Rather than presenting these art practices as mere schematic examples of exercising abstraction in painting, Armleder takes us on a swirling journey through perception-gobbling geometrical confusions; 2D and 3D distortions and immersive trompe l’oeil installations in which the surrounding architecture becomes doubled, fragmented or disembodied.
Following the German Bauhaus experiments, Swiss Geometric Abstraction became a major contribution to 20th century art, with its sober and rational aesthetics based on harmony and equilibrium and technical perfection, culminating into distinct “Swiss” formal aesthetics. This tradition resonates throughout the entire exhibition.
Alentour takes shape as a single immersive installation. Like a mosaic of paintings and other wall-based works in which the conversations between the artists are as important as their discrete contributions: their eccentricities delightfully celebrate the pleasures of collaboration and friendship. The works of John Armleder, Stéphane Kropf andJohn Tremblaybear witness to this (Kropf and Tremblay having collaborated several times with Armleder, a great supporter of their work, over the past years), They will take up the central exhibition hall at Fondation CAB.