Birgit Jürgenssen

English
Light

Light

ARTprop, New York

03/11/94 – 23/12/94

Light, with life, is perhaps the deepest and most generic of themes. Seeing is reading photo-graphy, "light-writing". Although any vision is impossible without it, from the Fiat lux and Lucifer of  Genesis it has been associated with both good and evil, seeing and blindness, reason and mysticism. All reality - in moderns science the relation of matter of energy - may indexed by the square of the speed of light c, as in the Einstein equation e = mc2. Earlier, in the nineteenth century, the physiologist and physicist Ernst von Brücke, Freud's teacher and master at the university in Vienna, helped clarify the relation between light and space. Ernst Mach, the godfather of the Vienna Circle, in his quest for a "unified science", postulated that it was only the way we treated our sensations that determined wheter we are in the realm of physics or that of biology. This exhibition pursues that line of light, in its many states: wave (visible and invisible), particle, body (astral and animate), being (heavenly and infernal), word (divine and human).

WILLIAM ANASTASI was born in 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lives and works in New York. His first exhibition was at the Washington Square Gallery in New York in 1964.

JACK GOLDSTEIN was born in 1945 in Montreal, Canada, and lives and works in Los Angeles. His first solo exhibition was at Metro Pictures in New York in 1980.

BIRGIT JÜRGENSSEN was born 1949 in Vienna, Austria, and lives  and works in Vienna. Her first solo show was at Forum Stadtpark in Graz, Austria, in 1972.

HERWIG KEMPINGER was born in 1957 in Steyr (Upper Austria), and lives and works in Vienna. His first solo exhibition was at Galerie Grita Insam in Vienna in 1981.

BRIGITTE KOWANZ was born in 1957 in Vienna, Austria, and lives and works in Vienna. Her first solo exhibition was at the Galerie Hubert Winter in Vienna in 1979.

RUDOLF MACHER was born in 1960 in Steyr (Upper Austria), and lives and works in Vienna. His first solo exhibition was at Galerie Stauraum in Vienna in 1984.

TONY OURSLER was born in 1957 in New York, and lives and works in New York. His first solo exhibition was at L.A.C.E. in Los Angeles in 1979.

SETON SMITH was born in 1955 in Newark, New Jersey, and lives and works in Paris. Her first solo exhibition was at Galerie Jule Kewenig in Frechem-bachem, germany and Tom Cugliani Gallery in New York in 1988.

FRANZ VANA was born in 1951 in Bad Tatzmannsdorf (Burgenland), Austria and lives and works in Vienna. His first solo exhibition was at Galerie Hubert Winter in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1984.

LAWRENCE WEINER was born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York and lives and works in New York City. His first solo work was Crating, Mill Valley, California in 1964.