Linus Bill and Adrien Horni installation at Printed Matter

December 4, 2014 - January 14, 2015
6:00-8:00 PM

Printed Matter is pleased to present an installation by Swiss artists Linus Bill and Adrien Horni. The exhibition will feature a survey of their collaborative publications, as well as a newly-created wall piece.  Stemming from their desire to challenge the perceived hierarchy of artistic mediums, their practice includes an active publishing element as well as sculptures and paintings that are often mutually-derived. Join the artists for a reception at the store on Thursday, December 4th, 6-8 PM. 

Bill and Horni will often begin their work together with the creation of a modest publication.  The small-scale collages that make up the piece are handmade with paper, scissors and glue, as well as on copy machines, scanners, and iPhones. These ‘reproductions’ serve as a catalog for a show that does not yet exist. The artists then select works to scale up and re-create as full size canvas “paintings”, fulfilling the obligation of the Artist but in reverse.  

In the case of their installation at Printed Matter they have engaged a similar set of concerns, though from another vantage point.  Following the creation of a new staple-bound zine catalog, they have simply excerpted an image from the publication as a laser print collage with an added sticker. By maintaining the work’s size and giving the image a new context (now in an enormous frame), they re-assign the value of artwork and make it into something that is at once both an exemplary example of a wall-worthy artwork, and that seems to undermine that suggestion at the same time. In a concurrent exhibition at Nathalie Karg Gallery (Opening December 11), the small scale collages from the publication (and the framed piece at Printed Matter) are installed as the “original“ large scale paintings.

An additional survey of publications by Turbo Magazine, Horni’s ongoing publishing project, will also be on view as part of the installation.