Somewhere Only We Know
PAVEL ZOUBOK GALLERY is pleased to announce that we are expanding our program and MOVING to a larger space at 531 West 26th Street. We invite you to join us for the inaugural exhibition of new work by Swiss artist-duo HENDRIKJE KÜHNE and BEAT KLEIN. Their intricately wrought collages and sculptures of cut postcards create spatial environments that are at once familiar and fantastical.
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6-8pm or during the run of the exhibition, which continues through March 23.
Using countless postcards of popular and art historical imagery, KÜHNE / KLEIN create layered paper constructions that combine aspects of painting and sculptural relief. Drawing upon the perspectival shifts of existing, and often iconic images, and the physicality of heavy card stock, the artists establish a perceptual and physical depth that draws the viewer into a uniquely constructed “reality”, a seemingly endless labyrinth of signs and surfaces. In panoramic works such as An American Landscape and Painting the Towers of Babel, literal and metaphorical references blend seamlessly to articulate a collective sense of place. By contrast, intimately-scaled works such Painting a Cot and Painting a Full Table reveal intimate interiors that recall the synthetic Cubism of Picasso and Braque.
The exhibition also features works from the series Top of the Pops, similarly layered tondos that function as imagined gold or platinum records are “awarded” to some of the most iconic and reproduced images in the history of art. These visual markers, more familiar in reproduction than direct experience, form the axis for swirls of images that become spinning artist portraits of Roy Lichtenstein, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and others.
Sculptural works include the installation Typical Switzerland, part of an earlier series based on travel and the culture of tourism. This massive network of intricately linked pictures from travel brochures mounted on cardboard suggests an aerial and topographical view of the artists’ native Switzerland, recognizable in its form but ultimately a creation of commerce and popular perception.
Based in Basel Switzerland, KÜHNE / KLEIN have exhibited extensively in European galleries and museums, including the Kunstmuseum Olten in Switzerland, Museums Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield in England, Museum Hilversum in the Netherlands, Museum zum Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen in Switzerland, M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Russia, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Mulhouse, France, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland. In 2012 they were awarded the Emmy Gifford Fellowship from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. This is their first solo exhibition in the United States and with Pavel Zoubok Gallery.