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Mark Baskett

posted Mar 17, 2011, 9:52 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 1, 2011, 12:56 PM ]
Mir säget däm Chübel: Eine erleuchtete Blattlandschaft - mit Vögel 
Ein Kunstwerk für Wollishofen, Zürich von Mark Baskett (NZ/CH) 

31.03 – 26.04 2011

Opening: Wednesday, 30th of March 2011, from 7pm

Initiating the artfoyer CAVIGELLI's program “Artist's Window”, the installation Mir säget däm Chübel: Eine erleuchtete Blattlandschaft - mit Vögel (We Say the Rubbish Bin: An Illuminated Paper Landscape – with Birds) is a work made by artist Mark Baskett for Zurich – Wollishofen. The installation presents itself in two different states/modes: one during the day, and one during the night. By day it covers the entire window of the galley with layers of newspaper, obscuring rather than revealing, much like the material used – the newspaper, while an object-like protrusion behind the window, made of aluminium foil and sticks can be viewed inside the gallery. This construction contains two halogen lamps which illuminate the composition at night. It is only then that the image created by the artist for the neighborhood appears more clearly to the eyes of passers-by. The work depicts an empty urban scene, where a few elements of a typical urban landscape in which there is no human presence are visible: the map of Zurich seen in every bus stop in the city, a garbage bin, advertisements, and a group of pigeons feeding off the traces of food left behind by their co-inhabitants, the humans. 

Mark Baskett is an artist whose efforts in the past ten years have converged on the production of temporary art projects for exhibition in public space. He was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, studied in New Zealand and Germany and, since 2007, lives in Urdorf, Switzerland. His projects are located in public spaces within the Zürich area (Uster, Dübendorf, Zürich), and his approach is by and large being site-specific.