Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker
19 March – 9 April 2016
Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place, Swansea, SA1 1TY
Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker is a group exhibition curated by Louise Hobson and presented at Mission Gallery as part of the Jane Phillips Award Curatorial Residency, supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
Catherine Biocca’s installations form trajectories into alternate timelines and realities, exchanging the real and the animated world to generate a new, and unfamiliar stage. She approaches her work through the concept of schadenfreude, a German and relatively untranslatable word loosely meaning ‘the joy of someone else’s failure’.
At Mission Gallery, Catherine creates an inside-out environment, transposing a time some millions of years ago into the gallery with new installation Deutscher Fürst. Layering cartoon imagery, science fiction and natural history, the artist produces a lo-fi, deconstructed dinosaur landscape. In this multidimensional work, we are brought into dialogue with our assumption that it is we, who are on time. In parallel to Deutscher Fürst, 4-handed space drawings from the INTERGALACTIC series are also be exhibited. These new works have been made in collaboration with the artist’s father, a former spacecraft engineer.
Cornelia Baltes’ paintings exist as protagonists, subtly shifting the gallery space into a stage for an abridged visual narrative. Real-world observations inform her works but fall away as gestures are reconsidered, refined, and invested onto her canvases, walls and coloured MDFs, making for rigorously conceived forms, which are imbued with playfulness and humour.
At Mission Gallery, Cornelia works directly onto the walls of the gallery, expanding on a recent exploration of making site-specific murals. In this new installation, colour and motifs migrate from a large-scale wall painting to her coloured MDFs and framed paintings, escaping the confines of their supports as though both independent and fallen.
Rosalie Schweiker buys a fridge magnet wherever she goes for work. At Mission Gallery, Rosalie presents the migrant worker’s fridge magnet collection; displaying her magnets for the first time in public, on a fridge stocked with local drinks. If you buy the artist a drink at the public preview, she’ll tell you the story behind a magnet. After the opening weekend, the fridge will stay on and serve the exhibition as a bar.
Rosalie Schweiker uses social exchanges to find new functions for art in society. Her work often manifests itself in humorous interventions such as sleepovers, pizza portraits, bra shops, confidence building workshops, gardening and other seemingly random activities. Since Rosalie’s focus is on the communicative effects of art, most of her work leaves hardly any material trace.
Including contributions from Maria Guggenbichler, San Keller, Madeleine Amsler, David Morris, Rachel Pafe, Romy Rüegger, Peter Schweiker, Sabine Schweiker, Jo Waterhouse and others.
The actions that led to the making of this exhibition include: inviting, researching, funding, mentoring, collecting, questioning, doubting, choosing, emailing, chatting, travelling, visiting, explaining, persuading, budgeting, collaborating, facilitating, writing, printing, distributing, communicating, redrafting, coordinating, responding, compromising, adapting, transporting, promoting, borrowing, reflecting, curating.
All exhibition documentation by Warren Orchard.