Venus in a Shell

May 25 – June 24, 2011
Fluxia Galleryvia ciro menotti, 9 – Milan

Lorenzo Bernet, Juliette Bonneviot, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Yannic Joray

Today, the concept of reconstruction and the limits of technology takes on a guise that is completely superimposable. Certainly, in the same manner as research and evolution, technology never stops. Nevertheless, after the digitisation of memory, data banks continually undergo a constant deterioration process, almost as if the content gradually dissipates into thin air; its solidity vanishes into a two-dimensional space, annihilating itself in nothingness.

Despite the distance of thousands of years, if we wanted to compare the Lascaux cave to the Commodore 64, we would willingly reject the milky-white plastic shell that holds the memory of our recent past.

In a diatribe between the actuality of the ancient and the anachronism of the recentem, we find ourselves chained to a ‘possible’ future identity, which consists of an aesthetic that lies halfway between rendering and the bad taste of spray art.

Therefore, Venus in a Shell is a project that intertwines graphic hyperboles with artistic formats, the kitsch of the 1990s to the technological repercussion of hardware, the three-dimensional sound of a subwoofer with the elegance of Plexiglas.

Lorenzo Bernet, born in Zurich, Switzerland, 1986. Lives and works in Zurich. Founding member of Darsa Comfort, exhibition space, in collaboration with Carmen Tobler and Fredi Fischli, Zürich. Recent exhibitions: PISG, The Future Gallery, Berlin; Our Peers (1-2), as part ofEnchanted at School of Development, Berlin; Alana-Jet, Darsa Comfort, Zürich.

Juliette Bonneviot, born in Paris, France, 1983. Lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions: A Painting Show, Autocenter, Berlin; Shanghai Gesture, Mark & Kyoko, Berlin; Search and Destroy, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin; Rhododendron, W139, Amsterdam; Metrospective 1.0, The Future Gallery, Berlin; Kunsthalle Athena, Athens.

Nicolas Ceccaldi, born in Montreal, Canada, 1983. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions: Prepare to Live, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Sweden; Fashions in the Middle Ages, Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt, Germany; Madinha Warfare (with Dan Rees), Sandy Brown, Berlin, Germany. Latest group exhibitions: Geschmacksverstärker, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Candles in the Mind Game, Beige Cube, Frankfurt, Germany; The Smart Fridge. Chilly Forecast for Internet, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria; Non-profit state of mind, Cleopatra’s, NY, US.

Yannic Joray, born in Zurich, 1986. Lives in Zurich. Recent exhibitions:PISG, The Future Gallery, Berlin; CATCH-AND-RELEASE, Darsa Comfort, Zurich.

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