URS Fisher: ‘Marguerite de Ponty’ @ the new museum in New York
JAW DROPPING EFFECTS…
‘Marguerite de Ponty’ is the title for URS FISHER’s current solo exhibition @ the New Museum in New York, where he has taken over all three of the Museums gallery floors to create massive installations and hallucinatory environments. The exhibition is from 21.10.09-07.02.10. URS FISHER (b.1973 in Zurich Switzerland) is a self-taught artist living in NYC. He is known for his ability to make people’s jaws drop. For instance he cuts giant holes in gallery walls as well as holes in the gallery floors – (the latter he did back in 2007 @ the Gavin Brown gallery and filled the space up with dirt). This requires a lot of faith from a gallery’s perspective I would say. And I suppose many galleries would be afraid to work with him, thinking what he might do to their place.
The pink latex tongue that sticks out of a wall above is part of the show, making it seem as if the museum is talking back at you or hitting on you. It’s a way of illustrating the way museums have desires and needs as well. Fisher’s installations and sculptures have been exhibited at biennales worldwide and at a number of international institutions such as Centre Pompidou (Paris) and at Nicola Trussardi Foundation (Milan). I like his imaginary world, delusional optic and his ability to exaggerate. To read an interview with the artist, click here. He is represented by Gavin Brown gallery in NYC.
Flash dance, wild boys & goodbye horses
Swiss artist based in Paris, Sandrine Pelletier, (b.1976) is behind these sculptures, embroideries & textiles. There is a certain rock’ n’ roll vibe to her work. Sandrine is represented by Galerie Rosa Turetsky in Geneva, Switzerland & Super Window Project & Gallery in Kyoto, Japan.
I Can Not do it anymore
...then please don’t.
Lovely typography and statement by Swiss artist Olaf Breuning (b.1970). Breuning is currently living in between New York and Zurich. Breuning’s work span the fields of photography, sculpture, installation, video and drawing. He is represented by Metro Pictures Gallery in NYC & Nils Strærk gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Thought provoking statements & lightboxes
DANIELE BUETTI (1956) is a Swiss artist currently living in Berlin & Zurich. Since the 1980s, Buetti has been working with multimedia such as tinted photographs of celebrities, brand names and lightboxes – creating powerful and thought-provoking art. His work as an artist is somewhat associated with the world of fashion and beauty. But Buetti is not so much interested in these issues for aesthetic reasons. It’s more for socio-cultural reasons. Buetti works with the iconography of pop culture in order to question the role media plays in the formation of identity. How do images change our perceptions of the world? Another question his work deals with is the manner in which beauty icons have become religious substitutes. ‘Just like the figurines of saints offered on sale in churches, newspaper kiosks appear like displays of devotional objects where the portraits of modern saints promise salvation. Or, to put it differently, the fusion of absolute beauty and economic success at the beginning of the 21st century is the late-capitalist answer to the prediction of Dostojewski’s “idiot” that beauty would save the world’.