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Circles (2017), Pigmentdruck und Cut Out, 50 x 45 cm Galerie Wagner + Partner

Alexandra Baumgartner


10/25/2019 – 11/30/2019

Wagner + Partner is proud to present Alexandra Baumgartner’s first solo exhibition, Separations. Baumgartner, who was born in Salzburg in 1973, is dedicated to exploring the human psyche and its depths. This includes matters of control and its loss, interpersonal relationships, social norms and fears.

Baumgartner’s way of working is likened to collage. From found images, she removes and modifies essential visual information so that the original context recedes. Through painting, sewing, partial removal or additional elements, she adds a second reality, which, together with the source material, forms a third, new reality.

Baumgartner transfers this approach to various media such as painting, objet d'art, expansive installations and conceptual art. Via slight alterations she significantly changes the character of the “objets trouvés” (found objects) and installation elements – which sometimes also appear in the form of furniture. This deliberately influences the viewer’s spatial perception and works subtly with ambiguity and the unfathomable. All her works play with the eerie, surreal and whimsically grotesque.

The work Introspection III also plays with a mirror’s common function. Here it is coloured black and unable to fulfil its task, namely the realistic depiction of its observer’s form. This mirror only highlights shadows of its observers, thus referring to a usually hidden reality of the mirroring. Hence, the expectation of the person’s depiction is taken to a new level or reality. Also, the observer’s reflection is thrown back upon themselves. Thus, this work equally undermines and facilitates the search for the ego.

The work Eckjunge is the realistically proportioned photograph of a young man, which has been bent in the middle. In the picture, the boy seems to be standing, but the paper on which he was printed forces him to literally "sit" – with the paper assuming the intermediate position of half-lying or half-standing. Fascinated by the strange posture, Baumgartner explores the surreal separation between the imaged reality and its imposed, modified form to explore realities’ limitations.

Alexandra Baumgartner (born 1973 in Salzburg) lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. She studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She has received numerous awards and scholarships and is exhibited internationally.

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