Katrin Plavcak (A) – secret live 

opening, Friday the 3th of November 7pm
opening speech: Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Neuwirth, Universität Innsbruck

Katrin Plavcak (1970) is one of the emerging young Austrian painters.

Please find further information on Katrin Plavaks work on her web site:

Marianne Zamecznik, 2006
Katalogtext opera austria, Frammenti di prospettive

You can sit on my head!

People, animals and strange hybrid creatures all seem to thrive in Katrin Plavcak’s company.
A leopard lives with an older couple in their bourgeois apartment.
The man kisses his pet gently on the forehead, ignoringhis wife`s less than loving glance across the dinner table. The menàge a trois is maybe a bit on the exotic side, but I want to believe in this kind of bliss. My dream as a kid was to keep a lion pet. But the moment of joy is only brief. Next, I see the big cat standing on its back feet, forhead pressed against the window, like a dog looking for it’s master. His tail is so sad it makes me want to cry.

Katrin’s funny stories hide from view a melancholy within them. She can capture you with her soft stroke and gentle color, but beware! Her eyes will hunt you down. In ”Stalaktit + Stalakmit” two coneshaped weird guys look straight at you. Don’t mind that one of them is up side down. He’s just showing off. The crowd in the background is already tired of his tricks and on their way home.

In “zentrales sehen” the insignificant is mixed with the mysterious and unexplainable. A road worker, his head cut off by the snapshot, is doing his thing, when a black ghost cloud, with grey something around it takes off and floats in mid-air. The orange cones don`t seem to care. It’s only another day at work. If a great abstract figure appears on a perfectly figurative image, we tend to think that this object is obstructing parts of the image, that a part of the image is ”hidden” behind the object or field and thus ”covering” it. But this is not necessarily the case. It’s maybe all one and the same layer.

When we went to the Devandra Banhart concert at Webster hall, I had a guy in front of me with a really big afro hair. I could not see any of the show on stage. Helpful as ever, Katrin offered “You can sit on my head!”.

Many of her motifs deal with the problem of seeing. In ”Verstellter Blick” a girl holds a badminton racket in front of her, the grid of it blending into the facial features. All but the deep black background are joyfully candy striped, flat as a pancake. She makes it all look effortless though, those precise manuevers. How she does it is a mystery to me. Her images offer valuable escape routes, using memory, humor and narrative to trick my brain. That’s why I like to look at them.
Talking about Gelatin, Katrin said something I cannot forget,:
”Every time I see their work I go ”Whoa! Fuck - I’m such a boring artists!” You wish girl.

KATRIN PLAVCAK lebt in Wien und Berlin www.plavcak.com

1970 geboren in Gütersloh, Deutschland
1999 Diplom, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Prof. Sue Williams)
2002 Staatsstipendium für bildende Kunst  frauen.kunst.preis 2002  Anerkennungspreis, Anton Faistauer Preis für Malerei  2003 Georg Eisler Preis  2005 ISCP New York

Einzelausstellungen – Auswahl –
2006 Stadtgalerie Schwaz  Galerie Mezzanin, ARCO Madrid 2005 Autocenter, Berlin (mit Christiana Glidden)  Galerie Mezzanin, Wien 2004 fuorizona artecontemporanea, Macerata, Italien  forever and a day Büro , Berlin 2003 Galerie Mezzanin, Wien  Kunstforum Montafon (mit Rita Vitorelli) , Schruns 2002 Studio Neue Galerie Graz.

Gruppenausstellungen – Auswahl –
2006 ART’FAB Women of Europe, Saint-Tropez (F)  Opera Austria, Frammenti Di Prospettive Brüchige Perspektiven, centro per'larte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (I)
2005 Austrian Contemporary Art and Postwar Painting, Collection Essl im Museo de Arte Moderna, Mexico City und Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, MARCO  Hangart-7, organisiert von Lioba Reddeker, Red Bull Hangar, Salzburg  Slices of Life, Austrian Cultural Forum New York kuratiert von Karin Pernegger & Walter Seidl
2004 Premio del Golfo, Biennale Europea Arti Visive, CAMeC, La Spezia  Diaries and Dreams, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Karlsruhe  no risk no glory, kuratiert von Katrin Plavcak und Johanna Kirsch, loop - raum für aktuelle kunst + guestroom, heeresbäckerei, Berlin  Der doppelte Blick, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz
2003 Wo alles wahr ist, auch das Gegenteil, Minoriten, Steirischer Herbst, Graz  Außer Atem, Fokus österreichische Malerei, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden
2002 Lieber Maler, male mir....., Radikaler Realismus nach Picabia, Kunsthalle Wien  Painting on the move, Nach der Wirklichkeit, Kunsthalle Basel, Schweiz  Hier ist dort 2 / Secession, Wien