WERKSTADT GRAZ / GRAZ KUNST / GALERIE GRAZY
Sporgasse 16-20, A-8010 Graz
Tue – Fri 10.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 18.00,
Sat 11.00 – 13.00
WERKSTADT GRAZ / GALERIE GRAZY
Sporgasse 16, A-8010 Graz
Wed – Fri 16.00 – 19.00
Sat 11.00 – 14.00
WERKSTADT GRAZ / GRAZ KUNST
Abstraction in painting, that was realised most rigorously in Kazimir Malevich's suprematist "Black Square on White Ground" (1915), is the starting point for Astrid Esslinger's painting, in which she depicts figurative subjects with cultural and sociopolitical themes. Going beyond the descriptive, narrative or commemorative function, the narratives themselves become the subject of the story, their narrative power turning into a productive force.
Astrid Esslinger's Cut Out series Strichcodessklaven makes use of graphical strategies for an artistic analysis of global power relations. Her Cut Outs are the direct product of her working visits in metropolitan regions like São Paulo, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and Teheran. Her appropriation of logos and pictograms reflects geo-political identity constructions with artistic means, and ironically and critically relates the human figure to the codes of transnational financial and trade societies.