Exhibition

Pictures without a camera

Photogramatic works from the SpallArt Collection

 

Heinz Hajek-Halke
"Das unbekannte Tor (Lichtgraphik)", 1956
Photogram gelatin silver, 29 x 20 cm

 

 

Margit Zuckriegl

A journey to the beginnings of photography
Right at the time when we faced the crisis of photography and the digital age began, artists refocused on the origins of the photographic picture production in their medial research. Among the earliest experiments around mid of the 19th century were nature printings and calotypes/talbotypes; until the eponymous “inventions” of Christian Schad (Schadography), Man Ray (Rayogram) and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (photogram) around the 1920s, one searched for possibilities and principles of light-drawing ("photogenic drawing"): the work in the darkroom, the aspects of immanent processes of photography, the characteristics of brightness and darkness, of transparent and opaque materials – artists of the 1950s and 1960s experiment with these processes like photo pioneers, while artists of the 1980s and 1990s reduce their imagery to the point, being uncorrectable, the authenticity of the depictive function of photography.

The exhibiton
The exhibition "Pictures without a camera" at the Eboran Gallery in Salzburg, curated by Margit Zuckriegl, comprises 50 works from the SpallArt Collection based on this direct, cameraless imagery. In addition to "classic" examples by Heinz Hajek-Halke, Pierre Cordier and Floris Neusüss, series and single pictures by Leo Kandl and Wolfgang Reichmann, among others, from the 1990s until today are shown. The experimental character of the works is paramount, reaching to specific or abstract visualisations, pictorial processes and spacial constructions. Especially the works of the "generative photography" by Herbert W. Franke, Gottfried Häger and Hein Gravenhorst – all of them amazing finds in the usual mass of photographs – are characterized by their uncompromising, conceptive approach.

The nature of the photogram
An object, directly placed on a light-sensitive carrier material and exposed, depicts itself without the use of optics, lenses or a camera and proves its existence and vividness – apparently against the usual principles of photography, as photograms and chemigrams are not reproducible, not enlargeable or reduceable, not manipulable. All of them are – in case no internegative or scan is used – unique ones and exceptional originals. 

A focus in the SpallArt Collection
The SpallArt Collection comprises a remarkable fundus of photograms and/or pictures, created without camera technology. These are some experimental works from the early days of the history of photography as well as, in dialogical addition, bundles from contemporary artists, who deal with the main ideas and theories of the photo-reflective rhetorics or transmit these into actual concepts.

Artists in the exhibition
Pierre Auradon, Kilian Breier, Pierre Cordier, Alfons Eggert, Michael ­Flomen, Herbert W. Franke, Federico Grandicelli, Hein Gravenhorst, ­Esther Hagenmeier, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Heinrich Heidersberger, Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Gottfried Jäger, Leo Kandl, Běla Kolářová, Edgar Lissel, René Mächler, Thomas Hoepke & Heinz Mack, Anja Manfredi, Julie Monaco, Floris Michael Neusüss, Wendy Paton, Constantin Freiherr von Ettingshausen & Alois Pokorny, Wolfgang Reichmann, Werner Schnelle, Fritz Simak, Todd Watts und Robert Zahornicky

 

 

