“Making of – Painting”

“Making of – Painting”

Kunsthalle Zürich

Jana Euler, Analysemonster, 2014. Oil on canvas.
Courtesy Jana Euler. Photo: Michael De Lausnay.
August 22, 2014
“Making of – Painting”

Kunsthalle Zürich
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zurich
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“Making of – Painting” – A series of programmes accompanying the exhibitions of:
Jana Euler, August 30–November 9, 2014
Avery Singer, November 22, 2014–January 25, 2015
Thomas Müllenbach, November 22, 2014–January 25, 2015

Kunsthalle Zürich presents a wide range of public programmes, titled “Making of,” that have so far dealt with the complex relationships between digital circuits and corporeal experience engaged by video art and object-installation. Departing from these debates, our upcoming events seek to further these questions in the field of painting: What potentials for artistic production and aesthetic reflection does the classical brush stroke offer in a time marked by a peculiar clash of virtual realties and material conditions? The series of programmes “Making of – Painting” accompanies Kunsthalle Zürich’s presentation of three artists who make diverse use of this medium rich in tradition, during this fall and winter.


Friday, September 26, 6pm
Lecture by Jana Euler, followed by a conversation with Kerstin Stakemeier 

Saturday, October 25, 4pm
Lecture by Kerstin Stakemeier, followed by a conversation with Jana Euler

Jana Euler’s paintings, sculptures and texts explore the possibilities of digital and analogue images and respond to our contemporary conditions of experience with optical, cognitive and sensual models and vehicles of reflection. The dynamic interplay in her works—the equal weight of the hallucinatory hyperreal and the very real material states of objects and subjects—calls for discussion in a special twin pack: A lecture by Jana Euler on experience and experiment in painting, will be followed by a conversation with art theorist Kerstin Stakemeier (Junior Professor for Media Theory and Visual Cultures, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich). A lecture by Kerstin Stakemeier on digitality in painting will be followed by a conversation with the artist—both also encouraging audience participation. Together we want to discuss how the subjects and signifiers of an image work in accordance to its physical economies of production, presentation, and social relationships today.


Sunday, November 23, 11am
“Pictures Punish Words”— A symposium in the context of an exhibition by Avery Singer

The works that Avery Singer has created for her solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Zürich refuse to reveal at first glance whether they are paintings or prints. Singer’s experiments with painting since 2010 are as timely as the visual methods employed (freeware programs used for 3D modeling). They raise and pursue art historical and perceptual questions around the rift between spatial and flat pictorial compositions and painterly surfaces. The history of painting is expressed here not as a sequence of styles and subjects but rather is considered a constitutive juxtaposition of formal languages and problems. The symposium, developed together with Avery Singer, invites a group of artists and critics that share an interest in the horizontal histories as well as future prospects of painting to jointly discuss the various work and writings.


Thursday, December 11, 6:30pm
“Up Against the Wall”—Thomas Müllenbach in conversation 

Thomas Müllenbach’s oeuvre turns our everyday perception of familiar things on its head. The shifts and displacement of commonplace phenomena are the focus of his attention. Through the selection of details—he questions traditional conventions of representation, allowing the edge of the image to trim heads and objects, mixing different perspectives in one and the same work—we discover unknown elements in the familiar. His Wallseries, for example, transfers the exterior to the interior by bringing the brick façade of the Löwenbräu building into the exhibition space of Kunsthalle Zürich. His reflections on art history emerge clearly in those paintings, which revolve around the black square, including the ones constantly encountered in our ordinary environments (such as the switched-off flat screen). In this conversation, the artist will discuss notions of originality and deception, among others, to shed light on painting’s capacity for a decisive account of the everyday, including its persistent subversion.


For further information on all exhibitions and programmes, including documentation of previous events and up-to-date news, please visit our website: www.kunsthallezurich.ch.


Kunsthalle Zürich is regularly supported by Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Zürcher Kantonalbank – Partner of Kunsthalle Zürich, and LUMA Foundation.

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