Wiebke Kapitzky | 30 Pieces Grey

Wiebke Kapitzky | 30 Pieces Grey

  • Begin: 12/21/2018
  • End: 1/20/2019
  • Opening: Thursday, December 20, 6:30 p.m.
  • Opening speaker: Patricia Grzonka
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Wiebke Kapitzky
30 Pieces Grey


In their colour-reduced simplicity, the small-format sheets of Wiebke Kapitzky's current series initially seem almost inconspicuous. Access to their rich content can only be gained through the concept and the willingness to engage in research and association with the multi-layered nature of these designs. Sketches from earlier years form the starting point. They are superimposed with used carbon paper as the artist rubs it with a ballpoint pen in a linear, dense gesture. In this way, the carbon dust is transferred to the original sheet. In a reciprocal process of dispensing and receiving, parts disappear, while others emerge. The process is lengthy, undirected and subject to the game of chance.

With the title for this exhibition, the artist refers on the one hand to the work of Cy Twombly (24 short pieces), and on the other hand the grey reminds her of the publication Seven Books Grey by Tacita Dean. With her oeuvre Kapitzky confronts herself by reading and by lengthy paperwork. The written sheets later serve as a basis for a new series of experiments. They are dipped in safflower oil, which reduces the readability of the notes and gives the typeface the opportunity to appear as a drawing. In her work on a major task, she comes close to Hanne Darboven, whose work she had already researched in her diploma thesis.
The artist describes her work as an arrangement without giving weight to the literal meaning of the term. The traces of both sheets are arranged without external control. The temptation to embark on an adventure for the eyes is great and is rewarded with an abundance of traces from which narratives emerge.

WIEBKE KAPITZKY 1984 geboren / 2010-2016 Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Diplom / 2006–2007 Erasmus-Stipendium Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien / 2003–2010 Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, Kommunikationsdesign und Malerei, Diplom / Ausstellungen (Auswahl): 2018 Anonyme Zeichner, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin / Slippages, mit Stéphanie Baechler, Nadia Guerroui, Rebekka Löffler, The White House Gallery, Lovenjoel/Belgien / 2017 „Deceleration“, Wiebke Kapitzky, Doris Theres Hofer, Klaus Mosettig, bechter kastowsky galerie, Wien / 2015 regarding space, pinacoteca, Wien / 34. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck / sign & sense, Galerie Ursula Walter, Dresden / Jakob Gasteiger/Wiebke Kapitzky, bechter kastowsky galerie, Wien / a likeness has blisters, it has that and teeth, Semperdepot, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien / 2014 Inmitten von Schönheit und Magie, Frappant, Hamburg / Alle meine Vögel, flat1, Wien / Drei Linien, Atelier Suterena, Wien / 2013 P/ART Producers Art Fair, Hamburg / Preise, Stipendien: 2017 Arbeits- und Atelierstipendium, Künstlerhaus Schloss Plüschow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern / 2016 Würdigungspreis (2015/16), Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien / 2015 34. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Preis des Georg & Alice Eisler Stiftungsfonds für bildende Künstler und Komponisten, Innsbruck / 2013 Pfann-Ohmann-Preis, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

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