Through the genre of still life, Heep and Regl explore the vanishing of things. The exhibition consists of ten paintings and ten digitally-modeled sculptures, produced in an alternating call-and-response manner. The initial call comes from Regl’s painting “Still Life with Passion Fruit” (2017), a large-scale monochromatic oil painting from which Heep extracts objects to place into the digital field to model. During the modeling process, a pomegranate is sliced, draped over scaffolding, reworked into intertwining repetitions of form. A stag beetle emerges and sinks back into the pliable, matterless matter of the model. At calculated intervals, Heep chooses a form to be rendered in three dimensions. Regl then responds to the 3D print with her own rendering on canvas. Using a palette of purples, greens and blues, she creates tapestries that are patterned on the amalgam of the everyday objects that Heep presents. And thus the dialog between them continues.

Photo: Leonhard Hilzensauer

Photo: Leonhard Hilzensauer

Through the interplay between inanimate subject matter and animated process, representation becomes notational, while the works themselves acquire layers that make them increasingly exuberant. With each iteration, “Still Life with Passion Fruit” becomes ever more exalted, even as it progressively recedes from view. The result is a series of works that toggles between materialization and abstraction, where the “lowly” stuff of still lifes becomes ornamental.

The exhibition is part of ATC’s Basic Research program, a platform that encourages the production of interdisciplinary and collaborative works. It is the first time ATC has invited an artist and architect to create a body of work for the gallery space, as well as the first time the two have collaborated.  The Grammar of Disappearance opens on March 14th, 2019 and be on view through May 4th, 2019. Heep and Regl will be present at the opening.

Eldine Heep was born in Delhi, India and currently lives and works in Vienna. She studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. After completing her architecture degree in 2007, Heep was awarded the MAK Schindler grant, a residency in Los Angeles. She is a registered architect in Austria and has worked as project architect for offices in Vienna and Beijing. In addition to teaching at the Institute of Architecture (Studio Hani Rashid), University of Applied Arts Vienna, she works on independent projects at the intersection of design, art and architecture. Her work has been shown in multiple group shows, including “Compressed Complexity” at the Venice Biennale of Architecture or “Dragonfly” at Archmoscow, Moscow.

Bianca Regl was born in Linz and currently lives and works in Vienna and Beijing. She studied painting at Ateliers de Beaux-Arts in Paris, UFG Linz, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally, including at the Niuchang Museum, Beijing; Leopold Museum, Vienna; Essl Museum, Vienna; University Museum, Hong Kong; Kunsthalle Krems, Krems; Vitraria Museum, Venice; Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck; BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck; and Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund. Since 2010, she has been the director of non-commercial art space OFF空 , Beijing, China (www.blackbridgeoff.com).