Christian Bazant

Born in Mödling/Austria. Lives and works in Vienna.

Artistic Practice

Education
2011-2015 Doctoral Thesis “Painting and digital technologies” at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (Elisabeth von Samsonow, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein).

2006-2011 Study of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (Daniel Richter, Harun Farocki, Gunter Damisch, Diploma with Honors).

Solo
2020 , Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels
2020 Waiting, IP-Forum, Vienna
2019 inseparable, unttld contemporary, Vienna
2019 Don’t Leave Me, Reiners Contemporary, Marbella
2019 Kindness of Strangers, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
2019 Folds, Bildraum 07, Vienna
2018 Beauty of Complexity, Complexity Science Hub, Palais Strozzi, Vienna
2018 Balances, Brauneis Klauser Prändl, Vienna
2017 Considering the Circular Topology of Clouds, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna
2017 Im Salon, Galerie Schloss Parz, Grieskirchen
2016 The Rise and Fall of Transformative Hopes and Expectations, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
2014 Calibrating Aesthetics, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
2014 Mapping Inexact Thoughts, Galerie Frey, Salzburg
2013 Vow of Silence, Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf
2013 Prism, Form/Space Atelier, Seattle
2013 Origins of Semantics, Galerie Frey, Vienna
2011 Erratic Living, Fondation Herz, Vienna
2011 Eternally Tormented (Von der Unmöglichkeit, Fuß zu fassen), Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna
2011 Past Understanding, Galerie Plamínek, Brno
2011 Paradise Lost, Galerie Bellechasse, Paris
2010 Der Gute Maler Fresse Ständig, Sotheby’s Artist Quarterly, Vienna
2010 Affiliations, Art Gallery Leipzig, Leipzig
2010 Glaube Liebe Hoffnung, Roter Teppich, Vienna
2010 ausrauchen, ausrichten, Brick5, Vienna

Group (Selection)
2020 BEINGS, Beings Collective, London
2019 Vienna Design Week, Vienna
2019 Drawing Wow, Berlin
2019 NonStopScheiner 5, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Graz
2019 Inside Out, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz
2019 Among Friends, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York
2019 Fame/Fake/Fail and Fear, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2019 Ich bin alles zugleich – Selbstdarstellung von Schiele bis heute, Landesgalerie NÖ, Krems
2019 Alles fließt, Grünspan Plattform für Kunst und Kultur im Drautal, Mühlboden
2019 HyperAccumulators, Pelham Arts Center, New York
2017 KUNST_KOORDINATEN, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels
2015 Roter Teppich 10 Jahresausstellung, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna
2015 Nach Picasso, Forum Frohner, Krems
2015 Dis|Order – Vom Wesen dynamischer Systeme, Kunstverein Baden
2014 Remembering Tomorrow, Kunstverein Baden, Baden
2013 some roads to somewhere, Galerie Hilger, Vienna
2013 Das gute Bild, Palais Kinsky, Vienna
2013 Schwebe, Kunstverein Mistelbach, Mistelbach
2013 Lady Parts, True Love Art Gallery, Seattle
2013 Vienna Calling I, Ambacher Contemporary, Munich
2012 Salve Europa Kunstpreis (Ausstellung der Nominierten), Salve Art Gallery, Leipzig
2012 Megacool 3.0, k-haus, Vienna
2011 Sharing a room, Krokus Galeria, Bratislava
2010 Before the movies, painting were like the movies, mo.ë, Vienna
2010 sizzling, flat1, Vienna
2010 Zwischen innen und aussen, das weisse haus, Vienna

Awards
2014 Recognition Award for Fine Arts (Baden bei Wien)
2011 Pfann-Ohmann Award
2011 Kunstpreis Parz
2010 Fohn Grant
2010 Red Carpet Award for Young Art

