Isabel Nolan and Ola Vasiljeva at Grazer Kunstverein

Artists: Isabel Nolan and Ola Vasiljeva

Exhibition title: Winter

Venue: Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Date: December 7, 2017 – February 18, 2018

Photography: ©Christine Winkler / all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Grazer Kunstverein

The Grazer Kunstverein is delighted to present two solo shows by Isabel Nolan and Ola Vasiljeva as part of our Winter Season 2017. Isabel Nolan works with sculpture, textiles, photographs and text to describe or reveal moments (material, temporal, or otherwise) emerging from the fundamental human desire to find the world meaningful. Ola Vasiljeva borrows fragments from history and literature to create imaginary thresholds in which sculpture, drawing, video and found objects commingle on a level playing field.

The year-long programme of the Grazer Kunstverein is drawn together under the guiding leitmotif ‘The Necessity of Art’ inspired by author, politician, and dedicated anti-fascist Ernst Fischer. These two new solo presentations by Isabel Nolan and Ola Vasiljeva unfold amidst accumulative traces of the programme, with works on display by Ruth E Lyons (Women’s Wear for Worldly Work), Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Le Fleuve dans le Ventre / Der Fluß im Bauch), Edward Clydesdale Thomson (The Coming Garden), Céline Condorelli (Things That Go Without Saying), Chris Evans and Morten Norbye Halvorsen (Jingle), Fiona Hallinan (Fink’s), Isabella Kohlhuber (Space for an Agreement), and Adam Zagajewski (We Know What Art Is).

The Grazer Kunstverein is also thrilled to present Box Set – all the books we’ve ever published, and all the books we wish to read. Selected titles are brought together to form special constellations, which are displayed and available for purchase. These Box sets include publications from across the Grazer Kunstverein’s thirty year publishing history, together with selected titles from other CMRK institutions of Graz: Camera Austria, Künstlerhaus KM– Halle für Kunst & Medien, and < rotor >.

Isabel Nolan and Ola Vasiljeva, Winter, 2017-2018, exhibition view, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, detail view of Tomb (Memory Wheel), as part of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Isabel Nolan, installation view of Curling Up With Reality, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, installation view of The Decline of the Showpieces, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, installation view of The Decline of the Showpieces, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, installation view of The Decline of the Showpieces, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, detail view of Mr. Krop is not at home, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, installation view of The Decline of the Showpieces, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, installation view of The Decline of the Showpieces, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, Vollbauch, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, detail view of 36 Kaiser F-J-K, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, installation view of The Decline of the Showpieces, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

Ola Vasiljeva, Who Sat On My Chair?, Winter 2017, Grazer Kunstverein. Photo: Christine Winkler

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