Any takers? Proposals for public artworks. In the current exhibition Zetterquist shows a series of sketches that are to be considered as proposals for public places, although the projects suggested sometimes adopt the character of autonomous, surreal installations.
'Any takers? Proposals for public artworks'
Johan Zetterquist at AndrÃ©hnÂSchiptjenko
AndrÃ©hn-Schiptjenko have the pleasure of presenting Johan Zetterquist's first solo show at the gallery. Zetterquist, born in 1968, trained at Valand's School of Art, Gothenburg, and currently lives and works in Berlin where he recently has held the Swedish IASPIS residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien.
Zetterquist defines his work as being 'somewhere between impossible to describe and conceptual'. His interest in the concepts of the natural vs. the unnatural Â a dichotomy he believes to be completely false - and his conviction that evolution will inevitably go hay-wire, has resulted in a series of installations involving different forms of media such as sculpture, wall painting, drawing, sound and video. Nature and culture merge and mutate.
In the current exhibition Zetterquist shows a series of sketches that are to be considered as proposals for public places, although the projects suggested sometimes adopt the character of autonomous, surreal installations. For instance in Highway Island Â a highway intersection on an island unreachable by car where the lanes of a sketched motorway junction end in water, because the conceived traffic construction almost completely covers a small-scale island. This is overgrown by feeder-roads and exits, a network overrunning the entire surface. A perhaps more realistic sculpture is Make Out Tower Â Tower Solution for Flat Cities Â a tower accessible by car with a parking lot on top, designed for cities lacking a car-friendly vantage point.
These designs, presented in an installation that includes a painted transformation of the entire gallery, make a determined attempt to iron out the differences between the artificial and the natural.
Opening reception Thursday September 25, 5-8 pm. The exhibition runs through November 8, gallery opening hours are Tuesday Â Friday 11-5 pm, Saturday 12-5. For further information and visuals, please contact the gallery.
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