Lunar Conveniences: Francisco Sierra at Von Bartha
Francisco Sierra (b.1977, Santiago de Chile) is known for his work which considers the possibilities of representation and perception. Lunar Conveniences, his first solo exhibition at von Bartha, will feature new paintings as well as a new sculptural installation. A self-taught visual artist, Sierra is interested in the transformation of apparent clarity into something new and enigmatic. Often working within the realms of both photorealism and surrealism, Sierra is occupied with the pitfalls of contemporary photographic reproduction and the transformative potential of painting. In this field of tension between supposedly realistic reproduction and invention, Sierra’s work in Lunar Conveniences creates spaces for a narration that takes illusionistic painting method to another level.
The exhibition will also feature a new sculptural installation by the artist, which will playfully explore musical notation and the desire for attribution. Pretending to function as furniture, the bent and curved wooden forms will allude to a dense network of references.
Beat Zoderer (b.1955, Zürich) is known for his colourful paintings, sculptures and installations created from everyday materials. The Ultimate Sphere will showcase new sculptural works, including a monumental sculpture, site-specific to the gallery space, created using a Suprematist construction method. The sculpture will consist of a giant sphere assembled from numerous wooden boards, which will be painted on-site by the artist using heavily watered- down paint, dowsed on untreated wood. The sculpture will utilise colours typical to Zoderer’s work, but will be more muted and subtle due to the process of application.
Zoderer uses his sculptures and assemblages as a tool to penetrate perspectives, illuminating the space and distorting depth. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Lyonel Feiniger, Georges Braque and El Lissitzky, the works featured in this show will be entirely spherical in character; playfully constructed using planks of polyurethane foam and coated with a thin layer of piano lacquer to create a perfect curved surface. Zoderer’s artistic approach to creating these new works is expressive, yet precise in its execution. Featured in the show will also be kubistische Modelle, a series of new sculptural wall-based works crafted from copper, adding to the array of everyday materials the artist commonly uses.