November 25, 2004 19 pm
November 26 -27, 2004 2 - 8 pm
Atelier Sylvie Proidl
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty."
John Keats (1795-1821)
In dealing with the statement "Beauty is truth, truth beauty", the three artists participating in the WINTERSALON 04 address a 19th century concept. In it's fourth season, the WINTERSALON continues to enrich the cultural scene in Neubau, Vienna's 7th city district, by presenting an interdisciplinary approach to a new focal topic every year. The district's vice-mayor Mr. Rainer Husty opened the exhibition, the actress Irene Coticchio recited poems by John Keats, and the Argentine musician Diego Mune played jazz guitar.
The sculptress Ilse Schrottenbach presented stone sculptures reminiscent of rotational bodies: they can turn on their own axes and thus appear to change their shape. When nudged, they wobble and then return to equilibrium. The playful approach to concepts that seem to rely on one another is an underlying theme behind these works.
The painter Alma Tomasi, who spent many years in the Orient, showed her paintings in acrylic and oil from the series "Fragments". She has devoted herself to the human body; its concealment, especially by women, addresses the concepts of beauty and truth.
Sylvie Proidl invites the viewer to look into closed systems. Does this insight into the human body evoke interest or distain? Do blood and internal organs have an inherent beauty? Red corporeal landscapes in oil allow us to peer in our innermost selves. The pictures are extravagant in their application of color and depict pulsating life.