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Fill
O

Upcoming Exhibition

Fill
O

Sarah Pichlkostner
Curated by P/////AKT, Amsterdam

Exhibition
06.08 – 20.08.22

Preview
TBC

Open
Thursday – Saturday | 12 – 6pm

Fill O is the second part of an organisational exchange with P/////AKT, Amsterdam, with whom Sarah Pichlkostner realised the solo exhibition If the moon was a cookie in 2018. The first part of the exchange, I didn’t think it would turn out this way took place at P/////AKT from 13th November – 19th December 2021. The exchange was made possible with the support of the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Mondriaan Fund and Ammodo.

Sarah Pichlkostner (1988, Austria) creates sculptures and environments through which she investigates the representation of invisible processes: the transmission of energy, the passage of time, and our psychological responses to materials and things. Or as she puts it: when material is brought to an object, i.e. is made into one, and the function of this object is continuously developing over time, then the object is ultimately reflecting us.

Pichlkostner currently lives and works in Fletching and is represented by Josh Lilley (London), Annet Gelink (Amsterdam) and Galerie Hubert Winter (Vienna). She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and was a resident at de Ateliers in Amsterdam and ISCP in New York. Solo and groups exhibitions include Galerie Huber Winter (2020), Josh Lilley Gallery (2021, 2019, 2017, 2015), Lustwarande (Tilburg, 2018), P/////AKT (Amsterdam, 2018), Annet Gelink Gallery (2018, 2015), Ketelfactory (Schiedam, 2017). Her work has been presented in one-artist booth at Artissima Fair in Turin and Vienna Contemporary fair (both 2017) and FIAC in Paris (2015). 


Online Screening

Empathic Creatures (2018), Barbara Kapusta, 6 mins, 43 secs
Selected by Sarah Pichlkostner.
Viewable here for the duration of the exhibition.

Commissioned Writing
A written response to Fill O by Clarinda Tse will be readable here in August.

 

Fill
O

It started with a hole in a stone, worked in by the sea water over time. A material associated with hardness, stability, steadiness, is persistently eroded by something soft and flexible. This process isn’t visible, but can be recognised by the presence of the hole (or by the signifier O) as its current state.

Note: Historically, water and its still surface also served us as the first mirror. As a material water also stands for self-reflection.

I am wondering if it’s a matter of locating, finding the stone with the hole on the beach amongst all the other stones.

When I think about where I am – where we are standing – I find myself displaying optimism. This is probably some sort of survival strategy. Does this optimism really have something to do with the persistent belief that everything will be fine or is it a way of seeking shelter in nostalgia? (Not sure if nostalgia is the right word.)

On one end of space there’s a video projection of a sunset which turns into a sunrise and then loops. You can still see the horizon and the sea.  

I’m always fascinated by the element of water. As it reflects (a pollution of the sea and the surface) a mirror image of us. 

How does the ‘nostalgic’ image of a looped sunset reflect (on) us? Does it describe current affairs? Somehow it always looks like a commercial, but it’s also connected to personal experiences…. 

An aluminium sculpture sits in front of the projection. It looks like a rib cage with a peach-colored glass object at its centre (this has the shape of a stone with a hole in it). Its surface is reflecting the environment.  

To the right, a video is projected onto the floor. The shape of a heart in the water. It might no longer be there after the next wave coming in. An aluminium structure is placed on top of the projected surface, being flooded by the waves.

There’s a fountain at the entrance/exit of the exhibition. A structure that seems to be drowning, but it still stands.

Note: viewing and recognition form the basis of understanding, and can therefore be the breeding ground for change. The process as a metaphor, stands as signifier O (for Our Times) and is asking me/us what must happen to change conditions, to loosen rigid structures.

In order to fill the void, absence must first be recognised.

(Feel a Hole with an Eye instead of an I)

 

– Sarah Pichlkostner