Collective Perspectives: A Museum Without Walls
20 July 2013 – 04 August 2013
Inspired by the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park and Residency, these images have been selected for the photographer’s technique towards representation whilst capturing the play between object, space and light that exist within the mountainous terrain of the Sculpture Park.
This selection examines the diverse approaches of the photographic medium to represent the sculptures within the environment that inspired their creation while in themselves forming artistic pieces of work. Thus further highlighting how the one medium has become connected in the understanding of the other. – Curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber
The 3-D Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating monumental contemporary sculpture to promote art, education, and culture to international audiences.
Founded in 2010 by New York-based artist Madeleine Paternot and Verbier-based artist Kiki Thompson, the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park and Residency create a space for Art and Ecology to meet on the mountain.
Each individual can experience his own sense of escape in the museum without walls.
David Machet (F) is an independent photographer since 2001, specializing in illustrative photography. He has received a prize in the world book of mountain photography in 2005 with his first book: “L’eau des Alpes dans tous ses états” (Water of the Alps in all its states).
His interest for his work as photographer and the protection of visual artists rights led him to co create as artistic and technical director the “Mont Blanc photo festival” in 2011 and 2012. Collaborations include L’Alpe, Alpes Magazine, Détours en France, UNICEF, Maisons & Bois International, Architecture Bois & Dépendances.
Elly Cho (KR) was born in 1974 in Seoul. She holds a BA and an MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK, and an MA from Columbia University. She has taught various visual art courses and theory courses at universities and colleges in Korea. She has exhibited internationally, including Going Green in conjunction with Queens Art Express in New York; Ways of Seeing at 3-D Sculpture Park in Verbier, Switzerland and solo show includes Art side Gallery in Seoul. Her work is in major collections including the Seoul Municipal Museum.
She lives and works in New York.
Federico Berardi (CH) was born in 1984 and lives and works in Switzerland. After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor in visual communication, he trained as Master in Art Direction 2009-2011 with the photography department at the Cantonal School of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL).
Through films, photographs and installations, Berardi questions the relationship between landscape and ideology, in particular how the concept of landscape representation and influence history and vice versa. From his own pictures and images in archives Berardi discusses romantic records and conceptual art with an approach that is halfway between that of the artist and historian.
Francois Perraudin (CH) was born in 1956 and has dedicated his career to the mountain. His curriculum includes an engineering degree in natural sciences, glaciology and geophysics history which enhanced his passion of photography and writing. Articles, books and audio-visual projections share his curiosity about life in the mountains.
Native to Valais, he alternates his work as a reporter and photographer. www.frperraudin.ch
Josette Taramarcaz (CH) was born in Martigny and currently lives and works in Fully (Valais) in Switzerland. She is a member of Visarte, the society of Swiss visual artists, and of Swissceramics. She is co-president of Visarte Valais.
Josette’s work follows a subjective logic, based on emotion, roots and memory. Alternating between figurative and abstraction, she creates with these different approaches. The two facets of her sculpture come together with the same opposing forces: the mass and weight, anchoring in the earth and reality, as opposed to the fragile, light and belief of possible flight.
Kerry-Jane Lowery (CH/UK) is a writer and photographer based in Switzerland. She studied at Vassar College in New York to study East German literature, Carl Ludwig’s Universitat in Germany and the London School of Economics to a MSc in Anthropology and Development.
As a photographer, she is self-taught.
“To look is an act of choice…the way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.”
– John Berger
This exhibition pays homage to the 40th anniversary of a classic text by writer John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972), that has had a profound international influence on the nature of seeing, vision and looking at art and art history. Selected artists have revisited the dialogue between the notion of ‘seeing’, ‘spectatorships’ and ‘looking’.
- How can we re-vision and look again, more closely and in a more refined and even ‘ethical’ way at fundamental concepts of sculpture and its relationship to nature?
- In what senses can monumental sculpture open up new ways of seeing landscape and in the process, become part of the delicate balance of aesthetic and social relations that a mountain community experiences in the presence of public art works?
Berger, who lives in a remote French Alps community, powerfully argued that the act of seeing and looking is a socially and culturally conditioned choice, an active and not passive process.
– Text by 3-D Curator Paul Goodwin
Invited Artists 2012
Elly Cho (video, installation: South Korea)
Onyedika Chuke (sculpture: USA/Nigeria)
Julien Marolf (sculpture : CH)
Josette Taramarcaz (sculpture: CH)
Jonathan H. Wright (sculpture : UK)
Sabine Zaalene (CH) & Alou Cissé (Mali) (video, installation, performance)
The monumental tradition in sculpture can be traced back to the earliest stone and earth works of man made art in the earliest periods of human history. This tradition has historically pitted humans against nature, in a dialectical struggle to control, master and ultimately imitate nature. The modern traditions of monumental sculpture from Rodin’s masterpieces to 1960s Land art and more recent grand public art projects in the image of Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, can in many ways be seen to contain elements of this dialectic punctuated by moments of rupture and discontinuity. As we become more aware of the disastrous impact of the global environmental and political- economic crisis we are confronted with the need to question notions of monumentalism for our time.
The curatorial framework of the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park Residency programme 2011 was an invitation to artists to respond to this challenge. The location of the park, at an altitude of over 2300 metres within the mountain peaks of the Swiss Alps, posed this challenge in a very direct way. The challenge the artists in this project faced was how to make sculpture in the shadow of the unparalleled monumentalism and sublime beauty of the mountain range in Verbier. Faced with such extreme conditions at high altitude the curatorial framing of Go Tell it On the Mountain urged artists to rethink traditions of monumentalism in ways that contest notions of mastery and control of nature and urged them to engage more modest sculptural projects that ‘work with’ the mountain in a new dialogue between art, nature and community. The following open-ended questions were used as a starting point of reflection for the artists:
How can artists and art practices respond to the challenge of environ- mental sustainability in such extreme conditions?
Are the grand narratives of monumentalism, triumph over adversity and conquest of nature still relevant in an age of global conflict and potential environmental catastrophe?
Is monumental sculpture an appropriate method or scale to engage di- verse local communities?
What is the relationship of human to mountain, art to environmentalism?
How can a sculpture park articulate the historical and the contemporary within a framework that addresses current issues of relevance to local mountain communities as well as global environmental politics?
Invited Artists 2011
Gregory Coates (sculpture: USA)
Donna Dodson (sculpture: USA)
Edouard Faro (sculpture: CH)
Musa Hixson (sculpture: USA)
Etienne Krähenbühl (sculpture: CH)
Andy Moerlein (sculpture: USA)
André Raboud (sculpture : CH)
Timothy Talbott Holmes (sculpture: UK)
Josette Taramarcaz (sculpture: CH)
Kiki Thompson (sculpture: CH)
Will Ryman (sculpture: USA)