Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther.
curated by Eva von Ingram Harpf
Exh. Opening Hours: Wednesday, 19.07 – Friday, 21.07.2017 from 3-7pm and until August 14.08.2017 open by appointment
Taking its title from Samuel Beckett’s fascination with the South Tyrolian Middle High German lyric poet Walther von der Vogelweide, Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther. is the third exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency.
This year’s artists in residence, Lindsay Lawson (b. 1982), Jimena Mendoza (b. 1979) and Giles Round (b. 1976) will exhibit a selection of the over one hundred artworks they made during their stay in Bolzano throughout the past two months. Similar to previous iterations, the artists drew influence from their unique surroundings. Ranging from the rocky cliffs rising above the city, to excursions which led them to discover cultural peculiarities from Val Gardena to Verona, the exhibited works are a condensation of their own individual practices mixed with their experiences whilst in residence at THUN.
These year’s exhibition venues tie in closely with the history of the ceramic company: situated opposite of each other on a curvy road in Aslago/Haslach is the first ever showroom of THUN ceramics, operating from 1965-1990, as well as the St. Gertrude Chapel, a sanctuary built in 1777.
When Samuel Beckett writes the sentence Seeing a stone seat by the kerb I sat down and crossed my legs, like Walther. in his short story ‘The Calmative’, he borrows the image of the thinking poet, who famously was depicted in just such a pose whilst contemplating about the fundamental questions of human consciousness.
Language can often prove powerful, yet needing definition it mints an image. It is exactly these images that the three artists provide to this year’s audience.