Esther Stocker’s works are based on seemingly simple visual systems of black-and-white, sometimes gray geometric shapes, signs or patterns, whose regularity is subtly disturbed by small variations. The expected continuation of a string type is enlivened by the unexpected rupture that transforms static patterns into a discovery-rich new territory that demands careful consideration. In addition to classical canvases, her grid-like compositions also cover walls and facades, pass through entire rooms as interventions and wrap objects.
In the “Knitter Sculpture”, an object similar to a paper ball, irregular folds break open the static order of the geometry and transform it into disorder and reform. The formerly static grid becomes a nearly flowing system that smoothly adapts to three-dimensionality – vibrating between apparent certainty and visible uncertainty.
Born 1974 in Schlanders.
1994-1997 Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna;
1996 Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan;
1999-2000 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.
Various awards, including the Prize of the City of Vienna and the Funding Award for Visual Arts of the BKA
Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf; Galerie Krobath, Vienna and Berlin; Setouchi Triennal, Japan; Espace d’art contemporain La BF15, Lyon; Dom Umenia/Kunsthalle, Bratislava; Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; MUSEUM 52, London; CCNOA – Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels; mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna.
Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Vasarely Museum, Budapest; Kunsthaus Graz; Kunsthalle Krems; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci,Prato; MUAC – Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; 21erHaus Wien, Vienna; Z33 – Huis voor Actuele Kunst, Hasselt (B).