22.8. – 26.9.2009
Opening: Fri., 21.8.2009, 6 pm“
Foreign Affairs” is the second solo exhibition by the Polish artist Michal Budny (*1976, Poland) at annex 14 in Berne. On show is a group of new works on the theme of ‘Landscape’, a term which the artist understands metaphorically, so that the carefully constructed and partly painted objects made of cardboard, paper and adhesive tape allude to concrete, mental, psychological and emotional landscapes.By contrast, the exhibition title is to be understand as a reference to an experience people can have when travelling abroad.
The encounter with the unknown can unsettle our perception coordinates, phenomena become reorganized, and this alteration in our consciousness in turn has an influence on reality. In the case of Michal Budny’s Landscapes, this means that they give graphic expression to an imaginative force that handles material and immaterial reality with the finest of sensors, analysing and transforming it into three-dimensional objects.
Works like Landscape (1) and Landscape (2) are thus the result of the most diverse experiences and artistic considerations. In his choice of the horizontal format, for example, Budny points to historical landscape painting. Instead of an illusionist scenario however, we see concrete, spatially-construed shiny black geometrical objects, framed boxes, at is were. Sometimes we look into the box on the ground, sometimes at a closed surface. Here we abruptly encounter visualisations of what actually constitutes landscape: concretely experienced space, infinite depth and sensual-atmospheric stimuli. At the same time, the open and closed forms, brilliance and reflections, permit both metaphorical and subjective readings.With his three-dimensional Landscapes and his collage-like paper works, also on show in the exhibition, Budny subtly unfurls the potential of an idea, a term, before our very eyes. The artist involves us in an endless process by extending thought alignments into infinity, while shackling perception and reflection to material and form.
We are at your disposal for further information and pictures : Susanne Friedli, phone 079 248 98 94 or Elisabeth Gerber 079 574 55 36.
Recent exhibitions: Art Statements Art 40 Basel, 2009; PRACE/WORKS, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujadowski Castle, Warsaw, PL (solo show), 2009; Manifesta 7, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Manifattura Tabacchi, Rovereto, I (group show), 2008; Der Grosse Wurf, Faltungen in der Gegenwartskunst, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, DE, 2008.