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Brigitte Kowanz
In Light of Light

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Brigitte Kowanz’s conceptual work is based on an abstract, philosophical thought system supported by scientific and technological insight, but extraordinary sensual qualities and an intense atmosphere characterise this thought system’s expression in each of her individual artworks, each space installation.

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  • Editors

    Beate Ermacora, Brigitte Kowanz

  • Texts

    Beate Ermacora, Gregor Jansen

  • Language

    German/English

  • Details

    Hardcover, 100 pages, ills. in color

  • ISBN

    978-3-86984-283-7

About the product

Brigitte Kowanz, who was awarded the Grand Austrian State Prize in 2009, is unique among the artists of recent years. The medium of light has been central to her artworks since the 1980s. She investigates light by combining it with signs, codes and language, accentuating how essential light—an ephemeral substance—is to our perception system. In addition to her artworks for public spaces, conceptual but with an air of poetry, the objects and installations she creates apply the same illumination to the mechanisms of speech. She consistently includes real mirrors in this reciprocal mirroring of light and language; in her installations, reality and the virtual mirror image interpenetrate, and the boundary between the artwork and the observer becomes fluid. The light and mirror installations and shadow spaces presented in the catalog range from artworks from the late 1990s to more recent artwork cycles.

Brigitte Kowanz’s conceptual work is based on an abstract, philosophical thought system supported by scientific and technological insight, but extraordinary sensual qualities and an intense atmosphere characterise this thought system’s expression in each of her individual artworks, each space installation. Kowanz’s evocative artworks spring from the complex interplay of the elements of light and shadow, projections and reflections and nullify spatial boundaries, creating new, virtual spaces.

Brigitte Kowanz, born in Vienna in 1957, now lives and works in Vienna. From 1975 to 1980 she studied at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; since 1997 she works as Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.