Bill at Pittier:
October 11 – November 22 2009
The background for this show of Jaime Gili at Kunsthalle Winterthur is provided by two Swiss luminaries; Max Bill, born in Winterthur, icon of the Zurich Concrete art movement and pioneer of the design avant garde in the 1950s, very influential in the visual arts from Venezuela in those decades; and Henri Pittier (1857-1950), who explored the Venezuelan jungle and gave his name to the first national park there.
The wilderness of the jungle, providing living space for countless plants and animals, in the area of Choroní where Gili actuaally spends some time almost every year, seems like the antithesis to Bill’s formalist and reductionist universe; for Gili, however, it is the tension resulting from the combination of them both that makes a possible frame for the installation. The installation turns into a sort of artificial garden, designed for viewing from specific viewpoints, very much in the tradition of the English garden. The large-scale paintings are integral parts within the thicket of artificially designed surroundings and wallpapers, but at the same time they stand out as solitary and autonomous objects.
Kunsthalle Winterthur, Marktgasse 25, CH – 8400 Winterthur
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