BRENDAN MICHAL HESHKA & MARGAUX SCHWARZ
Brendan Michal Heshka defines his work as Post Conceptual art, focusing on performativity and scenography in the field of visual arts. In one of his most extensive projects, The Psychosculpture, Heshka takes Psychoanalysis away from the field of the pseudo sciences and re contextualizes it in the domain of art. The work materializes in the form of private sessions with the project’s participants, installations that perform as the physical apparatus of the conversational art moments, objects and images born of the practice that feed back into the work as spatial elements and forms that can play specific roles in activating the process. In effect The Psychosculpture is a long term art work that develops as a unique mode of art therapy or therapy art.
Margaux Schwarz explores the sculptural nature of human relationships. She considers the medium of sculpture as a field of physical, perceptive, psychological and social research. Her works appear as documentaries, fictions, and material abstractions in the realm of the strange, singular and symbolic, simultaneously veiling and revealing Schwarz’ concrete abilities into the uncanny. Schwarz’ art practice coincides with her professional practice of hosting private consultations with the public and her natural ability as a psychic medium, an exceptional gift that runs through the feminine line of her family. Schwarz sees her art works as (journeys in the change of) states, whether open, sealed, moving, still, forms that always question the proposed distances between one another.
FRAME OF RESEARCH
The project proposes an experimental space between a practicing cabinet/office and an artist’s studio. A territory between construction and exercise (a bringing into action), the space is made and develops through the different needs of what each of these artist’s practices gather, call, reveal, and require. Working to develop practical tools, forms as tools, and tools as forms from the moments of the actual performance of their conversational work done in reality with its participants. Through the creation of this space of potentials, its objects, forms, images, furnitures, bodies, minds and relations, the studio becomes a physical apparatus that functions as a knowledge producing forum between the one and the other. Heshka and Schwarz each having developed a unique mode of grounding private conversational sessions that explore the realities, narratives, conflicts, philosophies, etc., between the self and the other in the magical arena of the imaginative mind.