Art Fairs
2020: Art Rotterdam (unttld contemporary, Vienna)
2020: Art Karlsruhe (Reiners Contemporary, Marbella)
2020: Art Vienna (unttld contemporary, Vienna)
2019: Art Düsseldorf (unttld contemporary, Vienna)
2019: Vienna Contemporary (unttld contemporary, Vienna)
2019: Parallel Vienna (unttld contemporary, Vienna)
2019: Salzburg International Art Fair (Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Graz)
2019: Art Marbella (Reiners Contemporary, Marbella)
2019: Art Vienna (unttld contemporary, Vienna)
2018: Kunst Zürich (Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf)
2018: Arte Fiera, Bologna (Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf)
2016: Kunst Zürich (Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf)
2016: Art Fair Cologne, Köln (Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf)
2015: Arte Fiera, Bologna (Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf)
2015: Kunstmesse Frankfurt (Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf)
2014: Vienna Art Fair, Vienna (Galerie Frey, Vienna & Salzburg)
2013: The Solo Project, Basel (Galerie Frey, Vienna & Salzburg)
2013: Vienna Art Fair, Vienna (Galerie Frey, Vienna & Salzburg)
2013: Art Fair Cologne, Köln (Galerie Frey, Vienna & Salzburg)
2013: Kunst.Messe.Linz, Linz (Galerie Schloss Parz, Grieskirchen)
2013: Art Bodensee (Kro Art Contemporary, Vienna)

Residencies
2015 Seattle – Thompson/Ko, USA
2014 Seattle – Wolfram, USA
2013 Seattle – Wolfram, USA
2013 Helsinki – Rastila, Finland
2012 Grieskirchen – Galerie Schloß Parz, Austria
2012 Sao Paulo – Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado, Brazil
2012 Rio de Janeiro – EAV Parque Lage, Brazil
2011 Mallorca – CCA Andratx, Spain
Collections (Selection)
2018 Complexity Science Hub, Vienna
2017 Museum Angerlehner, Wels
2016 City Art Collection, Vienna
2014 Collection of Lower Austria, St. Pölten
2012 Kupferstichkabinett der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna
2011 CCA Andratx, Andratx
2011 Wien Marketing

Texts about my work (Selection)
2020 Studio Diary, Parnass
2019 Im Kampffeld der Bilder und Symbole, Roland Schöny
2018 Painter Feature, www.untitledxxi.com
2018 Portrait of me and my work, Wizz Magazin, Budapest
2018 Place 295 (of 476) in the ranking of „Top Artists above 40“, Trend Magazine
2017 Place 30 (of 40) in the ranking of „Top Artists below 40“, Trend Magazine
2015 Interview about “Viennese Video Game Aesthetics”, Rainer Sigl, Vienna
2015 About Bazant-Hegemark’s Work, Foundations Magazine, New York
2014 Interview about “Emerging Painting”, Sebastian Gladstone/Foundations, New York
2014 Interview about “Emerging Art”, Kristina Kulakova, Vienna Contemporary
2013 Interview/Wolfram Residency, Siolo Thompson/Wolfram, Seattle
2013 The Painter’s Contract, Elisabeth von Samsonow
2013 In the Studio, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen
2013 Touching the Fragmentary, Michael Paninski
2011 Interview Krokus Galeria, Bratislava
2011 Portrait of my work, British Airways Magazine
2010 In the Studio, Thomas Krzenck, Leipzig
2010 Vom Programmieren zu Kunst, Ö1 Talente, Wien

Publications (Selection)
2020 Die Kentaurin von Kagran, fabrik.transit (with Brigitte Menne)
2019 Ich bin alles zugleich, Christian Bauer (Ed), VFMK (group)
2019 HyperAccumulators, Pelham Art Center (group)
2019 Red Carpet Art Award 2009-2019 (group)
2017 The Rise and Fall of Transformative Hopes and Expectations (monograph)
2015 Nach Picasso, Günther Oberhollenzer (Ed.), Limbus Verlag (group)
2015 Foundations Magazine (The Vienna Issue, group)
2014 The Solo Project, Basel (group)
2013 Drowned Presence, Bucher Verlag (monograph)
2013 some roads to somewhere, Galerie Hilger (group)
2012 ART.FAIR Cologne – Frey Contemporary Art (group)
2012 Salve Europa Kunstpreis – Salve Art Gallery (group)
2012 Megacool 4.0 – Künstlerhaus (group)
2011 Renaissance – Galerie Schloss Parz (group) 2010 Affiliations – Salve Art Gallery (monograph)

