Little Switzerland is a long-term multidisciplinary project about a fictional community of artists in Zurich. I develop fragmented narratives about a network of fictional Swiss institutions in order to generate artworks in a variety of media. These institutions include an art school, an art gallery, an art supply store, a publishing company and a philanthropic tobacco company. I use Switzerland as a metaphor for the society in which artists live. Little Switzerland is meant to be allegorical so I treat both time and place with a great deal of license. I aim to question authenticity.
The practice of painting is central to the project. My interest is in the external apparatus of painting: framing, narrative, context and presentation. I’d like to underline rather than downplay these structures.
For the past eighteen months I have focused on telling the story of the fictional art school from which all the artists in this story emerged. I began with a series of sculptural “Student Painting Storage Cabinets” supposedly taken from the art school. The cabinets contain “Student Painting Exercises” addressing formal concerns such as color, composition, scale and pattern. I have begun using video, installation and printed ephemera to present scenes from this imaginary world. Using installation and video as framing devices, I hope to expand on my project and explore the ways in which narrative context affects our experience of art.
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