Célia Picard & Hannes Schreckensberger
Under The Seven Planets Parade
The artist duo Célia Picard and Hannes Schreckensberger present at One Minute Space, Athens with Under The Seven Planets Parade their new body of work developed during their stay in Greece. Over three months they explored remote rural areas of the Cycladic Island of Sifnos and Tinos to glean unused raw wool from local sheep farmers as well as the industrial areas around Athens to find leftover wool from the local textile production. The large-sized tapestries shown in the exhibition are produced though preindustrial low-tech crafting methods by the artists themselves. Mystical symbols of animals, plants and cosmological constellations ornamented these non-woven textiles. Each of them are like protective talisman which stands for different matters: fertility, power, collaboration and luck. The symbols are inspired by decorations discovered on historical embroidered textiles, antique ceramics and vernacular architecture. These textiles are for Célia Picard and Hannes Schreckensberger not only simple tapestries but rather portable protective minimal architectural elements which will be furthermore activate in performative ways. Célia Picard and Hannes Schreckensberger are developing body of work that succeeds in articulating questions linked to the field of architecture with those of contemporary art. Nourished by a subtle association of references to the promises of the modernism movement and its utopias, as well as to the vernacular forms of craftsmanship, their works invite to reflect on the uses and rituals induced by our living contexts and by the objects that surround us. From there, they open up a work of investigation into collective mythologies allowing experimentation and the production of new forms. www.picard-schreckensberger.net ******* The artist-in-residency was supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport (BMKÖS).