Dear friends of fine art,
20:00 Speach by Mark Divo
Svenja Plaas and Sarah Parsons
Since 2012, Svenja Plaas and Sarah Parsons have been making collective paintings and films to investigate what they describes as “urban and social typologies”. These works, based on different themes, are derived from close inspection of everyday objects combined with a critical sensitivity to the psychology of a location and its site specific problems.
Plaas and Parsons began their career making graphic paintings that adapted the dramatic, emotive language used in newspaper and advertising tag lines.Thier collective drawings are executed on site. employing rigorous, all-over grids that reference architectural motifs, signs or urban vistas. Their vivid colours derive from each locations unique vocabulary and palette, but, most importantly, its dynamic.In the new collective painting for the solution,Plaas and Parsons both expand and reduce their abstract compositions.
Their painting, looks to decode the built environment, exploring cultural, economic and social typologies. As Svenja Plaas has said of the work: “It all comes down to production. The production of space, the production of images, the production of art. The production of dreams and desire, paradoxically intangible at the end of the day.”
Svenja Plaas was born in 1982 in the Switzerland and lives and works in Vienna and Zürich.Sarah Parsons was born in 1981 Switzerland and lives and works in Zürich.They have participated in many important exhibitions including 8th international dada festival in Basel 2013.
Miki Djs varied artistic vocabulary encompasses performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and installation. Miki ‘s main focus lies in the lapses and voids inherent in the process of translating between verbal language and nonverbal modes of communication. It is in the discrepancy between words and any other language, say, images, emotions, bodily movements or sounds, that his art is located. Miki’s work is an often-energetic spectacle in which the absurd and the erotic each find a place, and in which the artist plays a central role.
As a DJ,Miki went on to develop his performances in which body, sound and gesture were employed to dramatic effect in his DJ sets. Pursuing his exploration of the body’s potential as a sculptural and an erotic object, Miki asks the viewer to examine their own responses to the piece; how the language of music and movement are affecting their perception of what is taking place, and how they are implicated as voyeurs of this musical spectacle.
In 2012 at la perla arts space in Zürich, the ongoing performance within his exhibition at the cabaret vulgaire, Miki investigated the possibilities of performance within an exhibition structure.The audiences encountered a DJ wearing a punk costume, At the 8th dadafestvial in Basel in 2014, Miki experimented for the first time with devising a performance through putting up more and more trash in the exhibition space over the duration of the show, explaining: “I want to focus on the process of devising a dramatic performance work, and the constant and jolting shift between reality and drama implicit in trying to do that in the context of an art gallery.”
In Mikis acid-coloured spray paintings, sharp-lettered edges created with masking tape emerge through layers of spray paint to reveal the work’s messy ground, baffling the viewer. The images shaped from negative space are a metaphor for gaps in society – and it is in this space that the viewer finds themselves. This fascination with the ‘in-between’ or gaps in paintings is as much an important aspect of Mikis practice as is body politics. By playing with the ambiguities of sexuality and gender categorisation, Mikis work as a performer and DJ conveys the fluid boundaries of identity.Born in Prague in 1981, Miki DJ has shown his work in Berlin, Zürich and all over the czech republic .