Along The Street

18 – 23 October 2012

Artists: Stefan Glettler and Petra Schweifer

Initiated by Alice Gancevici 

Along the Street sums up observations gathered by Stefan Glettler and Petra Schweifer during their two month residency in the Bucharest Artists in Residence programme. Their work is based on separate methods and yields  separate results, as they develop reactions towards a shared pilgrimage across Romania, as well as to the surroundings of their residence here in Bucharest.

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In his work, Stefan Glettler often uses found material which he alters and challenges, thus generating a rich paraphernalia of new meanings. While in Bucharest, Stefan Glettler proceeded in collecting dregs found along the railway in Colentina quarter and in other parts of Bucharest, raw material from which he devised a set of installations – a telltale of sharp and ironic associations that arise from the layering and transformation he sets out for his materials. Attached to his installations, Stefan Gletter also exhibits a series of paintings inspired by various iconic signs extracted from the matrix of the city.

Petra Schweifer tackles her encounters with the city by focusing on a specific street at the periphery of Bucharest. The events she witnesses on her daily walks along the same street seem to form an inconsequential construction, constantly susceptible to slight changes that occur either within the architecture of the street or in the range of various activities played out by the inhabitants as the days go by. From immured windows to mountains of gravel that disappear over night, Petra Schweifer contemplates the street’s anachronisms and makes use of the unevenness of logic present within this micro community to present us with a series of testimonial paintings.

Stefan Glettler (b.1980) is an Austrian artist working with painting, drawing and installation. His two month residency is made possible by a scholarship granted from the Styrian State, Graz, Austria. In 2011 he won the Henkel Art Award for Young Artists. Lives and works in Graz and Vienna, Austria.

Petra Schweifer (b.1981) is an Austrian artist working with painting and drawing. In 2011 she worked on completing Drawingproject together with Stefan Glettler within Cité Internationale des Arts. She has exhibited in Germany, Austria, France, Iceland, et al. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.