Birgit Knoechl — Bald kommt der Frühling, dann werden die Steine blühen

Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, 2021
Self-published poster edition
52.5 × 73.5 cm, folded to 17.5 × 24.5 cm, double-sided offset print
For free withdrawal in the exhibition and as an insert in the annual publication 2021
Print run of 1000 pieces

Graphic design: Birgit Knoechl
Editors: Gudrun Ratzinger & Franz Thalmair

On the exhibition

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 a path through nature. 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. 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. Even more so—her lines are rhizomatic, without beginning and end, yet originate from a middle.