Curatorial Work
On Doubt (Selection)
I publish hand-crafted video portraits/documentaries on creative minds from all fields, on my #ondoubt YouTube channel.
2018: Emma Hopkins: Painting People from the Inside Out
2018: Daniel Pítín: Painting Movies and Beyond – Interrogating the Real
2018: Cara Ellison on Storytelling and the Tech Industry
2018: Marlies Wirth on Contemporary Curating
2018: Valentin Hirsch on Transience and the Art of Making Tattoos
2018: Katie Mack on Contemporary Science: It’s Never Been a Meritocracy
2018: Dwarf Fortress: What Happens When It Becomes a Game
2018: Jonathan Blow on Deep Work: The Shape of a Problem Doesn’t Start Anywhere
2017: Alex Champandard on the Aesthetics of Code

Curatorial Practice (Selection)
I started curating as part of my PhD research on contemporary painting, including group shows on emerging painting featuring up to 30 artists. I focused emerging painters from the Vienna region – writing about their work, organizing public artist talks – both in artist space and gallery settings.

2017: Unfolding Pigments. Group show with works by Broken Rules, Ursula Buchart, Michael Hackl, Milo Hartnoll, Lost in the Garden, Sarah Pichlkostner, Paul Riedmüller, Lisa Slawitz, Josef Who?, Micha Wille), Semperdepot/PLAY AUSTRIA, Vienna

2017: Panoptical Blend #1. Group show with works by Ursula Buchart, Mercedes Geissberger, Daniel Heil, Stephan Hövelbrinks, Alex Kiessling, Mathias Kloser, Stefan Kreuzer, Lost in the Garden, Tomas Němec, Astrid Rausch, Paul Riedmüller, Christian Rothwangl, Käthe Schönle, Lisa Slawitz, Jakub Tomáš, Peter Uka, Victoria Vinogradova, Micha Wille, David Zeller, Anschützgasse 1, Vienna

2017: FR/LESH. Solo show of Mathias Kloser, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2017: Volatile. Solo show of Alex Kiessling, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2017: Nach dem Fall. Solo show of Moni K. Huber, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2017: Bent Bodies. Solo show of Udo Hohenberger, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2016: 100 Jahre Alexander Rutsch: Ein Einblick in das Frühwerk, Haus der Kunst, Baden

2016: corner, little. Solo show of David Zeller, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2016: Paintings. Solo show of Werner Schreyer, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2016: Archipelago. Solo show of Käthe Schönle, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2016: The Fragile Balance of Mind and Matter. Group show with works by Selina de Beauclair, Simon Goritschnig, Markus Guschelbauer, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2016: Tangible Echoes. Group show of Victoria Vinogradova & Jakub Tomás, Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2015: On the Prismatic Expansion on Pigment and Form. Group show with works by Stefan Kreuzer, Nana Mandl, Astrid Rausch, Victoria Vinogradova. Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2015: Viennese Video Game Aesthetics. Group show with works by Anna Prem, Blood Irony, Broken Rules, Causa Creations, Gold Extra, IMakeGames (Maximilian Csuk), Leafthief (Stefan Srb), Michael Hackl, Mi’pu’mi, Sabine Harrer, Sarah Hiebl, Philipp Seifried,
Socialspiel, Josef Who & Broken Rules, Zeppelin Studio. Hollerei Galerie, Vienna

2015: Offspace/Onspace. Tandemevent zwischen mo.ë und Essl Museum), zur Etablierung eines Diskurses zu kuratorischen Praktiken. Mit Werken von Sophie Dvořák, Theresa Eipeldauer, Matthias Peyker, David Zeller.

2015: Einzel- und Doppelausstellungen mit Ursula Buchart, Werner Jakits, Sebastian Koch, Nana Mandl & Paul Riedmüller, Titania Seidl & Melanie Ebenhoch. mo.ë, Vienna

2014: The Unwritten: Highlights in Emerging Painting. Group show with works by Anna Attar, Agnieszka Baginska, Arnold Berger, Ursula Buchart, Paul DeFlorian, Stefanie De Vos, Sophie Dvořák, Theresa Eipeldauer, Michael Fanta, Alexander Felch, Stefan Glettler, Katharina Höglinger, Werner Jakits, Stefan Kreuzer, Julia Maurer, Christoph Mayer, Andreas Messinger, Maria Pavlova, David Peschka, Matthias Peyker, Sarah Pichlkostner, David Postl, Astrid Rausch, Käthe Schönle, Petra Schweifer, Titania Seidl, Marianne Vlaschits, Patrick Wagner, Michael Weidhofer, David Zeller. mo.ë, Vienna Teilnahme an der Langen Nacht der Museen 2014.

