Kunstmuseum St Gallen

Metamorphosis Overdrive

07 Mar - 06 Sep 2020

Yngve Holen, Hater Taillight, 2016
Autobus Headlight, Powder-coated steel, 28 x 105 x 90 cm
Metamorphosis Overdrive, Installation view Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Simon Dybbroe Møller, Things and the Thoughts That Think Them, 2011, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Guan Xiao, Installation view Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Diego Perrone, Untitled, 2018, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Diego Perrone, La notte all’indietro pesa, 2019, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Rä di Martino, Afterall, 2019, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Rä di Martino, Afterall, 2019, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Rä di Martino, Afterall, 2019, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
Rä di Martino, Afterall, 2019, Photo: Sebastian Stadler
METAMORPHOSIS OVERDRIVE
7 March – 6 September 2020
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Camille Blatrix, Timothée Calame, Rä Di Martino, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Guan Xiao, Yngve Holen, Diego Perrone, Ilona Ruegg
Curator: Lorenzo Benedetti

Transformations of machines and other tools play a central role in our collective imagination. The exhibition Metamorphosis Overdrive investigates the changes and transformations of elemental and technical forms and their significance in the present moment. The artistic positions question singular objects on their actual representation value and analyze the new boundaries of sculpture from a technical and receptive point of view. Eight international artists present works that transform absurd forms into strange but familiar arrangements. They represent a prototypical aesthetic of sculpture in which everyday forms become visionary sculptures.

The presentation examines the obsession of consumer society with objects, questions their appeal, and reveals their potential for frustration. The dynamics of attraction and repulsion are inherent in the works in the exhibition. In the domain of art, obsolescence is not connotated negatively and is used as a driving force, whereas the consumer goods industry intentionally incorporates it in order to accelerate consumption. Despite their icy, standardized, industrial appearance, the works seek to establish an emotional and poetic connection with the viewer.
 

Tags: Lorenzo Benedetti, Camille Blatrix, Yngve Holen, Rä di Martino, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Diego Perrone, Ilona Ruegg, Guan Xiao