Mai-Thu Perret. Drawings & Paintings

Untitled, 2010. Acrylic on board, 29.8 x 29.8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

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Untitled, 2010. Acrylic on board, 60.6 x 45 cm
Courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

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Black Noise Drawings. 2007

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Black Noise Drawings. 2007

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Black Noise Drawings. 2007

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Untitled, 2009. Acrylic gouache on plywood, 60.6 x 45 cm

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Untitled, 2009. Acrylic gouache on plywood, 29.8 x 29.8 cm

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The Crack-Up I, 2009. Acrylic on carpet, 248 x 188 cm
Courtesy Gallery Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Photo: REBECCA FANUELE

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MAI-THU PERRET is a Swiss multimedia artist whose works comprise sculptures, installations, paintings, videos, performances and text-based pieces. Investigating our relationships to common objects found in contemporary art, design spaces, and shops, the artist engages with the consequences and changing realities of utopian thinking as it becomes incorporated into capitalism’s mainstream.

MAI-THU PERRET is interested in a deliberate loss of control when creating a painting. For the 2009 series Crack-Up (image above: The Crack-Up I) she poured paint on carpets, which she then folded. She sees these carpets as anti-paintings in which a stain becomes an enigmatic image waiting to be deciphered, like in an inkblot test.

The small-scale paintings on wooden panels (above) appear mysteriously symbolical. MAI-THU PERRET finds her subjects in a wide range of context, yet there are fields of reference that she will frequently return to: early 20th century constructivism as well as Indian Tantric painting.

And good news: a major solo exhibition entitled “The Adding Machine” of Swiss artist MAI-THU PERRET is actually on view until 31 July, 2011 at Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau, Switzerland. In addition to older work, it includes numerous pieces that were created specifically for this show, as well as works that are shown for the first time in Switzerland.

Additionally  she will have a talk during Art Basel (Art Salon, Hall 1, Auditorium) Thursday 16 June 2011 from 6 to 6.30 pm. See you there!



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