The Sunrise Sings

Curated by Chus Martinez

23 August to 30 September 2020

The Sunrise Sings

Tarmak22 and the Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel present The Sunrise Sings, a group exhibition showing works by five young artists with ties to Switzerland: Charlotte Herzig, Kaspar Ludwig & Ambra Viviani, Gil Pellaton, Claudia Comte, and Katrin Niedermeier.

Forming part of an exploration of nature through the curriculum of the Art Institute, the exhibition includes a site-specific work by Charlotte Herzig and two newly commissioned work by Kaspar Ludwig & Ambra Viviani, Gil Pellaton.

«We are very pleased to be opening our first own exhibition in collaboration with the Art Institute, through which we want to support the practice of artists linked to Switzerland and support cultural exchange within our community. The topic of this exhibition could not be more fitting given the times we are experiencing as a society. In a crisis, we turn to art in the same way we turn to nature. Through this exhibition, we hope to awaken ideas and sensations in the viewer, whilst enabling meaningful connections between artists, audiences, curators, and collectors in the region»

The Artists

Opening hours

August:
Monday – Sunday
10 am – 1 pm / 3 pm – 6 pm
or by appointment

September:
Wednesday – Saturday
10 am – 1 pm / 3 pm – 6 pm
or by appointment

Gil Pellaton

In his multi sensory installations, Gil Pellaton (b.1982) challenges viewers to take their own perception as a guide, to move through the exhibition and to relate to the mysterious objects on their own. The artist obsessively immerses himself in worlds, he collects like a botanist, cooks and experiments like an alchemist and travels as an adventurer through coriander worlds.

Having obtained his Master’s Degree in Visual Arts at the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, the artist has received multiple awards, The Kiefer Hablitzel in 2010, the Anderfuhren Prize in 2011 the Aeschlimann Corti Prize this year. As well as this, he was nominated for the Swiss Art Awards in 2018.

The works presented at Tarmak22 by Gil Pellaton are speculative pieces made to be activated. They are props that can be used during a dance, a choreography or a new ritual. A utopian story celebrating the future.

The mirror makes it possible to see oneself through an archetypal structure of nature. A filter of nature that leads us to the metamorphosis. The turmeric reliefs also represent the archetypal structures of nature. Lines representing vegetal, mineral or liquid forms and logics. The mixture of turmeric mixed with glue, inspired by traditional techniques create a surprisingly solid and unknown material. It can be cast and then sanded. The sanding will reveal the intense yellow powder.

Katrin Niedermeier

In her artistic practice, Katrin Niedermeier (b.1978) investigates the area of humanly constructed spaces of longing, fictitious or of real nature and explores how these ideas manifest themselves in the form of ‘Arcadian’ gardens, virtual landscapes, avatars or personal fantasies.

Before her studies at the Art Institute at the University of Applied Science in Basel, Katrin Niedermeier studied fashion design at ESMOD in Munich and Oslo and worked as a designer for Christian Dior and Jeanne Lanvin in Paris.

As part of The Sunrise Sings, her animation ‘reality island is elsewhere’ is about a humanoid protagonist named Rose who is in search of “her” personal reality and finding her “nature.” A game, reminiscent of earlier TV shows, forms the narrative framework of this work. Against this backdrop, Rose attempts, with the help of her avatar Tessa, to experience her body and various spaces in a performative way and to reflect her subjective reality within this game. Personal thoughts and memories of the character Rose flow, overlapping each other, into the storyline and determine the rhythm of the animation.

Katrin Niedermeier’s work raises questions about the construction of identity, the different layers of reality and to what extent man is shaped by virtual or analog environments.

Kaspar Ludwig
& Ambra Viviani

Kaspar Ludwig (b.1989) studied in Carrara, Italy, where he then stayed for several years after his studies working for various art studios specialising in marble. He is an MA graduate from the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, where he still lives and works.

Ambra Viviani (b.1993) currently lives and works in Basel. She is a MA graduate from Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel and has a BA in Fine Arts from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. Her research intertwines hypertexts with superseded scientific theories and pseudoscience. Through objects, wordplays and music she stages possible scenarios, hypothetical biospheres and a-historic futures.

As their first collaboration together, Kaspar Ludwig & Ambra Viviani created ‘concrete storytelling’ pieces for this exhibition at Tarmak22 based on ancient mythological stories, echoing the culture of digital storytelling.

Charlotte Herzig

Charlotte Herzig (b.1983) lives and works between Berlin and Brussels.She holds a Bachelor’s in Visual Arts (2007) from École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) and a Master’s in Fine from the San Francisco Art Institute. Charlotte Herzig was the first artist to win the Nestlé Art Prize in 2016. That same year, she presented a series of five new paintings at the Swiss Art Awards.

For the artist, painting is a limitless explosion, an immensity to be explored, a dreamlike “elsewhere”. Her paintings have the texture of our memories and dreams. They offer an imaginary space behind the structured and logical domain of our daily lives.

For this exhibition, the artist created a site-specific mural depicting flowers moving in a ‘breathing’ motion, upwards and downwards’.

Claudia Comte


Claudia Comte (b.1983) is a Swiss artist based in Basel, Switzerland.

Comte studied at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL (2004-2007) followed by a Masters of Art in Science of Education at Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2008-2010). Her body of work is best known for her site-specific installations. Her work is defined by her interest on the memory of materials and by a careful observation of how the hand relates to different technologies. Did you know that permanently frozen wood is still very well preserved after 2–4000 years? that wood “remembers“ the climate conditions of the planet? But even stones are not what they seem. Marble entails the oceans, life under water is crystallised and it would be inaccurate to see this material as hard, since it is liquid at its core. Carving by hand, or scanning or 3D printing all are functions of a knowledge that sculpture possesses and shares with all of us every time a new piece comes to life.

Claudia Comte


Claudia Comte (b.1983) is a Swiss artist based in Basel, Switzerland.

Comte studied at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL (2004-2007) followed by a Masters of Art in Science of Education at Haute Ecole Pédagogique, Visual Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2008-2010). Her body of work is best known for her site-specific installations. Her work is defined by her interest on the memory of materials and by a careful observation of how the hand relates to different technologies. Did you know that permanently frozen wood is still very well preserved after 2–4000 years? that wood “remembers“ the climate conditions of the planet? But even stones are not what they seem. Marble entails the oceans, life under water is crystallised and it would be inaccurate to see this material as hard, since it is liquid at its core. Carving by hand, or scanning or 3D printing all are functions of a knowledge that sculpture possesses and shares with all of us every time a new piece comes to life.

The Parley - SUPERFLEX

Presented by
The Alex Hank Collection

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Selected Works
From The Alex Hank Collection

Selected Works From The Alex Hank Collection