Due to the great successes the exhibition is prolonged from May 16th 2009 to May 23th. 2009
With «Form follows attitude» Artrepco Gallery introduces four young contemporary artists and presents their work for the first time in a joint spatial and contextual dialogue. The exhibition title and its inherent references - as much to Harald Szeeman's legendary show Live in your head: When Attitudes become Form (Kunsthalle Bern, 1969) as to the famous design principle by American architect Louis Sullivan - suggest a focus on perspectives, forms and space.
While three of the four artists work two-dimensionally, their artworks in a joint fusion and consolidation overlap into the space, occupy the alterable surfaces, all corners and every inch, blow the gallery's walls. Defined by contents and different artistic perspectives, a new spatial structure is created.
Nino Baumgartner's sculptures interact with the surrounding space most obviously of all. His clamped plywood slats seem to support the gallery's ceiling, grow out of window bracings und cut fields into the room. The latter is reminiscent of Carl André, the leading American minimal artists, who used "[…] the materials to cut into the space", whereas Baumgartner defines space and surroundings as "[…] the highest authority I am obliged to".
13 drawings by Michael Günzburger stand in contrast to the sculptures. The artist experiments with different levels of materialization. Volumes and spatiality is created by the use of different papers and layering, line designs and colors.
Viewing Christopher Hanlon's tableaus is nearly a haptic experience. The geometric bodies and rolling forms seem to erupt from the plane surface. The texture of the curtain implies a movement, as if at any moment it could be shaken by a sudden gust of wind. Yet it simultaneously appears impenetrable, as if sculpted from marble. By painting canvas on canvas, Hanlon establishes the solidity of a thick screen and we need to consider whether this limits the possibilities of projection Taking modernist architecture as a starting point Hibbs' work is an investigation into the construction of space in painting. Acknowledging the artificial nature of spatial depiction the work actively undermines both depth and perspective by drawing attention to the two dimensionality of painting. Dividing and fluctuating between abstraction and representation the work neither inhabits one space or the other, but an interesting hybrid space - the space between.
Nino Baumgartner, born 1979 in Bern; 2004-2007 Art studies at Hochschule der Künste in Bern; various solo and group shows, a.o. NOMAD, Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, UDK Berlin, Kunsthalle Baselland. Nino Baumgartner lives and works in Bern and Zurich.
Michael Günzburger, born 1974 in Bern, various solo and group shows, a.o. at Kunsthaus Grenchen, Kunsthaus Aarau, Helmhaus Zürich. Awards: 2007 work grant of the Aargauer Kuratorium, artist in residence, Dehli/India, Pro Helvetia; 2005 work grant of the Aargauer Kuratorium; 2002 atelier scholarship of the Aargauer Kuratorium; Cité internationale des Arts, Paris; 2001/02 work residence, Willy Hans Rösch Stiftung, Sent. Art in public space: 2005 Pädagogisches Institut, Universität Zürich. Purchases: 2006 Grafische Sammlung der Schweizerischen Nationalbibliothek, Bern; 2003 Kantonsspital Winterthur; 2002 Allianz Risk Transfer, Zurich. Michael Günzburger lives and works in Zurich.
Christopher Hanlon, born 1978, 1998-1999 Exeter College of Art (founding course), 1999-2002 BA Fine Art/Painting, Brighton University, 2006-2008 MFA, Royal College of Art, London; various solo and group shows, a.o. Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, Domobaal, London, Villa La Tourelle, Oostende, Arnold Circus, London. Christopher Hanlon lives and works in Belfast.
Justin Hibbs, born 1971 in Poole, Dorset, 1991-1994 BA Graphic Design at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design. Various solo and group shows, a.o. Trafalgar Hotel, London, Le Consortium, Dijon, Cell projects, London. Collections: Saatchi collection, The University of Arts Collection. Justin Hibbs lives and works in London.
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