ausstellungen-Vorschau)
click to enlargeArtist: Stefan WAIBEL
Title: Ideal Nature Machine (Blume - Outdoor)
Year: 2015
Tech: aluminium wire, varnish (fluorescent), black light
click to enlargeArtist: Stefan WAIBEL
Title: Ideal Nature Machine (Florfliege)
Year: 2015
Tech: aluminium wire, varnish (fluorescent), black light
Size: 35x70x130 cm
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