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10.09.2015
SABINE GROSCHUP | THESE FOGGY DAYS - SWEET LADY OF DARKNESS EXTENDED
11.09. - 7.11.2015
opening: Thursday, 10th September, 2015, 6pm
WHERE: Galerie Michaela Stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

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In her third solo exhibition, Sabine Groschup, as usual, works space-oriented, taking advantage of various techniques: textile objects, digital photography, drawings, videos and sound.

Three textile objects from the series Sweet Ladies, meanwhile consisting of seven pieces, have been capaciously installed. In these new textile works, which are on display for the first time, the artist re-interprets her Sweet Lady of Darkness from 2009, which contained a small video monitor, and expands it by the medium sound. She, thus, applies various small bells, coins and brackets into her current pieces, which she has realized in vivid colors – red, green and orange,

The full-length hooded greatcoats are all modeled in the style of a medieval frock, as it is often used in horror films to depict death. The work, however, does not intend to evaluate, but rather aims to evoke associations.

The frock, nowadays associated with a bourgeois coat, a monk's cowl or the symbol of death, is distorted by Sabine Groschup. Interpretation is open into many directions. Other frocks from the series, for example, explicitly deal with the image of women and beauty ideals of the 1950s and 1960s, as the frocks are combined with movie stills of Doris Day and Barbra Streisand.

Sabine Groschup perceives the cloaks as female attire, which she uses as projection screen both in real and allegorical terms. In addition, the artist establishes new meanings and contexts by utilizing both the type of the textiles and the application of melodious materials. Whereas in medieval times the frocks were woven with rough linen materials, she transposes a traditional Japanese kimono tissue into the European style arena, a translucent Indian tissue flows as transparent cloak above a jittering screen showing Hollywood icons, or a frock reminiscing a priest's vestment is decorated with the golden coins of a typical belly-dance costume.

The presentation of the new, melodious Sweet Ladies is accompanied by black-and-white photos from the series These Foggy Days and by drawings onto which a small-scale video of a human shadow is projected. The subjects framing the colored frocks almost seem like poetic, atmospheric images and show unidentified landscapes in the fog. A found messing bell, sometimes used in mass when the priest enters church, playfully completes the solo exhibition.

In occasion of the exhibition an artist book will be published including an essay by Hartwig Knack.



Sabine Groschup | press THESE FOGGY DAYS
Sabine Groschup | press photo 1 | These Foggy Days, 2015, digital photography, 69 x 91 cm
Sabine Groschup | press photo 2 | Sweet Lady of Darkness Extended, 2015, Installation/Detail
Sabine Groschup | press photo 3 | Matterhorn, Matterhorn, 2015, Painting on translucent foil, 30 x 21 cm
Sabine Groschup

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