Lara Almarcegui/ Linus Bill + Adrien Horni
05 September – 24 October 2015
Ellen de Bruijne Projects starts this season with recent work by Lara Almarcegui: Mineral Rights, Tveitvangen. The artist looks into the essential, yet scarcely asked, questions about ownership of the ground and the depths beneath it. Mineral Rights are regulated differently from country to country and it is customarily impossible for a private individual to acquire them. Lara Almarcegui recently gained mineral rights in Norway, in Tveitvangen, not far from Oslo, for an area of one square kilometer. In the projection that she shows in the gallery, the viewer is taken into a landscape of information about stone, leftover snow, patches of forest, grass and bushes. It is an area known for the occurrence of iron. Iron is one of the most important materials in the building business; hardly a contemporary building can be made without it. Lara Almarcegui will not excavate the iron, but with her project and the rights that she now holds she draws our gaze to one of the key construction materials and the sometimes remarkable or even questionable nature of how it is held and owned. With her works she does not merely create commentary, but she creates a sensibility of our being, acting and dealing with the world.
(With extracts from the publication Lara Almarcegui, ed. Ines Goldbach, Christoph Merian Verlag, publication 13 June 2015.)
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni
At Dolores, we are proud to present the `paintings` by Linus Bill and Adrien Horni.
From their history in artbook making practice, the process of the paintings is consistently preceded by the production of a catalogue. The artwork for the publications are collages created with a range of available materials including paper, scissors, glue, xerox, computer, scanner, iPhone/iPad.
The artists state that “The books are like catalogues from which we choose our next painting.” Curator Gianni Jetzer adds “The fact that the source images were not created to be blown up [means] the artworks oscillate between the real thing and representation …resulting in “paintings” of irritating beauty.”
In the Dolores space at the gallery we will show a selection of paintings and artist books, with thanks and gratitute to Galerie Allen, Paris for their courtesy.
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, both born 1982 in Switzerland have had recent solo exhibtions with Nathalie Karg Gallery, NY, USA, MJ Gallery Geneva, Istituto Svizzero, Milano, Italy and the Swiss Institute, New York, USA (with Aubry/Broquard). They have been included in group shows at Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland, Villa Bernasconi, Switzerland, Helmhaus, Zürich, Switzerland and the Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland. 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.
Opening: Saturday 5 September 2015
Exhibition: 5 September – 24 October 2015