Jan Vorisek

Galerie Bernhard, Zurich, B32

Jan Vorisek, Terrace, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Bernhardt

Jan Vorisek, Terrace, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Bernhardt

Working across sculpture, installation, performance, improvised music and noise, Vorisek’s installations are site-specific comments, ephemera and documentation – all examining formal hierarchies. With assemblages consisting of used and found materials, as well as sound-producing devices, the artist reflects on the fluctuation of (recycled) materials and sound.

For his Frame presentation, Jan Vorisek presents an installation of recent work and new material. At the center of the booth is a podium, resembling a stage, which also operates as an abstract speaker system or motherboard. An amplifier is connected to the installation, generating feedback and tuning the work, as well as causing the objects placed on top of the platform to reverberate. Surrounding the podium, a series of metal sculptures – variously sized poles with flat round tops – stand in a state of precarious equilibrium. Attached to the wall are abstract notations of the sound piece, visualizing the various grains of noise and dust. This methodology expands the artist’s ongoing investigation into art production. Open sourced and open ended, all is in flux, repurposed as a ‘delay machine’.

Jan Vorisek (born in Switzerland, 1987) lives and works in Zurich. Recent solo presentations include “Total Fragmented Darkness”, Hard Hat (2017, Geneva); “NotFair”, Galerie Bernhard (2016, Warsaw); “Rented Bodies”, Galerie Bernhard (2015, Zurich). He has shown in group shows including at Kunsthalle St.Gallen (2016/17); 83 Pittstreet (2016, New York); Espace Aurlaud (2016, Lausanne); Kunsthaus Glarus (2016). Recent performances include Spring Workshop (2016, Hong Kong); Luma Foundation (2016, Zurich); Cave12 (2016, Geneva, with Timotheé Calame); TG (2015, Nottingham); Kunsthalle Zurich (2015, Zurich). Together with Mathis Altmann and Lhaga Koondhor he organizes a series of club nights called HOUSE OF MIXED EMOTIONS or in short H.O.M.E.

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