Toni Schmale’s (b. 1980, Hamburg, lives and works in Vienna) practice encompasses sculptures as well as performative interventions, video pieces, and graphic art. Her work scrutinizes social power relations and a hegemonic society’s stereotypical gender roles, which she counters with gender-political utopias served up with characteristically sly humor masking radical dauntlessness. Schmale’s metal, concrete, and rubber sculptures have the air of a fleet of dysfunctional machines while also calling up associations of fitness equipment and torture instruments, surveying a wide terrain crisscrossed by desires, from the yearning for physical perfection to practices of sexual gratification.
sandblasted steel, black-finished, oiled, hot-dip galvanized steel 136×88×126cm 2017
forged steel, hot-dip galvanized 200×100×256cm 2022
digital photography, pigment print on newspaper paper 127×97cm 2013
Loch Ist Loch
digital photography, pigment print on newspaper paper 127×97cm 2012
Bend Over Your Boyfriend
digital photography, pigment print on newspaper paper 127×97cm 2010