THE POETICS OF THE MATERIAL

Benjamin Hirte, Sonia Leimer, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Mathias Pöschl, Anne Schneider, Misha Stroj and Michael Hammerschmid

21.10.2016 – 30.01.2017

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  • Sonia Leimer, Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material, Leopold Museum Vienna/ Photo: Lisa Rastl © © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
  • SONIA LEIMER, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl / © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
  • Anne Schneider: Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Benjamin Hirte, Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • CHRISTIAN MAYER, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl / © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
  • MISHA STROJ AND MICHAEL HAMMERSCHMID, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • MATHIAS PÖSCHL, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Sonia Leimer, Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material, Leopold Museum Vienna/ Photo: Lisa Rastl © © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
    SONIA LEIMER, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl / © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
    Anne Schneider: Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Benjamin Hirte, Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
    CHRISTIAN MAYER, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl / © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016
    MISHA STROJ AND MICHAEL HAMMERSCHMID, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • MATHIAS PÖSCHL, exhibition view »The Poetics of the Material« © Leopold Museum, Vienna, 2016, Photo: Lisa Rastl
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  • Exhibition view 1: The Poetics of the Material © BildIt © Leopold Museum, Vienna 2016.
  • Exhibition view 2: The Poetics of the Material © BildIt © Leopold Museum, Vienna 2016.
  • Exhibition view 3: The Poetics of the Material © BildIt © Leopold Museum, Vienna 2016.
  • Exhibition view 4: The Poetics of the Material © BildIt © Leopold Museum, Vienna 2016.
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  • Exhibition view 7: The Poetics of the Material © BildIt © Leopold Museum, Vienna 2016.
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Katalog Poetiken des Materials ©Leopold Museum, Wien

 

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Sonia Leimer, Exhibition view The Poetics of the Material, Leopold Museum Vienna/ Photo: Lisa Rastl © © Bildrecht, Wien, 2016

There is today a widespread conviction that reality is increasingly “vanishing” behind the artificially constructed flood of media images. Despite the fact that we live in an age when every aspect of our life is digitized, or perhaps even because of it, strategies aligned with the term “new materialism” can currently be observed in the field of art that accord great importance to the material and to the material phenomena of reality.

These artistic endeavors are not a simple backlash against the dematerialization of our world; rather, they represent a working of the ground that has been prepared through this process. Contemporary art, which can be regarded as being aligned with “new materialism,” attempts to give expression to the interpenetration of material phenomena and immaterial aspects of reality. The latter reveal themselves in the meaning of language or in the influence of cultural narratives on the perception of reality. In the case of the works assembled in the exhibition The Poetics of the Material, we are thus speaking of art that – as Christiane Heibach points out – “although it places the material and thing-oriented aspects in the description of culture and society in the foreground, nevertheless does not deny its immaterial functions of order and reflection, and regards things as actors in networks of cultural processes.”

What the works of Benjamin Hirte, Sonia Leimer, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Mathias Pöschl, Anne Schneider and the contribution of Misha Stroj and Michael Hammerschmid thus have in common is the utilization of found objects, everyday items and “non-art” materials, which are called into question as bearers of cultural meanings. Incorporated into the structure of these artworks, primarily sculptures and installations, the aesthetics and historical significance of these objects and materials are revealed as well as their semantic content is analyzed – and this often in terms of a playful interaction of material and language. 
 


Curator: Stephanie Damianitsch

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