PW-Magazine picked 10 positions at Parallel Vienna that stood out while strolling through the art fair. Check out the rooms selected by Marie-Claire Gagnon and Julius Pristauz.
Parallel Vienna takes place for the sixth time from 25th to the 30th of September and sticks to its approach of using temporarily vacant buildings as a presentation platform for contemporary art. This year takes place in a former office building at Lassallestraße 1 in the 2nd district.
It presents young and emerging as well as established artistic practices and brings together art initiatives of every kind–art associations, galleries, project spaces, off spaces and artist spaces—both Austrian and international, all under one roof. The project has so far presented itself as hybrid between art fair, exhibition platform and artist studio.
Parallel Vienna unites exhibitions made by commercial galleries (GALLERY STATEMENTS—each with a solo presentation of an artist), off-spaces and art associations (PROJECT STATEMENTS—a solo or group show) and solo presentations by selected artists (ARTIST STATEMENTS or artistic INTERVENTIONS in the building invited directly by the initiators). Instead of the usual booths at art fairs, each exhibitor occupies a separate room of the building in which the exhibition is presented.
Sophie Hirsch / ARTIST STATEMENT / room 2.22
Excavation by Sophie Hirsch is a balancing act of four stacked plaster molds with integrated glittering sequin fabric and aluminum tubes.
The windows are plastered with a foil the color of the sequin fabric, which beautifully peeks through the chipped off plaster sculpture. The pieces that were removed are neatly aligned in a museum-like showcase that was probably already part of the office room. Hirsch’s ARTIST STATEMENT demonstrates how material and its positioning can speak for its own.
Philip Müller / ARTIST STATEMENT / room 2.67
For his ARTIST STATEMENT, Austrian artist Philip Müller simply hung up two of his paintings. Helenentor at garden tibero beach hangs opposite to Dead transformer tiberio beach resort. His dystopian paintings are great to explore and spend some time on, they seem very serious from afar but once you take a closer look, you’ll find little faces and other humorous gestures.
Line Finderup Jensen / ARTIST STATEMENT / room 1.11
For her ARTIST STATEMENT, Line Finderup Jensen presents an interactive video recreating the events of an exhibition opening back in 2015. Using a simple gaming controller, the viewer gets to walk around and have a look at the bizarre exhibition, meet the other guests and every now and then make a cheer for the wonderful evening. Fun!
Flavio Palasciano / INTERVENTION / 2.N
One of these installations that has more to it than visible at first glance. Klubscham: Sad Piazza, the INTERVENTION by Flavio Palasciano features two beach umbrellas standing in one of the office hallways and a pinboard on the wall. Taking a closer look you’ll realize that there are ceramic claws on the printed fabrics, tiny graphic shapes tangling from the framework and the umbrellas themselves are cast in concrete sockets.
Everybody Needs Art / PROJECT STATEMENT / room 1.33
The PROJECT STATEMENT Pump,Jump And Let The Dogs Out by Budapest-based space Everybody Needs Art presents works from János Brückner, József Csató, Maja Djordjevic, Robotto-Ottó Szabó and Dorottya Vékony. Their presence underlines the importance of Eastern-European art in Vienna. Because if its unique location, Vienna has long been a bridge between Eastern and Central Europe and we love to see Hungarian art taking up some space at the fair as well. Looking forward to seeing further representation of international positions!