Marta Riniker-Radich “Every home a fortress every hearth a blossom”

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

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Swiss Institute presents Every home a fortress every hearth a blossom, an exhibition of new works by Swiss artist Marta Riniker-Radich. For her first US solo exhibition, Riniker-Radich focuses on rural anti-government organizations that have flourished in the U.S. in recent years. Comprised of drawings, sculptures, and architectural interventions, the exhibition highlights the contradictory desires and fears underpinning such movements.

Riniker-Radich, who is best known for her luminescent pencil drawings, has here created a new series depicting allegorical environments of care and control. The soft-hued images feature marbled eggs and intricately decorated cupcakes, handcrafted goods associated with rituals of domesticity. These delicate objects are confined within severe architectures designed to isolate and protect, in a military palette of greens and grays.

To create a sense of privacy, the artist has placed filters on the windows and skylight of the gallery and fabricated customized resin earplugs in visceral shades of pink and deep red. The thoughts mold the brain, as certainly as the brain molds the thoughts (2015) are a set of handmade whips, or carpet beaters, suggesting certain obsessive and aggressive aspects of cleanliness.

Hinting at a survivalist spirit, rudimentary water filtration systems drip water into buckets throughout the gallery. Meanwhile, a screen displays online testimonials from individuals, who have registered with a militia website, responding to receiving their first supply package in the mail.

Marta Riniker-Radich (b. 1982; Bern, Switzerland) lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. She received a BFA from Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design, Geneva. Selected solo exhibitions include Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2016); Scuffling grinding tearing pounding banging slamming, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal (2013); and Zebedee, New Jerseyy, Basel (2010). Group exhibitions include A Form is a Social Gatherer, Plymouth Rock, Zurich (2015); A Place Like This, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus (2014); and Hotel Abisso, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2013). She is the recipient of the Manor Kunstpreis Aargau (2016).

Swiss Institute has temporarily relocated to a 5,000 sq ft project space at 102 Franklin Street in Tribeca, where we are presenting programming under the name Swiss In situ. Prior to moving to our new building at 38 St. Marks Place in 2017, exhibitions and public programs are focused on temporary structures – including publishing formats, social experiments and architectural forms – set against the fast-mutating landscape of downtown Manhattan. Expanding upon the success of Swiss Institute’s ONE FOR ALL series, which offered emerging artists a first institutional exhibition in the US, Swiss In situ presents new systems of research and production to New York audiences.



from November 02, 2016 to December 18, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-11-01 from 18:00 to 20:00

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