2000: Gertrude Moser-Wagner
Gertrude Moser-Wagner, a well-known sculptor and conceptual artist from Vienna, arrived at UMAS on August 9, along with 48 obscure looking objects, made out of black fabric and shaped like a folded cone. Gertrude refers to them as black neutral objects. "Black neutral objects have the quality of being identical, versatile and transportable and can take on any role you give them. They are visual mediators between people, things and places." During her residency the neutral objects became the catalyst for creation and for a cultural exchange of images and ideas.
Gertrude Moser-Wagner's exhibition, BLACK NEUTRAL OBJECTS which took place at the Durham Art Gallery between November 1 and November 26 drew a lot of attention in the community. The exhibition consisted of 24 enlarged photographs shot by residents of Durham, according to some simple guidelines set out by the artist. Each photograph involved a black neutral object. Gertrude Moser-Wagner transformed 24 corresponding objects into sculptures, and displayed them in an installation together with the photographs. Writing and sketches, documenting the various stages of the project, complemented the visual presentation of this ambitious community-oriented, artistic endeavor. The exhibition reflected the visual dialogue that took place between the artist and the participants and was dedicated to the people of Durham.