Change - opening speech for vernissage at "Schmitt'n", Falkenstein
Uschi Edlinger, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased to see so many of you here tonight in Falkenstein and invite you all to spend some creative and maybe even changing hours with the objects from our artist, Alfred Hruschka.

You all know him well, so I think he needs no introduction, maybe just a few words to his influences:

Eva Choung-Fux - former professor at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna - led his experiments with different materials and his printing skills to a pictorial way. She accompanied Hruschka for over 15 years and gave him the strength to emerge from anonymity and to take the challenge of an artistic discourse.

Fredi wants me to mention, that he has not found his access to art in following academic paths, but in an ongoing dialogue with people, mentors, philosophy, nature and all kinds of materials.

Every material you see in these objects tonight, carries its own individual story and history. Our artist spends many hours in a respectful relationship with them, even with damaged, forgotten or broken matter, because that allows him a special direct entering into human existence.

Jute and textile fabrics find their origin in the thread, which represents these items as a prerequisite that holds together everything. Thread is the most important and inconspicuous part of the process of change.

Fredi Hruschka sees himself only as part of the whole creative process, in a mutual dialogue of give and take. He does not dictate or impose anything, nor force any kind of interpretation of his art or his working materials. When his objects - consisting of elements, that are witnesses of their time - find the direct link to the audience, his mission would be completed.

His works are not plannend. They come into existance during a fluent creative working process, with all the influences and events that happen "randomly" at the same time. It is an active exchange with the material, everything is part of the whole - the essence of change.

When Hruschkas art could trigger change, it would be his greatest honor. But it is up to each of us, to discover new varieties in our life and allow transformation. We have to stop our everyday routines, leave accustomed avenues and explore new worlds.

The right moment is pure illusion, cause reality is always now!

TIME TO CHANGE: Our motto tonight!
Despite permanent media coverage, this topic is more relevant than ever. But why is it so hard for us to change? Do you want to change something? Yes?

"I'm gonna make a change, for once in my life.
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a difference, gonna make it right. "
("Man in the Mirror" Michael Jackson in 1988, lyrics by Siedah Garrett)

Change means to leave familiar things. Exploring new avenues. To try something. But when it comes to our own personal changes, we all prefer to clip on the status quo, avoiding to see the obvious: we can't not change - as well as we cannot not communicate.

Often we know exactly what we should reforme or modify. Sad but true, in life crises it is usually possible. When we face exceptional situations such as illness and death, we can grow beyond ourselves and create lasting changes.

When we are willing to allow new perspectives and perceptions, transformations are possible. Art can help here as a silent companion. With objects, that have experienced something, telling us their secret stories and encouraging us to leave the past behind and find a new access to our destiny.

"Change is the only constant," says Heraclitus, because "Everything flows" (Panta Rhei).

I would now like to invite you to look at the objects. In a double sense: to look at the stories that speak out of the used materials and to look at your own story, whispering to you in every moment of your life - maybe even bringing an unexpected change to you tonight.

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world," said Mahatma Gandhi.

So it is up to each of us. Everyone can make a difference!

"If you wanna make the world a better place!
take a look at yourself and then make a change! "
("Man in the Mirror" Michael Jackson in 1988, lyrics by Siedah Garrett)

Alfred Hruschka