For me, art is often used to legitimise the political pasivness of its consumers.
Art in our world is a niche product for people of a wealthy elite, who are trying to pimp their excluding life styles with representations of an open minded, liberal and diverse subculture. The consumption of art is in this context used to legitimise the political inactiveness of its buyers.
And what do I do? I produce this shit because I love it too much!
Now to the canonic arty chitchat: My work deals with culturally constructed patterns of perception, especially socially determined norms and hierarchies as well as subversive mechanisms of communication which emerge from those structures.
“Taking the exhibition title ‚Achtung, die Furnier!‘ (‚Watch it, the veneer!‘) as an example, it actually tells everything what matters to Catharina Bond: to demonstrate social superficiality and the fact one always must present oneself to the public. But once you scratch on the surface indeed, you will reach into deeper layers and find out that all that glitters is not gold. Bond’s request here is to indicate sanctimoniousness, double standards and preached values, being reflected within her multimedia installational works.
Art in general has turned out to be an object of speculation and is traded like real estate on international markets. Rarely one talks about artistic skills, but about the costs or rather the ranking of an artist. In her works developed for the exhibition “unintentional art….” at Sotheby’s Vienna Catharina Bond deals with these developments in comparing elements of transience with traditional values, for example with her recent objects: ceramics of animals absolutely are classic symbols of a society which is based on traditions. The apparent organic quail forms a contrast which represents the transience of life like a ‚memento mori‘.” Lucas Cuturi (curator)
Born in 1980 in Vienna, Austria. Studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, at University College London and at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2008-2013), Art Management at Kings College in London (2005/06) and Business Administration at University of Economics in, Vienna (1998-2004). Solo and group exhibitions in Austria, the Netherlands and the UK.
Learn more about Catharina Bond: www.catharinabond.com
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