Volume V – Anna Vogel & Maria Müller-Schareck

Volume V – Anna Vogel & Maria Müller-Schareck

November 2021

Anna Vogel lives in the Austrian mountains, in Tyrol, I live in the lowlands of the Rhine, in Düsseldorf. One, therefore, in the midst of the peace and majesty of the Alps, the other in a big city characterized by densification, traffic, and hecticness. The different speed that dominates our lives is one of the central themes in Anna Vogel’s work. Based on photography, she challenges its documentary potential by productively disrupting the surface of the image, literally overlaying and enriching it. Our conversation, conducted in the midst of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, was possible thanks to digital communication; fast, but an inadequate substitute for face-to-face encounters.

Maria Müller-Schareck

Volume V – Anna Vogel & Maria Müller-Schareck

Sperling

all exhibits

Thomas Geiger: Private Monuments

17.03.2017–22.04.2017

Dear visitor,

while one hole on Beyers Naude Square had become the staging ground for Kunsthalle3000 in Johannesburg, there had became apparent to me 8 other holes within the square – each of which presented themselves to me equally as stages for activation as the Kunsthalle it- self. When I left Johannesburg, I took the shapes of the remaining 8 holes with me – intent on making them rise themselves as eight stages in a different place. These stages are built here in this exhibition with bricks, as a positive of the original holes and as an echo of the daily life on public squares an the spontaneous gestures of its visitors.
For you the viewer, eight dedications can be found as an instruction for a small performance or momentary gesture to activate these newly created stages. These are Private Monuments, created as much from my own memory as from each generous moment and gesture afforded them by visitors who pass them by: Long lives ephemeral monumentality!

Thomas Geiger

Thomas Geiger, born in 1983, lives and works in Vienna. His interdisciplinary work origi- nates from the interaction with the public space. On some occasions the artist appears as observer, in others he takes action himself. He shifts the perspective on existing situations through minimal activities, uncovering hidden social structures. He is co-founder of the Mark Pezinger publishing house for artists’ books, initiator of the Kunsthalle3000 (an institution as intervention in public space) as well as the Festival of Minimal Actions (a festival for ephemeral actions and interventions).
Private Monuments is his second solo exhibition at SPERLING.
Most recently Geiger’s were exhibited, among others, at Bluecoat (Liverpool), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Quito), Bregenz Biennale, glassbox (Paris), Goethe-Institut Oslo, Kunsthalle Tropical (Iceland), Nicolas Krupp Gallery (Basel), Rib (Rotterdam). He is currently preparing the third part of Kunsthalle3000, which will take place in Beirut in May 2017.

Press

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Thomas Geiger, Porträt Kunsthalle3000 (Johannesburg), 2016, photography, business card, 30 × 40 cm
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Thomas Geiger, A stage for heels only, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 35,5 × 41,5 × 8 cm
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Thomas Geiger, A stage for unscrupulous behaviour, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 90,5 × 49,5 × 8 cm
Thomas Geiger, A stage to hide a secret, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 30,5 × 30 × 8 cm
Thomas Geiger, A stage on which to empty your pockets, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 60 × 70 × 8 cm
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Thomas Geiger, A stage on which to empty your pockets, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 60 × 70 × 8 cm
Thomas Geiger, A stage on which to empty your pockets, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 60 × 70 × 8 cm
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Thomas Geiger, A stage for your self-enhancement, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 95,5 × 80 × 8 cm
Installation view: “Thomas Geiger, Private Monuments”, 2017
Thomas Geiger, A stage for an emperor, 2017, concrete paving stones, adhesive letters, 70 × 91,5 × 8 cm