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Fabian Marti
Such a Good Girl

Exhibition from January 17 till March 7, 2020
Opening on Thursday January 16, from 6 PM, Rentrée du Quartier des Bains

Fabian Marti sees his artistic work as a chance to explore ideas about the place of the artist and the individual in society and in the field of production. This type of questioning, which brings him closer to conceptual art, allows Marti to view his practice as a way of challenging the divides between traditional techniques, conventional modes of creation, customary terms of exchange right through to the artist’s status. He goes back to more archaic technical choices, and the handmade in particular, reappropriating craft skills such as ceramics. As for the shift in the artist’s function, Marti is involved and participates in the creation of exhibition spaces, artists’ studios and publishing houses. The Zurich space Hacienda, TwoHotel, Marti Collection, Marti Ceramics and FM Studio Chairs are simultaneously both art objects and small “companies”, places or structures that facilitate production projects, both for Fabian Marti himself and for invited artists.

Beyond this community engagement, Marti draws on references in his work that stem as much from art history as from primitive cultures or the occult. He mixes geometric motifs and symbols that could equally be likened to op art as to tribal art. His highly graphic, black-and-white collages and prints create a hypnotic effect, while his totemic objects are inspired by practices that flirt with notions revisited today, esotericism, magic or the sacred. In a fluid world where new beliefs are mingled with digital capacities that expand possibilities and heighten mystery, Marti researches and experiments, immersing himself in a flux of interwoven knowledge, fascination and impact on his individual narrative.

Favoured recurring signs gradually merge with the artist’s experience, the solitary, slower observation of everyday life, oscillating between the comforting effect of repetition and anxiety linked to the passage of time. Marti films himself each day, transforming the invasive practice of the selfie and self-promotion into a systematic video recording of his daily acts and gestures, with I.L.N. Chapter 1 (Stories 2017-2019), reminding us of On Kawara’s Dates Paintings, in their slow and inexorable movement towards his inevitable demise.

I.L.N., the abbreviation of a title in the Bernese dialect that Marti has used several times, I LÄBE NO, which can be translated as “I am still alive”, constitutes a very personal story, which, unlike On Kawara’s work, recreates his life. More generally, it connects Marti’s references with more trivial and intimate aspects of daily life: his encounters, museum visits, evenings or journeys. Everything is filmed, reproduced and variously shown as many times as Marti videos his life, taking this act of self-promotion to its very limits and transforming himself into a character. Repeating the same “subject”, filmed in many different settings, produces a comic effect, turning him into a kind of artist-Tintin-traveller. He is gradually effaced by these proliferating camera shots, which focus instead on backgrounds and soundscapes, emerging as the prime information sources. This incessant and invasive flood of images implies that I.L.N. is pushing experimentation to its absolute limits, testing the boundaries of the medium, the resistance of identity to non-stop recording and the thresholds of depersonalisation and derealisation. The individual episodes are not expressions of the long progression towards death as in the Date Paintings, still very physical, but rather its dilution in the flow of images, with the artist himself being transformed into a totally timeless, digital ghost, neither living nor dead, but virtual.

Such a Good Girl, the limited edition made in conjunction with the CEC, outlines the shape of the artist’s dog, held at arm’s length. This two-dimensional figure in brass is wall-hung, suspended in a void, transformed into a sign. The lines are stylized and pared-down, reminiscent of an emblem or a coat of arms. The gesture reproduced, that of a female dog holding her puppy by the scruff of its neck, hovers between affection and authority. Marti puts his dog on display as he does so for himself. His dog has been the subject of several artworks, photographs, Stories Instagram, Lutz & the Sunset Tower, Lutz & Kronenhalle, Lutz & the Hanged Man, Lutz & Dresseur d’Animaux, Lutz & I’m a Good Boy, Lutz & Spidey, all subtitles from the I LÄBE NO series. The artist gives him the status of a muse, drifting towards anthropomorphism, conferring on him a feminine role that is, to say the least, dated, quirky and open to question.

Turned into a transitional object, a mirror and repository of the artist’s obsessions and addictions, Such a Good Girl, with its gleaming, shiny surface, will become marked during the production process with the imprints of hands, caresses and manipulations, stigmata of this dependence, midway between attachment and rejection.

Such a Good Girl, multiple, brass, handprints of the artist and paw prints of his dog, lemon juice concentrate, 1000 × 645 × 6 mm, edition of 8, 1 H.C. 1 special example (E.S.), 1 A.P and a prototype, numbered, dated and initialled FM, punched on the back of the mounting plate. Coedition Wilde and the Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva, 2020.

 

Fabian Marti (born Fribourg, 1979, lives and works in Los Angeles) has been invited to produce several solo exhibitions, notably in Zurich at the Gallery Peter Kilchmann in 2014 and 2019, at the Wilde/Art Bärtschi & Cie gallery, Geneva in 2014 and 2018 and at the Galleria Fonti, Naples in 2015 and 2018. Also at Paradise Garage, Venice/CA in 2012, Wallriss, Fribourg, Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, at HHDM, Vienna in 2013, at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur and the Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2011, and at Parc Saint Léger, Pouges-les-Eaux and the Kunstmuseum Luzern in 2016. Several solo exhibitions are planned, in 2020 at the gallery O-Town House, Los Angeles and in 2021 at the Kunstmuseum Bern. He has also participated in several group exhibitions, at the Kunsthaus in Aarau and the Swiss Institute in Rome in 2012, at the Kunsthalle in Vienna, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, the Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna and at Forde, Geneva in 2013, at the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Witte de With, Rotterdam and the Truth and Consequences gallery, Geneva in 2014, at the Swiss Institute, New York in 2015; at Karma International and Evergreene Studio, Los Angeles in 2016; at the Francesca Pia gallery, Zurich, Hauser & Wirth, London, for the Burger Collection Hong Kong at the Langen Foundation, Neuss in 2018 and at the Kunstmuseum Luzern in 2019. In 2011, he was invited to the Venice Biennale and in 2018 to the Busan Biennale.

Fabian Marti’s exhibition is supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss foundation for culture, and the edition is co-produced with Wilde, Geneva.

LIST
OF
EXHIBITIONS
 

Complete list
of exhibitions
(pdf)
(1989—2021)
 


2021


Bridge the gap
Guillaume Dénervaud
Surv’Eye
Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair (PMVABF)


2020

Paul Paillet
fascination for fire
Metallica
artgenève
Fabian Marti
Such a Good Girl


2019

Open accrochage, editions
of
The CEC at P.A.G.E.S. Salon du livre d’artiste et de l’imprimé contemporain, Genève
TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LE CEC à la LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches !
“A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations”


2018

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invites Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève


2017

Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette


2016

Presentation of the book
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Presentation of the edition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Works on paper
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève


2015

Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève


2014

WINTER SALE
AND
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève


2013

Artissima, Turin
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève


2012

Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich


2011

Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Presentation of the book
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava


2010

Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
“Encadrées”
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart


2009

Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris


2008

EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Presentation of
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
at Maison de la poésie, Basel
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes


2007

Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève


2006

The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006


2005

Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar


2004

Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo


2003

Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg


2002

Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale


2001

Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker


2000

Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999


1999

KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions


1998

One Step Backwards: Books,
prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
lithographs


1997

Multiples of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples


1996

Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel


1995

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Editions of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles


1994

Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition


1993

Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon


1992

Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi


1991

Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !


1990

Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition


1989

Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes