“Unmittelbare Konsequenzen” at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
“Unmittelbare Konsequenzen” (Direct Consequences) is an exhibition that can take on a different form at any moment and which places the immediate at its heart. It focusses on the performative, the playful and the process-oriented bringing together various positions of young Swiss art. The contributions encompass temporal, spatial, material and social structures, whereby the transitory and mobile remain the focal points: Moments where forms become modified into affects, elements are animated, steering processes emerge and the coincidental can develop – despite the use of traditional genres such as painting or the inclusion of objects. Kevin Aeschbacher, Ramon Feller,
Nelly Haliti, Sophie Jung and Jan Vorisek with Anina Troesch are appearing at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen with performances, interactive works and installations.
The work of Sophie Jung fits into this project in that the artist creates a space for temporary definitions and plays with images and language. At the exhibition she is presenting assemblages of objects and texts which are to be animated and brought into connection with each other during three performances. Fresh and fragile narratives are created which call for supposed certainties.
Ramon Feller takes a different approach. He shows his interest in various experiences of time, dependencies within systems and processes of animation with installative works. Besides a roll of aluminium with an engraved Japanese spirit-being which, over the course of the whole exhibition, expands into an independent sculpture, the artist demonstrates temporal structures with instructions for counting and interactive programming.
In his latest cycle of work Kevin Aeschbacher is concerned with the qualities of materials and surfaces, whereby he reproduces well-known references to materials and shapes in alienated form. Aeschbacher scrupulously transfers digitally generated pictorial worlds onto canvas with oil paint and supplements the painting at the Kunst Halle with a participative component: sculptural elements on the picture frames can be activated as an additional mobilisation of spatial and material perception.
Nelly Haliti is also mainly a painter but has recently worked increasingly with film, photography and sculpture. She is showing a multi-media installation made up of new paintings along with a digital projection on the basis of a real-time text which the artist continually renews over the course of the exhibition. By means of a random generator words and symbols overlap and encounter one another in ever new ways, thus creating unforeseen meanings.
Jan Vorisek and Anina Troesch are putting together a place and time-specific work with an open outcome. In performative practice over the duration of the exhibition they develop a body of work that will be extended or reduced. They want to enter a kind of feedback loop that is dependent on various factors such as weather, the news or personal events.
“Unmittelbare Konsequenzen” presents multisided works from current Swiss art in which solid forms and truths are bid farewell. The artists’ contributions should be seen as processes in continual transformation — as mobile conglomerates of subjects, objects, associations and mechanisms whose elements reciprocally animate each other and in the process celebrate the ungraspable and ephemeral.
at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
until 12 February 2017