Lisabird Contemporary Gallery Tackles the Concept of Endurance
For a young gallery to be successful, it needs to have a long breath and endurance above all else. After three years of working at the premises in the Brucknerstraße 8 in Vienna, Lisabird Contemporary will be moving to another location in September 2016. The exhibition Endurance is a milestone for the gallery, as it will be the last exhibition organized in the old gallery space. The exhibition will feature works by Frauke Dannert, Alex Hoda, Wolfgang Grinschgl, Karl Karner, Alina Kunitsyna, Markus Redl, Markus Wilfling and Pier Stockholm. In addition, the gallery will organize a presentation of Brazilian artist Sofia Borges’ latest book The Swamp who won ‘The first book award’ in 2016.
The Heroism of Endurance
The ship Endurance of the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton left the Harbour Plymouth in August 1914 to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. After several months of travel, Endurance became beset in the ice of Weddell Sea and drifted northward held in the pack ice throughout the winter of 1915. The boat finally crushed and sank, and the crew managed to reach Elephant Iceland in lifeboats where they have made great efforts that led to their rescue. Even though the expedition failed to accomplish their objective, it became recognized for its epic feat of endurance. This story and the similar ones are an inspiration for the Peruvian-born and Paris-based artist Pier Stockholm. As seen from the Shackleton experience, heroism can result from the accident or something unplanned. This uncertainty and the unexpected characterize the practice of Stockholm: ‘Art is about endurance, about losing faith and rediscovering it’.
Exploring the Subject Matter
Along with the works of Pier Stockholm, the exhibition Endurance will feature several more artists that the gallery has worked with intensively in recent years. The works of Frauke Dannert are composed of individual architecture elements that lack any traction and are characterized by reflections, lattice structures, loops and entanglements. The exhibition will also feature sculptures by Karl Karner, Markus Wilfing and Alex Hoda. Famous for his powerful bronze and marble sculptures, Alex Hoda works with classic materials in a modern manner. Additionally, the exhibition will feature paintings by Alina Kunitsyna who constantly explores new directions and techniques and Wolfgang Grinschgl who develops his practice upon the image of oneself exploring the depth of character and identity.
Endurance at Lisabird Contemporary
The exhibition Endurance will be on show at Lisabird Contemporary in Vienna from June 8th until June 26th, 2016. The presentation of the book The Swamp by Sofia Borges will be organized on June 7th from 7pm with the presence of the author, and it will be followed by the organized preview of the exhibition from 8pm. The night will be concluded with the Closing Party at the courtyard of the Gallery starting from 9pm.
Featured images: Pier Stockholm – Endurance ‘t’, 2016; Marcus Redl – Bronze 14 (Es nicht leicht), 2007; Left: Markus Wilfling – Projector, 2015 / Right: Markus Wilfling – Projector, 2015. All images courtesy of Lisabird Contemporary.