Unfired clay

Exhibition view:
“La Jeunesse est un Art”, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, 2012

Photo: Thomas Strub (towards the end of the exhibition)

"It's a structure that sits in the room as if it came from another world." described Fabian Marti 2008 a work that consisted of several bases and the gallery space completely filled. "For me, this pedestal design is a tool that allows the crossing of borders into a different reality."
Now the border crossing at the Kunsthaus Aarau becomes reality. In the courtyard of the museum, the architectural heart of the institution, Fabian Marti implemented for the duration of the exhibition several vertical and horizontal plinths of unfired clay. Up to eight feet in height loom the cuboids. The longest block is ten meters wide. In the sculptures, the geometric shapes of the base blend with the organic material of the clay. The material obtained in the plant an almost performative role. The gray clay is unfired and integrates seamlessly into the gray asphalt floor in the courtyard, as if the socket tried to disappear as camouflage in the area. In the courtyard, the sculptures are partially unprotected from the weather. Not only change the color depending on the weather: On dry days, the base point in light gray, while it is darker with increasing moisture stain. The unfired clay crumbles also with time, so that the exact composition of the base makes room for a field of ruins.
What makes this work great is the form in which it fits into the existing architecture of the Kunsthaus and can be seen from all sides during a tour through the museum. Depending on the viewpoint new forms, arrangements and alignments show up. By changing the angle of view, the work changed in the eyes of the viewers. The plant becomes the point in which the different worlds merge first and then break up again.

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