I dream of the code of the west, MAI-THU PERRET at Haus Konstruktiv, September 2011
on view until October 23, 2011
all images © WFW
MAI-THU PERRET has been awarded the fourth annual Zurich Art Prize (once a year the museum Haus Konstruktiv awards the ‘Zurich Art Prize’ to an outstanding young artist who reflects the fundamental themes of constructivist-concrete and conceptual art in a contemporary manner), which is celebrated with this solo exhibition at the Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich.
In the exhibition hall on the first floor, PERRET is presenting a large installation where five large rock-like objects slowly move through the room on a track.
These new works created for Haus Konstruktiv are linked to the American comic series Krazy Kat. This comic strip was published regularly in American newspapers from 1913 until the death of the author GEORGE HERRIMAN in 1944. The narrative revolves around the naive and seemingly genderless cat Krazy, the cynical mouse Ignatz and a police dog, who is in love with Krazy. Krazy Kat is primarily about endless variations within a repeating story, which takes place in an imaginary Coconino County. In this surreal universe, things, gender roles, animal and human, actions and feelings, keep getting mixed up, giving rise to a subversive interplay between sense, nonsense and poetry. In the comic strip lifeless props, such as rocks for example, become living creatures, while living characters become a rigid backdrop.
Good news: this exhibition is running through October 23 at Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich