Feast your eyes

The 11th edition of the ‘Im Achten herum’ open studio weekend from 23 to 25 September is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with local artists.

By Elisabeth Hundstorfer

The opening party with all participating artists and the electrifying Americana of Lost Compadres kicks off on 23 September at 19h at Volkskundemuseum.

Long-time organiser Walter Kanov has enlisted the help of Katharina Daria Prazuch (KDP) this year. Born in Wrocław, Poland, the young artist is developing her very own style in her pencil drawings of the human body. Both her works and Walter Kanov’s large-format acrylic paintings will be on show at the group exhibition at Volkskundemuseum.

Young Josefstadt native Cara Christina Königswieser will be presenting her works at the ‘derAchte’ office. “Drawing is the only thing where I have always been able to feel completely at ease. With ‘VogelNacht’ (BirdNight) I first had that experience of entering another world, and I remember thinking: I like this place, this is where I want to be. That is how ‘schauDichSatt’ (feastYourEyes) began. I love peeking into this Utopian fantasy world where everything and everyone is living in peace, and I always hide a little personal detail in the pictures, too,” says the young artist.

Of course, ‘Im Achten herum’ also invites you to catch up with more established Josefstadt artists such as Jagoda Lessel: “My job as a physiotherapist has taught me that life is movement but that movement also means life. A varied life is like a colourful movement.” Lisa Est’s studio is just around the corner from our office. Her main subject is the human body and its modes of expression, which she explores in drawings, prints, objects and animated films. The human body is also the central theme of Sylvia Fischer and Udo Hohenberger, whose large-format paintings can be seen at their studio in Pfeilgasse.

For Michl Herberstein, who shares his studio with instrument maker and overtone singer Hans Tschiritsch, film is equally important as painting. Sabina Köhlmeier, aka Sabine Smiljanic, is not only a versatile artist but also works as a restorer at the Austrian Parliament that is currently being renovated. Her studio neighbour is Erika Seywald. In her works, bodies, clothes, light and shadow are given equal weight in an abstract space.

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Issue 03/2022