QUALIA
FJK3, Vienna (AT)

10.11.2017 – 26.11.2017

Curator: 
Katarzyna Uszynska (PL)


Artists:
Carl Andre (US), Kerstin Brätsch (DE), Thomas Demand (DE), Donald Judd (US), Craig Kauffman (US),
Sol LeWitt (US), Robert Morris (US), Hans Schabus (AT), Markus Schinwald (AT), Kay Walkowiak (AT)




The exhibition "Qualia" at FRANZ JOSEFS KAI 3, which shows artists of two generations from a Viennese private collection, focuses on different artistic strategies to investigate the phenomenon of perception. The primary focus is on perceptual interactions between artist, object, and viewer, as well as the relationship between medium and reality. Some of the historical positions in the exhibition, which, among others, are assigned to the tendency of Minimal Art, such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt, develop their material and spatial concepts in confrontation with Abstract Expressionism and its performative elements. In Robert Morris' works, on the other hand, his deft juggling with the relationship between body and space is evident. Craig Kauffman, who belonged to the group around the Ferus Gallery from LA, devotes himself to the question of the perception of psychological and physical properties of the material. Whereas in the 1960s and 1970s the focus was on investigating the qualities of artistic media (of material, colors, tones, and forms) and their perceptual qualities, as well as on questions of the work as a process of interaction, the younger generation opposite - Hans Schabus, Markus Schinwald, Thomas Demand, and Kay Walkowiak - is devoted to analyzing self-perception and investigating the psychological and physical environment of the production of art and its perception. What the artists have in common is their interest in the work of art as a catalyst of perceptual processes: Art can trigger perception and at the same time question perceptual conventions. The subject of the positions shown is the perception of the real in opposition to the mental processing of what is perceived, cognition. Qualia (lat. qualis "as constituted") are the subjective properties of experiences (physical sensations, feelings, emotions). The sciences are methodically bound to the external perspective. Artistic investigations, on the other hand, allow an inkling of the inner perspective of experience.


Text: Katarzyna Uszynska, NKW, Vienna 2017 
Photos: (c) Matthias Bildstein