Volume V – Anna Vogel & Maria Müller-Schareck
Volume V – Anna Vogel & Maria Müller-Schareck

November 2021

Anna Vogel lives in the Austrian mountains, in Tyrol, I live in the lowlands of the Rhine, in Düsseldorf. One, therefore, in the midst of the peace and majesty of the Alps, the other in a big city characterized by densification, traffic, and hecticness. The different speed that dominates our lives is one of the central themes in Anna Vogel’s work. Based on photography, she challenges its documentary potential by productively disrupting the surface of the image, literally overlaying and enriching it. Our conversation, conducted in the midst of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, was possible thanks to digital communication; fast, but an inadequate substitute for face-to-face encounters.

Maria Müller-Schareck

Volume V – Anna Vogel & Maria Müller-Schareck

Sperling

all exhibits

David Fesl

13.05.2022–25.06.2022

David Fesl’s sculptural objects bear traces of his everyday life, turning the things he uses regularly into abstract fragments. His precise assemblages, of the most diverse things of nature and everyday life are small in size, but in their balanced composition and play with our perceptions of scale and relation, certainly provide a more monumental evocation in their specific universal forms.

Like a jeweler, Fesl combines the organic and the inorganic, object and artifice, in a way that allows radically opposing elements to come together in a surreal yet harmonious way, until a new morphology emerges. A mucus shell and a scrunchie, a peach stone and an earring, an onion skin and a screw. In these sophisticated configurations, each individual part undergoes a metamorphosis in which one component emerges concisely: its shape, its colour, its texture. Few everyday objects retain their emblematic charge and recognisable functionality. In the fragile, almost ephemeral works, the associations triggered by the constituent objects and their narrative potential, precisely woven together, trace a constellation of experience and sensory arousal.

The gentle eroticism that characterises these works suggests a space beyond fixed attribution: connotations remain variable, evading description, things appear both masculine and feminine. David Fesl frees what he seeks and finds from their preconceived limitations, transforming them into enigmatic forms amongst one another. In an almost painterly way, he infuses the work with his own hand. His sculptural compositions expose and transform the meanings of what constitutes them. In their amalgamation, which is also inherent in a great craftsmanship, something new emerges, which in its poetic visual language situates itself outside conventional categorisation. The decidedly white surrounding space that provides the framework adds an institutional-critical component to this language.

Vanessa Joan Müller

David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, Aluminum yogurt cup lid, bamboo chopstick, dried seeded fruit, parasitic plant, cloth, 13.9 × 6.4 × 2.9 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, cap buckle, spruce wood, banksia leaf, driftwood, thistle thorns, heat shrink tube, rosehip thorns, cotton swab, 16.5 × 7.3 × 8.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, cap buckle, spruce wood, banksia leaf, driftwood, thistle thorns, heat shrink tube, rosehip thorns, cotton swab, 16.5 × 7.3 × 8.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, sea mineral, kitchen utensil handle, blender whisk, mobile phone keyboard, silk thread,10.9 × 7.2 × 5.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, sea mineral, kitchen utensil handle, blender whisk, mobile phone keyboard, silk thread,10.9 × 7.2 × 5.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, sea mineral, kitchen utensil handle, blender whisk, mobile phone keyboard, silk thread,10.9 × 7.2 × 5.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, soap sleeve, plastic spoon, popsicle stick, bottle cap, gummy seal, sea urchin shell, 15.4 × 4 × 2 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, soap sleeve, plastic spoon, popsicle stick, bottle cap, gummy seal, sea urchin shell, 15.4 × 4 × 2 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, soap sleeve, plastic spoon, popsicle stick, bottle cap, gummy seal, sea urchin shell, 15.4 × 4 × 2 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, lamb ribs, sewing machine coils, cotton thread, bedcloth buttons, ink and willow blossoms, 11 × 12.6 × 3.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, lamb ribs, sewing machine coils, cotton thread, bedcloth buttons, ink and willow blossoms, 11 × 12.6 × 3.3 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, pizza box stand, wasp nest, keyring wire, pine cone, sealant nozzle, red-long-rice, 15.7 × 6.4 × 8.4 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, pizza box stand, wasp nest, keyring wire, pine cone, sealant nozzle, red-long-rice, 15.7 × 6.4 × 8.4 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, plastic, plastic comb, oak skewer, porcelain teapot knob, tin lid, mechanical pencil refill, 18 × 4.2 × 1.9 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, plastic, plastic comb, oak skewer, porcelain teapot knob, tin lid, mechanical pencil refill, 18 × 4.2 × 1.9 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, Untitled, 2022, plastic, plastic comb, oak skewer, porcelain teapot knob, tin lid, mechanical pencil refill, 18 × 4.2 × 1.9 cm, photo: Sebastian Kissel
David Fesl, 2022, installation view, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Invitation card / David Fesl, Untitled, 2021, textile belt, giant reed rhizome, airplane plastic model, paper nautilus shell, 5.3 × 16.6 × 5.7 cm, photo: Ramiro Chaves