S-0141,
Wolfgang Reichmann, 2006
S-0256, "Two Step"
Michael Flomen, "Two Step", 2004
S-0267, "Specimen Moon II (Dimensional Abstraction #10)"
Todd Watts, "Specimen Moon II (Dimensional Abstraction #10)", 1987
S-0362, "Das unbekannte Tor (Lichtgraphik)"
Heinz Hajek-Halke, "Das unbekannte Tor (Lichtgraphik)", 1956
S-0379, Naturselbstdruck (nature printing)
Constantin Freiherr von Ettingshausen & Alois Pokorny, Naturselbstdruck (nature printing), 1855
S-0387, untitled
Wendy Paton, untitled, 2016
S-0635, untitled
Pierre Auradon, untitled, 1950s
S-1038,
Julie Monaco, 2005
S-1380,
Robert Zahornicky, 2008
S-1381, "monarda fistulosa ssp. menthifolia – Bergamot Indianernessel, Nordamerika"
Robert Zahornicky, "monarda fistulosa ssp. menthifolia – Bergamot Indianernessel, Nordamerika", 2008
S-1405, "dryopteris tavelii – Großer Wurmfarn, Europa"
Robert Zahornicky, "dryopteris tavelii – Großer Wurmfarn, Europa", 2008
S-1406, "hesperis matronalis ,alba plena’ – Nachtviole, Eurasien"
Robert Zahornicky, "hesperis matronalis ,alba plena’ – Nachtviole, Eurasien", 2008
S-1415, "o.T."
Robert Zahornicky, "o.T.", 2008
S-1416, "o.T."
Robert Zahornicky, "o.T.", 2008
S-1423, "Allium tuberosum – Chinese chives, China"
Robert Zahornicky, "Allium tuberosum – Chinese chives, China", 2008
S-1426, "Aruncus aethusifolius – dwarf goatsbeard, Japan"
Robert Zahornicky, "Aruncus aethusifolius – dwarf goatsbeard, Japan", 2008
S-1427, "Sorbus aucuparia 'Moravica' – Moravian rowan, Sudeten, Moravia"
Robert Zahornicky, "Sorbus aucuparia 'Moravica' – Moravian rowan, Sudeten, Moravia", 2008
S-1590, "Bag piece 153#1"
Wolfgang Reichmann, "Bag piece 153#1", 2013
S-1639, From the Radiogram of a Circly Series
Běla Kolářová, From the Radiogram of a Circly Series
S-1905, "Mechano optische Untersuchungen"
Karl Martin Holzhäuser, "Mechano optische Untersuchungen", 1974
S-1906, "Equivalenza 5"
Federico Grandicelli, "Equivalenza 5", 2014-2015
S-1911, "photographic paper work VIII, 1"
Gottfried Jäger, "photographic paper work VIII, 1", 2011
S-1923, "Rhytmogramm Nr. 3782/186"
Heinrich Heidersberger, "Rhytmogramm Nr. 3782/186", c. 1960
S-1924, "Chimigramme"
Pierre Cordier, "Chimigramme", 1961
S-1925, untitled
Herbert W. Franke, untitled, 1954
S-1926, untitled
Herbert W. Franke, untitled, 1953
S-1927, "Lichtreflex Rotation"
Hein Gravenhorst, "Lichtreflex Rotation", 1965
S-1928, "Lochblendenstruktur 3.8.14 D 7.1.3"
Gottfried Jäger, "Lochblendenstruktur 3.8.14 D 7.1.3", 1967
S-1929, "A02"
Esther Hagenmaier, "A02", 2014
S-1930, "Kombinatorische-Fotografie Nr.190"
Alfons Eggert, "Kombinatorische-Fotografie Nr.190"
S-1931, "Tellerbild"
Floris Michael Neusüss, "Tellerbild", 1970
S-1932, "Barbie 1"
Floris Michael Neusüss, "Barbie 1", 1993
S-1933, "Ken"
Floris Michael Neusüss, "Ken", 1993
S-1935, "Gräser"
Kilian Breier, "Gräser", 1957
S-2115, Lichtgrafik
Heinz Hajek-Halke, Lichtgrafik, 1963
S-2153, "Chemigramm 1"
Fritz Simak, "Chemigramm 1", 1975
S-2154, "Chemigramm 1"
Fritz Simak, "Chemigramm 1", 1975
S-2155, "Negativbearbeitung 16"
Fritz Simak, "Negativbearbeitung 16", 1976
S-2239, "Kontinuum"
Heinrich Heidersberger, "Kontinuum", 1950s
S-2240, "Reflections 31/95"
René Mächler, "Reflections 31/95", 1995
S-2246, "Eine Geste wird belichtet"
Anja Manfredi, "Eine Geste wird belichtet", 2013
S-2256, "Nach der Festtafel"
Leo Kandl, "Nach der Festtafel", 1991
S-2260, "Photogram #20"
Werner Schnelle, "Photogram #20", 1989
S-2261, "Photogram #25"
Werner Schnelle, "Photogram #25", 1989
S-2264, "Chemigram #17"
Werner Schnelle, "Chemigram #17", 2003
S-2265, untitled
Thomas Hoepker & Heinz Mack, untitled, 1977
S-2272, "Räume - Fotografische Dekonstruktionen"
Edgar Lissel, "Räume - Fotografische Dekonstruktionen", 1997

 

 

August 15 to September 20, 2019 

Eboran Galerie, Salzburg
Ignaz-Harrer-Straße 38
5020 Salzburg 

www.eboran.at

contact:

+43 6645596203 

opening:
August 14, 2019, 7 pm

opening times:
Thuesday to Friday, 6 to 8 pm

closing event:
September 20, 6 to 8 pm

 

 

Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019
Exhibition view, Pictures without a camera, Eboran Gallery, 2019

 

 

Exhibition catalogue

see here the exhibition catalogue online