'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...
The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...
On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...
'The drawings are something I've carried on over decades, and they form a kind of breathing activity on a daily level...When I looked up the word 'draw' in the dictionary, I found that there were twenty-two definitions, one of which was to delineate with lines. The other twenty-one definitions are all dialectic activities, to metamorphose, to translate, to take aim...That's where I took off from with the idea of drawing...these lines for example, are not lines, they're edges. In other words it's material and it's physical reality, they're constructions of space with a reasonable analogy to architecture.'
(From: Art and Architecture (Chinati Symposium, Marfa TX, 1998))
Hauser & Wirth Zürich is pleased to present Wits' End Sampler | Recent Drawings, an exhibition of large-scale drawings by acclaimed American artist Roni Horn and the unveiling of a new installation.
For Horn, drawing is a primary activity that has been a defining area of her artistic practice since 1980, and the pigment drawings explore recurrent themes of identity, interpretation and textual play. In drawings from the Yet series, Horn has worked powdered pigment, graphite and varnish into a few first phase drawings called plates, which are then cut apart. These pieces are then rearranged and assembled, and may undergo several more cycles of splicing and stitching together before taking their ultimate form. Pencil marks, numbers and words are interspersed between shards of colour as Horn annotates the joining of plates in each drawing.
Wits' End Sampler is a new installation that will be shown for the first time in Zurich. Idioms and textual play have always been a significant part of Horn's work. For this project, Horn invited strangers and associates to write out idioms and clichés of their choosing. This eventually accumulated into over 1000 individual phrases all handwritten by the many authors. Walls of the second floor gallery will be silk-screened with these idioms to create a constructed linguistic environment. Wits' End Sampler is a work where Horn acts as 'a choreographer of words', as Gary Indiana has called the artist.
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