Stefan Waibel

 Institution (2)

 About Artist

1970 born in Lustenau, Austria
Lives and works in Vienna

Introduction to the artist by Lucas Gehrmann:
Treating the precarious relationship between human beings and nature as a priority for years, Stefan WAIBEL applies (critical) irony. In his latest series “Ideal Nature Machine” (began in 2008) he first uses “illusion” as a traditional means for depicting reality in art: In dark rooms colorfully glowing flowers and grass are swaying with the wind, fabulously over-dimensional like in Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes even a dragonfly-like animal sits down on one of the plants. As observers we feel drawn into these three-dimensional, macroscopic pieces of lawn of the present that invite us to contemplate them like a cornfield in the wind.

The definition of an “ideal machine” in physics is that all processes are reversible and no energy is lost (because of turbulence or friction etc.). Thus, its entire system always remains in equilibrium. How wonderfully should an “Ideal Nature Machine” work! Doesn’t it promise to solve the problem of incompatibility between the languages of nature and technology? After the first glimpses of his installation that promise such coincidences, Stefan Waibel brings us back down to earth for two reasons: Firstly, it is the little word “ideal“ in the title of his work that refers to the merely idealistic conception of such a machine (just like the “ideal machine“ that does not exist per se for the reason that natural processes are always irreversible) and secondly, we will soon after our entering his “wonderland” find out that its individual components do not really “defy the highest skill of the artist” but are simply made of iron, aluminum and epoxy resin color and brought to life by fans and UV light. The artist himself states that these fans “… use a lot of energy. The entire machine actually turns against the nature it depicts …“ 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
Ideal Nature Machine, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria 
Featured Projects, Scope Basel, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
Ideal Nature Machine, roomnumberOne, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
mixed, Galerie Art House, Dornbirn, Austria

2013
Flowers & Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria 

2012 
ideal nature machine, Galerie Michael Schultz Contemporary, Berlin, Germany 
the solo projekt Basel, Schweiz, Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels 

2011 
ideal nature machine Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
the solo projekt Basel, Schweiz, Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels 

2009 
ideal nature machine, Galerie Art House, Bregenz, Austria 

2008 
ideal nature machine, Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
Alpenwarriors, Galerie Area 53, Vienna, Austria

2007 
Alpenwarriors, Kunstraum Pettneu, Tirol, Austria

2006 
Punctum, Galerie Art House, Dornbirn, Austria 
Alpenwarriors, Galerie Siemer, Bischofszell, Switzerland

2005 
Stefan Waibel, Galerie Wolfrum, Vienna, Austria

2004 
Stefan Waibel, Galerie Area 53, Vienna, Austria
Öko Award, Rathaus Wien, Austria 

2003 
Do you see the point?, Galerie Art House, Bregenz, Austria 

2002 
Personale Art Bodensee, Galerie Plank, Vienna, Austria 
Inside, Galerie Plank, Vienna, Austria

2000 
Zur Erscheinungsschwelle der Sichtbarkeit, Galerie Art House, Dornbirn, Austria 

1998 
Balls, Galerie Atelier Abstract, Vienna, Austria

1997 
Wasser und Öl, Galerie Inspection, Vienna, Austria

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Scope Basel, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Austria

2013 
Bild des Monats, Antidepressivum in homäopathischer Dosis, curated by C.Stock
Future Garden, Vienna, Austria 

2012 
Druck, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria 
HALALI. Die Jagd nach dem Zeitgenössischen, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels 
Antidepressiva 2, Vienna, Austria
OpenArt 2012, Roveredo, Graubünden, Switzerland 
Paliano, Kunst, Musik, Literatur aus einer Dekade Domus Artium, Palais Lichtenstein,Feldkirch, Austria 
Munich Contempo, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels 
Art. Fair 21, Köln Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels 

2011 
Morgenluft und schöni Maitli, Galerie Fishpiece, Zürich, Switzerland 
Munich Contempo, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
Future Garden, Kunstbunker-forum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg, Germany 
OpenArt 2011, Roveredo, Graubünden, Switzerland 
Antidepressiva Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria
Art Austria Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
Next, Galerie Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria
Opening exhibitions, Galerie Punzmann, Frankfurt, Germany 

2010 
Messe für Kunst und Antiquitäten, Hofburg Wien, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
Art. Fair 21, Köln Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels 
Art International Zürich, Galerie Fishpiece, Zürich, Switzerland 
Munich Contempo, Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels 
OpenArt 2010 Roveredo, Schweiz 
Basel back, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria
Hot Art Fair Basel, Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels 
Art Austria, Galerie Peithner - Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
Einminuten Skulpturen, Fünf Jahresbilder, Eine Eintagsfliege und Zeitlos Schönes - Wurm Stock Waibel, Galerie 60, Feldkirch, Austria
Aquarellhappening, Landesmuseum Tirol, Austria 
Arte Fiera Bologna, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 

2009 
Papierarbeiten, Galerie Area 53, Wien 
Scope Basel, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 
Basel back, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria
Art Bodensee, Galerie Art House, Bregenz, Austria 
Sommerfrische im Himmel, Artenne Nenzing, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Ringelspiel-Sevda Chkoutova, Stefan Waibel, Alte Seifenfabrik, Lauterach Vlbg., Austria
Cross over, Galerie Peithner – Lichtenfels, Vienna, Austria 

2008 
Nah am Berg, Palais Lichtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria 
Art Bodensee, Galerie Art House Bregenz, Austria 

2007 
Künstler auf Landpartie, Galerie Area 53, Vienna, Austria


2006 
Meisterzeichnungen VI, Galerie Lang, Vienna, Austria
Künstler auf Landpartie, Galerie Area 53, Vienna, Austria 
Es war einmal. Galerie Siemer, Bischofszell, Switzerland 
Unendliche Vielfalt, Marchesa Luisa Casati, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis Bregenz, Austria 
Franziska Maderthaner, Anna Stangl, Stefan Waibel , Galerie Wolfrum, Vienna, Austria
Art Bodensee, Galerie Art House Dornbirn, Austria 

2005 
Pyrgi, Landhaus, Bregenz, Austria 
Art Bodensee, Galerie Art House, Dornbirn, Austria 

2004 
Kunst belebt, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria 
1-33-33, Galerie Area 53, Vienna, Austria 
Flora versus Fauna, Galerie Wolfrum, Vienna, Austria 
Art Bodensee, Galerie Art House, Dornbirn, Austria 

2003 
Franco Kappl , Stefan Waibel Galerie Wolfrum, Vienna, Austria

2002 
X-Mas Star, Galerie Wolfrum, Vienna, Austria 
Rot, Galerie Plank, Vienna, Austria 
2. Wettbewerb Kunst Forum Montafon 
Reale Malerei, Kunst Raum, Dornbirn, Austria 
That ́s New, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna, Austria

2001 
Favorite Items, Galerie Plank, Vienna, Austria
4 mal 3, Galerie Lang, Vienna, Austria 
Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria 
Art Bodensee, Galerie Plank, Vienna, Austria 

2000 
Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria 

1999 
Neu eingetroffen, Galerie Art House, Dornbirn, Austria 

1998 
Quattro Stazioni, Kunst Raum, Dornbirn, Austria 
Stefan Waibel, Immuno Plasmazentrum, Vienna, Austria 

1997 
Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria 
Niveau 594, Schloss Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria 

1996 
Alle Für Alle, Jeder Gegen Jeden, Semperdepot, Vienna, Austria 

1995-1998 
Ausstellungen Meisterklasse Brauer bzw. Williams