Elke Silvia Krystufek

Elke Silvia Krystufek, Rohkunstbau 2013

Elke Silvia Krystufek finds herself in many of her works, be it in the early sexually provoking performances or in the later drawings. Mostly she was subject of her works. Though mainly, the artist’s aim was never to shock or to break society’s taboos. She rather analyses the fixed attitudes of our time and society. Normative analysis as well as questions of identity determine the content of her work. Portraits of artists, actors, modern icons or fictional characters can be found in her drawings, just like again self-portraits. For Rohkunstbau she resorts to drawings that fit the theme »moral« of the »Ring cycle«. »How long does it take to make a painting? How long does it take to start loving someone?«, she asks in her work »You do not want to be one of those Picabias you say«. In it a naked man (nude of the British painter Duncan Grant) in a thinking pose turns away from the observer, while the painter Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz stares into the void with a desperate expression. Questions that no one can answer, characterised by societal norms and morals — Are we allowed to fall quickly in love with someone? Or is that just superficial? When is a painting finished? Is an I-Phone today more important than interpersonal relationships? The artist contrasts those with a portrait of the Warhol-muse Edie Sedgwick, one of the first It-Girls of our times and a Pop Art icon. After a short period of fame came the demise into drug addiction, followed by an early death. The failure in abiding to the moral claims of society, or the expulsion of those who cross the line, can be found in all of Krystufek’s works and in Wagner’s »Valkyrie« as well.

You do not want to be one of those Picabias you say«
(...) Das Thema Moral wird von Elke Silvia Krystufek im Rohkunstbau als komplexe Hinterfragung von Machtstrukturen sowohl auf Bildebene und als auch der durch einzelne Akteure im Kunstbetrieb gesetzten kunst- und künstlerInnenfeindlichen
Handlungen dargestellt (...)

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 Harmonie 26, Salon Jirout, Berlin, Germany
2012 Harmonie 5, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich, Switzerland
2012 Harmonie 8, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
2011 Locals and Immigrants, Galerie Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles
2011 Harmonie 3, The Box Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2009 The female gaze at the male or unmale man, Galerie Meyer-Kainer, Vienna, Austria

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 Good Girls, Muzeul National De Arta Contemporana, Bukarest, Ruomania
2013 Das schwache Geschlecht-Neue Mannsbilder in der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2012/13 Der nackte Mann, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2012/13 nackte männer von 1800 bis heute, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria
2012/13 Self-Portrait, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Louisiana, Denmark