Artist in Residence 2018
Adriano Costa (b. 1975) is a Brazilian artist working and living between São Paulo and Europe. He graduated with a BA in art from the Universidade de São Paulo.
Costa’s sculptures and installations update the modernist and Minimalist legacies of geometric abstraction for contemporary Brazil through the use of everyday objects. His work also speaks to the lingering traces of colonialism, queer history and the potential of a localized artistic tradition. Applying a feel for compositional harmony, the artist disregards the objects’ original functions and combines them according to form, highlighting their visual relationships through strategic rearrangement. Costa’s works are usually installed chaotically across exhibition spaces in a style that the artist has dubbed “pre-sculptoric.” His avoidance of the pedestal and the frame highlights the vernacular aspect of the objects he uses and emphasizes their deviation from art-historical tradition.
Recent solo exhibitions include: We Chose Life . What Now, Georg? Tshirts ?, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2018); wetANDsomeOLDstuffVANDALIZEDbyTHEartist, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2018); B A I L E, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2018); DearMeatCutsDevilMayCry, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Every Camel Tells a Story, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2015). Recent group exhibitions include Everyday Poetics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2017); Frucht & Faulheit, Lothringer13 Halle, Munich (2017); IMAGINE BRAZIL, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo & Musee D’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (2014).
Artist in Residence 2018
Hella Gerlach (b. 1977) is a German artist based in Berlin. She studied experimental sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, art history at the University of Cologne and design at the Cologne International School of Design.
Sculpture, object, installation, scent, performance and sound…The interrelationship between architectural, physical (human) and social bodies lies at the core of Hella Gerlach’s artistic practice. She produces ephemeral works out of ceramic and industrially manufactured fabrics. Her sculptures recall theories of embodiment, which underscore the physical, epistemological and situational aspects of subject formation. For Gerlach sculpture is not a static object. Her works aim instead to provoke a particularly physical or embodied experience/dialogue with the viewer (or user) through the deployments of elastic materiality, evocative surfaces, kinetic movement, ephemeral scents and sounds, and interactive devices. Together, these contrive to interweave the body of the viewer, the artwork and the space of display into a connected field of action.
Recent and forthcoming exhibitions took place at the Kunstverein Jesteburg (2018), Berliner Festspiele (2017), Kunstverein Braunschweig (2016), Bargehouse, London (2016), Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno (2016), Asia-Pacific-Center, Seoul (2015), Galeria Acappella, Naples (2015) Kunstverein Hildesheim/Roemer-Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim (2014), Kunstverein Langenhagen, (2013) Goethe Institut, Glasgow (2013) Kunstverein Schwerin/Museum Schloss Schwerin (2013) Mark Morgan Perez Garage, Buenos Aires (2010).
Artist in Residence 2018
Paloma Proudfoot (b.1992) is an English artist living and working in London. Proudfoot studied her BA (Sculpture) at Edinburgh College of Art graduating in 2014 before completing her MA (Sculpture) at Royal College of Art in 2017.
Proudfoot uses sculptural objects as characters, a set of players that repeat, morph and re-emerge across different works through installation and performance. Using slip-casting to make hollow ceramic husks, Proudfoot manipulates these casts creating concave cheeks, gutted bellies and protruding spouts. These shallows and openings transform the objects into vessels, creating opportunities to fill their emptiness with materials that perish or metamorphose over time. Drying and decaying eggs, flowers, berries, home-brewed alcohol and bath salts mould over and alloy to the ceramics exposing their vulnerability and interrupting the immutability of the medium. Transposing her experience in clothes-making techniques to clay, Proudfoot also uses pattern-cutting methods to slab build figurative work, playing between the two-dimensional pattern pieces and three-dimensional forms they make up.
Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include The Detachable Head Serves as a Cup, Cob Gallery, London (2018); The Bin Room, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham (2017); There is One Missing From Your Bunch, May Projects, London (2016) and The Jockey, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (2015). Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include Becoming Plant, Tenderpixel, London; La Louisiana, Sans Titre, Paris; The Clean Carcass of the Host, Marso Galeria, Mexico City (with Galerie Sultana and Sans Titre for Condo Mexico) (all 2017).
Melissa Canbaz is a writer and curator based in Berlin, where she currently works at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. She is one of the founding members of the working group Stations, a nomadic platform that engages with discussions around forms of collaboration and dialogue within the context of exhibition making. Her recent curatorial projects are the group show Llave Cadena (Transpositions) at Alto Refugio in Buenos Aires (2017), with works by Victoria Colmegna, Chris Kraus, Valentina Liernur and Amelie von Wulffen, and the solo show with Jonas Lipps at Gallery Celine in Glasgow (2017). She is a regular contributor to various magazines and artists’ publications.
