GILLES FURTWÄNGLER (CH/ZA)
Un Peu Squeeze
- F Hearing-impaired spectators welcome
- A Little or no text
Through collages mixing found material—from overheard conversations, commercial slogans to celebrity’s quotes—together with his own writings, the work of Gilles Furtwängler (*1982 Lausanne, lives and works between Lausanne, CH and Johannesburg, ZA) seeks to extract the poetry hiding in the cracks of language. Using written and spoken words, his work highlights (or provokes?) the serendipitous collisions that so often take place when manipulating language; mistranslations, rhymes, neologisms, nicknames, puns, oxymorons are only a few examples of the figures the artist is using to produce his mischievous literary arrangements. Borrowing his vocabulary from cinema, daily life and advertising, his dialectics stretch abstraction up to the point where they become an almost new language, sort of uncanny meta-prose that nevertheless always sounds familiar. Un Peu Squeeze is an exhibition that will also welcome a performance on four dates.
Since January 2019, Arsenic is regularly hosting exhibitions of visual artists concerned with the relationship between performance and domestic space. During this project, curated by Elise Lammer for Alpina Huus, the artists are invited to work across the various performance halls of Arsenic, challenging the notions of white cube and black box.
Opening Reception with the artist: Wednesday 27 April, 6PM