in awe at Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Artists: Daphne Ahlers, Olga Balema, Jana Euler, Morgan Fisher, Josefin Granqvist, Elisabeth Greinecker, Lena Henke, Laura Hinrichsmeyer, Anna Holtz, Lisa Holzer, Nina Könnemann, Anita Leisz, Michele di Menna, Cecilie Nørgaard, Rosa Rendl, Ulla Rossek, Lilli Thiessen, Jan Vorisek, Nicole Wermers, Michele di Menna, Lonely Boys

Exhibition title: in awe

Curated by: Melanie Ohnemus

Venue: Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria

Date: September 14 – October 25, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Markus Krottendorfer

In earlier usage the expression being in awe referred to a state distinguished by a rather transcendental, supernatural experience: a reverence for an other-worldly entity that spontaneously seizes one, intervenes in perception and/or the real circumstances, and perhaps fundamentally changes them forever. In this sense, it was a state firmly marked with religious significance. In the meanwhile, the word awe has undergone an etymological transformation, culminating in a tentative end manifestation with the ubiquitous, new word creation uttered thousands of times per day: awesome. The funny thing is that many Europeans cannot even pronounce awe properly – while awesome isn’t a problem. Awe remains secretive, singular, and encrypted for us in communication. Awesome, on the other hand, can be anything that one wants to highlight or point out in the presence of others. It has become a platitude.

The main idea behind the exhibition in awe is simple: With many artists there was a moment when I was in awe – or better put, in admiration – of a work, the oeuvre, or an experience with the person. For me, being in awe means a moment of appreciation that you feel with your complete body and is inevitably inscribed into your memory. It is natural, even though the moment is so special and lasting, so highly subjective – although irrelevant perhaps when seen from an outside perspective. Albeit, this faculty of feeling seems to represent a broad foundation for how one chooses. Hence, the exhibition in awe also investigates the basis underlying group exhibitions. There is naturally the “thematic group exhibition”, where artistic works are typically selected when their contents correspond with or at least touch upon the specific theme; then there is the group exhibition based on a “community”. In the exhibition in awe these questions are cast into the background – in the fore is the presentation of a choice that one makes in this moment, with full awareness of the economic and conceptual incompleteness that this choice involves at the same time.

Daphne Ahlers, Michele Di Menna, Olga Balema, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Josefin Granqvist, Reality series – 2 (black tongue black), 2017, ceramic, stone, 22 x 15 x 15 cm

Josefin Granqvist, Reality series – 1 (i), 2017, ceramic, stone, 21 x 14 x 9 cm

Nicole Wermers, Lena Henke, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Lena Henke, Untitled (Dunkelgrau), 2011, fibreglass, epoxy resin, paint, two roll on, one after-shave, 110 x 100 x 50 cm

Daphne Ahlers, Never Let Jealousy Threaten Female Bonds, 2017, fabric, copper, latex, 100 x 62 x 10cm

Lena Henke, Daphne Ahlers, Lilli Thießen, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Lilli Thießen, Ulla Rossek, Rosa Rendl, Anna Holtz, Jan Vorisek, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Ulla Rossek, Rosa Rendl, Jan Vorisek, Lilli Thießen, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Jan Vorisek, Lilli Thießen, Josefin Granqvist, Michele Di Menna, Laura Hinrichsmeyer, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Lilli Thießen, Morgan Fisher, Lisa Holzer, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Lisa Holzer, The Dissidents, 2016, pigment print on cotton paper, Crystal Clear 202/1, polyurethane on glass, framed, 92 x 72 cm

Lilli Thießen, container/FITMK, 2015, acrylic on canvas, polyester straps, canvasbag, approx. 53 x 34 x 36 cm

Lilli Thießen, container/OLDS, 2015, acrylic on canvas, polyester straps, canvasbag, approx. 53 x 34 x 36 cm

Ulla Rossek, Rosa Rendl, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Ulla Rossek, Ohne Titel, 2011, enameled ceramic, approx. 90 x 8 cm each

Rosa Rendl, Anna Holtz, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Rosa Rendl, Maybe, 2014, c-print on foamboard, framed, 104 x 144 cm

Anna Holtz, Mudsense, 2017, wire, fabric, bitumen, lace, tape, TertraPack-seals, 67 x 28 x 40 cm

Rosa Rendl, Anna Holtz, Jan Vorisek, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, 2017, wood, paint, plexiglas, silicone, foil, velour, dimensions variable

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Mass of the Fermenting Dregs (detail), 2017

Jan Vorisek, Lilli Thießen, Lena Henke, Nicole Wermers, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Cecilie Nørgaard, Knowing Me Knowing You, 2017, etched glass, foil, window-paint, frame, 40 x 50 cm

Jana Euler, Anita Leisz, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Jana Euler, in awe, 2017, oil on canvas, 165 x 210 cm

Laura Hinrichsmeyer, Alitoto Solemini, dix up, 2017, chicken wire, papier-mâché, primary rock powder, styrofoam, 200 x 110 x 60 cm

Laura Hinrichsmeyer, Alitoto Solemini, dix up, 2017, chicken wire, papier-mâché, primary rock powder, styrofoam, 200 x 110 x 60 cm

Jana Euler, Anita Leisz, Laura Hinrichsmeyer, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Elisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2017, plastic, paper, tape, coin, 23 x 22 x 10 cm

Elisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2017, plastic, paper, tape, coins, 30 x 38 x 10 cm

Michele Di Menna, Olga Balema, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Michele Di Menna, Spirit (Rose), 2017, cotton, vinyl, steel, dimensions variable

Michele Di Menna, Spirit (Ghost), 2017, cotton, vinyl, steel, dimensions variable

Michele Di Menna, Olga Balema, Nina Könnemann, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Nina Könnemann, Lithic Reductions, 2015/17, ceramic, powder-coated metal, approx. 120 x 45 x 20 cm

Nina Könnemann, Lithic Reductions (detail), 2015/17, ceramic, powder-coated metal, approx. 120 x 45 x 20 cm

Michele Di Menna, Anita Leisz, Laura Hinrichsmeyer, Morgan Fisher, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

Morgan Fisher, French Toast Painting, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 31 x 31 x 2,5 cm

Michele Di Menna, Olga Balema, Lena Henke, Nicole Wermers, in awe, 2017, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

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