The artist Gunda Gruber (Salzburg, AT, 1971) has been working for many years on the intersection between video, photography, graphic art, and architecture. Many of her series consist of layered elements and multimedia installations that challenge our perceptions of space and time and make for a vivid experience of discontinuities and uncertainties as well as the artist’s creative process. Stages of reality overlap in Gruber’s oeuvre as the space of film becomes an extension of the physical universe; structures borrowed from nature undergo abstraction, and social arrangements are subjected to scrutiny. Dialogue is central to her practice: the artist’s engagement with her materials; the interactions between the forms and strata within a work; and, finally, the works’ dialogue with the beholders.
This book is published on occasion of the artist’s first museum exhibition for the award of the 2022 Grand Prize for Visual Art of the State of Salzburg, and included three new essays on Gunda Gruber’s artistic practice by Andrea Kopranovic, Didi Neidhart, and Tina Teufel.