Abstractions

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Abstractions

Zürich

Abstractions
to Sat 30 Jan 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Stephen Gill, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Seba Kurtis, Brigitte Lustenberger, Risaku Suzuki, Kazuna Taguchi, Wataru Yamamoto

Christophe Guye Galerie presents the group exhibition ‘Abstractions’ at the gallery’s showroom. The exhibition presents seven artists who, using different conceptual approaches and unique techniques, transcend the limits of photography as a presumed image of reality.

Artworks

A Chrysanth Leaf 1, from the series 'Leaf of Electric Light', 2012

Silver gelatin print
Sheet 35,6 x 27,9 cm (14 x 11 in.) Frame 45,9 x 38,3 x 2,5 cm (18 1/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 in.)
Edition of 5; Ed. no. 1/5

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Energy Field #053, 2013-2016

Archival pigment print
Sheet 124,5 x 106,7 cm (49 x 42 in.) Frame 127 x 109,2 x 4,5 cm (50 x 43 x 1 3/4 in.) Sculpture 10,5 x 8,8 x 2,6 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 in.)
Edition of 1, plus 1 AP; Ed. no. 1/1. Accompanied with original colour negative encapsualted in resin block

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Energy Field #053, 2013-2016

Original colour negative encapsulated in resin block. Part of Energy Field #053
Sculpture 10,5 x 8,8 x 2,6 cm (4 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 in.)
Unique. Accompanied with original colour negative encapsualted in resin block

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it is as it is, 2009

Silver gelatin print
Sheet 147,6 x 120 cm (58 1/8 x 47 1/4 in.) Frame 151,5 x 124 x 3,5 cm (59 5/8 x 48 7/8 x 1 3/8 in.)
Edition of 5; Ed. no. 3/5

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Spring of a Mum, 1998

Duraflex print in artist's frame
Sheet 40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.) Framed 53 x 53 x 2,8 cm (20 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Edition of 10, Ed. no. 1/10

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The light bringing the dawn, 2020

C-print
Sheet 107 x 100 cm (42 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.) Frame 118 x 111 x 4 cm (46 1/2 x 43 3/4 x 1 5/8 in.)
Edition of 5, plus 2 AP; Ed. no. 1/5

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Unknown 4, from the series 'Leaf of Electric Light', 2012

Silver gelatin print
Sheet 35,6 x 27,9 x 2,5 cm (14 x 11 x 1 in.) Frame 45,9 x 38,3 x 2,5 cm (18 1/8 x 15 1/8 x 1 in.)
Edition of 5; Ed. no. 1/5

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Untitled 17, from the series 'Heartbeat', 2012

Lambda print
Sheet 60 x 50 cm (23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Edition of 7; Ed. no. 1/7. Mounted on Aluminium

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Untitled 2, from the series 'Heartbeat', 2012

Lambda print
Sheet 60 x 50 cm (23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.) Frame 66 x 52,9 x 3 cm (26 x 20 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.)
Edition of 7; Ed. no. 2/7

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WHITE 09, H-360, 2009

Chromogenic print
Sheet 95,2 x 119 cm (37 1/2 x 46 7/8 in.) Frame 98,9 x 122,8 x 4,2 cm (38 7/8 x 48 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Edition of 5; Ed. no. 3/5 (Ed. no. 1/5 and 2/5 available only as tetraptych)

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WHITE 09, H-361, 2009

Chromogenic print
Sheet 95,2 x 119 cm (37 1/2 x 46 7/8 in.) Frame 98,9 x 122,8 x 4,2 cm (38 7/8 x 48 3/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Edition of 5; Ed. no. 3/5 (Ed. no. 1/5 and 2/5 available only as tetraptych)

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WHITE 11, H-461, 2011

Chromogenic print
Sheet 95,2 x 119 cm (37 1/2 x 46 7/8 in.) Frame 94,5 x 121 x 4 cm (37 1/4 x 47 5/8 x 1 5/8 in.)
Edition of 5; Ed. no. 2/5

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Will blow away tomorrow, 2020

C-print
Sheet 100 x 100 cm (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.) Frame 111,2 x 111 x 4 cm (43 3/4 x 43 3/4 x 1 5/8 in.)
Edition of 5, plus 2 AP; Ed. no. 1/5

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The concept of abstraction tends to cause disagreement and has done so for many years. What does it mean? How is it art? Abstraction isn’t a style or movement; it can exist in all art to a certain degree. Various encyclopaedias define abstraction as ‘freedom from representational qualities in art’ and ‘not depicting things’. The Tate describes it as follows: ‘Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.’

It’s more about how the beauty of shapes and colours can override representational accuracy. Abstraction is a ‘continuum’. Many art movements have been influenced by and employ abstract principles to a varying extent.

If we look at abstraction in the context of photography, we can say that abstract photography challenges our popular view of photography as an objective image of reality by reasserting its constructed nature. Although the camera remains a perfect perspectivist tool, capable of copying reality in its slightest detail, it has long been recognized for its ability to emancipate itself from mere reproduction in order to detach itself from reality and produce mental images.

In all of the exhibited works, it is not just ‘what’ one sees but also ‘how’ one sees that is important. The exhibition leads through various practices that break up and question habits of seeing. From psychedelic colour experiments to constructed realities, from unusual perspectives to visual worlds that dissolve the boundaries between photography and painting, from invisible portraits of refugees to attempts of capturing the ephemeral. All these artists break away from realism with their works and demonstrate the ability of photography to suggest something other than itself, to serve as a conduit for visual metaphors and personal expression.

Courtesy of Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich

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