Friend ? ? at Maria Bernheim

Artists: Darren Bader, Mathew Cerletty, Marguerite Humeau, Alissa McKendrick, Ebecho Muslimova, Chadwick Rantanen

Exhibition title: Friend ? ?

Venue: Maria Bernheim, Zürich, Switzerland

Date: April 22 – May 27, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Maria Bernheim

“My parents kept me in a closet for years. Until I was fifteen I thought I was a suit”.

The idea for Friend ? ? sprung from ongoing conversations with Mathew Cerletty, from observing, from cultural differences and from bonding experiences. A few years ago, the Swiss National Museum attempted to put together an exhibition supposedly exploring and defining Swiss humor. Perhaps the island mentality has been the fertile soil for a very tongue-in-cheek vision and appreciation of life. On the other hand, they seem to be more reluctant to laugh at an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Friend ? ?, after the title of a Neil Jenney painting, brings together a wide variety of artists working in different mediums, most of them being shown for the first time in Switzerland.

Darren Bader known for his works that ask the viewer to actively participate presents a group of sculptures.

Mathew Cerletty’s paintings have explored over the past decade an idea of surreality, of an extraordinary distinctive reality in the most realistic manner. The subject matters being only alibis for making windows into a different world.

Marguerite Humeau creates environments that force the viewer into a different history, a plausible one. The sculptures are weird people, like E.T., we are forced to interact with them and acknowledge their existence, thus questioning our own bodily envelope.

Alissa McKendrick puts on a story, perhaps akin to an evil Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl, leaving the possibility of absurd situations and their scenarios to be elaborated.

Ebecho Muslimova brings to life her alter ego, Fatebe, putting her through a wide array of ridiculous situations, thus exploring form and content in the manner of a caricaturist.

Chadwick Rantanen’s sculptures seem to be a diversion of themselves, presenting sculptures were custom made battery adapters with insect wings added on, or simply a giant battery operated bird, bringing an aesthetic attention to a part of the object that is usually unseen.

Humor is always in the eye of the beholder.

Darren Bader, 38.5 x 48.5 x 2.5 cm, 15 1/8 x 19 1/8 x 1 in

Darren Bader, 60 x 72 x 28 cm, 23 5/8 x 28 3/8 x 11 1/8 in

Mathew Cerletty, Friends, 2014 colored pencil on paper, 66.7 x 52.7 cm, 26 1/4 x 20 3/4 in

Mathew Cerletty, Ghost, 2014, oil on linen, 114 x 152 cm, 44 7/8 x 59 7/8 in

Mathew Cerletty, Dream Baby Dream, 2015, oil on canvas, 86.4 x 121.9 cm, 34 1/8 x 48 in

Marguerite Humeau, JEAN, An elephant watching the scene with a sense of wonder, 2016, Polystyrene, white paint, nylon, powder-coated metal stand, 104.9 x 162.1 x 188.2 cm, 41 1/4 x 63 7/8 x 74 1/8 in, Plinth Size: 190cm x 150cm x 50cm

Marguerite Humeau, JEAN, An elephant watching the scene with a sense of wonder, 2016, Polystyrene, white paint, nylon, powder-coated metal stand, 104.9 x 162.1 x 188.2 cm, 41 1/4 x 63 7/8 x 74 1/8 in, Plinth Size: 190cm x 150cm x 50cm

Marguerite Humeau, JEAN, An elephant watching the scene with a sense of wonder, 2016, Polystyrene, white paint, nylon, powder-coated metal stand, 104.9 x 162.1 x 188.2 cm, 41 1/4 x 63 7/8 x 74 1/8 in, Plinth Size: 190cm x 150cm x 50cm

Alissa McKendrick, Untitled, 2015, flashe paint and oil paint on canvas, 91.44 x 35.56 cm, 36 x 14 in

Alissa McKendrick, Untitled, 2016, Flashe paint and oil paint on panel, 88.9 x 181.61 cm, 35 x 71 1/2 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

 

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Turkey Spread, 2016, Battery Operated Decoys, Battery Adaptors, Plastic, Stickers, Carbon Fiber, Poylester Rope, Meta, 182.88 x 137.16 x 114.3, cm 72 x 54 x 45 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Fancy Hive with Shutter, 2016, 4 battery operated light up wall decorations, 12 artist-made AA battery adaptors (plastic, metal, stickers), 182.88 x 33.02 x 7.62 cm, 72 x 13 x 3 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Fancy Hive with Shutter, 2016, 4 battery operated light up wall decorations, 12 artist-made AA battery adaptors (plastic, metal, stickers), 182.88 x 33.02 x 7.62 cm, 72 x 13 x 3 in

Chadwick Rantanen, Fancy Hive with Shutter, 2016, 4 battery operated light up wall decorations, 12 artist-made AA battery adaptors (plastic, metal, stickers), 182.88 x 33.02 x 7.62 cm, 72 x 13 x 3 in

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