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CHRISTINA GSCHWANTNER

My paintings are creative snapshots, sometimes in a strong and very colorful visual language, sometimes very reduced. It depends on the mood and is already apparent in the process of creation. I am varying and transforming nuances and details, such as so: pastels that contrast with
strong, pure colors. In my latest works the colors have become more vibrant—bright pink, orange, and also neon colors.

In her work, artist Christina Gschwantner combines contrasting art movements such  as Art Informel and Minimal Art. She succeeds in depicting and creating her very own  view of the world. A world that, surprisingly, makes the viewer feel that it is a part of  themselves. Her rhythmic scenarios seem strangely familiar and appear to rise up from deep within the storehouses of consciousness. They create a feeling of wellbeing and joy, but also an interested, almost philosophical thoughtfulness. 
There are two different active principles in her entire oeuvre. The haptic-gestural painterly (informel) and the formal-structural (Minimal Art). At the beginning of her  artistic career, both components emerge sporadically from the pictures, but in the course of her creative periods, both principles become more concrete and sharper  and appear to stand separately side by side and yet function as a unit. And that is  unusual and fascinating, because this clear separation of the painterly and the formal leads to a structural, strict composition that allows the artist's free informal painting to  shine all the more clearly. One is almost inclined to conclude that the matrix-like,  fixed arrangement of her painting elements means that each element has to assert 
itself against the others in order to "appear" "representative" in the picture. We know  from real life that this can lead to strange results. But we first have to understand what this means for the artist. Because the task of giving each element its proper place and meaning in a figurative sense requires painterly and gestural effort.And it is understandable that something quickly changes in such a structure when a component changes its "mood“. For this reason, her paintings are alive - when one is "finished", it is ultimately only a snapshot. The result is more than just a picture - it is actually a social structure - a relationship painting - in Christina Gschwantner's case  usually a positive, even happy one.
Christina Gschwantner's intensive and long-term preoccupation with the "relationship matrix" theme has led to an increasingly focussed, reduced and high-contrast visual language. This becomes clear when looking at her work as a whole. 


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