The solo exhibition “Thinking Matters” — which represents another step in Nikolaus Gansterer’s visual research — explores in detail the relationship between drawing, thought and action. His work is a true example of interdisciplinary studies; it is the result of a close confrontation between socio-humanistic, scientific and artistic disciplines from which the artist takes single methodologies and applies to these his unique, higly personal artistic language. The result of this work is an installation which occupies the entire space: the work is composed of autonomous elements which, contemporaneously, are tiles of a vaster mosaic which the artist has developed specially for the gallery space.
Gallery Marie-Laure Fleisch
Apian, Peter, 1495-1552. Astronomicum Caesareum, 1540.
Houghton Library, Harvard University
General Swiss Society for the whole science on Flickr.
Publication info Neuchatel [Switzerland] :Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die Gesammten Naturwissenschaften,1837-1906
American Museum of Natural History Library
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Sensus communus (confluence of the senses)
Fantasia (resevoir of things not perceived)
Imaginativa (resevoir of things perceived)
Vermis (literally ‘worm’, i.e. the connection between cells)
Gregor Reisch, Margarita Philosophica; The Philosophical Pearl (Freiburg), 1503.
Athanasius Kircher’s diagrams of the interconnectedness of fire (above) and water (below) in Earth. The diagrams are just a piece of his large, multi-volume work Mundus Subterraneus, published in 1665.
Nikolaus Gansterer: The Gray Matter Hypothesis
chalk drawing on black wall, 2013
“a diagram showing internal correlations and their external consequences marked out by key figures of thought balancing between reflecting and representing symbols of power affected by the structures of human experience and the various forms of interpretation.”
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This diagram, made in 1850 by cartographer J. H. Colton, shows the relative sizes of waterfalls, lakes, islands, rivers, and mountains of the world.