Austria versus Great Britain – An Art Discourse with Musical Influences

Austria versus Great Britain – An Art Discourse with Musical Influences © Daniela Haberz, M.A. for AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited

Exhibition opening: Friday, 27th of August 2021 at 4.00 until 7.00 p.m.
Duration: 27th of August until 20st of September 2021
Location: AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited (by Guarantee), London

A conversation starts with an empty void, evolving into a discussion by means of two people communicating resulting in a work of art by a discourse with theoretical information or the seen.

Depicting the intention of the artist and creative process leading to a train of thought, building up the structure of a critical concept or an art review of the presented.
A description of what we see, expecting to understand what lies behind. Our personal experience at that point in time, put into words. 

Writing about what we are not familiar with, something we can barely grasp from an outside perspective, other times being educated and familiar with the field, an expertise built on for decades, versus to being the newbie in the field, putting into words what we can not fully describe or comprehend. Lack of termini or simply too little insight into the subject yet, still ready to learn, finding words to describe our experience, becoming a fresh view from the outside.

Giuilio Paolini, an Italian representative of Arte Povera seems a good starting point for my discourse about art and music, the start of a conversation, at the beginning often solely with the artwork itself. Empty frames, the naked wall to see, first experienced at Lisson Gallery in 1999, heavy golden frames, known from a more classical way of display, taken out of context, the previously displayed gone, the nothingness of the white wall presented, now becoming something, we see the frames displayed in seriality and focus on what is usually a by-product of the displayed, to put into perspective and shift its importance for us to look at.

The empty frame attracts the focus of our gaze, the emptiness of importance, the subject we view. The discarded in focus, like conceptually based in the art movement Arte Povera, putting the discarded into the centre of our attention. Understood as garbage or of less significance by the general public, becoming important to the artist, creating something new.

This emptiness already expressed in my exhibition title in the word Discourse allows us to start from zero, a group of at least two people has to gather to start a discussion about what might have started with the interaction of one person looking and silently engaging with an artwork whilst viewing it, at home or in a museal context.

The discourse however, needs two people and a topic, in this case the artwork or in general terms a field of interest.

For it to become clearer, I refer to my newly intensified private endeavour rowing and my cover of the rowing race in Graz on the River Mur. New to the field but ready to learn and my journalistic instinct made me take pictures and videos, in conversation with professional rowers, the seen becoming meaningful, background stories to comprehend the new. 

The oars, the parts of the boat, the technique we use, the turn over land, getting ready to step onto the boat, fix the oars after putting the boat into the water, follow rules and commands, becoming a number on a seat located in a row of five. Number three ready and off we go, moving a boat forwards by the correct use of oars and our hands, arms and legs, a communication of our body and in sync with a team of five to move ahead, which is towards our back. The turning of the oars to get ready of entering into the water, a musical experience when placed in correctly, from a canon to a single sound resulting in speed, parting the water to move ahead.

The moving backwards but at the same time forwards, only possible in a joint effort. The front, the end, the start the finish, perpetual moving back and forth on the river over four kilometres in a loop. My first goal, participating in a race in one year of time, my more realistic goal, to learn something new and improve every week.

In the art world it is the same, we find an angle, a story that the artwork includes, we are told about it or can read it in a curatorial text or a press release and make up our own story out of it, never copying something without quoting, which would be fraud or plagiarism and is thereby to be opposed. Still the beginning seems more difficult than it really is, ask a question, start a communication becoming a discourse.

The aim of the exhibition in my role as curator is to start a discourse on art and music, to convey something I grew up with and engage with professionally since nearly three decades and something I am new to, just started. To convey the known to those who are new, to learn from those knowledgable in their field. The title of the exhibition furthermore refers to the in between two countries, operating internationally in Austria and the United Kingdom, the gaps to close the people to keep close. Austria versus Great Britain a dialogue, a counter-position.

The art discourse with musical influences, a conversation silently engaged with at first, put into words, becoming audible and ready to be communicated, a discussion furthering the discourse, at first alone, but then in a group, a team effort to get the art world moving ahead.

In the framework of the exhibition an artwork relating to the musical perspective will be newly created. An audio cassette tape presented in a vintage tape player by Georg Kettele who transfers the sound of the river Mur recorded by myself as documentation of the river since 2018 onto a cassette tape to be played on a vintage tape player, previously used for playing sounds from nature. Part of the audio work will as well be sound of rowing recorded during the City of Graz rowing race 2021 in the framework of Graz being City of Sports 2021. 

