The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...
Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...
The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...
Born 1974 in Prague, Czech Republic, lives and works in Vienna, Austria
Kasalicky studied at the Glasfachschule (Glass Art Academy) Kramsach, Tyrol, Austria, from 1996 to 1998 and painting at the Akademie der bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) Vienna with Gunter Damisch 1998–2004.
Luisa Kasalicky creates works that are located at the intersection of installation, painting, and sculpture and combine constructivist stylistic elements with baroque fixtures. Her narrative arrangements of simple forms are reminiscent of theatre stage sets and can be understood as reactions to the media homogenisation of visual image production in photography and film today. Kasalicky strives to do justice to the everyday raw materials and building stuffs–like plastic foam, bitumen panels, wood, tiles, and synthetic carpets–that she uses. On the one hand, these materials relate to her childhood and are cultural and anthropological relics from the 1970s and ’80s. On the other hand, they stress tactile qualities and possess a painterly value based on their particular colour, texture, and materiality. Her motifs, some of which are expansive, express a strong desire for a clear language of form that upholds a baroque tendency toward the sublime, despite the heaviness of the materials used. Kasalicky also integrates the creative potential and artisanal value of ornaments into her working world.Kasalicky’s installations playfully indulge in narration, staging painting as baroque theatrical backdrops and reflecting on the sensual immediacy of conscious perception. Like her installation pieces, her traditional tempera panel paintings created in her studio also narratively weave together the individual motifs in the pictorial space. (Anja Werkl)
Kasalicky has had solo exhibitions at venues such as the Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria; Kunstraum Burgkapelle -Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria; House of Arts - Galerie G99, Brno, Czech Republic; and BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, Austria.
Kasalicky was awarded the Otto Mauer Prize in 2013.
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