At the showcase of bb15 – space for contem- porary art at the art fair in the State Gallery of Upper Austria FAXEN presented their work, “Use Your Illusion”. Consisting of a commer- cially available hardware store shelf, contain- ing the neon lettering “Use Your Illusion“. The installation refused to take part in the common practice of an art fair, and instead acted as a placeholder for a group exhibition curated by artist-group FAXEN in the prem- ises of bb15. A contribution, as a subver-
sive denial, interpretable as a comment or statement about the situation on site and the staging of art.
In the subsequent exhibition at bb15, the already used hardware store shelf acts as a recurring element to form the exhibition architecture. Based on these elements, the surrounding space is opened up by video projections and screens.
The focus of the exhibition is based on works at the interface between artistic realities and chimaeras in art. The works are addressing these topics and can be subsumed under the concept of illusion. Illusions in the artistic dis- course emerge,especially in relation to issues of aesthetics, presentation and staging.
- Kunst Messe, Landesgalerie, Linz, 2012
- Use Your Illusion, bb15, Linz, 14.11 – 23.11.2012
- Sam Bunn, Carola Dertnig, ekw14,90, FAXEN, Invernomuto, Tomáš Moravec, Alexandra Navratil, Roman Štětina, Jakub Vrba