Submission
Group Show

Ort der Kraft

Opening 11.06.2022 11.06.2022-19.06.2022 Bad Voeslau, Austria Participating artists Judith Augustinovič Anne Meerpohl Iona Mackenzie Valerie Habsburg Algirdas Jakas Bianca Pedrina Dominik Styk Leyli Aslanova Anna Bochkova Photo credits: Valerie Habsburg The Group show Ort der Kraft presents positions of 9 artists working with different media. Ort der Kraft is a common expression in German language meaning a place which has a strong energy and is used in mostly esoteric context. Such spaces are usually situated in a natural landscape and might have some traces of former civilizations. The site of power chosen for this project is a group of caves surrounding a quarry near Vienna. Brought to a site where nature takes a role of a crossroad unifying different mythologies and topographies of artists, the works are soon covered by limestone dust, creating new casual relationships to each other. Objects emerge from the landscape causing flashbacks of memories, hopes and conditions. A child hides under the table while listening to ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg. Sitting under the table, the child imagines a place full of mythical creatures and how this flat would look like if it was a cave. For a child growing up in spacious horizontality, mountains become a symbol of something otherworldly, protecting and liberating. Indeed a space of power. In some types of psychotherapy, the concept of power-places is applied to patients as an inner place which doesn’t have to exist, but is meant as a conceptual place where a person feels safe and empowered. Inside the cave, the sharpness of the world is blunted, but after this experience, the world outside seems even sharper.


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Dominik Styk, no title, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable, installation view inside the cave
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Valerie Habsburg, so lange wie die Sterne, 2022 Paper, ink, 40 x 50 cm and Dominik Styk, no title, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable, installation view inside the cave
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Valerie Habsburg, so lange wie die Sterne, 2022 Paper, ink, 40 x 50 cm
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Dominik Styk, no title, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable
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Anne Meerpohl, Taste of Throwing, 2022, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm
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Anna Bochkova, gentle weapon, 2022, glazed ceramics 13x 30x 13 cm
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Iona Mackenzie, Hauled Up from the Deep, 2019, ceramic, 45 x 35 cm
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Bianca Pedrina, Shhh - Just be a rock, 2022, Aluminium Snap Frames, Prints on Fujicolor Archive Paper, 88 x 64cm, installation view inside the cave
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Algirdas Jakas, Worry Bone, 2022, Epoxy resin, acrylic paint, Variable dimensions
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Bianca Pedrina, Shhh - Just be a rock, 2022, Aluminium Snap Frames, Prints on Fujicolor Archive Paper, 88 x 64cm, installation view outside the cave
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Anna Bochkova, so soft is your skin, 2021-2022, ceramics, metal chains, variable dimensions
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Anna Bochkova, beanbag, 2022, ceramics, 13x11x4 cm
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Iona Mackenzie, Bigger on the Inside, 2022, wood, paper tape, satin, 36 x 7 cm
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Leyli Aslanova, have roots and wave in the wind, 2022, Handdrawn animation, 30 sec
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Dominik Styk, no title, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable, view outside the cave
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Valerie Habsburg, so lange wie die Sterne, 2022 Paper, ink, 40 x 50 cm and Dominik Styk, no title, 2021, mixed media, dimensions variable, installation view outside of the cave
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Judith Augustinovič, elas e eu | sie und ich, in progress, 2011-2022, linen, tape, variable dimensions
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The Group show Ort der Kraft presents positions of 9 artists working with different media. Ort der Kraft is a common expression in German language meaning a place which has a strong energy and is used in mostly esoteric context. Such spaces are usually situated in a natural landscape and might have some traces of former civilizations. The site of power chosen for this project is a group of caves surrounding a quarry near Vienna.
Brought to a site where nature takes a role of a crossroad unifying different mythologies and topographies of artists, the works are soon covered by limestone dust, creating new casual relationships to each other.
Objects emerge from the landscape causing flashbacks of memories, hopes and conditions.
A child hides under the table while listening to ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Edvard Grieg. Sitting under the table, the child imagines a place full of mythical creatures and how this flat would look like if it was a cave. For a child growing up in spacious horizontality, mountains become a symbol of something otherworldly, protecting and liberating. Indeed a space of power.
In some types of psychotherapy, the concept of power-places is applied to patients as an inner place which doesn’t have to exist, but is meant as a conceptual place where a person feels safe and empowered.
Inside the cave, the sharpness of the world is blunted, but after this experience, the world outside seems even sharper.