Kunsthalle Zurich presents Uri Aran here, here and here
Kunsthalle Zurich presents Uri Aran here, here and here on view 2 February–24 March 2013, the first comprehensive solo institutional show by Uri Aran, who was born in Israel in 1977 and currently lives and works in New York. His work is pervaded by the interrogation and redefinition of structures and models of communication, the material world and interpersonal relationships.
His visually idiosyncratic and disconcerting videos, drawings, texts and sculptures hover on the boundary between the familiar and the strange. Aran combines work groups created specially for the exhibition, thereby creating spheres and systems specific to the individual spaces which, however, also relate to and interweave with each other.
At an initial glance, the sculptural installations look like chaotic arrangements of found objects; at a second glance, however, they appear as gestures of a microcosm structured by mysterious rules, which highlight the problem of organisation and categorisation. Collections of images, portraits next to animal pictures, plastic grapes and pizza boxes—the latter evoke the homely feel of a cosy family evening—run like a red thread through the entire exhibition and are also found in the drawings which Aran associates with new printing techniques. Through repetitions and a system of wide-ranging cross-references from a syntax of materials, the artist generates a visual rhythm that runs through the exhibition.
Uri Aran’s first artist’s monograph is published in association with the exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich by JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag. It contains numerous images and texts by Uri Aran, Fionn Meade and Liam Gillick and a conversation between the artist and Beatrix Ruf.
Kunsthalle Zürich thanks Präsidialdepartement der Stadt Zürich, Direktion der Justiz und des Innern des Kantons Zürich as well as Zürcher Kantonalbank (Partner of Kunsthalle Zürich), Luma Foundation, Swiss Re, Hulda and Gustav Zumsteg Foundation, and Ringier AG.
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