Birgit Knoechl

Opening, March 15, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition, March 16 – April 22, 2022

Like how a line separates two planes from one another, it connects them as well—the line is a constitutive element of the space it traverses: be it on a flat piece of paper or as three-dimensional architecture. Impelled by intrinsic artistic discourses on the drawn line and its relationship to space, Birgit Knoechl’s artworks address topics with social relevance: hybridization and migration, mimesis and appropriation, growth, acceleration, and control. Without a line, no reflection on future trajectories; without a line, no reflection on histories anchored in the past. Or perhaps?

Birgit Knoechl’s lines are never straight: with proliferations that almost threaten the exhibition space in their combinations of artifacts with forms from nature; with contours superimposed in overlapping layers, freed from their two-dimensionality by the cutter, whose shadows spawn ever more lines; with printed surfaces that mutate into linear graphics within an image plane; with crystalline objects whose components are coated with reflective latex and occupy the space like the silhouette of an image; with jet-black painted paper whose appearance responds to the space depending on the climatic conditions as if it was alive—with all of these methods, the artist defies the straightness of the line. “Only this much: As a border the line forms an interface, an axis on which dimensions meet, a kink in the world around which dimensions of reality can fold and unfold.”* Birgit Knoechl’s lines are rhizomatic, without beginning and end, yet originate from a middle.

* Jan Verwoert, “Line, Cornerstone, Molecule (On Caution and Mimicry),” in Aspects of Growth, ed. Birgit Knoechl (Vienna: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2015), unpag.

Birgit Knoechl (b. 1974 in Austria) lives and works in Vienna.


Birgit Knoechl, from the series DER BILDUNGSTRIEB DER LINIE – VORSTUDIEN I – LI, 2021