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Esther Stocker

1974 Schlanders, Italy

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Esther Stocker's work principally consists of paintings and installations in an abstract and geometrical perspective, the two genres being closely related to each other. The artist's installations are three dimensional projections of her paintings, exclusively made with a limited palette of black, grey and white. Could they be described as spatial, sculptural paintings or rather as pictorial spaces? Esther Stocker breaks the genres of art.

Her research focuses on vision and perception of space in a social and contemporary approach, also being influenced by new technologies. The creation of her pieces is inseparably connected to a highly elaborated mathematical discourse, an essential part of her artistic method. The artist's reflection is focused on the question: "How is a perfect system imperfect in reality?". Her geometric structures are based upon eternally self-repeating modules that create a seemingly ordered visual rhythm, to which the artist adds aberrations in order to generate an adjacent but new rhythm. This introduction of deviation in the optical balance, similar to the 16th Century's mannerist architectural approach, creates surprise and emotion through the purposeful disruption of order and plane dimension.

Esther Stocker studied at the Fine Art Academies of Vienna and Brera-Milan, as well as at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She regularly exhibits in museums and art centres throughout Europe and the US.
Her work has recently been on show at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich, at the Vasarely Museum in Budapest and at the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany. In 2019 she has collaborated with BMW Japan for the design of an Artcar BMWi3 for Setouchi Triennale 2019; with Eider for their Wintercollection 2018/19, and with Kohlmaier Wien on the occasion of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.

In 2020 she collaborated with Flora Miranda to realize Cyber Crack 2020, fashion show for Paris Couture Week and won Prix Aurélie Nemours.
Among others her work was exhibited in Milan in Nine Journey Through Time with an installation realized in collaboration with Iris van Herpen (2018); at LA BF15 in Lyon with Approximation linéaire (2017), at Setouchi Triennale (Japan, 2016), at Kunsthalle Bratislava and at the Italian Embassy in Vienna. Her work was also on display at Vasarely Museum (Budapest, 2015) in Thoughts around the black square, at Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch, 2014) with the exhibition A square is a square is a square; she realized the installation Disobedient Lines for the Nuit Blanche 2014 in Paris. In 2013, she was on show with GEO-NEO-POST at Vasarely Museum of Budapest and with Farbe Raum Farbe at Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin. In 2011 Esther Stocker presented her solo show "Destino Comune" at MACRO in Rome.

Works by Esther Stocker

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