Alighiero e Boetti
Nam June Paik
The third exhibition organized by Pool project, featuring works from the collections of Maja Hoffmann and Michael Ringier. It presents artistic positions that grapple with the thresholds of human subjectivity, and which dismantle media constructions of visual and textual codes of communication.
Featuring works by:
John Baldessari, Alighiero e Boetti, Troy Brauntuch, Antoine Catala / Dan Graham, Allan McCollum, Nicole Eisenman, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jack Goldstein, General Idea, Larry Johnson, Mike Kelley, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, John Miller, Matt Mullican, Nam June Paik, Richard Prince, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Martha Rosler, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Christopher Williams, Lawrence Weiner.
Curator: Arthur Fink studies Art History and Philosophy at the University of Basel and co-runs the exhibition space Hacienda in Zurich.
In the Crack of the Dawn is the third exhibition organized by POOL project, featuring works from the collections of Maja Hoffmann and Michael Ringier.
The show’s title is borrowed from a 1991 comic book by Lawrence Weiner and Matt Mullican. In the Crack of the Dawn describes the transition from night into day as the sun slowly rises. The title serves as a metaphor for a specific mode of perception: in the early morning hours, the subject begins to perceive the world around them, and attempt to convey, through structures, the objects they encounter. The subject is yet to transition into their habitual state of awareness. Sensory data do not integrate with a stable system of meaning, and the boundaries between dream and reality, object and subject are not yet clearly demarcated.
In the Crack of the Dawn stands for a state of awareness in which symbolic societal structures appear fictional, and the possibility of reconfiguring such systems suddenly presents itself. At the same time, this threshold state opens up a space where traumatic experiences articulate themselves, and the sheer physicality of the surroundings penetrates the subject.
The exhibition In the Crack of the Dawn presents artistic positions that grapple with the thresholds of human subjectivity, and which dismantle media constructions of visual and textual codes of communication. Works in the exhibition explore these visual codes and their impact on our worldview: they transform society’s mechanisms of image production, uncover the identity politics behind them, and reconfigure them. The work of American artist Matt Mullican (Santa Monica, *1951) plays an important role here. Mullican continually engages with the question of what constitutes the human psyche, as well as its faculty to produce realities through establishing socially binding symbols. Mullican’s own cosmology functions as a tool for analyzing images and their impact on experience, knowledge and identity.
Ulrich Loock is an art critic and curator, and a lecturer at the University of the Arts, Bern
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