Guillaume Pilet, Ashes to Ashes, 2011, Ceramics, 2 parts, each 32x11x11 cm
Opening: Friday, May 20, 6-8pm
Everything about Guillaume Pilet (*1984, Payerne) questions the status of the work of art: artifact, pedestal, background, wallpaper - all genres and origins get mixed and combined. From popular culture, the artist uses childish shapes, batik, pressed wood, ceramics, and representations of objects from daily life; from art history, he evokes emblematic figures, institutional criticism, Pop Art, the "Gesamtkunstwerk". He successfully incorporates into his work the items used to display the objects themselves by creating a setting made of clashing juxtapositions. The items used to display the artifacts become installations, drawing in the visitor and his world with panache. The use of naïve figures only serves to emphasize the feeling of empathy that takes the visitor by surprise and with humor.
Aside from numerous personal exhibitions such as amongst others the one in Paris at the Centre Culturel Suisse, Guillaume Pilet has participated in group exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad, e.g. As Small As It Gets at Art Since the Summer of '69 in New York and Of Objects, Fiels, And Mirrors at the Kunsthaus Glarus. Furthermore Pilet was twice winner of the Swiss Art Award.
L'Art de la Fugue (The Art of the Fugue) is the first monographic exhibition in Zurich devoted to the artist from the Canton of Vaud and offers the opportunity to see first-hand the latest work by Guillaume Pilet who bordered on the iconoclastic because of his irreverent views of artistic codes.
(excerpt from the text by Denis Pernet)