Julia Brennacher does not shy away from repeatedly questioning topoi of painting, as they have been pushed forward especially since modernist abstraction, and the associated complex legacy of this medium, and making proposals for its updating. The artist is less concerned here with an expansion of painting through the addition of other materials or a display – on the contrary, she uses
on the contrary, she consciously uses almost classical materials such as canvas, stretcher frame, and paint – but rather a reduced, persistent questioning of the medium itself. Structural logics and categories are not only implicit in Julia Brennacher’s painting, but are reinterpreted in her painterly experimental arrangements. Color and contour, transparency and opacity, illusionism and objecthood, chroma and contrast, chance and composition, figure and ground – these paradigmatic pairs of concepts that mark the basic conditions of painting are also at issue in Julia Brennacher’s works.
from text by Georgia Holz „Julia Brennacher. Painting that looks beyond the edge of the picture“
Born 1983 in Innsbruck, lives and works as an artist and freelance curator in Innsbruck
2002 – 2007 studies of art history at the University of Innsbruck
2008 – 2010 Visiting student at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Herbert Brandl
2010 – 2016 Curator, Taxispalais, Innsbruck
Member of the Tiroler Künstler:innenschaft
Scholarships, purchases by public authorities
2020 Acquisition of the Collection of the Province of Tyrol
2020 Working scholarship of the province of Tyrol
2019 Purchase of the collection of the city of Innsbruck
2021 RLB Studio, Lienz (upcoming)
2020 JULIA – Brennacher + Haugeneder, Gallery Sophia Vonier, Salzburg
2020 Spatial Encounters, Platform 6020, Innsbruck
2019 Purchases of the city of Innsbruck, Plattform 6020, Innsbruck
2018 Benefit exhibition, Imperial Hofburg Innsbruck, Innsbruck
2018 Melange, LEX, Austrian Cultural Forum, Brussels
2018 Playground, House of the Regions – Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, Brussels
2018 THE ABSTRACT SPACE – Anna-Maria Bogner, Julia Brennacher, Simona Obholzer, styleconception.openspace, Innsbruck
2017 Unfinished Business, Kunstraum Pettneu, Pettneu
2012 Studio, Galerie im Andechshof, Innsbruck
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