Artists

Artists

Olaf Breuning Switzerland

Olaf Breuning creates videos, sculptures, drawings, and installations that investigate kitsch, appropriation, cliché, and popular culture, and hint at a collective visual iconography. Breuning’s unique mode of pastiche is eclectic by design, drawing icons from sources both high and low, Edvard Munch to Andy Warhol’s Marilyns to the Easter Bunny.

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Chloe Dewe Mathews UK

British documentary photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews studied at The Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University. Her most recent series Shot at Dawn records many of the sites where approximately 1,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers were executed for cowardice or desertion during the first world war. Shot at Dawn was included in Tate Modern’s recent landmark exhibition Time, Conflict, Photography and currently features in a solo show at The Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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Eve Bailey France/USA

Eve Bailey’ s work is based on the concept of balance and coordination. Rooted in the tradition of the artist-engineer, she creates ergonomic and kinetic sculptures as well as complex line drawings that embody her love for architecture and dance. The body interests her as a perceiving mechanical structure. Bailey experiments with the sense of spatial orientation to design and build forms sympathetic to human embrace that she and professional dancers occasionally perform on. Live performances, videos and photographs reveal the objects’ uncanny functionality, relating the work to our environment and our human potential. In recent projects, Bailey has choreographed performances with professional dancers in New York and Moscow, and is now developing practicable sculptures for the public.

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Tarik Hayward Switzerland

In 1999, Tarik Hayward alongside Sami Benhadj and Guy Meldem (then students at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne), founded Körner Union, creating a platform for multidisciplinary experimentation and collaborative creation. Körner Union remained active in numerous fields of art and design and is now a veritable communication and production studio. This multidimensional enterprise tackles the most diverse range of projects with an open mind and free of taboos. Between 2004 and 2009, the artists received the Swiss Federal Design Award (a total of five times as a group or as individuals).

After working long time in the field of photography, Tarik Hayward has been recently running towards an artistic demarche which could be described as a more immediate approach, in the direction of performance and sculpture. These two areas are often intertwine in his recent work.

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Bureau A Switzerland

Founded in 2012, BUREAU A is the association of Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide. Architects by training BUREAU A is a multidisciplinary platform aiming to blur the boundaries of research and project making on architectural related subjects, whichever their nature and status.

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Andrea Halser Switzerland

Andrea Hasler was born in 1975 in Zürich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in London, UK. She holds a MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, and had exhibited internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Burdens of Excess, Gusford Gallery, Los Angeles; Greenham Commission, Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Santorini Biennale of Arts, Greece.

Hasler also chairs artist talks at Next Level Projects and regularly lectures on contemporary art, with a focus on women and the body, at various institutions including the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London

DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller USA

DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. In 2012-2013 he is the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting this fall. He’s produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. He has been featured everywhere from Elle to CNN to SyFy.

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Sanford Biggers USA

An LA native working in NYC, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.

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Invited Artists 2012

Elly Cho South Korea

Born in 1974 in Seoul, Korea. She has a BA and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art and recently earned MA from Columbia University. She has taught at Universities and colleges for seven years in Korea.

Her art is an intersection between the artwork, the environment and the viewer, which she explores in various media. She has exhibited internationally and her works are included in major collections such as Seoul Municipal Museum. Her recent group show includes annual juried exhibition entitled « Going Green » in conjunction with Queens Art Express, New York, Video screenings include Time Square billboard, New York, and special projects such as a huge eco-art project sponsored by Seoul Metropolitan City.

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Onyedika Chuke USA / Nigeria

Onyedika Chuke was born in Oneisha, Nigeria. He graduated from the Cooper Union (New York City).

His sculpting work is a permanent analyse of the relationship between the object and the history . He transforms usual objects in order to examine the disjuncture within the documentation of history.

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Edouard Faro Switzerland

Edouard Faro (Monthey, Switzerland), an Italian by birth, saw the light of day for the first time in 1957.

Faro is a self-taught artist who since childhood has been fascinated by sculpture and painting. He has been working as a wood sculptor professionally since 1999.

His work is characterized by its sincerity and by its serious nature. The details in his creations display a poetic vision of life. Art historian Véronique Ribordy, described her encounters with Faro as becoming immersed in a subtle train of thought, in darkness, in one idea after another.

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Julien Marolf Switzerland

Born in Geneva he trained as a stone carver, in marble. His work focuses on the human’s role in society. With his two brothers, Vincent, a jeweller, and Nicolas, painter/printmaker/set designer, they created the 3M group dedicated to creating art.

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Jonathan Wright UK

The essence of his work is the frontier between the imaginary and reality. “What if we never happened“ is the heart of his art.

It is a hybrid object, part nylon, part radio mat, part message board and part musical instrument. The piece asks the viewer to reassess a familiar object and question its meaning.

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Sabine Zaalene Switzerland

Born in Sion, Sabine Zaalene studied Archeology and art history at University. She is a multidisciplinary artist (video, photography, installation, painting, printmaking and performance).

She likes to mix different arts and explore their transversality. She works with objects, which explain places, their existence and their memory. In her research, she attributes body language to important places.

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Nikola Zaric Switzerland

We have an obsession to have it all. If we have the city, we insist on having the mountain as well. If we are the masters of the peaks and the keepers of the history of pastures, we demand for the very best of hi-tech and urban.  We are adapting hybrids to our mutating environment and our insatiable appetites. The ‘Hombouquetin au costard rouge (Ibexman in a red suit) is one such avatar : the meeting between Homo hyper urbanus and his mountain dweller fantasy. 

