STRABAG Kunstforum
Subverted Expectations
DONNERSTAG, 06.10.2016 | 18 – 21 Uhr
Hannes Truntschnig, Vorstand STRABAG SE
Zur Ausstellung:
Eva-Maria Bechter, Galeristin
des Anerkennungspreisträgers des
STRABAG Artaward International 2016
Ausstellung: 07.10. – 04.11.2016
Artlounge im STRABAG Haus
Donau-City-Straße 9, 1220 Wien


According to Stefan Peters (b. 1978, BE), the significance of painting is inextricably connected with the meaning of life and the puniness of our existence. Bolstered by a strong fascination for the language of painting, Peters has for some years been aspiring to understand reality by disclosing the mechanics of representation. How and to what extent does the long tradition of the medium provide an answer to the complexity of contemporary reality?
The artist makes uses of rhetorical devices such as reversals, mirror imaging and cutting to undermine the elegance of his painting technique. This results in scenes characterised by fairy-like as well as apocalyptic elements. Using indirect lighting, scenic shadows and brush strokes that refuse to take on any descriptive function, Peters dissects what is familiar to us. What he depicts evokes Edward Snowden, inadvertently stumbling onto ‘The Truman Show’ – a scene that elicits the question: ‘Was nothing real?’
The artist meditates in paint while searching for a principle – which increasingly turns out to be the simplicity of a brush stroke or even of a blank space. In the end, Stefan Peters creates visual vortexes. Though there’s always ineluctably something off-kilter about his illusory constructions, they invariably exert a fatal attraction on the viewer.
Stef Van Bellingen (curator)

Bildschirmfoto 2016-10-05 um 23.44.15.jpg

1978 geboren in Hasselt, BE / born in Hasselt, BE
Lebt und arbeitet in Hasselt, BE / lives and works in Hasselt, BE

2015 – 2016
Artist in residence, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL
2013 Artist in residence, Warp Artist Village, C-mine, Genk, BE
1999 Erasmus-Programm, Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth, UK
1996 – 2000 Studium Grafikdesign an der Kunstakademie Genk, BE


STRABAG Artaward International 2016

Jochen HÖLLER, 11.11.-9.12.2016
Nadim VARDAG, 16.12.2016-20.01.2017
Aldo GIANNOTTI, 26.1.2017-24.02.2017
Vivian GREVEN, 03.03.-31.03.2017

Artlounge im STRABAG Haus
Donau-City-Straße 9, 1220 Wien


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