Nachmittagsunterhaltung 2023, oil on canvas, 60 x 70cm

plates on the wall 2023, oil on canvas, 60 x 70cm

Daryoush Asgar & Elisabeth Gabriel
born 1975 in Teheran & Vienna
studied Art and Philosophy

Represented by Galerie Ernst Hilger

Asgar/Gabriels paintings question our perception and concepts of the norm. Blurred figures on the verge of physical dissolution and strikingly clearly painted sceneries, whose protagonists one believes to know personally, their play with light-dark, the chiaroscuro in its classical form, enriched by luminous screens - portals into worlds that seem more present than the reality in which the protagonists of the pictures actually find themselves. Close the windows and escape into the digital, an unattainable, idealized or daunting place. Between the outer poles of abstraction and figuration there are indefinite degrees of gradations. It is in these in-between worlds the magic of Asgar/Gabriels art unfolds. The visual language of the new series is as striking as the applied techniques. The works take the observer through an art-historical labyrinth full of references and new interpretations, transforming the gallery into an in-between space of its own various timelines, moods and aesthetic universes intertwine. (Jan Gustav Fiedler)

Selected Exhibitions include:
"Queer Art Spaces Vienna 2023" Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (AUT) 2023
"Obscure things an the sun" Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2022
"World Made Flesh" ØX Art Project Statements/Parallel Vienna (AUT) 2022
"Almost Done Almost Ready" Bechter Kastowsky Galerie, Schaan (FL) SOLO 2022
"Sport, Spaß und Spiel" Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall (GER) 2022
"Upside Up" Bechter Kastowsky Galerie, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2020
"Queer Art Space Vienna" Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna (AUT) 2019
"Shut up and Paint" National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AUS) 2017
"A Secret Rancour. Notions of Resentment" IKOB Musée d'Art Contemporain, Eupen (BEL) 2017
"Wasser, Wolken, Wind" Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall (GER) 2016/17
"Deep Sleep Dummy" Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2016
"Cake and Coincidence" Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin (GER) SOLO 2015
"Armed with Fever and Good Health" Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles (USA) SOLO 2014
Zone 1/ViennaContemporary Galerie Ernst Hilger Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2014
"A.E.I.O.U." Museum Würth, Künzelsau (GER) 2013/14
"The Colour of Landscape", BrotKunsthalle, Vienna (AUT) 2013
"The Kids Are All Right", Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL) 2012
"We are hungry, in fact very hungry" hilger contemporary, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2012
"The Impossible Heap", Gallery 8, London (GB) 2012
Volta NY Hilger Brotkunsthalle, New York (USA) SOLO 2012
"Under the paving stones, the beach" KunsthallenBrandts, Odense (DK) SOLO 2011
"Auflösung der Ökonomie" Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim (GER) SOLO 2011
"The disciplining time stands still, no activity, no automobiles, no angst" Annarumma Gallery, Naples (IT) SOLO 2011
"The Promise of Loss" Arario Gallery, New York (USA) 2010
"Loves of the Plants" hilger contemporary, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2010
"Don't worry, be happy" MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam (NL) 2010
"Bucolica Obscura" Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles (USA) SOLO 2009
"Central Europe Revisited II" Schloss Esterházy, Eisenstadt (AUT) 2008
"Sweet Safari or How We Desire The Wild" Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York (USA) SOLO 2007
"low clouds, high spirits and the island" hilger contemporary, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2007

Selected Bibliography includes:
"Deep Sleep Dummy", Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna 2016 (texts by Simon Maidment, Lucas Gehrmann)
"Armed With Fever and Good Health", Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles 2014, (text by Claire Breukel)
"We are hungry, in fact very hungry", hilger contemporary, Vienna 2012, (text by Claudia Slanar)
"Under the Paving Stones, the Beach", Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense 2011, (with a foreword by Lene Burkard and Lars Gambrye, an aphorism by Marc Quinn and texts by Margit Zuckriegl, Michael Jeppesen, Synne Genzmer)
"Auflösung der Ökonomie", Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg 2011, (texts by Martin Stather, Alfred Weidinger, Florian Steininger)

Selected Exhibitions - Daryoush Asgar - include:
"In between" Gallery 101, Ottawa (CAN) 2004
"ad personam" Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna (AUT) 2004
"Kunst muss hängen" Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna (AUT) 2003
Galeria Marella arte contemporanea, Milan (IT) SOLO 2002
"Bauholding Kunstpreis" Kunstforum Klagenfurt (AUT) SOLO 2002
Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2001
"Beautyfarm" Pathologisch-Anatomisches Museum, Vienna (AUT) SOLO 2000
"Junge Malerei" Galerie Hohenlohe, Vienna (AUT) 2000

1st Prize Bauholding Strabag Kunstpreis 2002

Elisabeth Gabriel alias Flora S. Mahler "Julie Leyroux" (Novel) Müry Salzmann 2021

© 2023 Asgar / Gabriel