Weontae An’s work is steeped in traditional Korean ink painting and calligraphic technique. An takes natural landscape as his subject matter, transforming the actual landscape into abstraction. Through his work, An explores the connections between humans and their surroundings, cognizant of the fact that all constructs—man, tree, grass, concrete, water—are organically connected with one another.
Weontae An (born 1971, Jin-hae, South Korea) moved to Seoul in 1998 where he graduated from Hong-ik University. An participated in the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship program in Umbertide, Italy, in 2008, and the National Art Studio (Changdong Art studio) program in South Korea from 2005-2006. Recent solo shows include Negative landscape 2 at the Nowon Art Center, Seoul, 2009; Coesistenza at Sala Di Sogni Gallery, Rome, 2008; Negative 山水 at La-merGallery, Seoul, 2007; Negative San-su at Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, 2006; and Tree in the Water at Doll Gallery, Seoul, 2005. Group exhibitions include R․O․C & Korean Ink Paintings at the Arts Center Kyeonggi, Suwon, South Korea, 2008; National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, 2007; and Oriental New Image, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, 2007.
Residents from South Korea
Although Michael Kienzer works mainly with sculpture using different materials such as aluminum, textiles, rubber and glass, his artistic practice also encompasses drawings and videos. Installations in public space refer to architecture and to the context of society while objects made for exhibitions question the parameters of sculpture. The function and meaning of things and mundane objects are inflated or turned into their opposite. The relationship of things and materials correlate and become the subject of his work.
Michael Kienzer (born 1962 in Steyr, Austria) lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Kienzer studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Graz, Austria with Josef Pillhofer. He is a teaching as a visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Recent solo shows includeNeue Immobilien, Musuem of Applied Art, Vienna; Out side 2, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; Solo, Kunsthaus, Graz, and Verstreute Fromen, Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria. Group exhibitions include Linea, Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland; Anti/Form, Kunsthaus Graz; Prozess und Expansion, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; Future Systems/Rare Momente, Lentos Museum, Linz; Days of Hope, Frame Program, 2001 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy and As the matter stands, Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
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Residents from Austria
Arianna Carossa’s art practice centers around the material object as an expression of linearity and consistency in humanity. She produces an aesthetics (harmony) of unexpected events, where the object as a symbol of the linearity of time and facts is broken and reassembled in an apparently linear way. She is interested in the interruption of regularity coming from an unexpected event, like death. Her intervention in art develops from the object as created by man, to the object, as Hegel says, as
pure description of perfection, spirit and nature.
Arianna Carossa lives between Genova, Milan and Rome, Italy. Carossa graduated from Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti in Genova, where she received a BFA in painting. Her work has been exhibited in Mi sei mancata fino a ieri Changing Role Move Art Gallery, Naples, Italy; Sound of my soul, Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivara, Torino, Italy; Ente comunale di consumo, Ciac Centro Internazionale per le Arti Contemporanee Genazzano, Rome; L’Oggetto Ritrovato, ex Arsenale Ansaldo, Milan; Whales, Strychnin Gallery, London, UK; Ketos 2.0, Spallanzani Museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Ketos 2.0, Aquarium of Milan, Milan; Dialogues, Menage Ermitage, St. Petersbourg, Russia (Dostoyevsky Foundation); Festival della creatività, Spazio ex Murate, Florence, Italy; Slaves, Palladium Theatre, Rome; and Violazione di domicilio, Centro Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome.