Installation view, 2018, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (CH), photo: Stefan Altenburger
In conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen
In my work, the beginning is always determined as well. In fact, I usually make a complete body of work for each new exhibition. That means that all of these new works follow a specific concept. Only rarely does one work stand by itself. However, during my process, I will of course focus on one work at a time, contemplating each subsequent step. All of the entailed decisions, even if they are rooted in my subjective impression, are made consciously and rationally; they reflect an entirety of thought. I always work while keeping my original intention and the possible audience in mind. I like to compare my works to words in a sentence. The latter is never truly complete without the subject, verb, and object, or without a sign at the end, such as the period or question mark.
(Svenja Deininger with Stephanie Buhmann in: Stephanie Buhmann, Berlin Studio Conversations – Twenty Women Talk About Art, Berlin 2017)
Svenja Deininger’s presentation will be followed by a discussion with Nicolaus Schafhausen on aspects of the production, reception and exhibition of her pictures in different exhibition spaces and institutions.
Svenja Deininger, born in Vienna in 1974, lives and works in Vienna, Milan (IT) and Berlin. Graduated in 2003 at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (DE), (Prof. Albert Oehlen).
Suspended in a hybrid space somewhere between the abstract and the figurative, Svenja Deininger’s works combine various elements of a visual approach that includes the memories of objects and formal intuitions. (…) Her canvases become a synthesis of tactile possibilities and architectural references, demonstrating how abstract and apparently non-figurative painting need not abandon the elaboration of reality but can be the result of an intense contemplation and representation of its data. (see Luigi Fassi, 2017)
Solo exhibitions 2018Crescendo, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (US). 2017Echo of a Mirror Fragment, Vienna Secession, Vienna. Second Chances First Impressions, Norton Museum, Palm Beach, FL (US). Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna. Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE (US). Second Sentence, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milan.
Group exhibitions 2019 Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (CH). 2018Surface Work, Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Borderline Relation, Eastward Prospectus, Bucharest. Testbild, Neues Museum, Nürnberg (DE). 2017Abstract Painting Now!, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (AT). Other Spaces. Collected #7, Kunstforum, Vienna.
Publications Svenja Deininger: Echo of a Mirror Fragment, Artist Book/Catalogue Secession, Revolver Verlag, Vienna/Berlin 2017. Svenja Deininger: Second Chances First Impressions, exh. cat., Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach 2017.
Stephanie Buhmann: Berlin Studio Conversations. Twenty Women Talk About Art, The Green Box, Berlin 2017.