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Ashley Hans Scheirl

Opening: Fri, 5 October 2018, 8 pm

With an artistic practice spanning over three decades, Ashley Hans Scheirl has worked with various media, including film, performance, sound, drawing and writing. However painting has been her focus most recently. By creating walk-in scenographic installations, she transcends the usual limitations of the painter’s visual and physical space. In doing so, the artist uses the formula ‘trans-’: transgender, transmedium, transgenre. Anything caught up within binary logic is brought into circulation and multiplied. With an anarchistic humour, symbols of the sexual, anal and of reproduction are interwoven by this Salzburg-born artist with metaphors of the neoliberal economy.

Ashley Hans Scheirl was born as ‘Angela Scheirl’ in Salzburg in 1956 and studied restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1975 to 1980. In the early 1980s she moved to New York, working for the weekly performance evening “Wednesdays at A’s”. For 16 years, Scheirl lived and worked in London, where she was part of an international scene of queer artists and adopted the transgender identity “Hans”. In 2003 she received her Master of Arts diploma in fine arts from the Central Saint Martins College. Since 2006, Scheirl has been a professor of “contextual painting” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2017 she participated in the documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. She is currently living as a DAAD Fellow in Berlin.



Photo: Andrew Phelps, © Salzburger Kunstverein

Ashley Hans Scheirl, Ob_Scenery 2, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 
200 x 150 cm00000000000