Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art: ONE FOR ALL
Exhibition series featuring international emerging artists
New York, NY
Spring 2015 – Spring 2016
Production | Exhibition Grant
Building on the Swiss Institute’s long history of providing a platform for emerging artists, ONE FOR ALL was a new initiative consisting of an exhibition series featuring five solo exhibitions by five international artists. Each artist presented a single newly commissioned artwork created for the gallery space. On view for one month, each presentation represented the artist’s first institutional solo show in the United States. The rapid rhythm framework of ONE FOR ALL provided an unprecedented platform to highlight, support, and promote new talent. VIA Art Fund is proud to be the 2015 presenting sponsor for the series. Participating artists included Thomas Julier, Dora Budor, Yves Scherer, Andrea Crespo, Nancy Lupo, and Olga Balema.
The inaugural exhibition, Dawn in the Basement by Zurich-based artist Thomas Julier, featured a mixed media installation that challenged spatial and architectural constructs. The installation featured sounds from an in-session band practice emanating from behind a locked door; Julier published these recordings as a vinyl release. Spring, an exhibition of work by New York-based Croatian artist Dora Budor, considered the representation of emotional and physical experience within the ideological subtexts of mainstream cinema. Budor’s sculptures wrapped around architectural miniatures originally featured in the blockbuster films The Fifth Element, Batman Returns, and Johnny Mnemonic, becoming real-life fossils of on-screen experiences. Swiss-born artist Yves Scherer’s exhibition Honey Moon, running from October 3 – November 8, 2015, explored the possessive fictions that anonymous, online audiences construct from the everyday lives of celebrities. Honey Moon transformed the lower-level gallery into a secluded Thai beach, and this fictionalized vacation blended personal narratives with paparazzi culture, highlighting the scripted intimacy inherent to honeymooning, a fetishized ritual in which private acts merge with public expectation. November 18 – December 20, 2015, the Swiss Institute presented virocrypsis, artist Andrea Crespo’s first institutional solo exhibition. Centered around a new video work, the exhibition developed the artist’s ongoing inquiry into posthuman desire.
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