September 21 - November 20, 2003
Yves Netzhammer not only engages with the relationship of humankind to nature and between different cultures, but also with problems we encounter in establishing our identity in face of the increasing flood of global information in our everyday world.
Viewers are drawn into an imaginary world of animation films, computer drawings, and bizarre objects by reflections or projections within the installation space of Netzhammer’s works. In the artist’s universe, basic laws – like the purpose of objects – have lost their validity and all certainties have disappeared. With growing frequency, we ask ourselves to what extent is selfcertainty something transient and dependent on perception alone. Arcane and downright uncanny objects, wall paintings, and videos conjure up a world that is practically devoid of anything familiar to us. Again and again prejudices guiding our pictorial thinking are questioned and pressing problems in our lives are formulated anew in a unique way.
Thus we can comprehend Netzhammer's installations also as critique of civilization and careful deliberation on the situation of society today.
Yves Netzhammer (born 1970 in Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland, lives and works in Zurich) works at the boundary between computer art, video, animation, drawing, and sculpture. His art has been presented internationally in solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minsheng Art Museum, Kunstmuseum Bern, Shenzhen Animation Biennale, Kiev Biennale and elsewhere. In 2007 he configured the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and others.