New (Object) Order
Opening: Friday 30.08.2019 from 18:00
30.08. - 26.10.2019
What does a metal rod, ashtray and ventilation vent all have in common? These are some of the subject matters that will be presented in Last Tango's upcoming exhibition with Christoph Hänsli (b. 1963, Zurich), Eduardo Rubén (b. 1958 in Havana, Cuba) and Francisco Sierra (b. 1977 in Santiago, Chile). In New (Object) Order, featuring mainly painting and works on paper, Last Tango breaks away from its usual pairing and invites a third artist into the mix.
Versed in the skills of hyperreal painting and drawing, this threesome convincingly create visual illusions of reality or morphed realities. In New (Object) Order the featured works will be put together in a delicate dance with clusters of mental associations in the hope that viewers engage in an 'intensity of looking' (Berger). Light-handedly arranged, the featured artworks will try to push the viewer's notion of awareness, perception and representation, in the hope of evoking associations related to ideas of confinement, the everyday, texture, perspectival space, the haunted, linearity, freedom and dystopia.
The practice of the trio embodies an uncanniness and absurdity as in the following bar joke: "A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them and says, 'What is this, a joke?'"
Through the seduction of painting can the semantics of objects be thought of differently? Magritte's epic title Treachery of Images (1929) comes to mind, but here what surfaces is not related to the gap between language and meaning, but rather one that relates to subjectivity, context and culture.
Christoph Hänsli (b. 1963, Zurich)
Christoph Hänsli attended the Lucerne School of Art and Design from 1984 to 1988, followed by studies in film theory and the history of photography at Zurich University. Since 1997 his work has been extensively exhibited in solo and group shows. He lives and works in Zurich. His most recent solo exhibitions are Der Generator, 2018-2019, Galerie Judin, Berlin, and Nasse Hunde bleiben draussen!, 2018, Grand Palais, Bern.
Eduardo Rubén (b. 1958 in Havana, Cuba)
Rubén’s art practice spans 35 years. Originally trained as an architect, Rubén represented Cuba in the 1995 Venice Biennale and participated in the Havana Biennale in 1984 and in 1994, as well as in many other solo and group exhibitions. Eduardo Ruben is a graduate of Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echevarria in Havana, Cuba. Rubén’s works are part of collections in Havana at the Wifredo Lam Center, the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Council for Visual Arts (CNAP).
Francisco Sierra (b. 1977 in Santiago, Chile)
Francisco Sierra emigrated to Switzerland in 1986. He lives and works in Cotterd, Switzerland. From 1998-2003 he studied music studies and is a trained violinist. He is a self-taught painter His most recent awards include the Recognition Award, UBS; Culture Foundation 2017; Werkbeitrag Kanton Appenzell Ausserrhoden 2016 and the Manor Art Prize, St.Gallen 2013. His most recent solo exhibitions are Family Affairs (with Mäschi), 2019, Ballostar Mobile, Bern, and Healthy Wealthy, 2018, Lokal-int, Biel.