Pflanzschulstrasse 17 • CH-8004 Zürich
Friday, 25. January 2013, 18:00 – 21:00
26.1. – 16.3.2013, Thu + Fri 13:00 – 18:00, Sat 13:00 – 16:00
The upcoming exhibition at Hauser contemporary focuses on a series of photos by the artist Armand Yeryl (*1984, CH) “Elles se rendent pas compte“, portraying a series of sculptures that are self created, eclectic, kinetic and motorized machines.
The artist’s machine-like sculptures imitate in a tactile way specific human intimate interpersonal interactions such as beating, caressing, congratulating and other activities that normally require two people to be enacted.
The title simultaneously explains and underscores the functional and poetic value of any and every installation. With its use of fabrics and its structure, “Petting Machine“, for instance, puts the viewer in the mood for cuddling, whilst just looking at its many feathers make viewers of the sculpture “Cheering up device for the most frustrated“ burst out laughing. This imbues the artist‘s creations with an ironic and sometimes humorous component, inviting viewers to consider the subject of “human” emotions and contact.
Another peculiarity of these works is the fact that after construction they are photographed once – and then destroyed. This means that in each case only the photography or the original sculpture exists.
Armand Yerly (*1984, CH) studied at ECAL/École cantonale d ́art de Lausanne. He lives and works in Switzerland.