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Iris Häussler

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Installation view of the ongoing assessment of discovered artifacts, temporarily housed in the historic Goldwin Smith Library of The Grange., 2008-2010 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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He Named Her Amber / Installation view of the library of the historic Grange: preparation of artefacts for exhibition. The solid cast of beeswax encases fabric and dried plant material, 2008-2010 © Photo: Carlo Catenazzi/AGO 2008
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Installation view of the ongoing assessment of artefacts in. Stereo microscopy identifies handwriting on Object #24, a package of letters encased in beeswax., 2008-2010 © Photo: Carlo Catenazzi/AGO 2008
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Stereo microscopy identifies handwriting on Object 24, apparently a package of letters encased in beeswax © Iris Häussler
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He Named Her Amber, Installation view of the former historic kitchen of The Grange (1840), currently used as staging area for the archeological excavation, 2008-2010 © Photo: Iakub Henschen 2009
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Detail of Object #17 in its clay matrix beneath the basement floor, undergoing excavation. This solid cone of beeswax was cast on site in The Grange basement. It contains a deer's shoulder bone, a human braid and woven fabric. © Photo: Edward Burtynsky
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Installation view. (Left) Dr. Chantal Lee and coworkers of the Anthropological Services Ontario purportedly opening the concealed chamber in basement of the historical Grange. (Right) View into the chamber., 2008-2010 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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Installation detail of the inside of a hidden chamber, concealed behind a plaster coat in the basement of the historic Grange. A significant amount of beeswax was found, together with artefacts and simple tools., 2008-2010 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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X-ray and interpretative drawing of the brick-artifact © Iris Häussler
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105 Robinson Street. The home of Joseph Wagenbach in downtown Toronto, 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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View of the kitchen., 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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View of the livingroom., 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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Wagenbach's bed on a sofa in the livingroom., 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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Assessment view of the "Hare" (JW06-#069) found in Wagenbach's White Cube room., 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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View from the study into the "White Cube", a space that Wagenbach used as a kind of gallery to store sculptures., 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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Detail of the "White Cube" in Wagenbach's house, 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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Detail of the "Chimera" in Wagenbach's White Cube room., 2006 © Photo: Iakub Henschen
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Ou Topos, vienna, 1989 © Iris Häussler
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Erste Hilfe - Ausstellung (First Aid - Exhibition) © Iris Häussler
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Stempelschublade (Stamp drawer) © Iris Häussler
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Photo aus der Sammlung (Photo from the collection) © Iris Häussler
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The nighttable (details) © Iris Häussler
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Candle © Iris Häussler
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Casts, 2003 © Iris Häussler
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Drei Schwestern (Three sisters) © Iris Häussler
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Mutter 2 (Mother 2) © Iris Häussler
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Ohne Titel (Untitled) © Iris Häussler
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Svalbard Sketches , 2010 © Iris Häussler
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Recalling the anecdote of the priest telling the girl's parents that she is obsessed by the devil, 2009 Pen and Watercolour © Iris Häussler
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Recalling the anecdote of the precious fur coat the girl cut, in order to make hand-puppets (part A), 2009 Pen and Watercolour © Iris Häussler
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Gleich und Gleich (Same and same) © Iris Häussler
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Ohne Titel (Untitled) © Iris Häussler
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Eye Fluorescein © Iris Häussler
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Sie und Sie (her, pronoun) and you (pronoun), 2013 Wax, Fabric, Metal, Spry-paint 30.5 X 36.5 In. © Courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Daniel Faria Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Friedrichshafen / Bodensee, Germany
Birth year
1962
Lives in
Toronto, Canada
Works in
Toronto, Canada
Tags
haptic installation conceptual, sculpture
Statement

Iris Häussler is best known for her hyper-realistic narrative installations produced in various domestic locations including apartments, hotel rooms, and homes. Visitors explore the spaces in which the work and lives of Häussler’s fictitious characters are unfolded through interactions with non-verbal cues and detailed material evidence, in what Canadian philosopher Mark Kingwell has coined “haptic conceptual art”.

Recently, Häussler created a major intervention, "He Named Her Amber," in The Grange, a restored national historic house at the Art Gallery of Ontario, a two-year project that began in 2008. This fall, she participated in the 2010 Arctic expedition of Cape Farewell, the UK based organization that brings international artists and scientists and together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. http://www.capefarewell.com/

The artist has received awards and grants including the Karl-Hofer Prize (Berlin), the Kunstfonds Fellowship (Bonn), the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

CV

Since 2001

Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

1983 - 90

Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany, Prof. Heribert Sturm

1962

born in Friedrichshafen / Bodensee, Germany

Solo Shows

2008 - 2010

He Named Her Amber

The Grange, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

2009

Honest Threads

Koffler Gallery Toronto, offsite at Honest Ed's Department store, Toronto, Canada

2006

The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach

Robinson Street 105, Toronto, Canada

Iris Häussler, The Legacy

Featuring the artistic and conceptual development of The Legacy of Joseph Wagenbach
Goethe-Institut, Toronto, Canada

