Reinisch Contemporary presents Fabrizius²: twin sisters from Kazachstan paint the light

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Art students Irina and Marina Fabrizius are not just the spitting image of each other, they also always paint together and attend the same master class at the prestigious Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, Germany. Although they are still students, their hypnotic canvasses and unconventional work method has earned them a solo exhibition at Reinisch Contemporary, one of Austria's most buzzing contemporary art galleries.

One can arrive at the conclusion that the world has become an image and, when we speak of nature, we move within the realm of the imaginary.

Irina and Marina Fabrizius don't just look alike, they also always paint together and attend the same master class, taught by seminal Austrian artist Herbert Brandl, at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, Germany. Although both of them participate in the creative process, the resulting paintings are utterly homogenous. Their upcoming show WE SAW THE LIGHT at Reinisch Contemporary, an independent art gallery in Austria, features more than 20 works, some specially created for the exhibition, which engage with one of the oldest themes in painting – the subject of light.

The two artists’ unconventional work method is based on a complex lacquering technique by which they turn canvasses into seemingly hypnotic projection screens. The abstract images appear backlit and inspire distinctive interpretations of one’s own.

Curator Günther Holler-Schuster about WE SAW THE LIGHT:

“The Fabrizius sisters, who work together on their paintings, are not much interested in the way landscapes or objects present themselves in certain lighting; they focus on the immaterial image that is part and parcel of light itself. In uncounted layers of colour they achieve a state within the image that seems to defy definition. Whether one envisages Mark Rothko’s spiritual colour spaces or the many-layered paintwork of American Lowriders, it is almost always the immaterial colour space that manifests itself in a form of painting. The direct use of light by, for example, James Turrell or Dan Flavin, doubtlessly also has natural origins; nevertheless, it still creates the effect of a projection, a picture. Technological visual media such as computers, video, film and photography have massively supported the visualisation of nature.
Thus, one can arrive at the conclusion that the world has become an image and, when we speak of nature, we move within the realm of the imaginary.”

By dealing with natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights, sunrise and sunset, dawn, lightning and numerous other weather occurrences, each painting by the sisters Fabrizius renders the transformation from actual reality into painting visible in an impressive manner.

Holler-Schuster: “Fabrizius² appear to want to convey to us that our understanding of nature is determined by a conception of a pictorial reality on the basis of which we adjust nature into an image. Thereby it becomes a space that can be ascertained, categorised and experienced as a space of life and recreation.”

Irina and Marina Fabrizius were born in 1981, in Kustanai (Kazachstan) and have been living in Germany since 1990. In 2012, they entered the master class of Herbert Brandl at the Academy of Art Düsseldorf. In the end of 2013/ beginning of 2014 they will be the first students in the academy’s history to take a joint final exam.



May 6 to June 8, 2013
Reinisch Contemporary
Hauptplatz 6, 8010 Graz


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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