Reto PulferDer hausende Zustand
Opening: 01 Feb. 2019
Reto Pulfer’s large-scale textile works transform and divide the room into three-dimensional walk-in landscapes of ar-chaic architecture such as grottos, caverns and chambers. The artist playfully samples methods of visualisation for various (inner) states and conditions, translating them into three-dimensional forms or employing them as a basis for his performances and idiosyncratic sonic compositions. Pulfer utilises simple, everyday materials and modified found-objects to construct new arrangements. Often these objects appear strangely anachronistic, as if they were archa-eological findings from a lost civilisation, albeit with a clearly identifiable contemporary reference.Recurring elements, characters and terms from Reto Pulfer’s multi-dimensional work appear to tie in to the larger narra-tive of his novel, Dschinagewächse (lit. English, Gina). In it, the hybrid-being Gina - half plant, half human - is subjected to constant change and adaptation because of an increa-singly inhospitable environment. Despite a constant state of becoming and these already fully-embodied selves, Gina is suprised to find themself again and again in situations which remind them of the lost capabilities of these earlier ‘versions’. And so Gina takes to searching for a self-determined form of them and their kind.For the exhibition Der hausende Zustand (lit. English, The Housed Condition), Pulfer combines old works, selected dra-wings from the “Gina-Series” and place-specific textile works with new elements from a repository of cages and traps which the artist discovered in his new country home. The temporary housing of captured wild birds in the context of an exhibition opens itself to new interpretations and insights in The Housed Condition which take aim at the conventional understanding of ‘home’, instead claiming it as a type of wild and peculiar seizure of space. The meaning of ‘housing’ most significantly reveals itself as the paradoxical (human) desire for protection and freedom--and, thereby, exposure. The Housed Conditionnot only implies this paradoxical desire, but also the urge to arrange and self-determine one‘s living space.
(Words by Sarah Bernauer. Translated by Natalie Mariko)
Reto Pulfer (b. 1981 in Bern, lives and works in Berlin), his work will be shown in upcoming solo exhibitions at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris und AWHRHWAR, Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hollybush Gardens, London; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland; Musée régional d’art contemporain, Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditer-rannée, Sérignan, France; Spike Island, Bristol, UK; Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière, France; Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal. Recent Group exhibitions include: X Bienal de Nicaragua, Léon; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunsthal Kristiansand, Norway. He is a laureate of the 2016 Swiss Art Awards. His monograph Zustandskatalog: Catalog of States and Conditions was published by Sternberg Press in 2017.