May 03, 2018 - June 23, 2018
Urs Fischer (b. 1973) is a Swiss contemporary concept artist based in New York City. Fischer studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich and soon after moved to Amsterdam to pursue his artistic career. Despite his studies in photography, he considers himself a “sculptor”. Fischer works with many different materials and media, usually large scale, and often uses perishable materials such as wax or unfired clay. These materials help illustrate his ideas of the passing of time, while also incorporating element of performance and Pop Art. These three works: Stehende (standing), Sitzende (sitting) and Liegende (lying), were created for Parkett number 94 in 2014 for the celebration of their 30th anniversary. Fischer’s works evoke past works of art in history: here the feminine figures evoke the neoclassic paintings of Odalisques, as well as the classic Greek and Roman sculptures representing Aphrodite.
Tom Friedman (b. 1965) is an American conceptual sculptor who works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, video and installation. The artist is interested in the relationship between the object and the viewer, and the space in between those two. For his sculptures, he uses everyday materials that can be found everywhere so the viewer can be more familiar with his works. Once the viewer is attracted to the piece, Friedman intends for them to find the deeper meaning in his works.
Paulo Monteiro (b. 1961) is a Brazilian painter, sculptor and designer. He started his career as a painter and formed the group Casa 7 with fellow artists that aimed for a renaissance of Brazilian paintings. In 1986, Monteiro immersed himself into three dimension sculptures mainly using pipe and wood. He takes advantage of the tense relationship between contours and paste, revealing the viscosities and slippery aspect of the material by molding his sculptures rather than conforming it. In art history, mold was the instrument used to make a flexible matter gain a stable and permanent form. Monteiro has participated in several Biennales and shows, having his first solo sculpture exhibition in 1987.
Kathy Prendergast (b. 1958) was born in Dublin, United Kingdom. Her early series of works were concerned with the ideas of territory and colonization, using maps as a metaphor for control and references to Ireland and its struggle for independence. In the 1990s, her attention focused on works about sexuality, identity and power. Prendergast decontextualizes and manipulates everyday objects into enigmatic surrealist hand-painted bronze sculptures; allowing viewers to reevaluate their own interaction with these everyday objects, resulting in a timeless interpretation of love, memory and loss.
Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964) is a Swiss born mixed-media artist. He works with sculpture, painting, video, sound and photography. Rondinone’s works often reflect on the boundaries between fiction and reality, euphoria and depression. The artist usually uses incandescent colors and Pop references. This work belongs to his Still life series, which depict everyday objects such as food, candles, furniture or stones. “I see art-making as a ritual, a meditation for myself” the artist explains.
Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1947) was born in Tokyo, Japan. Upon completion of his studies at the Art Center College of Design, Sugimoto moved to New York and began working on his photographic series. Understanding the idea of series and repetition is crucial to fully grasp Sugimoto’s work. The artist has been working with the Seascape series for many years as a lifelong pursuit because they relate to memories from his infancy. The sea is also present in Five Elements, inspired by a medieval Buddhist pagoda (known as the five elements pagoda), which was designed to contain the relics of Buddha. The sphere of the pagoda contains a small photograph of the sea, which comes from a large-scale seascape.
Franz West (1947 – 2012) belonged to a generation of artists exposed to the Actionist and Performance Art of the 1960s and 1970s that challenged the traditional relationship of artwork and viewer, where art was seen as autonomous. His idea of a complete artwork is through the physical interaction between artwork and viewer. His sculptures, objects and collaboration with other artists have found a way to differentiate themselves from the world in which they are made to exist. As West has said, “It doesn’t matter what the art looks like, but how they are used”.