Solange Keschmann

Born in Geneva, Solange Keschmann lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Solange astonishes the viewers with an explosion of unusual inspirations.

For her a concept stands at the root of the artistic process – a construct of ideas which is determined by technical, historical and aesthetical interest. But it is with a twinkle in the eye that she sometimes realises her ideas.

She uses different materials like polished brass or aluminium and fluorescent acrylic that has optic and kinetic properties as well as translucent qualities, which attract light capriciously. Light is essential in her sculptures; any change of its incidence alters the formal concept and provides new insights.

Born in Geneva

Studies in Florence, Cambridge, Barcelona and Vienna

Solo exhibitions and participation in several group exhibitions

Lives and works in Vienna and Mödling

Solo exhibitions

2011 Vienna, Gallery Bergasse 19

2014 Vienna, Galerie am Park "Nonkonform"

2015 Geneva, Nest Gallery, "Inspirations insolites"

2019 Vienna, Goldsmith Peschta

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Group Exhibitions

2013 Vienna, Institut Francais de Vienne, Palais Clam Gallas, "In Bewegung - en mouvement" Intakt - Le Génie de la Bastille

2013 Vienna, Amerlinghaus "Zorn"

2013 Vienna, Gallery IntAkt, "Sterne"

2014 Vienna, Benefiz-Kunst-Ausstellung IntAkt Galerie

2014 Vienna, WUK "frieden und krieg"

2015 Venice, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, "Bautando"

2015 Vienna, "Miniaturen" Benefizausstellung

2015 Tokyo, Tokyo International Artfair

2015 Vienna, Amerlinghaus, "im tun sein"

2015 Vienna, Galerie Alpha, "Angelos - Boten und Gesandte"

2015 Barcelona, selected artist in the International Sculpture Contest "Three-dimensional Music", ICRE Museu de la Música

2015 Vienna, WUK "Körperkult"

2016 Vienna, Domenig-Galerie in der Ankerbrotfabrik, "Körper-Göttinnen-Kult"

2016 Collioure, France, Château de Collioure, "4ème Biennale d'Art Sacré"

2016 Bratislava, Slovakia, Galerie X, "konám, teda som"

2016 Vienna, Amerlinghaus, "Da DADA - DAAS Spiell des Absurden"

2016 Barcelona, Biblioteca Clarà, exhibition of sculpture "ICRE"

2016 Hustopece, Czech Rep. Gallery of the city museum, "Contact"

2016 Paris, Galerie Étienne de Causans, rue de Seine, "SAM 2016"

2016 Mulhouse, France, art3f 5ème Salon international d'art contemporain

2016 London, Gallery Menier, FPS Winter exhibition

2017 Vienna, Kunsthalle 'Exnergasse, "40 Jahre Intakt"

2017 London, Gallery @OXO, "A Free moment" with the FPS

2017 Toulouse/Le Fousseret/FR, 35ème Grand Prix d'Arts Plastiques

2017 London, Clerkenwell Gallery "FREE" with the FPS

2017 Vienna, Amerlinghaus, "Eine andere Welt ist möglich" IntAkt

2017 La Pobla de Segur/Catalonia, Biennal Internacional d'Art 2017

2017 Essen/D, C.A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr, innovative Kunstmesse, special exhibition 3D Druckzentrum Ruhr, Unesco World Heritage Zollverein

