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Esther Stocker
April 7 – May 21, 2006

Esther Stocker
Esther Stocker

Esther Stocker, Installation Galerie im Taxispalais, 2006
Photo: Rainer Iglar

Esther Stocker, Installation Galerie im Taxispalais, 2006
Photo: Rainer Iglar
Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7 p.m.

Exhibition will be opened by Dr. Christoph Mader, Office of the Tyrolean Provincial Government, Department for Culture
Dr. Berta Linter Schlemmer, Department for Family, Preservation of Monuments and German Culture,
Government of Southern Tyrol
Dott. Giovanni Pedrazzoli, Console Generale d’Italia
Prof. Riccardo Caludura, Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice, will speak about the exhibition
  In her paintings Esther Stocker works with a visually complex repertory of geometric sign and grid systems which, for the most part, are black, gray and white. She applies them to large-format pictures or to three-dimensional constructions that the visitor is able to enter. Referring deliberately to the constructivists and the Op Art of the 1960’s, Stocker is interested in exploring the general conditions of perception and, in a broader sense, the effects of digital image technologies.

Stocker incorporates the disruption, the optical ruptures in her painting, creating a dynamic pictorial space. She sometimes extends this space from the structure of the canvas into real, built spaces. “A paradox which has interested me for a long time is the contradiction that arrangements of precise geometric shapes can produce ‘vague’ visual perceptual events. This can be caused by minimal interventions or changes within a regular structure, as for instance by omitting a square, introducing gradations or a slight shift of some of the forms.“

In the glazed hall on the lower level of the gallery the artist has covered the floor and the walls with painterly-sculptural signs which transform the real architecture and open it up for new spatial experiences. Stocker also expands her painting into the third dimension by building and installing a wooden space within the gallery space. She thus surprises the visitor with a sort of passageway in the entrance area, that one has to walk through to reach the interior of the gallery.

Stocker notes on her work: “Above all, I am interested in how the precision of a rational and functional system relates to something in approximate terms. Or to be more precise, the vagueness of exact forms.“

In addition to her painting and her spatial installations, Esther Stocker will also show two series of photo and videos.

The artist was born 1974 in Schlanders/Silandro, Italy. She was a student in Eva Schlegel’s class at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2004, she was awarded the Otto Mauer Prize. She lives and works in Vienna.

A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition. It will be presented as part of a lecture.

Jens Emil Sennewald, Presentation of the Catalogue Esther Stocker

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 7 p.m.

Dr. Jens Emil Sennewald is a literary scholar and art critic, Paris

Esther Stocker
Ed. Silvia Eiblmayr, Galerie im Taxispalais
Contributions by Riccardo Caldura, Jens Emil Sennewald, Jan Verwoert (German/English/Italian)
Skarabæus Verlag, Innsbruck 2006
160 pp.
€ 17,90
ISBN-10: 3-7082-3214-3
ISBN-13: 978-3-7082-3214-0

Thanks to Galerie Krobath Wimmer
Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute, Innsbruck

Italienisches Kulturinstitut Innsbruck
Galerie im Taxispalais Maria-Theresien-Str. 45 A-6020 Innsbruck
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