A look into Sonja Gangl's new catalog with texts by Sandro Droschl, Jana Franze, Elsy Lahner, Peter Geimer, Robert Woelfl and numerous illustrations in color that was published in connection to the exhibition "I borrowed optimism from the past" with Revolver (Berlin).
Sonja Gangl. I borrowed optimism from the past
The exhibition “I borrowed optimism from the past” by Sonja Gangl marks a turning point in her practice: the Austrian artist, who is primarily known for her consistent examination of the medium drawing, presents a new cycle of works at the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien that consists of large-format paintings. With the “Supra-Linien” (2019/20) Gangl moves from figurative representations to the field of abstraction for the first time and makes conceptual reference to the optimism of the American Abstract Expressionism of the 1960s. The catalogue focuses next to this new series also on the numerous other original productions that were created especially for the exhibition. Next to scientific contributions by authors Jana Franze (KM– Graz), Peter Geimer (Freie Universität Berlin), and Elsy Lahner (Albertina Wien) on the artistic practice of Sonja Gangl, the publication includes a lyrical commentary on optimism today by the Austrian author Robert Woelfl, and an introduction by Sandro Droschl (KM– Graz).
Illustrations in color
German / English
Edited by Sandro Droschl, Sonja Gangl / Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 2020
With texts by Sandro Droschl, Jana Franze, Peter Geimer, Elsy Lahner, Robert Woelfl
Graphic design by Christian Wiedner, Satz & Sätze
Revolver Publishing, Berlin
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