Michaela Konrad

Michaela Konrad (* October 4, 1972 in Graz) is an Austrian illustrator and artist.

Michaela Konrad, (2012)

Life and careerEdit

Michaela Konrad works in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Vienna. After studying at the University of Applied Arts, she began her Spacelove project. This includes paintings, limited-edition screen and offset printing, and comic books. In the course of her exhibition entitled Comic Impacts Art at the Baroque Palace in Timișoara, Romania, she began a collaboration with the Romanian multi-media artist Daniel Dorobantu. Together they produced the multimedia comic installation Memories of Now, a Nextcomic- and Ars Electronica project. The Picasso comic animation On the Beach, which she created with Eugen Neacsu and Octavian Horvath, has been featured at the Ars Electronica Center since March 2013.

StyleEdit

Konrad's drawing style is reduced to the essentials. She has the objective of making a connection between art and comics. Her book Mondwandler received the following reviews:

"The combination of powerfully luminous and arresting colours in front of black and grey backgrounds skilfully visualises the dissonance between a lifeless planet and the astronauts' urge to explore, born out of human vitality."[1]

"One is only too willing to let oneself be swept along this peaceful river, and at a certain point one begins to sense in one's own body the weightlessness, emptiness, and silence of the cosmos."[2]

"A successful book that tells what happened to the men who became acquainted with the Moon."[3]

"One essentially floats through space while reading."[4]

Exhibitions (selection)Edit

  • 2019 DISTOPIAS XV Salón Internacional del Cómic y la Ilustración de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Centro de Arte La Recova, Santa Cruz (Spain)
  • 2019 The First Men gallery statement Lisi Hämmerle, Parallel Vienna, Vienna (Austria)
  • 2019 Art Bodensee (group show), Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Dornbirn (Austria)
  • 2019 WETTLAUF ZUM MOND! (group show), Karikaturmuseum Krems (Austria)
  • 2018 SPACELOVE Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich (Germany)
  • 2018 CAN THIS BE TOMORROW? gallery statement Lisi Hämmerle, Parallel Vienna, Vienna (Austria)
  • 2018 CAN THIS BE TOMORROW? (solo show), Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz (Austria)
  • 2018 Bienal Regional de Artes Plásticas (group show), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Centro de Arte La Recova, Santa Cruz (Spain)
  • 2016 KLASSE KUNST V - gemischte Gefühle (group show), Landesgalerie Linz (Austria)
  • 2016 SECUENCIAS - Picasso, Strings und Science Fiction (solo show), Brunnhofer Galerie, Linz(Austria)
  • 2015 Nach Picasso - Auf Spurensuche in der jungen österreichischen Kunst (group show), Kunsthalle Krems - Forum Frohner, Krems(Austria)
  • 2014 Memories of Now, On the Beach Gradina de iarna - Festival, Temeswar(Romania)
  • 2014 Selbstprträt 2014 (group show), KMG, Art Gallery, Vienna(Austria)
  • 2014 Spacelove (solo show), Arsenal gallery, "Ligatura" in Poznan (Poland)
  • 2014 Secuencias (solo show), Centro de Arte la Recova, Santa Cruz/Tenerife(Spain)
  • 2013 Contemporary Pop Art (group show), Galerie Augustin, Vienna (Austria)
  • 2013 On the Beach (Homage to Picasso), a multimedia comic-animation, Ars Electronica Center (a Nextcomic project)
  • 2012 Memories of Now – TransSymbol Express Ars Electronica Center - Nextcomic Festival 2012
  • 2011-2012 Mondwandler/Spacelove with Leopold Maurer in the Nextcomic-Corner, Ursulinenhof, Linz(Austria)
  • 2011 Memories of Now – Spirit of the Positron live at the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz(Austria)
  • 2011-2013 Memories of Now featured in the Deep Space of the Ars Electronica Center, Linz(Austria)
  • 2011 El Jardin Inventado (group show), Sala de exposiciones La Granja, Santa Cruz de Tenerife(Spain)
  • 2011 X La Cara (group show), Sala de Arte Los Lavaderos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife(Spain)
  • 2010 In COMICkunst_2 „Nordpol Tonto #12“ with Homage to Picasso, MAERZ Künstlervereinigung, Linz(Austria)
  • 2010 Michaela Konrad und Daniel Dorobantu - featuring Eugene Neacsu, Memories of Now, Multimedia Comic in HD, live at the Deep Space of the Ars Electronica Center, Linz(Austria)
  • 2009 Spacelove in Comic NOW (group show), Galerie der Freischaffenden, Vienna(Austria)
  • 2009 COMICkunst_1 with Spacelove/Homage to Picasso (group show) with Tommi Kuehberger, Jörg Vogeltanz and Thomas Ballhausen MAERZ Künstlervereinigung, Linz
  • 2009 1. Wiener Comictag with Spacelove (group show) WUK, Vienna(Austria)
  • 2009 Preludio (group show), Sala de Arte Los Lavaderos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife(Spain)
  • 2008 Comic Impacts Art (solo show) at the Baroque Palace in Timișoara, Temeswar (Romania)
  • 2008 Homage to Picasso (solo show), Centro de Grabado Contemporáneo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife(Spain)
  • 2007 - 2009 Different Levels/Kunst im Turm (group show), organized by: M-ars, der Kunstsupermarkt, Justizzentrum Wien(Austria)
  • 2007 The Vacuum Cleaner/Spacelove (solo show), New Gallery for Contemporary Art of the Brukenthalmuseum, Sibiu (Romania), organized by Ana Maria Altmann
  • 2007 Spacelove (solo show), Centro de Grabado Contemporáneo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife(Spain)
  • 2007 - 2009 Spacelove represented by M-ars, der Kunstsupermarkt, Vienna(Austria)
  • 2006 Graphic Poetry, (two men show) with Florin Stoiciu, Romanian Cultural Institute, Vienna(Austria)

PublicationsEdit

  • Mondwandler. Vienna: Luftschacht, 2011, ISBN 978-3-902373-90-8
  • On the Beach 1/Homage to Picasso in NORDPOL, 2011 (Tonto #12)
  • Spacelove/Homage to Picasso in Umelec culture magazine, 2009
  • Spacelove in Perpetuum. Vienna, Luftschacht, 2008, ISBN 978-3-902373-32-8
  • Spacelove in Lin_c Heft für Comic und Bildliteratur, 2007

AwardsEdit

  • illustration award of the XVI Salón Internacional del Cómic y la Ilustración in Santa Cruz (Tenerife), 2019
  • Grant of the Austrian Government in 2008 (BMUKK)


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Die Kombination von kraftvoll leuchtenden Signalfarben vor schwarz-grauen Hintergründen visualisiert gekonnt die Dissonanz zwischen einem leblosen Planeten und dem menschlicher Vitalität entspringenden Forschungsstreben der Astronauten." (Der Tagesspiegel)
  2. ^ "Man lässt sich nur allzu gerne in diesem ruhigen Fluss treiben, und ab einem gewissen Punkt beginnt man, die Schwerelosigkeit, die Leere und die Stille des Weltalls am eigenen Körper zu spüren." (Strapazin)
  3. ^ "Ein gelungener Band, der davon erzählt, wie es jenen Männern ergangen ist, die Bekanntschaft mit dem Mond gemacht haben." (Falter)
  4. ^ "Man schwebt beim Lesen förmlich durch den Raum." (Choices)

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