Christophe Guye Galerie is proud to announce Jules Spinatsch’s (*1964, Davos, Switzerland) first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition entitled Summit is curated by Lars Willumeit and exhibits over fifty works stemming from ten different series created by the artist between 2001 and 2017, some of them specifically created for this occasion.
Summit is also the first large solo presentation of Spinatsch’s works in his hometown Zurich since 2006. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of collateral events in Zurich at both Christoph Guye Galerie and the bookstore Never Stop Reading, where the focus will be put on his achievements within the medium of the photo book.
Jules Spinatsch is an exceptional figure not only in contemporary Swiss photography but also internationally. Few artists in his generation working with the medium of photography have been as prescient as him in terms of artistically exploring and interrogating the technologically ingrained programs and biases of the medium, especially in the context of the digital turn. The exhibition Summit brings together works from the past sixteen years, reflecting his long-term commitment to the specific sets of social practices and human-machine interfaces that we have commonly chosen to sum up under the term photography. The series presented in Summit reflect and explore the implication of photographic practices in power relations and the crafting of surveillance, control and (self-) management regimes in the spheres of society, politics and the economy.
The gallery space can be read as divided into four areas, with the main gallery area presenting recent work and the back area concentrating on what could by now be called „classic“ series. The show presents works from the following bodies of work: Temporary Discomfort (2001-2003); Snow Management (2004-2008); Mountain Works (2008); VIENNA MMIX (2010); Sinking Values – oder die Reise zum Nullpunkt der Wertschöpfung (2012); Nahes Ziel I (2013); L’Eclat c’est moi / Super Meta Eclat (2013, 2017); Asynchron I + III (2014); Tanzboden 1 (2015) and Inside SAP (2016). On first contact, the storefront window installation presents the works Asynchron I, Rote Mirage S; Nahes Ziel I; Inside SAP, Detection Details, as well as a projection of the Video Super Meta Eclat all of which establish spatial relationships with the works shown inside. As you enter the gallery reception area, the second part introduces selected works from Tableaux d’éclats series. The showroom at the back as a third section combines works from Snow Management Complex; Mountain Works and Temporary Discomfort, whereas the main front room as the fourth area is divided into two sub-sections. The first of which juxtaposes the panorama works Vienna MMIX with Sinking Values – oder die Reise zum Nullpunkt der Wertschöpfung, as well as Tanzboden 1. The second sub-section draws together elements from Inside SAP; Asynchron III – the missing 20 minutes.
Artist Talk with Jules Spinatsch and Lars Willumeit: Thursday, 1st of March, 6.30 – 7.30 p.m. at the gallery. Reservation needed.
More information at christopheguye.com/exhibitions/jules-spinatsch
Christophe Guye Galerie
Dufourstrasse 31 CH–8008 Zürich, Switzerland
January 24, 2018 to April 28, 2018