Outdoor scultpure by Ai Weiwei (b. 1957 Beijing, China)
John Armleder In Mykonos
Born in 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland, John Armleder is a performance artist painter, sculptor, critic and curator. A key figure on the contemporary art scene since the early 70s. Armleder’s work has been widely acknowledged by critics and colleagues alike4, while his diverse practice continues to make him an unclassifiable and influential force on art today.
Armleder’s work is a celebration of the everyday, of the modern man. The show is a visual feast pop aesthetics and interior design, a meeting of Marcel Duchamp-style ready-mades with Andy Warhol aesthetics. The simple idea of showing “things as they are” clarifies, once more, the power of art to turn the banal into the extraordinary.
Numerous pictorial works show how central randomness is to Armleder’s oeuvre and, with a senses of irony, the transform the dramatic force of the pictorial gesture that is implicit in the tradition of European Art Informel and Abstract Impressionism. At the same time, neon lights revive the minimalist tradition of employing ready-made industrial materials, in the style of Dan Flavin, creating a short circuit between the cultured reference to Op Art and the interplay of hypnotic lights that characterize consumer and recreational venues such as discotheques and shopping centers.
His works have been shown among many places at the Tate Liverpool, Kunsthalle Zurich, Dairy Art Center – London, Wiener Secession – Vienna, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunstmuseum Basel and in collective exhibitions at MoMA New York, Centre George Pompidou - Paris, Punta della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi - Venice, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Contemporary Art Museum St.Louis, Museum Ludwig - Cologne and the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst in Basel.