Mitzi Pederson, Alexander Wolff

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Installation View © Photocredit Stephan Altenburger Fotography, Zurich
Installation View © Photocredit Stephan Altenburger Fotography, Zurich
Installation View © Photocredit Stephan Altenburger Fotography, Zurich
Installation View © Photocredit Stephan Altenburger Fotography, Zurich
Mitzi Pederson, Alexander Wolff

Malzgasse 20
4052 Basel
April 16th, 2010 - June 5th, 2010
Opening: May 8th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

+41 61 271 7183
Wed. - Fri. 13:00 - 18:00; Sat. 11:00 - 16:00 and by appointment
installation, sculpture


Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie is very pleased to exhibit Mitzi Pederson (US, 1976) and Alexander Wolff (DE, 1976) together in their first two-person show. Threads, visual and artistic communication, creative interplay, mutual respect, conspiracy and friendship link the two artists. Their common interests in materials, planes, spheres, space and architecture are the basis of the installation in the gallery while their respective paintings and sculptures are exhibited within.

Pederson and Wolff’s use of material and interest in fiber, colors, juxtaposition of tensions and textures are recurring in their individual and collaborative works. They investigate depth and dimensions, our interpretation thereof and interaction therewith. Spatial intervention and visual guidance within the gallery allow us to take a closer look at the finer elements and features of our environment, materials and their interaction with each other. Watch your step, see and sense the delimiters of space protruding from the walls, rising off the floor and parting the air with a fine line.

Line. How does one create a line and what does a line do? How and when do we see a line, the space above and below it, behind it, within it? Colors, lines, shapes and forms are perceived differently depending on how they are created and placed. The resulting boundaries are pertinent to this exhibit as Pederson and Wolff communicate and create the space together.

Mitzi Pederson’s works created on site are spatial, meditative sculptures. Floating tension, gentle thin shadows, use of natural elements and delicate touches sharpen our awareness and focus on what is present. A natural balance on a wall contrasts with the large cypress trees springing to life outside. A simple twist changes the color, intensity, angle, triggering concentration and imagination at once. Soft color combinations of pink, green or blue cotton thread with wooden strips enhance closeness and distance - break lines. Imagine a beautiful, simple, strong and intriguing voyage while remaining securely anchored; a breath of fresh air that releases tensions and induces calmness and concentration. The manipulation of materials creates another space in our world.

Thread thickness, evenness, weft, edges, selvage, connections, stitch type are some of the critical elements to Alexander Wolff’s paintings. In Untitled (Chlorox), 2007, the use of bleach to try to achieve the same color value on different types of cream, black and grey denim, brings forth the reflection of light. We constantly re-focus, adjusting our attention to pinpoint the color pixels we are visually interpreting. The weave types, (temporary) permeability of dye and structures stitched together affect our vision. The fringes, fabric border, thread and touch of color invite us to perceive depth and imagine the essence of windows, as if we were looking at a building while blinded by the burning sunlight – a mirage. The typical 1970’s architecture that was once appreciated and has now fallen out of favor is the inspiration for a painting of the ceiling of the Münster Kunstverein, Germany, showing the light shaft, support structure, and track light railings. Three dimensions in two, and a 90-degree change of perspective allows us to see the ceiling structure as if it were a building façade or a Neo-Geo Painting.

By incorporating the gallery’s columns and supporting cement ceiling beams, the artists’ installation allows them to delve deeper into architecture – a pertinent choice as the gallery is located in one of Zurich’s first high rises – Hochhaus zur Palme - built by Haefeli / Moser / Steiger between 1959 – 64. This change forces the regular visitor to reexamine the space and works exhibited differently. The invitation card was made in their studio and presents the juxtaposition of a child’s drawing in front of an advertisement of a 1973 Morris Louis exhibit at André Emmerich’s Galerie that was located across the street, on Tödistrasse. Pederson and Wolff honor materials, architecture, history and the interpretation of what we see and invite us to explore their vision.

Anne Mosseri-Marlio