The Basel-based artist Julia Steiner (b. 1982) has gained recognition above all for her large-formatted drawings in which she applies dry black gouache with a brush either to paper or directly to a wall surface. The pictures, often several meters long and either lit up by dazzling light or immersed in dense darkness, open up spaces, alternate between ever-changing forms, and oscillate between construction and destruction. In the words of the art critic Konrad Tobler, the artist succeeds in creating “dream spaces that elude fixation.” Dissolving the margins of her large-scale pictures and integrating the viewer into the work are aspects that Julia Steiner has focused on more decidedly in recent years. In this context she has not only created a number of architectural art works and transitory spatial drawings, but also the work out of horizon which was shown for the first time in 2012 at the Kunstmuseum Thun. This transportable and walk-in panorama is an image space that was developed over the course of years. According to the artist it tells of the “dissolution of the view” and thus effectively has something more of an “anti-panorama” (Julia Steiner). Appreciation of her artistic oeuvre is reflected in a number of grants and awards (among others, the Manor Kunstpreis and a Landis & Gyr studio scholarship in London) as well as exhibitions such as a tense turn in the gallery Urs Meile in Beijing (2010), Kaleidoskop in the Centre Pasquart in Biel (2011), and listen to the move in the Haus der Kunst St. Josef in Solothurn (2013).
By awarding a promotion grant of CHF 5,000 the Foundation Board acknowledges Julia Steiner’s impressive oeuvre with regard to its media, aesthetic, and thematic impact.