Alpine Art Muttersberg 

Art Trail on Muttersberg in Bludenz - Austria





Blickbank, 2018, Concrete and ceramic tiles, 45 x 45 x 180 cm




Monika Grabuschnigg’s 'Blickbank' is a site-specific work created specifically for Alpine Art Muttersberg and continues the artist’s longstanding work into the meaning, identity and cultural affiliation of objects, symbols and ornaments once they have experienced a shift or de-contextualization.
Grabuschnigg has made a concrete bench, adorned with hand-made black and white tiles, with a recurring edelweiss motif. A quote by the Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer, can be read next to the bench:

"A paradise could only exist outside of nature and such a paradise I can not imagine.”
Marlen Haushofer (* 1920, † 1970), The Wall, 1963

This classic work of dystopian fiction can be read as a searing criticism of modern living and as a paean to life working in harmony with the natural world. The novella explores the irony of man’s attempts throughout history to create 'paradise on earth' whilst failing to appreciate the paradise in which he lives.

The chequerboard pattern that decorates the bench is a design that dates back thousands of years. Seen in wildly diverse places and times, from Bronze age Iranian ceramics to 15th Century Italian art, the arrangement references the continued way in which mankind attempts to shape the space around him.

Most commonly associated with mountain tourism, the Edelweiss motif spanning the tiles explores how we construct narratives and identities and present them to the world. From the badges of the anti-fascist Edelweiss Pirates group of World War II to the emblems of both the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS, and latterly the right-wing populist party FPÖ, this small white flower denoting 'courage, bravery and love', has been used throughout history by countless groups and individuals; each appropriating the 'noble purity' of this immigrant flower from the steppes of Central Asia to their own ends. The flower thus mutates into a simple decor element on a historical pattern. Inevitable empty of meaning it becomes a symbol of alienation, something unreal in the idyllic landscape.

This subtle fusion of the physical and symbolic, industry and craft, invites the viewer to sit and consider our relationship to the world around us. How we shape it, and moreover, how we might allow ourselves to be shaped by it.

- Will Evans




Pictures by Oliver Lerch.

We drink the night with a thirst no lake big enough could ever quench, 2018
Glazed earthenware and resin, 110 x 78 x 4 cm












Consumed by forsaken gestures, 2018
Glazed earthenware and resin, 108 x 57 x 3 cm








Immersing in the cloud, there is a haze spilling purple shadows over your delightful body, 2018
Glazed earthenware and resin, 108 x 61 x 4 cm














Watching the secretive whispers fade away, 2018
Glazed earthenware and resin, 107 x 56 x 4 cm













Studio view, 2018







Left: Fading in..., 2018, glazed earthenware and resin, 104 x 53 x 3cm Right: ...fading out, 2018, glazed earthenware and resin, 103 x 55 x 3,5cm
















All pictures by Asaf Oren.


Opting out, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm






Study of an obsessive night, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






All my body sees you in delay, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






Gathering in fool's paradise, 2018 
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






Grape harvest with the vaulty heaven so high above our heads, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






One of many final affairs, repetition will disperse itself through all the veins, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm






Dawn in a transcending field with thirty-eight circles falling, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






I tell you, this is so deep like forever, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm






Smiley people observe peculiar people pledging oneself, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm






Parting is such sweet sorrow, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






These fumes induce a square of blissful drama, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm






Visions in a maze, 2018
Pencil on paper, 30 x 42 cm






The shadows I summoned are glorious, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 50 x 65 cm






The mask of night lingers on my face even when the brightest star sets, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






I knew right then that I have been abducted, 2018
Mixed media on paper, 30 x 42 cm






All pictures by Asaf Oren.

What shall I swear by, 2017






So it is a lover who bubbles and who foams, 2017
Clay, acrylic paint, resin, metal and pump station, 150 x 90 x 90 cm











Calling on the moon, 2017
Glazed earthenware, platinum luster, glass, acrylic, resin, epoxy putty, concrete and metal, 213 x 63 x 48 cm















You’ve been everywhere but here, 2017
Glazed earthenware, platinum luster, glass, acrylic, resin, epoxy putty, concrete and metal, 228 x 74 x 65 cm









All pictures by Asaf Oren.

Standing on the corner, 2017





Hugged in a tango, 2017
glazed earthenware, resin and steel, 13 x 42 x 82 cm






Wine and roses and magnums of champagne, 2017
glazed Earthenware, resin and steel, 28 x 29 x 60 cm





Wheel the burden through the night, 2017
glazed earthenware and resin, 25 x 25 x 61 cm







Saluting new conclusions (ghost on a hill), 2017
glazed earthenware, resin and steel, 25 x 25 x 65 cm





You looked so good in uniforms, 2017
glazed earthenware and resin, 25 x 26 x 55 cm





Pictures by Chris Grodotzki.
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