GEMÄLDE LINUS + ADRIEN
LINUS BILL + ADRIEN HORNI
04/03 – 08/04/2017 | OPENING: SAT 04/03 17-19h
Gemälde 2013-2017, Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Publication, 2015
Not limited by art history and the traditional way of painting, Linus Bill + Adrien Horni take a different approach in their art practices by using the principles of collage, photocopying, reproduction and cataloguing as a starting point for their paintings. Not only the technical approach is different than seen in art history, but also the creative process. By using catalogues as a starting point, the reversed process provides distance for contemplation and reflection for the artists during their process of art making.
It would be no surprise to learn that Linus Bill + Adrien Horni have a background in graphic design and photography. The exhibition’s title “Gemälde Linus + Adrien” refers to their book Gemälde 2013-2017 which is there latest publication (2015). Functioning as sort of anti-catalogues or an almanac of desires, their publications are bringing together a vast series potential paintings to be realized in the given period. Using reproduction techniques as digital enlarging and silkscreen for their paintings, Bill + Horni hover between analogue and digital processes of reproduction and production.
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, both born 1982 in Switzerland have had recent solo exhibitions at Passerelle Centre d’art, Brest, FR (2016) Galerie Allen, Paris (2015) Nathalie Karg Gallery, NY, USA (2014) MJ Gallery Geneva, CH (2014) Istituto Svizzero, Milano, IT (2013) and the Swiss Institute, New York, USA (with Aubry/Broquard) (2012).
They have been included in group shows at Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH (2014) , Villa Bernasconi, CH (2014) Helmhaus, Zürich, CH (2013) and the Kunsthalle Bern, CH (2012)
They were awarded the Swiss Art Award in 2013 and are included in the public collections of the City of Bienne and the City of Zürich as well as many important private collections.
L.A. RAEVEN | WILD ZONE 3
04/03 – 08/04/2017 | Opening Sat 04/03 17-19h
L.A. Raeven, Goodly Creature, 2017, 4’24’’ Black and White Video
The exhibition “Goodly Creatures” is a follow up of L.A. Raeven’s exhibition at Museum Arnhem Wild Zone 3 (14/01–05/03/2017). In this gallery show L.A. Raeven are presenting their video “Goodly Creatures”, which was not on show in Museum Arnhem, as well as a new series of photographs made during the production of the installation Wild Zone 3 and a series of drawings.
Wild Zone 3
In Wild Zone 3 L.A. Raeven styled the appearances and choreographed the movements of a group of children. The similarities in how they look creates the impression that they are members of an androgynous sect: they are extremely tall, wear the same clothes, and it is unclear whether they are boys or girls. The artist duo portrays a kind of autonomous ‘wild zone’ for young people who evoke fear in the viewers because they are ‘different’. The youngsters do not conform to the prevailing notions of femininity and masculinity, and seem to be forever adolescent.
Wild Zone 3 is a sequel to Wild Zone 1 (2001) and Wild Zone 2 (2002), the video installations in which L.A. Raeven created a ‘state of being’, and, without a plot, filmed two similar, almost motionless individuals. Wild Zone 3 stems from the duo’s fascination for the new type of human that they see coming into existence. L.A. Raeven: ‘Men and women look more and more alike, and the body is increasingly being manipulated to our liking. The malleability of the body seems to know no bounds and is increasingly accepted as normal. For example, small children are given growth hormones if they are too short; this is a choice made by the parents who decide about the life and career of their offspring.’
L.A. Raeven both studied at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL (1999). Previous solo shows include:Wild Zone 3, Museum Arnhem, NL (2017) Ideal individuals – Casino Luxembourg, LU (2012) Into me/Out of me, KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin, DE (2007) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam NL (2004).
Upcoming exhibition: Extra Bodies – The Use of the «Other Body» in Contemporary Artat the Migros Museum in Zürich, CH (18/11/2017 – 04/02/2018)