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CLOSING EVENT with tea & ring cake on Sunday, 4.10, 13 - 16h
We cordially invite you to the closing event of our current exhibition Spaces in-between by the young Austrian artist and pharmacist Denise Schellmann. Artist Denise Schellmann and Gallerist Michaela Stock are looking forward to your visit at SALON REAL.


SALON REAL / VIRTUAL: 1# Salon Denise Schellmann | Spaces in-between

11.9 - 3.10.2020
Opening: 1# Salon Denise Schellmann on Friday, 11 September 2020, 4-10 p.m.

On September 11th galerie michaela stock will launch a new gallery concept under the name SALON REAL / VIRTUAL. The gallery owner Michaela Stock juxtaposes the classic white cube with the concept of the gallery as a forum for discussions about a virtually staged exhibition and at the same time questions it. The focus will be on a new perception of the exhibition space and the artworks displayed. Both the space and the exhibited contents will be presented and thematized in a new way. In the future, presentations of current, contemporary positions from the fields of visual arts, architecture and literature are planned on a monthly basis. Michaela Stock is concerned with a stronger interdisciplinary approach to contemporary art, both in theory and in production. Fireside chats with experts from various disciplines complete the virtual exhibition

In the first virtual exhibition, new works by Denise Schellmann are on display.
1# Salon: Denise Schellmann | Spaces in-between

As soon as gallery visitors enter the first exhibition space, called SALON REAL, nothing reminds of a gallery space anymore. Insight you will find a cozy living room with sofa, carpet, curtains, and a fireplace. The entire interior reminds us of a Salon at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Then and now, the salon is a social meeting point for intellectuals, business leaders and artists. In the future, in addition to the virtual exhibitions, "Fireside Chats" with artists, curators, collectors and scientists from various disciplines will take place here. Two fireside chats are planned per virtual exhibition.

SALON REAL / fireside chats
1# Fireside chat: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7 p.m.: Particle physicist Helmut Eberl in conversation with artist Denise Schellmann
2# Fireside chat: Friday, September 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.: Social scientist and organizational consultant Maria Spindler and art appraiser Erich Holzheu in conversation with artist Denise Schellmann.

SALON VIRTUAL Next to the SALON REAL - in the second room of the gallery - is the SALON VIRTUAL located. Michaela Stock pursues the idea of including a virtual gallery in the real, empty gallery space in order to develop instruments on the one hand that connect the real and virtual space on the one hand and to fuse the digital and real worlds on the other. In the SALON VIRTUAL no more real artworks will be presented. Visitors explore the exhibition and artworks via the screen with a joystick. Although the visitors are still in the real gallery space, the exhibition is received virtually, in the "anonymous" white cube. The aim is to enable art lovers to visit the exhibition non-stop 24 hours a day, even from their own computer, cell phone or tablet.

In the future, the artworks can be viewed with Michaela Stock in the artists' studio. Appointments can be made by phone +43 699 19 20 77 78. The virtual exhibitions are documented in the form of printed information brochures. At the same time, art lovers can purchase a limited signed art poster of each exhibition.

With her presentation concept Michaela Stock expands the concept of the institution gallery. The gallery acts as a cultural place with creative quality and economic sustainability in both virtual and real space. "The focus is on the interlocking of the real and virtual worlds and their combination of acoustic, visual and haptic stimuli. "My goal is to dock the real world more strongly and actively at the interface to the virtual world in order to set new approaches and work processes in motion and in this way to further develop interactive media art," comments Michaela Stock on her new gallery concept.

1# Salon: Denise Schellmann | Spaces in-between
Salon 1# presents the young Austrian artist and pharmacist Denise Schellmann. With her background in science, Denise Schellmann sees the human body in the form of many coloured cells and empty spaces in-between, which would otherwise only be visible with a microscope. Her working process unfolds in a space between art and science from which she constantly draws new impetus for her compositions. The emphasis is on the intuitive drawing process, which as such requires extensive knowledge of the matter, even to the level of unconscious, automated actions.
Her pencil and coloured pencil drawings initially impress with their seemingly harmonious colour composition, but in search of organic abstraction, all contradictions and inconsistencies are synthesised into a colourfully balanced and melodious tune on the invisible and difficult-to-access interfaces. Striking polarisation is a recurring theme in her work.
Things the artist has learned, seen and experienced intuitively become part of her drawing process, thus creating new possibilities of interpretation in the viewer's mind. Elementary human and existential questions are interwoven in the structure of the drawing. Similar to yin-yang, two diametrically opposed principles co-exist in her imagery, which relate to and complement each other in a certain way: matter and space, art and science, image and word or creativity and structuredness, to name but a few.
In her manifesto The Arscientic Andism, Schellmann calls these intermediate spaces Andism. In her new artworks, butterfly-like forms stand for reflection on one's own life and personal growth in uncertain circumstances. Comparable to the metamorphosis of a butterfly and its transformation from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly, this process reflects characteristics such as fragility, strength and independence.