Hubert Winter, Vienna
Alessandro Biggio and Judith Fegerl
The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity. It is the first reflection of eternity in time, its first attempt, as it were, at stopping time. —Søren Kierkegaard
Galerie Hubert Winter is delighted to apply for this year’s edition of Art-O-Rama with a presentation focussing on the delicate topic of the moment. From the ephemerality of a glimpse of the eye (the indefinite amount of time) or the mental image of anticipation, to the instant before everything falls apart—the moment before the collapse can be infinite, and thus perhaps giving birth or being momentum (cause) to the realm of art.
The series moment by Judith Fegerl (born 1977 in Vienna, Austria) consists of oblong objects made of steel, each being held together and upright by electromagnets. The strength of the magnetic field generated depends on the amount of current as well as the winding of the coil created from copper wire. When electricity is turned off or disrupted the pieces of steel immediately disconnect and fall apart. A moment of tension, of hesitation or anticipation in a situation of uncertainty is evoked by them. These enlivened objects visualize and make tangible an invisible phenomenon which is electrical energy.
Alessandro Biggio (born 1974 in Cagliari, Italy) uses a natural material heavily charged with cultural meanings and associations for Ash Cones, a series of handmade sculptures ongoing since 2007. Extracted from wood undergoing the transformational process of burning, ashes consist of minerals meaning of the non-organic substances left. The almost impalpable grey dust is bound into conical shapes by being stirred in just the right amount of water, at a certain temperature, for an exact amount of time. Drying in open air there is always the chance of the sculptures cracking and pulverizing at any moment, giving in to their fragility and returning to their original materiality.