Christian Mayer | Notes on Looking

Soon… a better future for emerging art (Salzburg/Los Angeles – small spaces/web action)

Saturday, July 21 at Galerie 5020 in Salzburg Alpine Gothic, Franz Bergmüller, Nina Dick, Andreas Duscha, Gudrun Fleischmann, Maria Flöckner / Hermann Schnöll, Andreas Fogarasi, Peter Haas, Kathi Hofer, Johanna Kirsch, Marianne Lang, Claudia Larcher, Christian Mayer / Geoff Tuck, Lilo Nein, Fritz Rücker. Demnächst: Orte für werdende Kunst Christian Mayer to Geoff Tuck, July 17: “The final show of curator Hildegard Fraueneder is named “demnächst” which means something like “soon” or “upcoming.” For this exhibition at Galerie 5020 Fraueneder looks to the future of institutions like this one (Galerie 5020 is what in the US we might term an ‘alternative” and an artist run space) , and how things might change (or are in the middle of changing) between artists and institutions. That is why I proposed our project Eye to Eye (for Deja Vu), as we built it up in between two media, a very old one (print) and a pretty young one (internet blog), and it is independent of institutional spaces like gallery etc. It might open up questions about how artists can and will communicate with viewers, and in the several forms it takes and media it uses Eye to Eye points to ways that projects might get more flexible in terms of media and communication.” It seems very important right now, this question of how art can be experienced and how ideas can be exchanged. Large institutions will continue to succeed and fail in the several ways that they do, and artists and others will debate the value of their actions and offer differing views of the audiences these museums serve. Los Angeles is...