The Center for Dentistry of the University of Zurich and the Fachstelle Kunst am Bau of the Building Department of the Canton of Zurich present artists Gen Atem and Miriam Bossard’s reinterpretation of the work “Train Time”.
Say the artists, “Time Frame is an attempt to close in on the immediacy of perception. At the core of this process stand the material and its appearance: steel plates suggesting permanence, stability and de facto existence. On closer inspection, however, we notice the subtle traces of time and its passage that manifest themselves in these objects. Finding, translating and transforming what could be called ‘optical haptics’ was an important part of the work.”
“In form and color, two concepts are interlocked here. First, the work is based on the principle of duality: a monochrome narrative is juxtaposed with a complementary, equally monochrome narrative. Formally the series suggests a symbolic time frame, a window that transports the viewer into its immediacy. The second concept builds on this foundation: an array of layers in which nuances manifest themselves in the tension of opposites.”
“Here the work makes use of organic enticements: seductive, poetic and at the same time unpredictable phenomena are generated in layers intended to put the viewer under its spell. It is through this technique that the work attempts to ease the spectator into its immediacy.”
“Both the past and the future as well as space, matter and identity lose their objective significance in the focal point of this subjective presence. And just as these monuments of steel lose their gravitas, traditional points of view synonymously lose their burden.”
“The inspiring diversity and the proliferation of thoughts that comes with it shed their volatility. Because time stands still – for a moment.”