This year, the twin cities Innsbruck and New Orleans are celebrating the 12th anniversary of their partnership. In order to further the cultural exchange between the two cities, Innsbruck sends two Tyrolean artists, Ina Hsu and Wolfgang Wirth, to New Orleans, where they are presenting their exhibition entitled Iconic Choice at the Fine Arts Department of the University of New Orleans.
When: Saturday, October 6 – Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Where: University of New Orleans, St. Claude Gallery
Who: Ina Hsu and Wolfgang Wirth
The works displayed at the exhibition Iconic Choice reveal that the two artists have confronted and dealt with the theme of graphic quality in utterly different ways in the art of painting.
Beloved Beast is what Ina Hsu calls her latest works which are being shown together with recently created drawings. Ina Hsu’s paintings treat the coexistence of human beings and animals and the countless facets which comprise their potential relationships. Her work is infused with her own vast world of pertinent experiences, breathes vitality to such an extent that the pulsating life of the depicted creatures seems to emanate via her brushstrokes through the canvas.
Wolfgang Wirth shows us a series of small and medium format oil paintings entitled Leaping Stimuli, which, in the exhibition, merge their identities with the painted wood components and small photographs into a spatially-oriented installation. Works such as Kamikaze Butterfly or Stars and Stripes give rise to complex interwoven constructs of meaning through their melding of brushstrokes, color transitions, ornamental and figurative elements. Using as a point of departure a text by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman (“On Globalization Coming of Age”) and an old Dutch ceramic plate on which Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps is depicted, framed by floral designs and Asiatic decorations, Wolfgang Wirth examines the relationship of his painting with the stimuli which lie far deeper at the very base of their inspiration.