LICHT FELD GALLERY
Inspired by the premises of the former Sulzer-Burckhardt area on the Gundeldinger Feld, and by the legendary Hammer exhibitions, the idea came to me to take advantage of the possibilities of the experimental phase in which the Gundeldinger Feld finds itself, in order to realize a sustained and recurring experiment: It is the proposal - unlike in the commercial art field - to exhibit the oeuvre of a group of artists year after year, giving an insight into the development of individual artists. It is thus not, first and foremost, intended to be a more-or-less randomly selected snapshot, but rather a location for continuity. This seems to us to make sense, because concentration and continuity represent a clear contrast to the rapid turnover, arbitrariness and superficial nature of the commercial art field. The public has the opportunity to become more intensively involved with individual artists. The artists, on the other hand, have a protected "laboratory" at their disposal, offering them the possibility of setting milestones for their individual artistic development through an exhibition. It should be explicitly stated that the goal is not to "purchase" a certain status by showcasing international artists, but rather to develop individual artists, and thus to concentrate on the substance - the artistic potential of the exhibits.
LICHT FELD exhibitions should be held at least once a year, in environments similar to Exhibition Hall 7 on Gundeldinger Feld, in Basle and abroad. The core group of members will suggest and select further artists for future exhibitions. Exhibition topics or other frameworks are not proposed to the artists. Independence is the essential focus. Each artist should respond with his or her personality, craft, style and creativity to the possible repetition of the physical premises or to new environments, and contribute appropriate work. Any form of co-operation within the group and/or with new artists, with regard to the creation of new work, is positively sought.
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