2018 Barcelona, Biblioteca Clará, exhibition of sculptures ICRE

2018 Collioure/FR, Exposition du Département des Pyrénées Orientales au Château Royale de Collioure

2018 Vienna/AT, Domenig - Galerie in der Ankerbrot, “Augenschmaus”

2018 Toulouse/Le Fousseret/FR, 36ème Grand Prix d’Arts Plastiques

2018 London, Bargehouse OXO, "London Ultra" FPS

2019 Parallel Vienna - Art Fair, IntAkt

2019 Florence/I, Biennale

2019 London, Bargehouse OXO, "FPS London Ultra"

2020 Collioure/Fr, Exposition du Département Pyrénées Orientales au Château Royale de Collioure

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This “objet trouvé”: a vintage car air condition compressor inspired me to create the heterogeneous “cool – cool”. The connection of the rusty and greasy part and its marks of time and the transparent, reflecting and fragile acrylic glass were the clue for my artistic imagination.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff
The gigantic natural spectacle and fascinating show that a twirl of air, of water or even of emotions offer, inspired me to create this object: “The Whirl” as an exciting organised confusion. Combining the digital with the traditional I made this work, designing on the computer, having it printed and forming the other parts by hand. The 3D printed piece of the sculpture looks like a flash-frozen whirl of water. This technology in that case is unrivalled and allows me to capture the very moment in which the water flash-freezes and the material used gives this particular effect of translucence and weightlessness I wanted to reach.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff
The story of the Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr is well known. In 1942 she obtained the US Patent 2,292,387 together with George Antheil for a wireless “Secret Communication System“ called Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum – FHSS. When she finally received the “Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award“ in 1997 for this invention, she remarked: “It’s about time“. Taken aback by this fact I realised that it was about time for me to create this object “Frequency Hopping Fantasy“ with artistic freedom to pay tribute to Hedy Lamarr, bearing in mind the Foundation’s objective: “The protection of civil liberties, such as privacy and freedom of expression, as new communications technologies emerge”.
Solange Keschmann, Kunststoff, Metall
In Ohio, on August 15, 1977 the radio telescope of the Ohio State University Radio Observatory, “Big Ear “was pointed toward the constellation Sagittarius. Suddenly, the “Big Ear” received a strong narrowband radio signal, which lasted for 72 seconds. It did draw the attention of the astronomer working then on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project of NASA. Amazed at how closely the signal matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal, the astronomer circled the signal “6EQUJ5” on the computer printout and added the comment “wow”. This comment became the name of the signal. This artwork is my attempt to turn the “Wow Signal” into a shape.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Glas
It Is Their World
It represents a futuristic sight and makes aware that any world people live in, they consider it as their world. Fluorescent acrylic glass allows me to work with transparency and the "glowing" edges bring light into the artwork. I put the miniature figures to give space a dimension.
Solange Keschmann, Kunststoff, Metall
Everything can be put upside down, let's stay mobile
An answer to: Another world is possible, a mobile to be hung.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff
Music has no border. For this artwork I took my inspiration from the guitar and from one of the oldest European musical themes: “Folia”. The acrylic glass notes of the sculpture symbolically represent the “Folia” and as Claude Debussy said: “Music is the space between the notes”. This “Folia” is a tribute to the Catalan physician, writer and guitarist Joan Carles Amat (1572-1642), whose treatise for the guitar was known throughout Europe.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff
What is behind the mask? Hiding? Hiding behind the shiny, immaculate or colourful, dull or funny appearance. Is behind it a doubtful, dirty, corrupt, squidgy mass oozing out of its orifices? Or, are behind the mask a bright, sharp and brilliant mind, and a sound, flawless and transparent soul? The antipodes in this piece of artwork: the aluminium part and the acrylic glass part clash together and symbolically create the thorny question. We observe, we consider and we have the options.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff
The Light of the Apostrophe
Fluorescent acrylic has optic and kinetic properties as well as translucent qualities, it attracts light which is essential in my artwork.
Solange Keschmann, Kunststoff
The inspiration for this work called “WIND” came from a little bronze figure, abandoned on the table of a garage sale. For this work “WIND” I used this bronze figure and nothing else but Plexiglas, which allows transparencies and attracts light, light that is present in nearly all my sculptures.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff
I was invited to present a project for “Geneva Lux” 7th edition 2021. My project was “Aurelia aurita”, an illuminated installation inspired by the bioluminescence of the jellyfish Aurelia aurita Pic of the Prototype 1:2 Photomontage: Fountain of the Bourg-de-Four, Geneva.
Solange Keschmann, Kunststoff, Kunstharz
The world is colourful and resplendent and there is room for everyone.
The world is colourful with a great diversity of cultures in which every human being is unique. For this suspended object, which seems to escape gravity, I venture on how to translate an idea of harmony on the one hand and goodwill on the other. If every human being could achieve serenity and harmony around oneself, there would be peace and place for all in our world. In this miniature cosmos, the two elements, metal and acrylic intertwine, they are assembled by aluminium and acrylic rods, and are populated by human beings, symbolically represented by the coloured figurines. I invite us to think of the fragile situation of our world, of the colourful and resplendent world where there would be space for all.
Solange Keschmann, Metall, Kunststoff

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