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Building upon its successful presentation at Parc Saint Leger and the John Hansard Gallery in 2011, the group exhibition Manufacture now travels to Centre Pasquart in Biel/Bienne (Switzerland). At the invitation of newly appointed director Felicity Lunn, curators Zoë Gray and Sandra Patron expand upon their initial exhibition to present the most ambitious version to date. Bringing together work from an international array of artists with new and recent pieces by emerging Swiss artists, the exhibition explores the current status of production in artistic practice.
In Europe, in our "post-
This changing relationship with material production finds an echo in recent art history. The dematerialization of the art object—triggered by Marcel Duchamp at the start of the 20th century and labeled by art historian Lucy Lippard in 1968—led to an art where the idea became pre-
The exhibition Manufacture explores what "production" means for artists today, not only in relation to art history but also to the shifts in our globalized, consumer society. Descendants of conceptual art as much as of our industrial heritage, the artists in Manufacture do not hesitate to delve into craftsmanship, the recuperation of materials, bricolage, employing a vocabulary of forms, gestures and techniques while avoiding the fetishisation of perfect technique. In fact, several share the practice of consciously "misusing" their chosen materials and techniques. Others explore the possibilities offered by the unknown, by failure, chance and accident. What inspires them all in their production processes—sometimes spontaneous, sometimes laborious—is the question of practice and how this practice entails a form of emancipation.
In this back-
Exhibition 5 February -
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Foreground: Dewar & Gicquel, Mixed Ceramics (No.6), 2011.
Centre Michael Beutler, La Cacahuète (workbenches), 2011.
Background: Emmanuelle Lainé, Effet Cocktail, 2010.
Courtesy the artists and John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.
The artists : Michael Beutler, Vanessa Bill, Dewar & Gicquel, Ida Ekbblad, Vincent Ganivet, Dunja Herzog, Hedwig Houben, Brian Jungen, Emmanuelle Lainé, Charles Mason, Vik Muniz, Killian Rüthemann, Zin Taylor
Curators of the exhibition : Zoë Gray et Sandra Patron