For this exhibition Neuenschwander will make a site-specific geometrical drawing on the parkett gallery floor by placing marble dust in the gaps between the wooden boards. This very simple but precise gesture shows the pattern of the floor, traces the history of the space and makes visible what is not normally seen. It deals with absence and presence, the positive and the negative.
These concerns recur in the drawings and objects shown in conjunction with the installation. Like most of Neuenschwander's works, they are made from ephemeral organic matter gathered in the artist's immediate surroundings, in this case materials such as coconut soap, dust and seeds.
Neuenschwander often rearranges natural materials into an intricate repetitive order as if to prevent a slide into chaos. In this manner elements of daily life become art and vice versa. The aesthetic of her work could be described as ‘organic minimalism'. Her art is stunningly beautiful and so subtle that it could not be more delicate without disintegrating. The evanescent becomes significant, the fleeting is elevated to a state of quasi-permanence. Neuenschwander's compositions are alive with tension between the visible and the invisible, things of importance and the inconsequential.
Rivane Neuenschwander has taken part in numerous recent solo and group exhibitions all over the world, most notably at the New Museum in New York and the São Paulo Bienal in 1998, and the Johannesburg Biennale and Istanbul Biennial in 1997. This year she will participate in Site Santa Fe and the Liverpool Biennale, as well as in The Quiet in the Land 2, an art residency organised by France Morin in Bahia, Brazil.
Stephen Friedman Gallery will once again be participating in the Chicago Art Fair, 7 - 11 May 1999 at stand C215.