Under The Curse

05/27 -
06/30/2022

Opening: 05/27/2022 | 6 - 10 pm

Finissage: 06/30/2022 | 6 pm

Open Hours: Fri. 5 - 7 pm or by appointment




 

"Under the Curse" is a group exhibition by three young Swiss artists*; Maya Hottarek (Biel), Manutcher Milani (Zurich) and Jürgen Baumann (Winterthur).

         

The early modern witch trials occupy a unique place in public perception, a contested space where facts are routinely adjusted to serve agendas. The impetus for the exhibition was an article about the emergence of an artistic style reflecting on the era of witchcraft and the contemporary world, focusing on gender in art:

 

"The Return of the Witch in Contemporary Culture"

from the 2018 Frieze art catalog.

 

The title of the exhibition is based on the themes the artists address, as they all share a magical curse under which they create and understand the contemporary world around them.  Their work focuses on contemporary art in mixed media and crosses boundaries from conceptual works to traditional craft materials to new media and performance. 

 

These three artists* are among the most prominent representatives of this magical contemporary art style with a touch of super cultural influences. Although they are young artists, their path through art is already marked and they have quickly gained a good place in the art scene thanks to their specific style. Their artistic themes and works combine randomly and find very impressive paths with a unique signature. 

 

Like walking through a magical valley, everything is organic but retains legible forms, familiar shapes and the outlines of things change their character under whatever curse. It is as if everything is floating on a strange, alien cloud. This artistic direction could refer to today's time, when everything is infected with a virus and everyone and everything changes its face and character under its power. Objects and places that are familiar to us are in fact something completely different from what they are when the power of magic controls them.

 

The artist Jürgen Baumann (*1988), who lives and works in Winterthur, works on an abstract level to create and overcome shells and confinements. Thematically, he deals with the entanglements of consciousness with the environment, with ghosts of the past and the subconscious. His work is based on metaphorical narrative and characteristic visual similarity. In his production Jürgen Baumann uses a rudimentary deep-drawing process and casting technique. The plastic materials contrast with the original positives. He concentrates on the medium of drawing, relief and object. His polystyrene elements are like ice shells floating in space, referencing certain fragments of historical and fantastic architecture. The drawing shows a strange elf fairy that seems to infect the surrounding frame after the explosion of a magic potion, which becomes an independent object through a curse.

 

Manutcher Milani (*1996), the Ghanaian-born, Zurich-based artist focuses on creating spiritual and posthumanist objects. His work has philosophical and conceptual roots, and his visual work is on the borderline between image and installation. Manutcher Milani has a very specific and distinctive style in working with tapestries. It ranges from African shamanic and spiritual art to contemporary supercultural trends in fashion and art. Characteristic of Manutcher's artwork are the many colors and the return to traditional craftsmanship in tapestries.

 

Maya Hottarek (*1990), was born in Ticino and lives and works in Biel. In her work Maya Hottarek works with different media such as object, clay, light and traditional techniques of ceramics. In her works she is concerned with expressing the complex interactions between the individual, society and the economy. She tries to connect all these issues to our basic needs, to come to terms with our own existence and to be inspired by pure nature, which is most important to her. Maya Hottarek transforms the soul and spirit of nature through her human body. Most of her works function like figures in a coherent installation with a certain magical curse. The result is an attempt to open new dimensions of understanding reality and questions of perception in general. 

 

 

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