Judith Fegerl works at the intersection of art and architecture, nature and technology, the organic and the mechanic. Fegerl often deploys intricate networks and circuits in her works - circulations of information, energy, materiality, often feeding into each other, enhancing or short-circuiting each other. „moment“ is Judith Fegerl’s impressive body of works. She uses electric currents, polished steel rods and electro magnets to combine disparate elements to a unity, free standing or leaned against a wall. Her works are about mobility and stasis, activity and passivity – moment has an almost meditative quality. And yet the contemplative moment can only be perceived while it is being held upright by an external electrical feed. Fegerl combines materiality and engineering to create aesthetically and technically unprecedented works. With a high degree of technical know-how Judith Fegerl avails herself of the most varied of media and technologies in the development of her hybrid organised objects and space, which are always closely interrelated to the setting. The outward appearance becomes a key component of these artistic and philosophical but also political statements.
Helga Philipp’s paintings from the late 1980s and 1990s, a group of monochrome works with simple geometric compositions, reduced forms and colours, are the main focus for the artists from 1985 onwards. Philipp produced large-scale paintings with light-dark contrasts, which, despite their simplification of form, generate an illusion of space. Her remarkable works on canvas deploy a similar optical effect, which Philipp already established with her kinetic objects. Her impasto application of paint, light reflecting materials such as graphite and aluminium pigment create an extraordinary quality and intensity. Her works on paper, graphite drawings or layered graphics on transparent paper stretch the limits of materiality and surface structure. As a pioneer of Concrete Art and Op Art in Austria after 1945, Helga Philipp has been exploring optical phenomena and their visual effects.