Gabi Trinkaus - Claire Oliver Gallery

Gabi Trinkaus

As the viewer scrutinizes the surface of a Trinkaus work, it becomes evident that it has been constructed both physically and conceptually to raise questions on our private versus public personas, social roles and the pressure to “belong”. Labels and text fragments, alongside champagne bottles, cars, watches, pistols, and bling make up the glistening flotsam and jetsam of media content, woven into the larger optical impression and allowing the viewer to contemplate their unique role to play in this challenge of a globalized life. “From the get-go, I had a critical approach in mind, yet with a hint of humor and much sincerity. The media swatches allow me to go in all of these directions at the same time. This is why collage proved to be the ideal technique for this on-going surface vs substance vs society series of work.” says the artist of her work.

October 4, 2018 to October 7, 2018

George R. Brown Convention Center

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For Texas Contemporary 2018, Claire Oliver Gallery is proud to present a three Artist curated exhibition of new works of art by Gabi Trinkaus, Norbert Brunner, and Matt Bahen entitled Surface.

December 7, 2017 to December 10, 2017

Indian Beach Park, Miami Beach FL

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Claire Oliver Gallery has chosen to curate their stand for the 2017 edition of Pulse Miami with the theme of Materiality. When investigating the role of materiality in art we can attempt to expand notions of time, space, process, or participation. We may consider how materials obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with social norms. Materiality, as an aesthetic concept, has evolved out of formalism’s interest in the purely visual aspects of art to create both context and communication.

September 13, 2017 to September 17, 2017

Navy Pier, Chicago IL

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It is with great pleasure that Claire Oliver Gallery returns to Navy Pier for EXPO Chicago 2017. This year the gallery has selected new works by two of our artists who are exploring extremely topical and poignant subject matter.

May 26, 2016 to June 23, 2016

Claire Oliver Gallery

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In Gabi Trinkaus’ current body of work, The Way We Are Told, the viewer is initially seduced by ultra-sexy images of beauty and glamour. However, with closer observation, we realize that laying just beneath the surface of the work is a powerful editorial on our present Instagram/Tweet social media driven culture. When self-worth is developed and destroyed 140 characters at a time, surface is often mistaken for substance.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • The Way We Are Told, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY · 2016
  • Paradise with a Limp, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY · 2014
  • Save the Bank, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria · 2013
  • Modern Landscapes, GSA Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden · 2012
  • Come undone, Galerie Kunsthauz Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria · 2011
  • Gabi Trinkaus, Galleri Andersson Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden · 2009
  • Cold Cuts, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck, Austria · 2009
  • Mind the Gap, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria · 2008
  • Gabi Trinkaus – flesh, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria · 2007
  • Gabi Trinkaus, Galleri Andersson Sandström, Umeå, Sweden · 2007
  • Girl’s gotta have it, Georg Kargl BOX, Vienna, Austria · 2005
  • You better get the cat in, Steirischer Herbst 2005, Neue Galerie Studio,
    Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria · 2005
  • Leisure, with Michael Goldgruber, Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria · 2004
  • Inside out, Soho in Ottakring, Vienna, Austria · 2002
  • Gabi Trinkaus, Antonio Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Italy · 2000

