Vernissage 22. February 2013, 6.30 pm
For his first institutional solo exhibition in Switzerland, Jorge Macchi (b. 1968) is developing spatial installations in situ. This allows the Argentinean artist to respond sensitively to the existing exhibition architecture. Jorge Macchi’s work, at once poetic and melancholy, contains every medium: with video, music, drawing, objects made of steel or paper, the artist creates ambivalent moods that can be attractive and unsettling in equal measure.
His wallpainting evokes a hotel room or sends us to an eye test, he distorts relative scale with light or leads the visitor with cordons on a long walk through the exhibition space. He is particularly interested in the phenomena of perception, he inquires into time and transience, into standstill, balance and eternity. The title Container refers to the whole exhibition and also the most monumental work in it. But of course within this sober concept there lies the isolation of the individual, the flow of commodities in the globalised world, as well as a neutral container whose contents we do not know yet.