february 24 - june 18, 2023
"Twelve years ago, Judith Fegerl temporarily deprived a Viennese art space of its electricity: She removed all sockets, lights and switches, exposing the cables, wires and fixtures that otherwise form the hidden operational substructure of the building. With a focus on energy in various forms, Judith Fegerl operates in various media and conceptual works on the central supply organ of modern civilization. She hides nothing, reveals everything. She builds functioning systems that use the potential and the infrastructure of the place analytically and constructively. For her exhibition "on/" Fegerl is working on new sculptural as well as two-dimensional works and objects that deal with space in a site-specific manner in two ways, namely architecturally and historically…"
Kunstraum Dornbirn im Stadtgarten Dornbirn
A - 6850 Dornbirn
**AKTUELLE PRESSE, METALOCUS: **
HISTORY AND PRESENT THROUGHT A TECHNOPOETIC RELATIONSHIP.
«ON/» BY JUDITH FEGERL
08/06/2023. [VORARLBERG] AUSTRIA 25.02 > 18.06.2023
METALOCUS, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA, ELENA DE LA FUENTE
«on/» is the title of the new exhibition, by the Austrian artist Judith Fegerl, presented at the Kunstraum Dornbirn art gallery from February 25 to June 18. The exhibition is steeped in history, as it uses the old assembly hall of the Rüsch Works built in 1893, where turbines for the first hydroelectric power plants were manufactured. Judith Fegerl explores the possibilities of electrical energy as an artistic material in a techno-poetic way. The exhibition intertwines the past and present of the building, its history, and its function, being used by Fegerl as a basis to answer a series of questions: How does the art and exhibition industry work? What infrastructure exists? Does this infrastructure meet the minimum requirements? How fragile, vulnerable, and efficient is it? How does the weather, the position of the sun, or the darkness affect the exhibited works and their perceptibility?
The proposal of her specific art is a particularly pertinent metaphor in this context, where turbines were built to generate electricity. Fegerl's work proposes a work that depends on energy, which in this case is not obtained from the traditional network sockets, but is captured by a 40 m² photovoltaic system, prepared for the exhibition, in the Municipal Gardens of Dornbirn. (...)