Pavel Büchler - Pathological Colours
2.6 – 14.7.2007
Vernissage: Sat., 2.6.2007, 4 pm
Pavel Büchler was born in Czechoslovakia but has lived and worked in Great Britain since 1981. Works by Büchler were first exhibited in Switzerland in 2005, in the group exhibition “Off Key” at the Kunsthalle Bern. The solo-exhibition “absentmindedwindowgazing” also took place there in 2006 and is now on show at the Van Abbeemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, until 2.9.2007. The solo exhibition “Pathological Colours” at annex14 – which focuses on his language works – provides further insight into the artist's multifaceted oeuvre.
The title of the exhibition, which is also the title of a chapter in J. W. Goethe's Theory of Colour, alludes to Büchler's working method which aims to make the everyday appear alien through small alterations. If the artist uses language as his point of departure, then preferably at the point where he sees gaps and vagueness in it as a system of communication. Büchler plays with the hidden poetical potential of individual words or whole sentence, or else he subverts the rules set up by Concept Art, respectively its renunciation of the visual and aesthetic, by making an image of the text, as in the work not forms or colours, 2007.
The mixture of material from literature and artist's texts which Büchler uses for the language works on show at annex14 contains already paradoxical statements. These refer as much to art itself, the relationship between art and life, as to general value systems. The artist thus repeatedly extends the conceptual approach by heightening the material's perceptual possibilities in his precise handling of it. At the same time, these works allow our attention to move back and forth between reading and seeing, between philosophical and aesthetic experiences, and thus they open up a space where meaning can be renegotiated.
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