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May 2011

  • < Fleurs I > 2011
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
  • available
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  • < Fleurs II > 2011
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 400.00
  • available
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Series

  • Beide Arbeiten (2011) zusammen
  • Edition of: 40
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 700.00
  • available
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"Fleurs I" and "Fleurs II" are big colorful gestures. A basic theme of earlier works was the dissolution of space and at the same time the creation of spatial associations. The works triggered memories of nature and made us think of vegetative forms. The new works now explicitly show such vegetative forms: they are flower blossoms and stems that lie wildly over the leaf. Colour as an all-encompassing theme of Vera Rothamel is also now topical. The flora is backed up here with a strong orange and red. We do not see a lovely, cuddly beauty, but a very robust one. Harmony and peace are excluded. These pictures want to be conquered. The flamboyance of the colours and the stormy ductus make the two lithographs an experience.

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  • < Sentinel > 2011
  • Drypoint/Editing/Aquatint
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size: 44,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Druckwerkstatt Lenzburg
  • CHF 460.00
  • available
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"Sentinel" is the first work of Giacomo Santiago Rogado for the VFO. Be it the pensive gaze of the portrayed figure, the visually vibrating surface of the abstract pictorial invention or the inserted cloud landscape - the painter Rogado plays a subtle game with various pictorial traditions. From romantic ideas to surrealistic dream images to the constructive formal language of the 1950s and its manifestations in Op Art, the artist makes use of the most diverse styles. This, however, not in the sense of quotations, but rather in sounding out the possibilities of painting itself. Entirely in the tradition of the genre, Rogado's works can be understood as windows to another, remote, perhaps even past world, which, far from any claim to truth, is solely the work of our imagination. "It's about delaying the first glance as long as possible. To delay the first glance so long that it is more than just a glance, but a contemplation, a view or even a state." (GSR)

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  • < alle anderen haben immer recht > 2011
  • Serigraph
  • Edition of: 18
  • Size of image: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Serigrafie Uldry AG, Hinterkappelen
  • CHF 380.00
  • available
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  • < general opinion > 2011
  • Serigraph
  • Edition of: 18
  • Size of image: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Serigrafie Uldry AG, Hinterkappelen
  • CHF 380.00
  • available
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  • < not tax deductable > 2011
  • Serigraph
  • Edition of: 18
  • Size of image: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Serigrafie Uldry AG, Hinterkappelen
  • CHF 380.00
  • available
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Series

  • Alle 3 Blätter (2011) zusammen
  • Edition of: 18
  • Production: Serigrafie Uldry AG, Hinterkappelen
  • CHF 1200.00
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By language we understand two things: a concrete, spoken or written sign system and a method of interaction, of action. In their works, RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co) always refer to both aspects, which they play off against each other in a lustfully ironic, yet linguistically precise way. Language-image, text-image: spaces for overlapping and interference, places of sign (setting) and representation. The white field set on the checkered ground leads a kind of life of its own: Here the rigid, technical grid, there the graphic gesture of (hand-) written expression. What kind of connection points are there, where does the statement take place? The slogans nestle themselves in the minds of the people, the letters that are drawn several times and the almost anagrammatic writing variants testify to a certain insistence on the desire to formulate something correctly. Finally, the three sheets also demonstrate how meaning is constituted by means of interacting processes of marking and decoding, of coding and decoding. (Irene Müller)

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  • Imbiss I/2011
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 66,00 cm x 46,00 cm
  • Size: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Urban Stoob, St. Gallen
  • CHF 400.00
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  • Imbiss II/2011
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 40
  • Size of image: 66,00 cm x 46,00 cm
  • Size: 70,00 cm x 50,00 cm
  • Production: Urban Stoob, St. Gallen
  • CHF 400.00
  • available
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Series

