Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Andreas Zybach

Image One: The project Rotating Space is based on a concept which NASA used for planning the construction of space stations well into the sixties. Wernher von Braun and other space scientists attempted to create a ring-shaped architecture in which the weightlessness of space would be replaced by a rotational force which would create its own "gravity" and thereby the impression of earth-like conditions inside.

A comparable principle in terms of constructing a controllable environment was realized 2004 at the Botanical Gardens in Munich and its greenhouses and is now on display in its second version at Johann König, Berlin. The exhibit attempts to bring the two approaches together. Soil, water and seeds are held in the scale model of the space station by means of the rotation effect already described. The growth process is facilitated by the object's constant movement. The project ends when the model comes to a standstill.
(website: http://artnews.org/gallery.php?i=304&exi=17405&Johann_K_nig&Andreas_Zybach)

Image Two: In his 2005 installation Sich selbst reproduzierender Sockel (Self-reproducing Pedestal). Comprised of clusters of inflated balloons sandwiched between a wooden latticework, the piece invites viewers to walk on its air-filled structure. With each step, an attached air pump inflates another balloon that is eventually added to the installation, causing it to grow as if it were reproducing on its own. Like Piero Manzoni's pedestal and pneumatic works, Zybach's installation draws connections between biological processes and art.

Zybach (b. 1975, Olten, Switzerland) has been exhibiting his work since 2001. He has had solo exhibitions at institutions including Johann König, Berlin; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; and Schnittraum, Cologne. Zybach has also exhibited his work at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and in the 2006 Busan Biennale.
(website: http://ps1.org/exhibitions/view/154)

Image Three: Andreas Zybach offers the audience not glasses but a walk through a large tube made of yellow silk and polished plywood. Its self-mockingly pompous title, "0-6, 5PS," suggests that exactitude rules. Every dimension and every seam is perfect, although the path is rocky. As people walk through, they pump the floor up and down, creating the hydraulic pressure that releases streams of dark gouache onto surrounding walls.
(website: http://www.seattlepi.com/ae/article/Exhibit-lets-you-take-art-into-your-own-hands-1272140.php)

1. Rotating Space (Installation View I)

Rotating Space (detail 2), 2004-2009
Steel, electronic drive, seeds, earth
215 x 165 x 315 cm

2. Self-reproducing pedestal, 2007
inflated balloons and a wooden latticework

3. "0-6, 5PS" or "Tunnel", 2007
liquid pumps, gouache, tubes, steel feathers, plywood, raw silk, and hardware
22 x 7 feet

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