The participating artists in the exhibition Austria versus Great Britain – An Art Discourse with Musical Influences in London are Kathrin Weber, Georg Kettele, Walter Köstenbauer, Elisabeth Pfniss, Susanne Wolte, Tonino Gotarelli & Max Kulich curated by Daniela Haberz, M.A for AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited (by Guarantee), in London in August/ September 2021 and travelling to the Bell Tower Graz in October 2021 in the framework of the exhibition Art & Craft being this year’s exhibition in the series Visiting Schlossberg Mountain 2021.

We would like to thank our long-term sponsor Real Estate Department of the City of Graz for their continuing support.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further queries under my Austrian mobile: +43 664 182 8678 or my British mobile: +44 759 265 7030 or my personal email address: dhaberz@artconsultancyhaberz.org

Looking forward to your reviews and visit of the exhibitions in London, United Kingdom in August/ September and Graz, Austria in October/ November 2021.

All my best wishes,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment

AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited, London, United Kingdom &
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz E.u., Graz, Austria

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AØH Recommendation Shirazeh Houshiary @ Lisson Gallery, London, Cork Street

Exhibition Pneuma by Shirazeh Houshiary, Installation View at Lisson Gallery, Cork Street until 31st of July 2021

When I saw the new ouvre by British artist, with Iranian roots, Shirazeh Houshiary, I realised that she was strongly connected to nature, the cosmos and nature phenomenons such as the Nordic lights or Milky ways. From my research on Nordic countries, I subsequently travelled to as well, I knew of the phenomenon Nordic lights, which is clearly referenced in Houshiary’s work Enigma, 2020 on view in the UK for the first time.

Enigma, 2020 by Shirazeh Houshiary

Upon a closer look, as well small marks with pencil become visible, showing a succession like on a star map indicating points by means of little crosses on a distorted line drawn across the painting. The gallery director Louise Hayward told me, that Shirazeh Houshiary is inspired by physics, namely the string theory, for me the crosses symbolised stars on a star map and the painted distorted planes can be seen as green and blue coloured milky ways and the marked crosses indications of where stars are located in the universe.

Enigma, 2020 (Detail) by Shirazeh Houshiary

When the work was hung, as well the connection between the works become evident as if the painted wave-like shapes across the canvas became alive and floating as well in-between the canvas’

Pieta, 2021 by Shirazeh Houshiary

Loci, 2021 by Shirazeh Houshiary

The new body of work in Shirazeh Houshiary’s exhibition Pneuma, whom I mainly knew as a sculptor from past works I was familiar with, show this three-dimensional aspect in a painterly manner when looking closely from different angles standing in front of the canvas’ As if the nebulas in the cosmos take form and are prolongued into the exhibition space, the empty space being integral part in her carefully placed artworks on specific locations in the gallery space in Cork Street in London.

Pneuma, 2021 by Shirazeh Houshiary

The artworks when acquired from my point of view should definitely been seen as dyptichon and tryptichon or even a series of the entire display as only then they reveal this phenomenon of creation of a nebula within the space in-between the canvas’ allowing us to temporarily stand in the cosmos ourselves.

From my point of view, a clear reference can be seen to the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, depicting Nordic lights by means of using the colour green in a very intense way throughout his artistic work over the years whilst Houshiary creates an additional layer of placing the lights in a cosmic surrounding relating it to stars and milky ways by means of small interventions with pencil.

Loci, 2021 (Detail) by Shirazeh Houshiary

By means of positioning them towards each other she creates a space that encapsulates us in her world whilst standing in front of the paintings, draws us into her world, dissolving it upon leaving the exhibition space.

Like Foucault said,  a space always has a certain notion in relation to it’s whereabouts and history, partly man-given over the course of time, further defined by our current immediate use of it. Shirazeh Houshiary creates and transforms the exhibition space herself in a very intense manner, giving us the opportunity to dive into her world and allow us to become calm yet agitated by means of creating these as well negative versus positive in-between spaces invisible at first but engaging our eye when spending time with her oeuvre in a more detailed and intense engagement.

The exhibition can be highly recommended and is on view at Lisson Gallery in Cork Street until 31st of July during opening hours Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm and upon appointment. Prices upon request to the gallery.

Lisson Gallery
22 Cork Street
London W1S 3NA
+44 (0)20 7724 2739
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All my best wishes and I am looking forward for you to experience and engage with Shirazeh Houshiary’s work,

Daniela Haberz, M.A.
Curator & Wealth Adviser for Art as Investment
AØH Art Consultancy Haberz Limited

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