Tobias Madison & Uri Aran
NO; NO; H
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2 February–24 March 2013
Tobias Madison & Uri Aran: 1 February, 6–9pm
Tobias Madison: 23 February, 6–9pm
8005 Zurich, Switzerland
T +41 (0)44 272 15 15 / F +41 (0)44 272 18 88
NO; NO; H
The Swiss artist Tobias Madison (b.1985, Basel; lives and works in Basel and Zurich) belongs to a generation of young artists who frequently open up the isolated process of artistic creation through the adoption of cooperative or collective strategies, and often assume the role of the curator, client and originator in the process. The roles that Madison adopts are as wide-ranging as the media in which he works: these include sculpture, video, projection, computer-generated and assisted painting, audio pieces, texts, photographs and scans. His works, which are processual in nature, are full of references and descriptions of found symbols and break through the boundaries and categorisations of the art system with playful ease.
He understands his exhibition NO; NO; H not as a format limited by space, a presentation that comes to a standstill and ends with the opening, but as the possibility offered by the experimental form of temporal and spatial expansion and intensification of the classical concept of the exhibition. In keeping with this approach, NO; NO; H will be reconfigured at the end of February with the addition of new works, and numerous events establish a spatial and conceptual connection between the exhibition location and other places in Zürich; for example, AP News or Longstreet Bar.
Events will be announced in the Newsletter designed by Tobias Madison. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tobias Madison’s first artist’s monograph will be published in association with the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich by JRPIRingier Kunstverlag. It contains numerous images, photos of installations and texts by the artist and other authors.
here, here and here
As a second solo show, Kunsthalle Zürich presents here, here and here, the first comprehensive solo institutional show by Uri Aran, who was born in Israel in 1977 and currently lives and works in New York. His work is pervaded by the interrogation and redefinition of structures and models of communication, the material world and interpersonal relationships. His visually idiosyncratic and disconcerting videos, drawings, texts and sculptures hover on the boundary between the familiar and the strange. Aran combines work groups created specially for the exhibition, thereby creating spheres and systems specific to the individual spaces which, however, also relate to and interweave with each other.
At an initial glance, the sculptural installations look like chaotic arrangements of found objects; at a second glance, however, they appear as gestures of a microcosm structured by mysterious rules, which highlight the problem of organisation and categorisation. Collections of images, portraits next to animal pictures, plastic grapes and pizza boxes—the latter evoke the homely feel of a cosy family evening—run like a red thread through the entire exhibition and are also found in the drawings which Aran associates with new printing techniques. Through repetitions and a system of wide-ranging cross-references from a syntax of materials, the artist generates a visual rhythm that runs through the exhibition.
Uri Aran’s first artist’s monograph is published in association with the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich by JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag. It contains numerous images and texts by Uri Aran, Fionn Meade and Liam Gillick and a conversation between the artist and Beatrix Ruf.
Kunsthalle Zürich thanks Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Direktion der Justiz und des Innern des Kantons Zürich as well as Zürcher Kantonalbank (Partner of Kunsthalle Zürich), Luma Foundation, Swiss Re, Hulda and Gustav Zumsteg Foundation, and Ringier AG.
Tobias Madison NO; NO; H is supported by STEO Stiftung, George Foundation, kulturelles.bl, Abteilung Kultur Basel-Stadt, Stiftung Erna und Curt Burgauer.