2003

Zeit und wieder
Time and over

Gallery Huber Goueffon, München, Germany

2001

Das Geheime Leben des Wachstischtuchs
Secret Life of the Wax-Tablecloth

ISART gallery, München, Germany

2000

MONOPATI

Tucholskystr. 38, Berlin,
and Hans-Sachs Str. 5, München, Germany

Die Hand traut ihren Augen
The hand trusts its eyes

(Sketchbooks 1986-1999)
Town Hall Gallery, Brühl, Germany

Paulina, Versuch einer Erinnerung
Paulina, an attempt at memory)

Sammlung Opitz-Hoffmann Collection, Bonn, Germany

Xenotope und Verlorene Blicke
Xenotopes and Lost Gazes

Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Germany

1999

liegt in der Familie
runs in the family

ISART Gallery, München, Germany

Du kehrst nicht zurück von dem Ort den es nicht gibt
You do not return from the place that does not exist

Hotel Franziskaner, Zürich,
in collaboration with THEATER NEUMARKT, Zürich, Switzerland

1998

Verdeckte Nähte
Hidden seams

Ausstellungsraum Balanstraße, München, Germany

Stillehalten
holding still

(with Richard Baquié, Olafur Gislason and Felix Gonzales-Torres, )
Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstraße, München, Germany

1997

Vertrauenssache
Matter of trust

(with Annelies Štrba and Cary S. Leibowitz)
Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

REPLA©E

("blind date" with Maria Lindberg)
IASPIS, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

1996

Mneme

Adlzreiterstr. 14, München, Germany

1995

Erste Hilfe
First Aid

Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Leihgaben
On Loan

Förderverein für instabile Medien, Galerie im Staudenhof, Potsdam, Germany

Huckepack
Piggyback

Hotel Leipziger Hof, Leipzig, Germany

1994

Païdi

Kunstraum München e.V., München, Germany

1993

Pro Polis

Hotel Gritti ***, Milano, Italy

1990

ou topos - eine synthetische Erinnerung
a synthetic Memory

Kazmairstr. 37 Rgb. München, Germany

1989

ou topos - eine synthetische Erinnerung
a synthetic Memory

Herbststr. 105/5/9, Vienna, Austria

Selected Group Shows

2009

The Joseph Wagenbach Foundation

Toronto International Art Fair 2009, Toronto, Canada.
Guest of Grita Insam Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
Curated by Axel Jablonski

2004

Therese

Triennial of Contemporary Art Oberschwaben, Weingarten, Germany

2000

Begleiterscheinungen
Side Effects

"City-Index", KunstHaus Dresden, Germany
Hotel Martha, Dresden, Germany

Art goes science

Gasteig, Munich, Germany

1999

czasowo otwarte/ zeitweise öffentlich
temporarily public

Slubice, Poland and Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

1998/1999

Die Dinge Ordnen
Putting Things in Order

in the exhibition series "Vollkommen gewöhnlich" Absolutely ordinary
Kunstverein Freiburg, Germanic Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
Kunstverein Braunschweig, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunstsammlung Gera, Germany

1996

encircled area

Municipal Gallery Zagreb, Croatia

1995

Max-Pechstein Prize 1995

Zwickau, Germany

1994

0,073 ha Welt
0.073 hectares world

Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

RENTA Prize 94

Norishalle, Nürnberg, Germany

xenotop

Leerstand Vacancy
Lessingstr. 23, Leipzig, Germany

1993/1994

z.B. Skulptur

ars viva 93/94
State Museum, Schwerin, Kunstverein Hannover, Bonner Kunstverein
Unser "Lieben Frauen" Monastery, Magdeburg, Germany

1992

Archivio (reprise)

Magia Naturalis
House of the Stone Bell, Prague, Tchechia

1991

Archivio

Milano Poesia 91
Spazio Ansaldo, Milano, Italy

Scholarships and Awards

2010

Ontario Arts Council Grant, Visual Artists: Established, Canada

Toronto Arts Council, Visual Artists Grant, Canada

2008

Canada Council for The Arts, Research Grant, Canada

2007

Canada Council for The Arts, Travel Grant, Canada

2006

Canada Council for The Arts, Production Grant, Canada

Ontario Arts Council Award, Project Grant, Canada

2005

Toronto Arts Council Award, Project Grant, Canada

2000

Anna and Joseph Fassbender Prize for Drawing, Brühl, Germany

1999

Karl-Hofer Prize, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany ( MONOPATI )

Visiting Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Germany

1994

Fellowship of the Kunstfonds e.V., Bonn, Germany

1993

Gisela and Erwin von Steiner Foundation (Project grant for Pro Polis )

Prize of the Cultural Circle of of the German Industry Association (BDI)

Stipend of the State of Bavaria University Program

1991

City of Munich Arts Prize

1986 - 87

Naxos (Kyklades, Greece), Foreign Studies Fellowship of the National Studies Endowment

1986

German National Studies Endowment (Studienstiftung)

 

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