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Noële Ody/Toni Schmale

12 August 2020 / 7–8 pm CEST

Noële Ody, exhibition view from streichelzoo, Stadtgalerie Zwergelgartenpavillon, Salzburg (AT)
Noële Ody, exhibition view from streichelzoo, Stadtgalerie Zwergelgarten, Salzburg (AT), photo: Mira Turba

This Artist Talk deals with the relevant questions and approaches in the artists’ respective artistic production and praxis. Viewed superficially, there are similarities in the sculptural materiality – metal sculptures which follow a functional logic, or which cite functions, but are ultimately very different in appearance.

In their dialogue they will walk through their joint exhibition in the Zwergelgartenpavillon [dwarfs garden pavilion]. Subjects and objects meet, and will speak with and about one another. The question of why these particular sculptures meet, and what they do alone and together, will form part of the discussion.

How did one arrive at what we now see? How do decisions on material come about? How far does the site of the exhibition play a role if the works themselves are not site-specific? What are the mutual relations of the sculptures in the exhibition? What are they saying to one another? Let's listen.
Noële Ody, born in Starnberg (DE) in 1982, lives and works in Vienna. Her sculptures often look like minimalist, even industrial structures, following a logic that lies beyond pure aesthetics. Their functional appearance is not a sculptural device, but a central element; mainly process-oriented, they seek to involve the viewer, both adapting to situations and creating new ones.

Solo exhibitions
2018 Monobrauengrauen, Artist Statement, Parallel Vienna 2018, Vienna. 2015 thunderdolphin, Ve.sch, Vienna. 2012 Embrace The Shit, 21er Raum in the 21er Haus, Vienna.

Group exhibitions (recent)
2019 Sägezahn#15, Schauspielhaus, Vienna. Spezialschule für Bildhauerei, xhibit, Vienna. Poster Teepot Discofuchs, Bruch&Dallas, Cologne (DE). 2018 Gemeinsame Wagnisse – in collaboration with Maruša Sagadin and Cäcilia Brown, foyer of the Belvedere 21, Vienna. Unklarheit ist die neue Gewissheit, Unentschiedenheit das neue Urteil, Spike Berlin, Berlin.

Toni Schmale, born in Hamburg (DE) in 1980, lives and works in Vienna. In her work, she scrutinises social power structures and the existing stereotype attribution of gender in a hegemonic society. Her metal, concrete and rubber sculptures look like a fleet of dysfunctional machines; at the same time, they suggest associations with gym machines or instruments of torture, opening up a wide terrain of desire – whether the desire for physical perfection or for practices of sexual gratification.

Solo exhibitions
2019 TONI SCHMALE, Christine König Galerie, Vienna. 2017 HOT HOT HOT, Secession, Vienna. the good enough mother, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (UK). 2015 SUPEREGO, nGbK, Berlin.

Group exhibitions (recent)
2019 Queer Art Space Vienna, WUK, Vienna. AUGUST, Haverkampf Gallery, Berlin. 2018 Queer Stories,, Bratislava. SCHMALTZ, G U I M A R Ã E S, Vienna. Sexy & Cool. Minimal goes emotional, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen (DE).
Portrait photos Noële Ody, Toni Schmale
Portrait photo Ody: the artist
Portrait photo Schmale: eSeL