Sebastian Koch

Untitled, 2019
acrylic and oil on canvas
210 x 160 cm

There is a certain humor in Sebastian Koch’s definition of the line in his paintings. The line is disturbing the surface, it creates a dialogue between the surface of the canvas and the line and is also creating space in the painting. He is drawing the line until the associative potential is taking over the surface and is creating some references ‘outside’ of the canvas. Lines are somehow becoming signs which we cannot read literally as something known or concrete. But we are getting into some idea of these forms even if they remain enigmatic at all. On the other hand Koch is guiding our attention to the painting as a construction of material when he is using a certain framing that gives us the possibility of examining the edges of the canvas. This framing is a reference to the painting of the 50s when painting was facing this major theoretical problem: Is painting a field of projections of the outside world or is it just a construction of material? Koch is playing with both approaches discussing them with a humorous notification that signs and meaning will always remain uncertain or in some way unclear.

In his works, Sebastian Koch does not apply a reductionist approach, abstracting certain forms from a given reference model. His works do not represent the painstaking reproduction of a model, be it in nature or in art. Nor are they the result of a constant testing of the artistic medium for the sake of it. For Koch, everything is material and as a result his approach is rather playful. However, he does not differentiate between artistic material, conceptual material and the actual material with which the paintings (and modern sculpture) are created, namely paint, wood, frame, canvas etc. Of course it goes without saying that he is in a constant dialogue with art. For as soon as he makes even the slightest intrusion into the painting medium, the game begins and with it the burden of representation. Painting and the discourse thereof has developed enough since the beginning of the 20th century to be ripe with subjects for discussion. Koch’s palpable thirst for this debate, which goes far beyond art is also reflected in title of this exhibition.

Harald Krejci

Collectors Agenda, “In The Studio, Sebastian Koch”,  Interview: Alexandra-Maria Toth, ://





Sebastian Koch

Lives and works in Vienna and Litschau.

1986 born in Vorarlberg, Austria

2006 Education for corporate design
2007-2012 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Class of Graphics und Print media, Prof. Gunter Damisch
Co-founder and editor of the comic magazine “Franz The Lonely Austrionaut”. Part of the band Rambo Rambo Rambo.

Awards & Residencies

2010 Residency at Open Source Gallery in New York with Severin Hagen

2011 First place/price in the artist at work competition by Lenzing AG

2012 Invitation to the Eight Bridges Festival in Cologne, to John Cage year, cooperation with composer Niklas Seidl and Thürmchen Orchester.

Solo and Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2021“ippst, ippt (siehe ipst, ipt)”, Dock20, Lustenau, AT,
Melanie Ender und Sebastian Koch
08. 05. bis 04. 07. 2021
2020 „schwindel“, Galerie Z.,
Nov – Dez Hard, AT
“schlingfiester”, Solo presentation Krobath Wien
2019“Gazing into the void”, Bjorn&Gundorph, Aarhus, DEN
2018Solo presentation Krobath Wien
2017 „floginim“, Geukens & De Vil, Knokke (BE)
2016 viennacontemporary 22. – 25.09.2016, Solo presentation
Krobath Wien.
„Die Gegend um Xero“, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz.
“how to pt. 1”, Druckwerk Lustenau, A
2015„Art Groupie“, Industra, Brno.
m.oë, Wien, Destination Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien.
„walk with me, talk with me, love with me“, wellwellwell, Wien.
Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz.
2014 „uninvisible II“ (mit/with Sira Zoé Schmid), DI8G, Wien.
”5 Jahre am Stauffacherplatz”, 9a Stauffacherplatz, Bern.
„Was Sie Lesen“, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz.
”We Are Not Sisi”,Vondelbunker, Amsterdam.
”Funmachine” , Luis Leu, Karlsruhe.
”et” (mit/with Stella Bach), 9a Stauffacherplatz, Bern.
”uninvisible” (mit/with Sira Zoé Schmid), DI8G, Wien.
”telling li(n)es”, Foajé, Časopis X, Bratislava.
2012 Uraufführung /Premiere „Etüde nr. Katzenbaum“ mit dem Thürmchen Orchester, HfMT, Köln,.
Diplomausstellung, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, eXhibit, Wien.


Collectors Agenda, “In The Studio, Sebastian Koch”,  Interview: Alexandra-Maria Toth,