8.12.2007 - 06.01.2008
Freiraum/quartier21, Museumsquartier Wien

Available Art was invented four years ago, due to the astonishing lack of contemporary art projects in Krakow at that time. The general idea then and now is to promote young art to a larger public by creating temporary exhibitions, where artists and art students of various courses of study could show and sell their work. Treating the presented work as a kind of preview or business card of the artist, it is sold at unusually affordable prices, and in order to enrich the exhibition, special events form an accompanying program. Since 2004, three shows that followed this concept have been taken place in Krakow, and a special show called „Art for Games“ was invited to the 18th Festival of Independent Arts in Belgium.

We were very pleased to be able to show Available Art 4 Kunstschnee in Vienna. The works of over 90 artists and artist-groups mainly from Austria, Germany and Poland but also from the Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the Ukraine were exhibited in the Freiraum/quartier21 of the Museumsquartier in Vienna.
According to the profile of Quartier21, this time choice of artworks was focused much more than usual on fashion and design. Following its concept, Kunstschnee showcased many other media such as graphic art, objects, painting or photography.

Every Available Art exhibition is accompanied by a versatile program, and so was Kunstschnee. There were concerts, workshops, film-screenings, a poetry slam cup and other original and unclassifiable events. Pawe³ ¯ugaj, a Polish painter, presented a one-man concert, Oh!Logo, a designer-duo from Cologne, created silk-screen prints on T-shirts during the show, while the Viennese artist Richard Reisenberger offered a chance for visitors to tune their clothes. The Portuguese artist Rafael Gonçalves showed in a three-day workshop how to make a proper animation despite the most limited conditions. The German artist Thomas May invited everybody to cut a grass blade out of a piece of wood and become part of a huge and regularly exhibited collection, presently counting 7321 individually cut grass blades. The Spanish artist Carmen Garcia Mahedero developed her site-specific project „Painting Nature”, and visitors could watch her through several days of creating ephemeral drawings near the exhibition.

Author of the poster (caption 4 below): Wojciech Ko³ek

Wiener Krakauer Kultur Gesellschaft

Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia