Solo exhibition

Solo exhibition

It seems as if the artist has unceremoniously moved his workplace to the gallery rooms. Like an experimental arrangement, the works present an inventory of the most recent works in Urs Frei's processual oeuvre.

The entire room serves as a presentation space for him, from the walls, floor and ceiling to the large window frontage, with which the exhibition enters the outside space. Oval works on paper draw the gaze from outside into the room. The elliptical recess in the middle of the picture allows views from both sides. This twosidedness is also inherent in the artist's works. A classical division of the picture carrier into top and bottom or front and back only results from the spatial and contextual positioning of the pictures and can partly change accordingly. In this way the artist questions conventional views of art and at the same time opens up multiple readings of his works.

In addition to works on paper, canvas and wood, Urs Frei has also brought objects and carpets with him. The latter serve as a base for his work, on which he places the picture supports and paints them directly with acrylic paint. Originating from a necessity to avoid the paper carrier sticking to the floor or tearing open due to the application of paint, the staffage now comes to the fore as an independent work. Analogous to the canvases, the former base shows traces of painting, sometimes allowing forms to emerge clearly outlined, sometimes shadowy. There are no limits to Urs Frei's handling of materials. Existing works are dismantled and reassembled, enriched with found objects and covered with acrylic paint. Especially Freis objects transfer the colour into the sculptural context, the division of genres dissolves. Cut-up paint cans are also included in Freis wall objects, as are wooden strips, wire and iron rods, metal buckets and packaging material. The core of Urs Frei's collecting, however, is not the accumulation of things. Rather, he is interested in possible combinations, connections and connections of the individual elements to form a whole. "The real artist is the collector," Duchamp already said. Urs Frei's presentation shows a collecting artist who is not afraid to recombine what has already been produced, to discard what is already there and to constantly allow new connections.

The exuberant abundance of objects, flat paintings and sculptural interventions gives visitors a glimpse of the artist's studio. For a short time, the works seem to have found their place before Urs Frei's creative process begins anew.

Solo exhibition

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