Flooded Art Gallery: Martin Roth at Reinisch Contemporary

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New York-based Austrian artist Martin Roth breaks the polarity between culture and nature, tripping up commercial art with perishable installations and mischievous romanticism. In SECOND NATURE, Roth’s latest work floods, overgrows and inhabits Reinisch Contemporary's gallery spaces.

Because my pieces are transient, my installations are often points of departure rather than end points. In the best of cases they succeed in creating a small fissure in reality for a little while.

Roth: “In my work, I consciously cross the boundary that separates art and life. [...] My pieces exist in real time, and this time passes slowly, leisurely, and follows the natural run of things.”

Installation and performance. Object and subject. Aliveness and inanimateness. In Roth’s work, fronts collide, only to blend into each other. In 2011, he released goldfish in the Chinese Garden of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In 2010, he turned crickets loose in a factory hall and raised ducklings in his studio.

Curator Günther Holler-Schuster about SECOND NATURE: “What may seem quite critical and allude to the careless treatment of our environment, also attains a highly poetic, at times almost yearning character. It is elements of nature, like water, plants, sounds, creatures, which Roth transforms into installation and image. By doing that, the artist assumes a mediated perception of nature, which lets us experience nature in its artificial way.”

SECOND NATURE is the first exhibition to take over both of Reinisch Contemporary spaces at the same time: a gallery in central Graz, Austria, as well as premises at Kalsdorf Castle, a medieval stronghold in Eastern Styria. This allows the audience to experience Roth’s current work in two completely different environments, both steeped in history.

Roth adds: “My work oscillates between installation, conversation and rumour. Because my pieces are transient, my installations are often points of departure rather than end points. In the best of cases they succeed in creating a small fissure in reality for a little while.”

Event Details

SECOND NATURE
Martin Roth
June 1-23, 2012
Reinisch Contemporary
Hauptplatz 6, 8010 Graz
Austria

About Reinisch Contemporary

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.

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