From the top of his roundabout, hands in pockets, he looks through half-mocking, half-benevolent eyes at the carrousel of the socially mobile on the square of a globalized village.

Nikola Zaric was born in 1961 in Martigny, of a Swiss mother and a Serb father. After four years spent in Yugoslavia, the family immigrated to Holland before settling back in Switzerland. In 1993 he graduated from the Geneva Art School after achieving a degree in Forestry Sciences in Zurich. Meanwhile, he spent half a century of summer and winter holidays in Verbier, forging a strong link to the mountain environment.

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Invited Artists 2011

Gregory Coates USA

Gregory Coates (New York, USA) was born in Washington DC in 1961. He studied at The Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC (1984/85), The Kunst Akademie in Duesseldorf, Germany (1985/87) and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine(1990). Coates signature sculptures are made of bicycle inner tubes wrapped around wooden pallets and then painted in brightly colored pigments. The result is empowering; the rugged materials transcend into a beautiful and dramatic work of art.

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Donna Dodson USA

Donna Dodson’s (Boston, MA) pre-med studies and her passion for Egyptian art led her to study wood and stone sculpture. African sculptures and Native American totems also influence her work.

My artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary. The natural grain of the wood interacts with the form and shape of my sculptures in a descriptive way, suggesting nostrils, and nipples or garments and fabric textures. I often stylize each piece to enhance the girl, woman, princess, queen or goddess within. The mouths, or in some cases beaks, are closed symbolizing the mysteries they embody. These figures are sculpted in sizes ranging from one to four feet tall. I use color in both subtle and bold ways to activate each piece. My inspiration comes from ancient iconography and mythological imagery.

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Musa Hixson USA

Musa Hixson (Brooklyn, New York) is an installation artist, performance artist and sculptor. His notable exhibitions include: The Aichi Triennale (Japan), The Nathan Cummings Foundation (New York), The Chelsea Museum (New York), and Mocada Museum (Brooklyn, NY).

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Etienne Krähenbühl Switzerland

Born in 1953 in Vevey, Switzerland, Krähenbühl attended Art School near his hometown in Lausanne. After 2 years of school, he spent a few years in Barcelona and Paris before establishing his studio in Romainmôtier, Switzerland. He was intrigued with different types of metals; His sculptures experimented with the changes that occur to the varying materials over time.

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Andy Moerlein USA

Andy Moerlein (Boston, MA) is a nationally exhibited sculptor. Moerlein has an extensive resume of public art works. In the summer of 2010, his installations graced downtown Ithaca, NY; The Mill Brook Gallery Sculpture Garden in Concord, NH; and The Riverway Park in Brookline, MA.  His sculptures can also be found at The Johnson Museum in Ithaca, NY; The Hood Museum in Hanover, NH; and The Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.

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Zak Ové UK

Zak Ové (London, UK) received his Bachelors of Arts degree in ‘Film’ from St Martins School of Art in London. He first pursued a career in film and photography, working as a director on a number of documentaries in India, Trinidad, Jamaica and the US. As a photographer, he traveled to Johannesburg, Kingston, Jamaica, Mexico City and Morocco. In 2008, during an artist residency in Trinidad, Ové experimented with painting and most recently he has taken to sculpting using found objects.

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André Raboud Switzerland

André Raboud was born in Strasbourg, France in 1949 and raised in Monthey, Switzerland. In 1969 he had his first sculpture exhibition at the Galerie de la Salle in the center of Monthey.

Raboud is regularly inspired by his daily encounters and by his discoveries while traveling. Through his fascination and knowledge of geological formations, Raboud has a deep respect for the process of carving stone and the material itself.

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Will Ryman USA

Will Ryman is a native New Yorker. He is internationally known for his large-scale figurative sculptures based on urban scenes and outsized flora. His work steadily incorporates a range of materials including plaster, fiberglass, stainless steel, papier mâché, magic sculpt, brass, copper tubing, and cast aluminum. A writer turned artist, Ryman’s work is also heavily influenced by the works of absurdist playwrights and philosophers.

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Timothy Talbott Holmes UK

Timothy Talbott Holmes, (Londres, GB) like many of the masters, moved to the Languedoc region of southern France in 1994 to benefit from the translucent natural light and draw inspiration from the beautiful Mediterranean. He sculpts full-time in his studio in Usclas du Bosc, a 12th century village on the pilgrimage route of St. Jacques de Compostella.

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Josette Taramarcaz Switzerland

Josette Taramarcaz was born in 1951 in Martigny, Switzerland. She lives and works in Fully, Switzerland.

After studying to be a teacher, she trained as a ceramicist at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey and then focused on sculpture. Since 1991, she has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Switzerland, France, Germany, Egypt and Japan, where her work is part of public and private collections. She has won several competitions for public art sculptures. She also creates theatre backdrops.

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Kiki Thompson Switzerland

Kiki Thompson (Verbier, Switzerland) was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She spent the formative years of her life in New York and then studied Art and French at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. After University she returned to Verbier, Switzerland.

Inspired by the rugged mountains of the Alps, she segued into a short career as a professional snowboarder following the World Cup Circuit and chasing winter between hemispheres. Many of her sculptures have the same sinuous lines that are left on the mountain after a fresh snowfall.

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