The STRABAG Art Forum is pleased to cordially invite Virginie Bailly to the opening of the exhibition of the STRABAG Artaward International 2015 winner.
The Belgian artist Virginie Bailly lives and works in one of the sparsely populated suburbs of Brussels, where the possibilities of the urbanized landscape are still open and uncertain. This area bears the appropriate name “petit île” and offers the perfect fuel for her already very extensive, multidisciplinary oeuvre. In the Vide-Plein series, Bailly analyzes the image almost anatomically. On her cutting table she fillets photos of ruins, half-demolished houses and devastated places. In her own very individual way, she breaks down the structure of the picture so that only the essentials remain. With meaningful brushstrokes, Bailly not only hunts for the pure essence of the picture, but also explores the basics of painting itself: color, composition, application of color and gestures. In addition to the brushstroke, which is a basic building block, gestures are of primary importance here. Through Bailly's merciless precision, the gestures absorb all facets of the fundamentals and are like the filtered remnant of heterogeneous perceptions. (Floris Dehantschutter)
Welcome: Fritz Oberlerchner, STRABAG SE
About the exhibition: Hartwig Knack, art historian and cultural scientist
Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Art lounge in the STRABAG house,
Donau-City-Straße 9, 1220 Vienna
Duration of the exhibition: November 13th - December 4th, 2015