A Month of Sundays at Taylor Macklin

November 4th, 2016|

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Artists: Juliette Blightman, Morgan Fisher, Vanessa Safavi, Joke Schmidt, Michael Smith, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Exhibition title: A Month of Sundays

Curated by: Clément Delépine

Venue: Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland

Date: September 22 – November 6, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Taylor Macklin, Zurich

The wait begins when there is nothing left to wait for, not even the end of the wait; the wait ignores and destroys the thing that is awaited; the wait waits for no one – Maurice Blanchot

As a teenager I had to wear braces. Like many of other kids, I spent long hours waiting for the orthodontist.

From his dull waiting room I remember mismatched chairs and a coffee table with aluminum legs. I vividly remember the posters of impressionists masters and the crumpled magazines from the year before. I remember the cartoonish molar drawn on a blackboard meant to teach kids how to brush their teeth. It had arms, which didn’t make much sense to me.

I mostly remember waiting, anxious for the pain to come. At some point I would inevitably tell myself that things didn’t have to be that way and I started fantasizing about an escape plan and the life I could lead should I simply decide to leave. In these moment, all seemed to be clearer. It didn’t have to be painful ever again, I just had to walk away. I never left but I remember wait as an empowering time.

The exhibition A Month of Sundays is considering waiting time and its many avatars as a symbolic place of all possible. It explores the mundanity and extraordinariness of passing time through a daily routine, a car’s odometer, or a sunset.

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Vanessa Safavi, Each Colour is a Gift for You, 2015
10 taxidermied birds, Dimensions variable

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Joke Schmidt, Studien von Warteräumen, 2014
Video installation, 5:47 min

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Vanessa Safavi, Each Colour is a Gift for You, 2015
10 taxidermied birds, Dimensions variable

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Juliette Blightman, Please water the plant and feed the fish, 2008
Pedestal, fishbowl, fish, plant (Crassula ovata), plant pot, apple, Dimensions variable

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Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Sonnenuntergang am Zugersee (115), 1996
Oil on canvas; 26 x 35cm

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Michael Smith, KidZania, Experience No.2: Waiting, 2015
C-print, 59.7 x 85.1 cm

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Vanessa Safavi, Each Colour is a Gift for You, 2015
10 taxidermied birds, Dimensions variable

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Vanessa Safavi, Each Colour is a Gift for You, 2015
10 taxidermied birds, Dimensions variable

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Vanessa Safavi, Each Colour is a Gift for You, 2015
10 taxidermied birds, Dimensions variable

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Morgan Fisher, Turning Over, 1975
1/2’’ video transferred to DVD, 15 min

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Morgan Fisher, Turning Over, 1975
1/2’’ video transferred to DVD, 15 min

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Morgan Fisher, Turning Over, 1975
1/2’’ video transferred to DVD, 15 min

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Morgan Fisher, Turning Over, 1975
1/2’’ video transferred to DVD, 15 min