Zürich; fall opening art scene; Bolte Lang gallery;Kunsthalle Zürich and Löwenbrau Art Complex bldg galleries; Eva Presenhuber ; Bob van Orsouw;Grieder Contemporary
by Venetia Kapernekas
A 24 hour trip to Zürich with my wonderful friend, art advisor /Munich, Martina Tauber to attend the fall opening art scene.
We started with a wonderful exhibition at Bolte Lang gallery with the exhibition “like a virgin” by Athene Galiciadis. A wonderful walk thru with Anna Bolte and Chaja Lang.
…..The title, resulting from the works as “écriture automatique”, not only describes the working process, but more concretely conveys the subject matter of Galiciadis’ empty, untainted vases, with their form, colour and haptic reminding the viewer of the young, female shape……
Like a virgin
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
When your heart beats next to mine
more here http://www.boltelang.com/exhibitions/current/
a stop at Grieder Contemporary for Ross Chisholm “The Cratylists”. A wonderful walk thru the exhibition with Melanie Dankbar/director of the gallery
photo credit@Grieder Contemporary
The Cratylists (an allusion to Plato’s famous Cratylus dialogue)
“…The points of orientation for this new body of work have been the 18th century society portraits by Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney and most of all by Joshua Reynolds. The latter developed in his famous “Discourses on Art” an influential art theory based on classical and contemporary philosophical and art theoretical writings…” (gallery press release)
more here at gallery http://www.grieder-contemporary.com
next , to Eva Presenhuber’s gallery at MAAG Areal. Sam Falls, Los Angeles based artist (exhibition sold out before the opening)
Sam Falls at Presenhuber, photo by permission@Martina Tauber
“….I took plants as the common subject matter for this body of work not only for their legacy in art history, but their reference to place. The works here were made from west to east, from the palm fronds in my backyard in Venice, California, to the abounding ferns bordering my mom’s hayfield where I grew up in Vermont, to the trees around the grounds of a recent residency in Sarvisalo, Finland. Beyond the native vegetation delineating geography, these “paintings” represent duration and environment, visible in the scattered heavy rains of Southern California, to the light spring mist in Vermont, to the consistent light drizzle of the Scandinavian archipelago…” (Sam Falls on the gallery press release )
photo credit @published at Presenhuber gallery
more here http://www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions/2014/Sam-Falls.html
then to the Löwenbrau Art Complex:
at Bob van Orsouw’s gallery for Nedko Solakov (Mixed Media-in at least four directions and one center)
Nedko Solakov, The Has-Beens Creator, 2014, oil on canvas
“…Nedko Solakov is a highly gifted storyteller. His drawings talk about everyday occurrences, but also turn out to be caustic commentaries on human existence, while, at the same time, shedding light on its absurdity…”(gallery press release)
and enjoying as always Bob van Orsouw’s lovely office with great pieces, this was my favorite above his desk
photo by permission @Vk
more here van Orsouw gallery http://www.bobvanorsouw.ch/artists/nedko-solakov
at Eva Presenhuber‘s for Wyatt Kahn (New York based artist)
…..Kahn presents a new body of work which focuses on a concept of representation of an object through all its aspects: visual, sensational and conceptual. For these works, the shaped stretchers come together to create the shape of the actual object, the motifs used to cover the first layer of the stretchers are the epitome of the representation of that object, drawn by hand in an almost automatic way…..
Martina Tauber at the Wyatt Kahn show, photo@VK
more here www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions/2014/Wyatt-Kahn.html
and Steven Shearer (Canadian artist) also at Eva Presenhuber gallery
Steven Shearer’s practice encompasses many different medias, from found photography, drawing, and painting to collage and focuses on a melancholic vision of youth, tinted by strong references to the iconography of extreme metal cuture. His world is one of alienation and repulsion towards the everyday, a world whose heroes are death-metal rockers, 1970s prefab boy bands and teen stars, amature glam-rockers and guitar-wielding teenaged suburban dreamers
and Kunsthalle Zurich
Kunsthalle Zürich opened an extensive solo exhibition of the artist group Slavs and Tatars. Focusing on the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China”, the artistic and discursive work of Slavs and Tatars engages transcultural as well as transdisciplinary questions of history, politics, religion, and language.
Slavs and Tatars «Mirrors for Princes» (30.08. – 09.11.14)
more here http://kunsthallezurich.ch/index.php?id=5&L=1
a wonderful dinner followed at Times restaurant, invited by Eva Presenhuber gallery
Followed by Löwenbräukunst summer party at the courtyard with music by Nifty’s, Aliev Bleh-Orkestar und Goran Potkonjak.