  • Beide Arbeiten (2011) zusammen
  • Edition of: 40
  • Production: Urban Stoob, St. Gallen
  • CHF 700.00
  • available
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The artist often finds the "starting product" for his works in the everyday world. It is copied, abstracted and elevated to the status of a work of art, often as a series. With abstract forms and colours the world is given an overview, an order. The colours and patterns of the present works are reminiscent of mosaics from the 1950s. The time of the economic miracle celebrates happy beginnings. Here, the harmony of drenched conventionality is shown slightly enlarged and slightly ironic: Bon app.! "In a certain sense, Jean-Luc Manz occupies an intermediate position in contemporary abstraction. Neither the Geneva group Ecart, nor the Zurich Concrete artists, nor the more recent abstraction of the Lausanne environment interested in design, but rather his work is characterized by a high degree of formal subtlety, by a narrative subtext often rooted in the immediate emotional and affective context of experience [...] and by the fact that, just below the surface of his work, so to speak, he scatters indices that often undermine the first interpretation or add meaning to the work." (Daniel Kurjakovic, KB 06/99)

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  • Maigrün 1/2011
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 26,70 cm
  • Size: 30,50 cm x 39,70 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
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  • Maigrün 2/2011
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 26,70 cm
  • Size: 30,50 cm x 39,70 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
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  • Maigrün 3/2011
  • Inkjet printing
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 26,70 cm
  • Size: 30,50 cm x 39,70 cm
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
  • available
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Series

  • Alle 3 Arbeiten (1-3/2011) zusammen
  • Edition of: 35
  • Production: Ursula Heidelberger, Zurich
  • CHF 760.00
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The message of the month of May is clear: everything turns green. In the first weeks of spring, beech, oak, ash, maple, elm, hazel bush... ...with the same color, "May green". Barbara Davatz has captured this colour experience in a series of 20 pictures, of which the VFO is bringing out a group of three sheets. The artist is known for her serial and conceptual works. For example, she has portrayed couples over a period of several years ("As Time Goes By", 1982/88/97) or examined the aesthetics of self-portrayal of a particular professional group ("Beauty lies within. Portraits from a globalised fashion world", 2007). The sudden greening of the trees, the intensive color space, has always fascinated the artist. For some years now she has been documenting this overwhelming phenomenon. The pictures, like all her serial works, are characterized by a factual and precise aesthetic. The pictures were taken under an overcast sky, in diffuse light. The absence of (harsh) sunlight reduces the range of contrast, so that the leaf green can appear even more uniform, even monochrome. On the one hand, "Maigrün" allows us to participate in the aesthetics of nature, but on the other hand it also opens up an inspiring (wide) field for individual interpretations and mental wanderings (Grün/green as symbol in politics and religion, as a symbol of life and hope).

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  • Aude 1/2010
  • Heliogravure/Aquatint
  • Edition of: 20
  • Size of image: 26,10 cm x 38,40 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 300.00
  • Sold
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  • Aude 2/2010
  • Heliogravure/Aquatint
  • Edition of: 20
  • Size of image: 26,10 cm x 38,40 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 300.00
  • Sold
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  • Aude 3/2010
  • Heliogravure/Aquatint
  • Edition of: 20
  • Size of image: 26,10 cm x 38,40 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 300.00
  • Sold
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  • Aude 4/2010
  • Heliogravure/Aquatint
  • Edition of: 20
  • Size of image: 26,10 cm x 38,40 cm
  • Size: 29,70 cm x 42,00 cm
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 300.00
  • Sold
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Series

  • Aude 1-4/2010
  • Edition of: 20
  • Production: Beat & Susan Etter, Zurich
  • CHF 1000.00
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The artist, who calls herself a "nomad", is strongly influenced by the landscape in which she lives. The pictures of the new series "Aude" were taken at the same place during different weather conditions. The photographs have not been edited afterwards. What one sees is the interplay of the strong winds that are common there, the salty waters, the multicoloured oxidised earth and the crystalline blue light of the Mediterranean sky: the agitated coloured clay soils mix with the waters, with the salt of the water allowing the light to be refracted and reflected like through prisms. The wind also sweeps over the water, creating a texture that suggests several layers of colour. These phenomena make the images look as if they were generated on the computer and appear unreal. But they are images of reality/nature and of bizarre beauty.

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