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • After Picasso, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria · 2015
  • Zenita Komad, Deborah Sengl, Gabi Trinkaus, Galerie Golles, Furstenfeld, Austria · 2015
  • Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL · 2014
  • Art Miami 2013, Miami, FL · 2013
  • Beyond Bling, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY · 2012-13
  • Features, Galerie Jarmuschek & Partner, Berlin, Germany · 2012
  • Ground Control, Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, Austria · 2012
  • Women – Power III, Galerie Kunst & Handel, Graz, Austria · 2012
  • After Work, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå, Sweden · 2011
  • Good Prospects, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum, Moscow, Russia · 2011
  • Körper Codes, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria · 2010
  • FOUND – Wanted, Galerie Kon-Temporär, Graz, Austria · 2010
  • PressArt, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria · 2010
  • PressArt, Die Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland · 2010
  • Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria · 2009
  • Gemäldegalerie Burgtheater: Neue Werke, Foyer Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria · 2008
  • second_nature, Deixa BIL, Galerie Nosbaum & Reading, Luxembourg · 2008
  • en face – surface, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna, Austria · 2008
  • Wann immer vorerst – Aktuelles aus der Sammlung der BA-CA, BA-CA Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria · 2007
  • Through the Night Softly, Nestroyhof, Vienna, Austria · 2007
  • Zurück zur Figur – Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria · 2007
  • New Visions – Sammlungen in Österreich, ViennaFair 2007, Vienna, Austria · 2007
  • Erblätterte Identitäten: Mode—Kunst—Zeitschrift, Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst Leipzig,  Leipzig, Germany · 2007
  • Wettbewerbausstellung, Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark für zeitgenössische bildende Kunst 2006, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria · 2006
  • Reflexionen, Rupertinum Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria · 2006
  • Erblätterte Identitäten: Mode—Kunst—Zeitschrift, Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm, Germany · 2006
  • Art 37 Basel, Präsentation Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland · 2006
  • „Stadt – polis on display”steirischer herbst 2005, Steirischer Herbst Festivalbüro, Graz, Austria · 2005
  • Frieze Art Fair 2005, London, England · 2005
  • Der doppelte Blick, Künstlerhaus Palais Thun und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria · 2004
  • Vienna Coffee Table – Die Stimmung eines Wienbildes, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Mannheim, Germany · 2004
  • …really?, Kunstpavillion, Innsbruck, Austria · 2002
  • Waiting for the Ice Age, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria · 2002
  • Bare, Antonio Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Italy · 2002
  • Soho in Ottakring, Flüchtig daheim, art:phalanx kunst-und kommunikationsbüro & Soho in Ottakring, Austria · 2002
  • …really?, Kunsthalle Steyr, Steyr, Austria · 2001
  • Home collection, window display, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria · 2000
  • Bare, window display, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria · 2000
  • Bad Women, Luciano Inga-Pin, Milan, Italy · 1999
  • Herbert Hinteregger, Elke Krystufek, Muntean/Rosenblum, Gabi Trinkaus, Alexandra Wacker, William Wegman, Antonio Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Prepared, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria · 1999
  • Soho in Ottakring, Geschäftslokal, Vienna, Austria · 1999
  • Doppelalbum, Apostelhof, Vienna, Austria · 1998
  • Malerei, Mezzanin, Wien, Austria · 1998
  • Gabi Trinkaus, Alexandra Wacker, Galerie Pagi & Dispari, Reggio Emilia, Italy · 1998


  • Kunstförderungspreis der Stadt Graz · 2006
  • Preis des Bundeskanzleramtes · 2006


  • Good Prospects, Österreichisches Kulturforum Moskau, 2011.
  • second_nature, Deixa BIL, Galerie Nosbaum & Reading, Luxembourg, 2008.
  • Erblätterte Identitäten: Mode—Kunst—Zeitschrift, Stadthaus Ulm, Jonas Verlag, 2006.
  • Gabi Trinkaus: Works, ed. Georg Kargl BOX, Neue Galerie Graz, Studio am Landesmuseum Joanneum, 2005.

Articles, Reviews, and Publications: Catalogues:

  • “Wer liest schon….” FAQ Magazine, No. 13, July / September 2011.
  • “Shake the Bag.” NY Arts Magazine, Vol. 14, Fall 2009.
  • Titz, Walter. “Geschütttelte Phantombilder.” VIA. February 2009.
  • Hofleitner, Johanna. “Medien Diebin.” Die Presse, Schaufenster, Nr. 17. 24 April 2009.
  • Vollmann, Klaus Peter. “Der oberste Postfuchs.” Wien live, November 2008, pp. 67-68.
  • “Lückenhafte Prototypen: Gabi Trinkaus ‘Mind the Gap’ bei Kargl.” APA. 01 July 2008.
  • Morgan, Robert C. “Der forschende Körper—Arbeiten von Gabi Trinkaus.” Parnass, Heft, Vol. 27,  March/April 2007, pp. 120-124.
  • Popescu, Adina. “Unter dem Skalpell.” Monopol. Nr. 3, 2006, pp. 96-99.
  • “De la introspección a la alta costura.” SPOT: Moda Cultura y Motivaciones Contemporáneas, Nr. 32, 2006, p. 30.
  • Knapp, Michaela. “Crash & Kunst.” Format. 2006.
  • “Gabi Trinkaus.” Spike, Nr. 06. 2005.
  • “Visuelles Nachdoppeln.” Vorarlberger Nachrichten. 03 April 2004.
  • Breit, Ulrike. “Vielfältiges im doppelten Blick.” Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung, 6 April 2004, p.40.
  • Schlocker, Edith. “Gemalte Wirklichkeiten.” Tiroler Tageszeitung online, Innsbruck, 21 February 2002.
  • “Junge Realisten in Steyr,” Oberösterreichische Nachrichten online, Linz, 11 October 2001.
  • “Smells like Terpentin Spirit. Malerei-Schwerpunkt: Beispiele von Künstkern unter 30 in Ausstellungen in Wien (Malerei).” Der Standard, Wien, 12 February 1998.
  • “7., Mezzanin.” Springerin. 02/1995-02/2002, Wien, 1998.

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On the occasion of her gallery exhibition, Paradise with a Limp, Austrian Artist Gabi Trinkaus sat down to discuss her artistic process and the concepts behind her works.

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