Künstlerhaus Kunsthalle Kulturlabor


2.—9. Juli 2021, Im NairsLab / rund um die Uhr geöffnet

Beautiful Obstacles

„For me, mountains are beautiful obstacles. The objects I make are a clash of romantic, idealized thinking about the mountain landscape with a practical approach to the topography of the Alps. During walks in the countryside I analyze natural phenomena while observing how people deal with this difficult space by trying to tame it. The work I create is a collection of artifacts that formally draw on the language of maps, diagrams, visualizations, scientific models, architectural mock-ups, and popular science publications. For their realization I use natural, easily accessible materials. The project I am working on in Nairs Lab is an experimental space, where for two weeks I am building an installation. The installation will be a landscape in which reality mixes with fiction, truth with dreams, and science with romance.“ Kornel Janczy

Die Ausstellung ist durch das Schaufenster im NairsLab rund um die Uhr einsehbar. Das NairsLab befindet sich am Stradun 386b in Scuol direkt gegenüber vom Hotel Belvédère.


Über Kornel Janczy

Born in 1984 in Limanowa, he lives and works in Kraków. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, he also studied painting at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. In 2019 he received the degree of Doctor from the Faculty of Art of the Pedagogical University in Kraków.

In his artistic practice, he is preoccupied above all with conceptualisation of space as well as with relations between nature, science and politics.

Individual works—or separate series—form a coherent whole that may be read as a journey through the physical scale of the phenomena he is describing. From a blade of grass, a snow-dusted piece of wood, through a catalogue of fenceposts, mockups of allotments, aesthetics of Eastern European architecture, scale models of mountains, geographical mystifications, romantic models of sun-ups and -downs, maps of imaginary states, all the way to space objects and photographs of the most distant spots of the universe taken with the Hubble telescope. All this makes a collection of artefacts that formally draw from the language of maps, diagrams, visualisations, scientific models, architectural mockups and popular science publications. It is an atlas of an alternative geography, where facts mix with fake news, truth, with fiction, and science, with pseudoscience.