2014: Einzel- und Doppelausstellungen mit: Agnieszka Baginska, Bernhard Buhmann, Veronika Dirnhofer, Theresa Eipeldauer, Peter Fritzenwallner, Stefan Kreuzer, Matthias Peyker, Astrid Rausch, Jörg Reissner, Käthe Schönle, Leonhard Sheil, Chris Sheridan, Bartosz Sikorski, Jakub Tomáš. mo.ë, Vienna

2013: Principium Privatum (curated with Simon Veres). Group show with works by Raphaela Anouk, Peter Bäcker, Arnold Berger, Ida-Marie Corell, Hélène van Duijne, Theresa Eipeldauer, Karin Ferrari, Paul DeFlorian, Dejan Dukic, Verena Dürr, Fanni Futterknecht, Werner Jaksits, Jakob Lena Knebl, Xenia Lesniewski, Michail Michailov, Milan Mladenovic, Julian Palacz, Paula Paulus, Julia Rublow, Berivan Sayici, Hanno Schnegg, Björn Segschneider, Simon Veres, Salvatore Viviano, Marianne Vlaschits, Anna Werzowa. mo.ë, Vienna. Teilnahme an der Vienna Art Week 2013.

2011: Before the movies, paintings were like the movies. Group show with works by Markus Bacher, Maximilian Brockstedt, Bernhard Buhmann, Denise Braun, Johanna Braun, Ursula Buchart, Paul DeFlorian, Dejan Dukic, Coelestine Engels, Bruno Hoffmann, David Hüttner, Werner Jakits, Alex Kiessling, Christine Kofler, Julia Maurer, Christoph Mayer, Hannah Menne, Julie Mueller, Katherina Olschbaur, Fabian Patzak, David Peschka, Sarah Pichlkostner, Astrid Rausch, Judith Rohrmoser, Alexander Ruthner, Max Schaffer, Bartosz Sikorski, Cathrin Ulikowski, Marianne Vlaschits, Florian Zantleitner. mo.ë, Vienna

Texts written about art/artists (selection)
I publish texts about painters, art topics & practices, and hold lectures about artistic processes.
2019 A /O /I, about Theresa Eipeldauer’s solo at Galerie Krobath (https://tinyurl.com/a-o-i-2019)
2018 Vom Sichtbarmachen, Vienna Art Week Magazin
2017 Alternative Spaces in Wien, Vienna Art Week Magazin
2017 Zum Werk von Mathias Kloser
2016 Vom Erwachen, Beschwörungsrituale (Johanna Braun, Hg.), Turia + Kant
2016 Vom Wert des Gestischen, Käthe Schönle, Monographie
2016 Artist-run Spaces in Wien, Vienna Art Week Magazin
2015 Vom Mittelraum, DisOrder (Claudia König, Hg.), Kunstverein Baden
2015 Zum Werk von Sophie Dvořák, Monographie
2015 Not Art Yet: Algorithms as Contemporary Assembly Lines (http://tinyurl.com/notartyet)
2015 Nana Mandl: Endlessly Repeating (http://tinyurl.com/nanamandl2015)
2015 On Käthe Schönle’s work (http://tinyurl.com/kaetheschoenle2015)
2015 Künstlerisches Selbstverständnis nach Picasso, Nach Picasso – Auf Spurensuche in der jungen österreichischen Kunst (Günther Oberhollenzer, Hg.)
2015 Zum Werk von Sophie Dvořák (http://tinyurl.com/sophiedvorak2015)
2014 Instincts of Trust: Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell and Saint Genet (http://tinyurl.com/miroir-mitchell)
2014 On Daniel Pitín’s work (http://tinyurl.com/danielpitin2014)
2014 On Jon Rafman’s “Still Life (Betamale)” (http://tinyurl.com/jonrafman2014)
2014 Interview with Patrick Wagner, Stockholm (http://tinyurl.com/patrickwagner2014)
2014 Astrid Rausch: Vastness (http://tinyurl.com/astridwagner2014)
2014 Theresa Eipeldauer: Balancing Imbalance (http://tinyurl.com/theresaeipeldauer2014)
2014 Understanding Silence: About Christian Rosa’s work (http://tinyurl.com/christianrosa2014)
2014 On Alex Kiessling’s work (http://tinyurl.com/alexkiessling2014)
2014 On Matthias Peyker’s work (http://tinyurl.com/matthiaspeyker2014)
2014 On Marianne Vlaschits’ work (http://tinyurl.com/mariannevlaschits2014)
2014 On Stefan Kreuzer’s work (http://tinyurl.com/stefankreuzer2014)

