Martin Widmer

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Question the heroic approch (the principle of inconsistency)
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Martin Widmer

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Martin Widmer / Question the heroic approach (the inconsistency principle)

Exhibition May 19 - Jun 18 2017
Le Labo
Le Boulevard Saint-Georges 5
Geneva

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Martin Widmer is a artist whose main mediums are photography and writing. Recently, Widmer began to use the raw materials that usually constitute the photographic object: glass, aluminum plate, glue, wood, cardboard, to create installations in which the viewer would be, as is the case in this exhibition, in a way, immersed in the very device of the image. The texts that the artist writes are written under hypnosis (autohypnosis) as well as using a card game: "Oblique Strategies" (this one was invented, among others, by the musician Brian Eno). These texts prolong, in another space, the plastic work of the artist.

For the project at the Labo, Martin Widmer first wrote, during a session under hypnosis, a text in which he goes to his own vernissage at the Labo. He discovers his exhibition, which he does not know, at the same time as the spectators. This text will be read, along with others, during a reading evening during the exhibition (Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 pm). We can nevertheless find in the exhibition the plan of this other exhibition.

The actual visible exhibition at the Labo can be seen as one large installation consisting of two sets. Nevertheless, each piece may also be considered as an independent work. The whole exhibition can be seen as a deconstruction "of the photographic object into an installative and sculptural device. A text, "Simple Subtraction", written under hypnosis and with the usual set of cards that the artist use, is inserted in the installation. The exhibition, "The figure of the hero in question", consists mainly of photographs that the artist erases using acetone or using a sander. The artist began, with these works, to erase his own archives of works. Paradoxically, by doing this, Martin Widmer creates new pieces that are almost like paintings. These strange abstract paintings, unexpected, appear on the supports in a random way during a protocol in which the artist has some means to intervene but only in a limited way. As is often the case in his work, it is not so much the disappearance that interests the artist but what appears in place of what has disappeared. If some works appeal to the chance of others unveil the reverse side of the images like this game card placed upside down on a notebook, itself, placed on a stain of glue mixed with coffee grounds. In the same way, the reverse side of a manual of feather carton shows the childish image of a drawing of a little girl. Further, a pencil drawing done under hypnosis completes this exhibition in which everything seems to have been done outside the mastery and the will of the artist placing this one in a role of spectator of the appearance of his own artwork.


Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, "Question the heroic approch (the principle of inconsistency)", Installation, Le Labo, Geneva, 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, "Question the heroic approch (the principle of inconsistency)", Installation, Le Labo, Geneva, 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, “Erased photography” N°3, "Simple Subtraction" text, 2017


Simple Subtraction

Seated in a leather armchair
Head slightly raised
Hands resting on a faux black marble table
Eyes fixed on the gigantic lamps with their hollow centers
which float threateningly under the ceiling
A parody of the sky no doubt

To remove...
Yes, to remove
I know the trick
Actually, a simple subtraction

I subtract first the lamps
There will never have been lamps

I subtract the ceiling
There will never have been a ceiling

I also subtract the furniture around me
I subtract the walls, the structures
Not a single object, not one wall
No structure was ever raised here
Ever

I remain alone
A seat
A nondescript floor
Immobile

To remove...
Yes, to remove still...
The trick
Is so easy
A simple subtraction
A blink of the eye
A breath




Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, “Erased photography” N°3, "Simple Subtraction" text, 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, “Untitled”, (paper, cardboard, card games, glue, coffee grounds), 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, “Untitled”, (paper, cardboard, card games, glue, coffee grounds), 2017


Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer, “Erased photography” N°3, 2017


Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer “Erased photography” N°4, "Untitled", 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer “Erased photography” N°4, "Untitled", 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer "Untitled", 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer “Erased photography” N°4, 2017



Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer “Erased photography” N°2, “Erased photography” N°8, "hypnotic paths" n°5, 2017

Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer “Erased photography” N°8, 2017


Martin Widmer

Martin Widmer “Erased photography” N°2, 2017