Exhibition at Café Cult #45
Opening: July 21, 2010, 8 p.m.
As part of the exhibition series in CaféCult #45, the Salzburg artist, Gunda Gruber, was showing two pieces entitled “autopilot.”
“autopilot” is a series of large format drawings that were created based on photos and video footage. Nine segments join together into one image. The image networks that continue beyond the edge of the image depict individual slivers of perception (associations, impressions) on the subject of traffic: speed, sensory overload, aggression, confrontation, and spatial instability collide with each other.
Gunda Gruber attempts to capture in images the daily madness of traffic to which we are all exposed. Street noise and traffic are unavoidable components of our lives, particularly in urban space, that we sometimes accept without complaint and no longer question as part of modern civilization. On one hand, the images point out the loss of technical and perspective control that we experience every day. On the other, they can also be read as an ironic deconstruction of rapid progression.
Gunda Gruber studied at Mozarteum University in Salzburg from 1992 to 1995 and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 2000 to 2003. She has been working as an assistant in art education and painting at Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 2004. In 2009 Gunda Gruber received the annual fine arts fellowship from the state of Salzburg. In the same year she completed a multi-part wall piece in the cafeteria of the Lehen vocational school as part of “Kunst am Bau.” She participated in the 2009 exhibitions “Kooperationen” in the periscope, Salzburg, “Hangig at Poise” in flat 1, Vienna, and the K3 short film festival in Villach.