The Verbier 3-D Foundation is proud to present Avant/Après N°5, an installation by Swiss artist Andrea Hasler shown in New York PRVTVW as part of her Time + Space Artist-Residency during Frieze New York.
Set in the heart of New York City’s SoHo district, this invitation-only, in-house residency program is geared towards providing artists and curators “time and space” in New York City to further develop their practices in a dynamic environment.
With a focus on deepening research and strengthening art world affiliations, the Time + Space Residency is an extension of the secluded and experimental environment that reflects the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park, which was co-founded in Switzerland by Madeleine Paternot with Swiss-English artist Kiki Thompson, in 2011. The aim is to develop a dialogue between the diverse residency locations of New York and Verbier that both challenge and expand participating artists’ practices in relation to place.
In her work, Andrea Hasler dissects social and emotional ideas of the body in relation to consumerism, with an on-going search for identity and belonging. Her wax and mixed media sculptures are characterized by a tension between attraction and disgust and confront the observer with his or her own feelings of desire and repulsion.
Avant/Après N°5 presents a kind of luxurious milk machine that blurs the boundaries between inside and outside of the body. Combining plastic tubes, photography, video as well as deconstructed laundry bags carrying the logo of a well-known luxury brand, the installation plays with our restlessness in search for ‘The Other’.
The deconstructed laundry bags fabric might be cheap plastic, but its imprinted logo highlights our obsession with luxury goods and the aspiration of a dream that is being sold to us to belong to a ‘different’ world. The philosopher Julia Kristeva links this sense of desperately wanting to belong, to our desire to recreate the symbiotic mother-infant relationship.
The video work Avant/Après, made during her 2014 residency in Verbier, will also be shown for the first time in the US.
Andrea Hasler was born in 1975 in Zürich, Switzerland, and lives and works in London, UK. She holds a MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited widely internationally. Recent solo projects include Burdens of Excess at Gusford | Los Angeles/US, Irreducible Complexity and Full fat or semi-skinned? Next Level Projects, London/UK, Embrace the Base, Arts Council-commission for Greenham Common, UK. She was Artist-in-Residence at Verbier 3D Foundation, Next Level Projects/Bahamas and at Chisenhale, London/UK. In 2018, her work was include in the exhibition ‘Ethics, Excess and Extinction’ at El Paso Museum, Texas/USA. Future projects include a site-specific installation in Marfa, USA in October 2019.
For more information and press images, please contact:
Time + Space Residency
66 Crosby Street, 5F, Soho, New York 10012
By appointment Monday – Friday, 30th April – 8th May 2019
To book a viewing please contact:
Madeleine Paternot: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +16462405720
Andrea Hasler: email@example.com or phone +447957325697