- About the exhibition
Kunst 12 Zürich
- Artists of the exhibition
Marc Fromm‘s carved reliefs and sculptures reflect the values of our every day culture. The artist introduces contemporary topics using the elaborate techniques of old mastery wood craft. Traditional religious altar scenes are reinterpreted as modern billboards just like former religious assurance is replaced by the promised land of advertising. Marc Fromm reveals the stereotypes of the advertisement industry and unmasks the fake glamour of today‘s commercialized products.
Henning von Gierke
For many years now, renowned Munich-based artist Henning von Gierke has been fascinating his public with his realistic style of painting. In his works, the artist questions human existence in the context of nature, religion and philosophy. Besides classical themes from Greek mythology and religious imagery, von Gierke also paints portraits, still-lives and domestic themes within his extensive artistic oeuvre. Beyond creating astonishing pictures on canvas, he is also well known as a stage-designer and director worldwide. For his creative impact in the film industry, he received two of the most acclaimed film awards in Germany - the German Movie Award in Gold and the Silver Bear at the Berlinale.
Matej Košir is a master of illusion. His laboratory is the image archive of art history. Crossing the genres of art he transforms the still lifes of famous old masters into sculptures and reproduces them by the modern medium of photography. Now, which one is the original and which one the copy? The Slovenian artist questions how we perceive and deal with those masterpieces in the age of mass media and mass reproduction - and he reveals how icons of art history become sickly-sweet fetishes.
Antonio Marra’s abstract works remain truly fascinating due to their surprising change of form and colour. Each of his multi-perspective paintings contains several more pictures which reveal themselves by circling around the canvas. Step by step the spectator is drawn into a vivid and dynamic kaleidoscope of shape and colour. Marra’s art is a surprising experience of unique visual and dimensional effects. This painter has come to his very own style reflecting and redefining the techniques of Op-art and Orphism.
Herbert Mehler’s steel sculptures embody archaic shapes from nature and geometry which may be associated with organic forms of plants and buds. „I am convinced that everyone of us has incorporated a set of basic patterns which affect the human perception.“ The sculptor intertwines organic and tectonic principles - the folded surfaces of his objects remind us of tree bark as well as classical Greek columns. Mehler’s curvelinear objects bend and turn suggesting energetic impetus as a metaphor for organic growth and vitality.
Yoshiyuki Miura’s works may be considered a systematizing regulation to the omnipresent chaos. With his sculptures and installations the Japanese artist reflects the relation of space and time. He leads force and counterforce in order to bring them into balanced state of tension and release. Miura creates objects which play with our perception of three-dimensionality and intrigue us by their extraordinary simplicity, precision and beauty.
The magical compositions by the Russian painter Slava Seidel visualize a world shifting between truth and illusion. Her sepia-ink drawings depict surreal scenes in stupendous architectural settings which create a feeling of tension, vertigo and dynamic. The artist masters to depict even the most complex architectural structures in contortion - despite the challenging ink-technique which does not allow any later corrections. Seidel’s technical precision is just as remarkable as her imaginary gift which takes us to unknown, fantastic realities.
Jorge Villalba’s intriguing hyperrealism and the exquisite perfection of technique constitute only the very first phase of aesthetic admiration of his art. Soon the focus is shifting to his ingenious modern interpretation of traditional mythological and biblical topics which demand deeper contemplation. By creating new prototypes the Spanish painter manages to reinvent the classic stories of art history. His art remains universal as it poses the eternal questions of life and humanity.
Moto Waganari creates transparent network-sculptures which outline a delicate body frame. By illuminating his sculptures the artists multiplies his three dimensional objects by a two dimensional shadow revealing the immaterial alter ego of every figure. His characters seem to visualize a surreal, parallel world filled with surprise and enigma. Moto Waganari’s sculptures seduce the spectator with their appealing beauty and sophisticated weightlessness.
Martin Willings sculptures are always based on simple geometric shapes and can stylistically be assigned to Concrete Art and Minimalism. However, his artworks unfold their special artistic and aesthetic appeal only after releasing the forces lying in the material properties, which manifest themselves in shapely movements of the sculptures. Martin Willing holds academic degrees in fine arts and physics and lives and works in Cologne.