Lectures, Workshops
2020 Artist Survival Guide (Workshop), Zeichenfabrik, Vienna
2019 Finding Words, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, (Workshop about art writing, 6-weeks)
2019 Digitalization and Art (Roundtable), IP Forum, Vienna
2019 Work beyond the games industry (Lecture), Subotron pro games, Vienna
2019 About my path into arts (Lecture), New Rochelle High School, NY
2018 Workshop: Drawing Machines: Polargraph & X-Carve, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
2018 Workshop: Natur und Geometrie zeichnen, Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels
2017 Workshop: The Polargraph Robotic Drawing Device, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
2017 Painting and Videogames (Lecture), Arcademy, Subotron, Vienna
2017 Videogame Preservation: The Role of Art Institutions (with Rami Ismail), ReVersed, Vienna
2017 Games for Art Collectors: Establishing a Framework (Lecture), Stockwerk, Vienna
2015 Gegenwart der Malerei (Lecture), Depot, Vienna
2014 Visuelle Kompetenz: Kanonisierungsdynamiken und Big Data (Lecture), Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2014 Figuration: Thinking outside the box (Lecture), Gage Academy of Art, Seattle
2014 Painting and authenticity (lecture), Rhiz, Vienna
2014 Visual Fluency: Canonization dynamics and Big Data (Lecture), Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Work/Project background
Since 2019: Teaching the life drawing class at Art School Vienna (“Wiener Kunstschule”)
Since 2017: Founder and manager of the video interview project “On Doubt”.
2013-2015: Manager of a fully funded artist-run space mo.ë/Vienna; 800m2 exhibition space with artist in
residence – program, studios for 8 artists, weekly exhibitions.
2014-2015: Managing European Editor of the FOUNDATIONS Magazine/NY.
2013-2015: Founder and Managing Editor of “Beyond Mimesis”, a research and discourse platform about contemporary painting (www.beyondmimesis.tumblr.com).
2011-2015: Student representative for the PhD students at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2000-2006: Programmer for Rockstar Games (GTA III, GTA Vice City, Max Payne, Max Payne 2, Manhunt 2 etc)

Christian Bazant-Hegemark

“Photography is not what this painting longs for. On the contrary, photography becomes more of an episode to these paintings, from which the painter bases his sharp memory of true contours. In this respect, when having to speak of the character of these paintings, it would be correct to say they are about a combination of dream and memory.” (Elisabeth von Samsonow, 2013)

Before studying Fine Arts, Christian Bazant-Hegemark worked as videogame programmer. Today, as an artist, he works in various media: drawing, painting, short film and code. The content of his work is often fragmentary: his compositions aim to create emotional tension and to promote open interpretations: “The user of the image takes the place of the author: whether as consumer or artist. Images transform into agents that then change their recipients. And to think of painting as a social process is unusual ” (Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, 2012).

Bazant-Hegemark’s work shows everyday moments, politics, reality and dream. One combining element might be his curiosity of visual narratives, and how they get formed within the viewer: “The images indicate a threshold for the viewer’s own perception and own thinking – a place of transition” (Thomas Kuhn, 2019). His work frequently uses visual fragments to create narrative strands: “In such a strategically aroused area of uncertainty, contexts of meaning begin to blur. The attention towards details is sharpened, and possibilities for interpretation are stimulated. The omitted urges towards completion” (Micha Paninski, 2013).

Bazant-Hegemark often combines complex digital processes with traditional media: his works are manually pixelated in the computer, but then finished in oil. His self-developed software computes generative images that can then be expanded upon with ink, or that are edited into a short film. The digital basis of his works is often invisible: “His dissatisfaction about the possibilities of digital image editing let him develop his own image abstraction software, which enables him to create unusual visual fragments. His pixelated paintings, which sometimes remind us of the video aesthetics of the 90ies, makes us aware of the processes of construction and the technical basis of images ” (Roland Schöny, 2019).