John Ahearn, Elizabeth Jaeger, Tony Matelli, Lionel Maunz, Kris Lemsalu, Adam Ulbert, Francis Upritchard, and Cajsa von Zeipelpər-ˈsō-nae
The group show pər-ˈsō-nae reflects on the aspects and perspectives of figurative contemporary sculpture. We live in ambivalent times in regard to the ‘bodily’ – on the one hand we are experiencing a constant drift into the digital/virtual that encompasses all areas of life; on the other hand there is at once an increase in this longing for ‘real-ness’, tangibility and sensation that almost takes a manic streak. Sculpture responds to our desire for the physical as it gives a form to reality and negotiates concrete topics by means of their literal corporeality. It raises questions of identity, relationship structure, the perception of experience and space. Hyper-reality and the delimitation of the body can be as well in focus as biopolitics, consumption, pop culture, digitalism and the personal localization within these structures. We have invited artists that elaborate on their artistic practice in a particular and complex manner with aspects of the figurative and that have developed an authentic and distinct artistic language of expression.