Memoria (Solo Show)

Solo Show, 2015, Kunsthaus Grenchen, CH

Memory is subjective and individual. Memory is general and collective. How do we remember? Are there means of increasing our ability to remember? When does memory deceive us? German-born Sebastian Utzni knows about the power of memory and the dangers of forgetting. For his first institutional exhibition, at the Kunsthaus Grenchen, the artist creates works using a memory model from antiquity. Going in search of memory, he bridges the past and the contemporary. In the process he is as interested in instances of tyranny and their protagonists as he is in the mechanisms of the current and historic art system. Documents and evidence of (art)historical events, such as photographs, paintings or texts, are the starting point for his works, which are often produced in series. The pictorial engagement with experience is generally linked with a medial shift: originally printed materials are translated into painting, or the ‘fast’ photographic medium gains a counterpoint in slowly produced woodcut and sometimes an immersive installation grows from a story. In his conceptually driven work Sebastian Utzni sets himself a framework of conditions within which he must operate during the work’s creation process, often lasting several months. Through in-depth engagement with a given exhibition space the artist himself begins to record stories and history.

Kunsthaus Grenchen press release

Sebastian Utzni
Memoria (Solo Show)

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/45_Sebastian-Utzni-159_web.jpg

Ausstellungsansicht, 2015, Einzelausstellung, Kunsthaus Grenchen, CH

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/45_Sebastian-Utzni-Grosse-schwarze-Kerze_web.jpg

Grosse schwarze Kerze, 2015, Glas, Docht, 16 × 110 × 70 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-021_web.jpg

Ordnung: Werkzeuge, 2015, Gips, Silikon, Schnur, Dimensionen variabel

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-009_web.jpg

Manifest (Fluxus), 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 42 × 30 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-008_web.jpg

Manifest (Bauhaus), 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 2-teiliges Set, je 64 × 40,5 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-032_web.jpg

The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani), 2015, Ed. 5 + 2AP, Holzschnitte auf Japanpapier je 41 × 33 cm (Papier), 43 × 34.5 cm (Rahmen), Installation ø 3 m (Set: bestehend aus 30 Teilen)

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-061_web.jpg

Fig. 8 to waterboard, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitt auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-066_web.jpg

Fig. 13 to set s.o. on fire, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitt auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-070_web.jpg

Fig. 17 to shoot down an airplane, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitte auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-073_web.jpg

Fig. 20 to burn a witch, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitte auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/43_18_MG_8757_web.jpg

Die Bibliothek A. H., 2014, Installationsansicht, Helmhaus Zürich, CH, Porcellin, 40 × 200 × 30 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/43_IMG_0001Montage_web_v4.jpg

Die Bibliothek A. H., 2014, Detailansicht, Kunsthaus Grenchen, CH, Porcellin, 40 × 200 × 30 cm

Further works

M-Maybe   Memoria

Memoria

2015, neon tube, reinforcing mesh, 250 × 400 × 15 cm

Memory is subjective and individual. Memory is general and collective. How do we remember? Are there means of increasing our ability to remember? When does memory deceive us? German-born Sebastian Utzni knows about the power of memory and the dangers of forgetting. For his first institutional exhibition, at the Kunsthaus Grenchen, the artist creates works using a memory model from antiquity. Going in search of memory, he bridges the past and the contemporary. In the process he is as interested in instances of tyranny and their protagonists as he is in the mechanisms of the current and historic art system. Documents and evidence of (art)historical events, such as photographs, paintings or texts, are the starting point for his works, which are often produced in series. The pictorial engagement with experience is generally linked with a medial shift: originally printed materials are translated into painting, or the ‘fast’ photographic medium gains a counterpoint in slowly produced woodcut and sometimes an immersive installation grows from a story. In his conceptually driven work Sebastian Utzni sets himself a framework of conditions within which he must operate during the work’s creation process, often lasting several months. Through in-depth engagement with a given exhibition space the artist himself begins to record stories and history.

Kunsthaus Grenchen press release

Sebastian Utzni
Memoria (Solo Show)

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/45_Sebastian-Utzni-159_web.jpg

Ausstellungsansicht, 2015, Einzelausstellung, Kunsthaus Grenchen, CH

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/45_Sebastian-Utzni-Grosse-schwarze-Kerze_web.jpg

Grosse schwarze Kerze, 2015, Glas, Docht, 16 × 110 × 70 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-021_web.jpg

Ordnung: Werkzeuge, 2015, Gips, Silikon, Schnur, Dimensionen variabel

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-009_web.jpg

Manifest (Fluxus), 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 42 × 30 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-008_web.jpg

Manifest (Bauhaus), 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 2-teiliges Set, je 64 × 40,5 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-032_web.jpg

The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani), 2015, Ed. 5 + 2AP, Holzschnitte auf Japanpapier je 41 × 33 cm (Papier), 43 × 34.5 cm (Rahmen), Installation ø 3 m (Set: bestehend aus 30 Teilen)

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-061_web.jpg

Fig. 8 to waterboard, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitt auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-066_web.jpg

Fig. 13 to set s.o. on fire, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitt auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-070_web.jpg

Fig. 17 to shoot down an airplane, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitte auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/Sebastian-Utzni-073_web.jpg

Fig. 20 to burn a witch, 2015, The Martyrdom Cycle (30 possibilities to kill a man after Circignani) Ed. 5 + 2 AP, Holzschnitte auf Japanpapier, 41 × 33 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/43_18_MG_8757_web.jpg

Die Bibliothek A. H., 2014, Installationsansicht, Helmhaus Zürich, CH, Porcellin, 40 × 200 × 30 cm

http://www.sebastianutzni.com/cms/files/projects/memoria/43_IMG_0001Montage_web_v4.jpg

Die Bibliothek A. H., 2014, Detailansicht, Kunsthaus Grenchen, CH, Porcellin, 40 × 200 × 30 cm

Further works

M-Maybe   Memoria