Cristopher Cichocki creates odd interventions with the environment around him, often times using the simple gesture of coating items, taxidermy, dead animals with enamel and then photographing the works. Cichocki works out of the Salton Sea, whose unique environmental qualities and geographic location serves as his muse- he often recontextualizes the bizarre dead wildlife and abandoned, encrusted structures around him into surreal new viastas. Reminiscent of Robert Smithson’s earth works, but for a nuclear, toxic waste, environmental hazard-acclimatized generation.
Here is a description fresh off the press release!
The visuals follow an artist who enters his personal sanctuary where he is presented with a hand-crafted drawing tool that assists him in materializing his mental impressions. Through drawing circular patterns, the machine discharges an endless web of yarn that guides him through his visual representations of his memories. The story progresses to reveal that he is divided between two worlds, one of dull reality and the second of warped memories. In the process of finding a way out of his consciousness, he is trapped between the two competing spaces, which eventually inflict lethal damage, acting as metaphors to self-destruction.
Kilian Rüthemann was born in 1979 in Bütschwil, St. Gallen, Switzerland. Kilian always engages with the given situation of an exhibition space. He investigates the architectural and spatial qualities and in a surprising manner and makes precise, generally minimal interventions into the existing structure. Pretty neat.
If I was a musician this is what my instruments would look (and taste like).
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