press release

Lisa Holzer. What carries you?
November 23, 2019 – February 9, 2020
Grafisches Kabinett

Lisa Holzer’s art probes the structure of desire as well as the question of what constitutes a picture. In addition to photography and performative gestures, writing is a vital element in her work. Her texts, whichshe sometimes also integrates into her pictures as one motif among others, convey her idiosyncraticideas with wit and humor and reflect her wide-ranging interests in pop culture, art history, feminism,psychoanalysis, and politics.

One recurrent subject of her color photographs is food. She worked, for instance, with frosting dyed in various colors and shapeless blobs of pea and potato puree, dramatically staging these lowly materialsby applying them to white backdrops with expressive gestures. The edible paints look appetizing and nauseating at once. The texture of the pastose smears is an unmistakable nod to the august gestures of monochrome painting, here deftly balanced by the banality of the motifs and the flatness of photography.

Holzer adds to this playful exploration of the characteristics of different media when she exploits theantithesis between the conventions of artist’s editions and individualized creative choice by enhancingthe outside of the glass panes in her picture frames with a few seemingly random dabs of paint andtranslucent globs of polyurethane.

In her exhibition What carries you?in the Secession’s Grafisches Kabinett, Holzer will present fourteennew photographs displaying grapes.

Lisa Holzer was born in Vienna in 1971 and lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.