First solo show at Galerie Laurence Bernard, Geneva.
SPECIAL OPENING during 3 days: 18th, 19th and 20th of March, 12h - 18h
Galerie Laurence Bernard is pleased to present Boarish, first exhibition of Swiss artist Christian Gonzenbach with the gallery. Boarish, brings together a collection of recent works by the Geneva-based sculptor who is currently focusing his research on the coexistence of contradictory situations. Apparently paradoxical, these situations correspond to Schrödinger's famous image of the cat. Gonzenbach's sculptures tend towards this superimposition of two incompatible states. Objects are broken and undamaged at the same time, and it is even because they are broken that they remain intact. Porcelain vases of the Hanabi series are held in place by the flow of aluminum that caused them to explode. The tension contained in Gonzenbach's sculptures stretches over several levels. In the same object are twisted together the wild and the civilized, the unbroken and the fragmented, the natural and the cultural, the original and its copy.
The work takes the form of different series through a firework of materials, bronze, porcelain, aluminum, plaster and resin. Each series is the result of a specific process involving a technique developed by the artist. The works are the result of gestures, sometimes simple, sometimes very elaborate requiring many steps, involving forces beyond the artist's control. The sculptures become unique moments frozen in an object, singularities impossible to reproduce. They are not images or illustrations of a theory, but the very source of reflection, where thought can begin.