Barrier Riff: Gfeller + Hellsgård in Austin

Exhibition Review

  • "Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård: Die Wand / Die Mauer"

  • Fieldwork, Visual Art Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • 19 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016

Christian Gfeller & Anna Hellsgard, Die Wand/Die Mauer (2016), screenprint on plywood, each approximately 8 x 12 x 3 feet. Unique objects. Printed by the artists. Published by UT Guest Artist in Print Program, Austin.

In “Die Wand / Die Mauer,” Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård used freestanding, screenprinted billboards to slice up the Fieldwork project space inside the University of Texas at Austin Visual Arts Center. Three eight-foot-tall, twelve-foot-wide walls were arranged in parallel, cutting diagonally through the room, towering over visitors and obscuring the view of the space. The front sides were screenprinted with gradients of fluorescent pinks and oranges, fading into neutral whites and blacks, while on the backsides the artists layered stencils haphazardly using crisscrossed masking tape to produce a noisy mishmash of pattern and color.

Gfeller and Hellsgård, a Franco-Swedish duo, are the owners of Re:Surgo!, a screenprint atelier and shop in Berlin, and longtime exhibitors at the New York Art Book Fair. “Die Wand / Die Mauer” was their first large-scale, temporary installation and was executed on site over the course of two manic weeks as part of the university’s Guest Artist in Print Program.

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