Andreas HochuliChaleur et sommeil
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Genève, Switzerland
The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève presents in the Project Space a series of paintings by Andreas Hochuli, artist-in-residence during the last four months.
In his work, Andreas Hochuli explores pictorial techniques and creates compositions with source images, at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. He builds motifs, be they bodies, characters or everyday objects. He often finds and selects his visual elements on websites and blogs, as he strolls through the pool of everyday images. He then reworks them on an image processing software and integrates them by using these as stencils, thus creating real entanglements of visual and textual components. As a result, even if his canvases are made according to the same protocol, almost mechanically, each becomes a constantly renewed and unique creation.
Chaleur et sommeil, the title chosen by the artist for this exhibition, evokes summer’s gentle melancholia. A summery serenity is suggested by a female body dressed in a light ruffle dress, the reflection of a bather in the water as well as satin and radiant colors. These recent pieces, most of which were made during his residence at the Centre, are exhibited for the first time. They reveal, in a poetic tone, the influence and the hold of the beautiful days on our moods.
A quasi-polyphonic music, composed by the artist, resonates in the exhibition space at regular intervals. Messages, words, fragments of sentences are often inscribed on his canvases. Writing is indeed an essential component of Andreas Hochuli's artistic practice. He compensates here the silence of his paintings by inviting the sound language, the spoken words, to accompany his works.
Andreas Hochuli (* 1982, Zurich) first studied art history, philosophy and literature at the University of Lausanne, before obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from the ECAL/ University of Art and Design in Lausanne. Andreas Hochuli presented his work at the Kunsthaus Langenthal, the Swiss Institute of New York and at the Basis, Frankfurt. He was granted a Swiss Art Awards in 2014. Régulation des temps et des émotions was recently published in collaboration with Tristan Lavoyer on the occasion of the exhibition Et ma maman m’a dit at the contemporary arts center Circuit in Lausanne.