More than 25 years ago, Helmut Reinisch began to collect, exhibit and trade contemporary Austrian and international art. Alongside works by promising new talents the collection also includes pieces by artists such as Arnulf Rainer, Hubert Schmalix, Erwin Wurm and Joseph Beuys.
Operating across genre boundaries, Reinisch Contemporary explores ostensibly disparate fields of work and the connections between them. From time to time, fields of resonance between selected pieces ranging from fine arts and sculpture to textiles and photography are brought to light.
Through exhibitions, residencies and cross-disciplinary projects at its locations in central Graz and nearby Kalsdorf Castle, Reinisch Contemporary creates links between artists, collectors, experts and the wider public.
Thomas Stimm. EXPLOSIONEN IN ZEITLUPE
Thomas Stimms aktuelle Skulpturen bei Reinisch Contemporary
In the meantime, we are surrounded by monumental ice cream cones, grapes, apples, pieces of cake and other objects of general desire and hedonistic, as well as economic, lust.
Thomas Stimm takes a similar approach in his current sculptures. He uses proportions to manipulate perception. By changing the material from clay to metal (mostly aluminium), the artist can work larger. Ceramics have technological limits, cannot be realised in large format, or only with great difficulty. Metal casting, however, allows not only larger formats but also more precise details. One can realise thin grasses as well as voluminous raspberries or blackberries. The quality of the colour is greatly improved by industrial painting methods, such as those offered by car paint today. The sensual character of the works thus increases further. (Günther Holler-Schuster)