The Secret Garden
22 Oct - 19 Nov 2011
Marc Bauer, Stefan Burger, Discoteca Flaming Star, Dani Gal, Virginia Overton, Elodie Pong, Tanja Roscic, Yorgos Sapountzis, Sylvia Sleigh, Loredana Sperini, Megan Francis Sullivan, Karin Suter
22 October - 19 November
With the busy schedules of a today‘s artist, many art works are produced for a specific environment, one exhibition or clear time frame. Once they leave the studio, art works travel among anonymous audiences almost with a life of their own and often disappear in some kind of storage - in the best case of a collection- while the creator is already working on his or her next project. The presence on websites and newsletters add to the almost imaginary character of these art works- their images circulate from arbitrary sender to a barely selected public and yet only a fraction of this public has ever seen the work. And especially not- as one would maybe assume- that of the primary environment of the artist - if there even is such a location.
The exhibition The Secret Garden- inspired by British author Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s novel from 1911 of the same name- now uses the gallery space as the specific, real basis for the general- both physical and digital- distribution of art works of its artist around the art circuit and brings together works from artists of the gallery that have not been previously seen at the gallery space. The works on display essentially don‘t pretend to relate in any other context but their affiliation with the gallery. At the same time, the exhibition‘s title offers itself as a loose Leitmotif for diverse strategies of distinction and moments of dissolution of definitions such as Inside and Outside, the Self and the Other, Reality and Mystery, Experience and Thought.
The Secret Garden embraces this formal and thematic diversity and creates an installation that picks up this idea of a mysterious refuge and proposes a playful and theatrical over-all installation. For the first time, the basement space of the gallery- until now a storage and private showroom- will be part of the exhibition.