For our summer exhibition, we are pleased to host The Trelex Residency for their first show in Geneva curated by Nina Rodin

It's Very Quiet Here

Group Show: Yair Barak, Sean Boylan, Linda Hemmersbach, Kristofer Henriksson, Nicholas John Jones, Hyeisoo Kim, Min Kim, Yoonjung Kim, Stefan John Orlowski, Kezia Pritchard, Nina Rodin, Luuk Schroder, Estelle Thompson

In the basement of Gowen Contemporary, Genève
July 3 - August 30, 2014
Opening reception : Thursday July 3, from 5 p.m to 8.30 p.m

It's Very Quiet Here is the curatorial debut of painter Nina Rodin who has selected works by 13 young international artists who have all been to the experimental artist's residency which she founded in Trelex near Nyon in 2012. This curious little collection which will be installed on a long custom-built shelf in the carpeted underground vault of Gowen Contemporary explores the theme of visual silence through reflective surfaces, darkness, mist, forgetting, erasures, deletions, absences, meditation, the absurd and the void. The quietists were accused of elevating contemplation over meditation, intellectual stillness over vocal prayer. Perhaps quietude can be thought of as quiet attitude, a deliberate position that confers a certain authenticity to artists who accept the possibility of going un-noticed.

It's Very Quiet Here est le premier projet curatorial de l'artiste Nina Rodin qui a choisi des oeuvres de 14 artistes internationaux qui ont en commun d'avoir travaillé dans la résidence artistique expérimentale qu'elle a fondée en 2012. Cette curieuse petite collection qui sera installée sur une longue étagère dans le calme de la voute sous-terraine de Gowen Contemporary explore le thème du silence visuel au travers de miroitements, obscurités, brouillard, absences, ratures, méditations, l'absurde et le vide. On reprochait aux quiétistes d'élever la contemplation au-dessus de la méditation, la sérénité intellectuelle au-dessus de la prière vocale. La quiétude est proposée comme une attitude délibérée qui confère une certaine authenticité aux artistes qui acceptent le risque de ne pas être remarqués.