SCHMALE Toni

Loch Ist LochBorn 1980, Hamburg, Germany

Lives and works in Vienna

 

1. Bettwurst (Bed sausage), 2014

Concrete, glass stones, steel

 

2. Feuerbock (Firedog), 2015
Hot-galvanized steel, powder-coated steel

 

Courtesy Christine König Galerie, Vienna

 

Toni Schmale creates a kind of setting within which the subject winds up in a tension-laden relation to the objects she has created. The objects carry sexual connotations that the artist usually addresses head-on in titles like queening machine, kontaktgrill (contact grill), lap, fisting, streckbank martha (martha rack), feuerbock (firedog), bettwurst (bed sausage), analdusche (anal douche) and I HID MY FACE IN HER BURNING LAP. These open up an imaginary space in which different fantasies are activated, depending on the viewer, that Schmale—and this is where the lucidity of her art reveals itself—captures in the perfectionist metal and cement aesthetic of her works.

Schmale’s sculptures oscillate between the appearance of everyday object, equipment, furniture, and architectural detail, while actually being none of them. Instead, they are abstractions of these respective objects of reference. They also evoke references to Pop and Minimal Art, while at the same time distancing themselves conceptually from them. In the case of the first, it is because they transcend the everyday object and, in the latter, it is because the individual components the sculptures are made of could in themselves be minimalist objects.

Schmale sees her sculptures in direct reference to the body, albeit not in an anthropomorphic sense. How these act toward the body and conversely, how the body reacts to them (what an involvement with them might be like) are questions she leaves open.

 

—SILVIA EIBLMAYR

Streckbank Martha

 

 

  • ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI Ketuta
  • BALADI Lara
  • BLANK Andreas
  • BORGERMANS Hilde
  • BOŽANIĆ Antonia
  • ČEKIĆ Jovan
  • DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan
  • DJURDJEVIĆ Biljana
  • DRAŠKOVIĆ BOČKOV Kristina
  • EDEFALK Cecilia
  • EKICI Nezaket and SHAHAR Marcus
  • EPHEMERKI Jasna DMITROVSKA + Dragana ZAREVSKA
  • FAJFRIĆ Bojan
  • FUDONG Yang
  • HAHN Mariana
  • HOLZER Jenny
  • HUŠMAN Ana
  • IKEMURA Leiko
  • ILIĆ Siniša
  • IVKOVIĆ Ivana
  • JANIČIĆ Tadija
  • JOHANSSON Peter
  • k.r.u.ž.o.k
  • KANDL Johanna
  • KARAMUSTAFA Gülsün
  • KENTRIDGE William
  • KLOTZ Franziska
  • KOVAČ Irena
  • KRIPPENDORFF David
  • LAURANCE Janet
  • LEWANDOWSKI Via
  • LÜDEMANN Sarah
  • MARKOVIĆ Dejan
  • MAXIMOVA Natalie
  • MELHUS Bjørn
  • MILADINOVIĆ Anuk
  • MILAK Radenko
  • MILISAVLJEVIĆ Olga
  • MOFFATT Tracey
  • NIKOLIĆ Nemanja
  • PERIĆ Vladimir i Milica
  • PHILIPSZ Susan
  • PIROGOVA Sasha
  • RADULOVIĆ Siniša
  • RAEDLE Rena & JEREMIĆ Vladan
  • REINHARD Aurora
  • RUBIKU Anila
  • SAVADOV Arsen
  • SCHMALE Toni
  • SELANDER Lina
  • SHIROKI Asako
  • SKOKO Snežana
  • SOLAKOV Dimitar
  • STANOJEVIĆ Jovanka
  • Susan PHILIPSZ
  • TOMIĆ Miloš
  • TRPKOVIĆ Jelena
  • VASILEVA Mariana
  • VEPREVA Anastasia
  • VUČIĆEVIĆ Dejana
  • XUN Sun