jennifer rubell presents 'landscapes' at summer night’s gala, fondation beyeler

28 September 2011
Conceived specially for the Summer Night's Gala Jennifer Rubell presents ‘Landscapes' an exhibition of interactive elements taking place throughout the Beyeler's galleries.


Jennifer Rubell creates an interactive artwork that is a hybrid of performance art, installation, and happenings. The pieces are often staggering in scale, sensually arresting, and frequently indulge in media of food and drink. In ‘Landscapes' Rubell responds to the unique architecture of Fondation Beyeler and its connection to its formal and natural landscape setting. Bringing the outdoors inside, then Rubell, transports the audience into a magical pastoral world where garden gnomes pout out libations, pretzels can be picked from a giant tree and delicious Swiss ham can squewered from the belly of a target practice deer.

Jennifer Rubell is widely recognized for a series of large-scale ‘food installations' which have been exhibited in numerous museum spaces around the world, including the Saatchi Gallery in London, the LA County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami.

In Rubell's new series of ‘drinking paintings' on show here, a tap protrudes from the face of a raw canvas, connected on the reverse to a hidden plumbing mechanism. The viewer is invited to pour a drink and enjoy the libations on offer, thus combining a social function with aesthetic intent.

Prezel Tree further explores themes of fantasy and reality and public interaction with objects that ignite our senses and draw us in to the absurd. Using food and drink as a media, the audience is encouraged to indulge in the power of the visual object, simultaneously stimulating other senses.