Artist in Residence 2017
Giles Round (b. 1976) lives and works in London, United Kingdom. He graduated from a BA at Middlesex and subsequently an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. His works are dense with historical references, often comic and materially various. Giles creates sculptures and assemblages composed of an array of materials, which includes ready made and ceramic objects, architectural screens and paintings. In his exhibitions he arranges these objects so as to divide space and invite a directed movement around a room. He appropriates craft and design into an art context in an attempt to collapse the hierarchies of applied and fine arts. More mischevous undertones are often camouflaged by safe and interior aesthetics.A firm believer that design and architecture play an active role in well-being, Giles’ work uses these tactics to create immersive and thought-provoking viewer experiences.
Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include: They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Design Work Leisure, part of ‘Underline’, Art on the Underground, London, (2015–2016); Printshop!, with Edwin Pickstone, Tramway, Glasgow, (2016); Ettore. Sorry!, J.W.Anderson Workshops, London, (2016); Ljubljana, 1955, Galerija Jakopič, part of Over you/you, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, (2015); AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, YOUNG TEAM, London, (2015); The Grantchester Pottery paints the stage, Jerwood Visual Arts, London, (2015)
Artist in Residence 2017
Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982) is an American artist based in Berlin, Germany. Lindsay studied fine arts UCLA in 2007 (MFA, New Genres Program) and was Guest Student with Judith Hopf at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main). Spanning film, installation, photo, sculpture, performance and text, the Berlin-based artist “investigates states of infatuation” with the objects she chooses to engage with. This object oriented ontology manifests itself by collecting objects either physically or virtually and re-contextualizing them so that the emotions they elicit become evident, thereby exposing their inner lives. Her interest in shifting understandings of an object’s agency is in line with schools of thought such as object-oriented new materialism and speculative realism.
Lindsay’s most recent solo exhibitions were Agency, 8-11, Toronto, Canada (2017); Dear Stranger, with Jenine Marsh, Entrée, Bergen, Norway (2017); Arrangements, 1646, The Hague, Netherlands (2016); Lampshading, Canapé Canopy, Auckland, New Zealand (2016) and The Inner Lives of Objects, Gillmeier Rech, Berlin (2016)
Artist in Residence 2017
Jimena Mendoza (b. 1979) is a Mexican artist based in Prague, Czech Republic.
She studied Fine Arts in La Esmeralda, Mexico City and the Master in Visual Arts Program in Academy of Art, Architecture and Design of Prague, Czech Republic.
In her work Jimena makes matrimony between divergent worldviews in a happily, unexpected and sensual encounters. Her works dialogue between applied arts, crafts and design; she is working mainly with ceramics, collage, glass and drawings. He work is influenced by indigenous and non-Western cultures, which she filters through her own idiosyncratic vision. In the previous years her projects have been influenced by the former Eastern European representations of the future and the gap between history and fiction, to launch anachronic and hybrid relations.
Recently her work has been featured in the following exhibitions: Forgotten Fruits, SVIT, Prague (2017); As if in a foreign country, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna (2016); Casualidad/ Causalidad, Ferdinand Baumann Galerie, Prague (2016); Konstelovat, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2016); The Notion of Distance (THREAT), FUTURA, Prague (2016); Shape of relation, Berlinskej Model, Prague (2015).
After graduating from Bocconi University in Milan with a thesis in Art Banking, Eva von Ingram Harpf (b. 1987) worked at Johann König Gallery in Berlin, as well as Ghetta Gallery, Ortisei and holds a Master´s degree in Contemporary Art from Sothebys London. Since 2012 she works as an independent curator and art adviser and is based in Bolzano, Südtirol, Italy. She is a member of the board of ar/ge Kunst Bozen.
This year the Thun Ceramic Residency extends its support of artists working with ceramic also beyond its yearly residency program. The first artist invited to externally make use of the facilities in Bolzano is the Italian sculptor Italo Zuffi. ar/ge kunst presents Italo Zuffi with a solo exhibition dedicated to works the artist conceived years ago but that so far has not been produced or presented just as model. The exhibition is part of a larger collaboration between ar/ge kunst, Nomas Foundation (Rom) and MAN (Museum of Contemporary Art Nuoro). His ceramic sculptures produced at THUN during the last week of June refer to public polls Italo Zuffi collected on journals and magazine in the course of the past years. The works will be presented at ar/ge from the 23 September – 26 November 2016. More information on the exhibition can be found on the website: http://www.argekunst.it.
We are incredibly happy that our friend Samuel Leuenberger will be overseeing this year’s residency and the consequent exhibition. Samuel is a Basel-born independent curator who has been running the not-for-profit SALTS exhibition space in Birsfelden, Switzerland since 2009, which promotes emerging Swiss and international artists. Further on he has been appointed as the new curator for Art Basel’s Parcours sector that this year took place in the Old Town of Basel in June. His great sensitivity to site specific artistic interventions in unconventional spaces is something we are looking forward to in the second exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency.