Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler’s collaborative work is defined by a discursive engagement with form and media. Their work culminates in artistic reflections on our entanglement as individuals in contemporary socioeconomic circumstances. They combine theory and post-disciplinary conversation with digital and physical environments, installations, videos, performances, objects, texts and sound, to explore the derivative condition of contemporary social relations and its financial/economic models, narratives, and processes.
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler have been collaborating since the mid-2000s. The have had exhibitions and projects at MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, 2016; International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong, 2016; University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015; Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, 2015; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, 2013; Kunstraum BERNSTEINER, Vienna, 2012; Austrian Pavilion, EXPO 2010, Shanghai;
4zero Space, Hangzhou, 2010; MKL/Kunsthaus Graz, 2009; Babu Gallery, Shenzhen, 2009; Anni Gallery, Beijing, 2009; Museum Stein, Krems, 2008; Museum Arbeitswelt Steyr, Austria, 2007; Center for Architecture, Innsbruck, 2006; Medi@terra Festival, Athens, 2006; The University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2005; Beijing Cubic Art Center, 2005. They are currently working on the project The Future of Demonstration. Art in the Post-Digital Era, planned for 2017-2018 in Vienna with Maximilian Thoman.
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Residents from Austria
Maartje Korstanje creates sculptures that are often based on crises and beauty in nature, and the influence of man on this subject. Korstanje’s work is never too literal or figurative. This provides layered images that appeal to the imagination and provoke multiple interpretations. Characteristic of Korstanje’s sculptures – often made of cardboard and glue – are fascinating and crude shapes. They seem familiar at first glance, but at a closer look turn out to be something indefinable. She reveals unpredictable and sometimes dark shapes, which normally are concealed.
Maartje Korstanje studied at the Academy of Art and Design, St. Joost, Breda and the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. She participated in residency programs at Kunsthuis SYB, 2007; Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao Center for Contemporary Art, 2008; European Ceramic Workcentre, 2013; CARF India, 2015 and was a winner of the Prix de Rome in 2007 among other awards. Korstanje’s work has been presented in the following institutions Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; De Pont Museum, Tilburg; and the Hudson Valley Center of Contemporary Art, New York. She has presented solo shows at Upstream Gallery Amsterdam; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; Museum Jan Cunen; Oss and a two-person show at the Groninger Museum. Korstanje is represented by Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam.
Residents from The Netherlands
Berenice Güttler‘s artworks are studies of identity developed through her activity with textile material. Her drawings function as documentation for this identity. As Seth Siegelaub said, “There is an intimate relationship between textile and society.” This marks it as a medium of particular fascination and endurance. Her work deals with the breadth of influence that textiles have had on art and daily life. Her artworks tell us, unagitatedly, about the emblematic topics of weaving, patterns, and structures in our contemporary world. She treats the agile state of contingency between craft and art easily elegant; dealing with the political history, gender politics and social factors, that are inherent in the material fabric that is both self-referential and universal.
Berenice Güttler (born 1984, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Hannover. She completed a residency in Galata, Istanbul sponsored by the The Braunschweig University of Art in 2010, contributed to several exhibitions in Europe and is now honored with an artist-in-residency in New York, by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Saxony.