Eva Schlegel is fascinated by light as an element and spaces that cannot be decoded. Her conceptual photography, projections, sculpture, installation, and site-specific interventions, delve into intensive states of being as the viewer encounters the work. Figures falling from the sky, floating clouds, labyrinths, and the eroticism of the body, all conjure physicality and ethereal forms of sensation as an existential approach. Her materials and techniques seek to dissolve the image and reflect light by re-photographing and enlarging black-and-white photographs, printing on dark lead, placing text on panes of glass, projecting onto whirling propellers, and using large-scale mirrors. In particular, she works with existing architecture and augmented reality to create situations that are an ‘abstraction of space’ wherein the viewer questions their own perception and orientation.
Austrian artist Eva Schlegel (1960,Tirol) lives and works in Vienna. She graduated from Der Hochschule für Angewandete Kunst, Vienna (1985) and was Professor at Der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna (1997–2005). Her work is in collections including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Carlsberg Foundation, Copenhagen; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz; Leopold Museum, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago; Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus; mumok – museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, Vienna; Neue Galerie Graz, Graz; New York Public Library, New York; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; among others