Reto Leibundgut

‹CLEMENTINE›

7.4.-21.5.2016

 

Chambre II, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, 80 x 60 cm
Chambre II, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, 80 x 60 cm
Mohn, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, Durchmesser 90,5 cm
Mohn, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, Durchmesser 90,5 cm
ohne Titel (Baum), 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, Durchmesser 156 cm
ohne Titel (Baum), 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, Durchmesser 156 cm
Schaeferinnen, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, 79 x 89 cm
Schaeferinnen, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, 79 x 89 cm
Chambre I, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, 63,5 x 65,5 cm
Chambre I, 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, 63,5 x 65,5 cm
ohne Titel (Schiff), 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, Durchmesser 145 cm
ohne Titel (Schiff), 2016, Gobelin auf Holz, hinter Plexiglas, Durchmesser 145 cm

From the very beginning of Reto Leibundgut's artistic activity he has exclusively concentrated on using secondhand and old material. He is a veritable addict of materials such as discarded wood, chipboards, veneer, leather, plastics, fabrics and carpets and everything is carefully collected and reutilized. The essence of his work is formed by the large collection and accumulation of material. The different materials are elaborately manufactured and placed into a new context. Cheap wood is ennobled and the vulgar becomes art. He not only recycles materials for his content but he uses images as well.  He often uses old tapestries and stills from porn movies or photographs as models. By means of traditional, allegedly dusty techniques, such as intarsia or embroidery, he transfers content into a new dimension and questions familiar perceptions.

The work of the artist thrives on nettlesome antagonism. The intarsia, the carpets, the goblin tapestry and the leather works dazzle with a  perfection of craftsmanship that is in reality not so perfect. The materials astonish us because we associate them with a bourgeois world, with conservatism and boredom. He often chooses ingenuous flower pictures such as geranium or poppy which result in the exaggeration of the kitsch nature of a goblin.  However the motifs of the goblins or the intarsia defy every musty convention.  Reto Leibundgut tries to maintain the tension between the noble and the cheap, between tenderness and provocation.

All of Reto Leibundgut's works are of a puzzling straightforwardness. His art uses old materials and techniques but nevertheless appears very up to date.  He toys with us and evokes an undeniable uneasiness with the presumed perfection. On the one hand you are attracted to the meticulously crafted pieces, while on the other hand you are repelled by their rough and raw construction.

For the exhibition CLEMENTINE Reto Leibundgut has created new Goblin “patchwork pictures” using a new process and technique. He adheres the works directly to plain wood and presents them behind Perspex. Thereby they appear more focused and include the spectator and the room in the picture. In this way several flower pictures, landscapes, interiors or apparently historic pictures with ships from the 16th century are created. In addition to the pictures we will show sculptural works like the two “lovingly bikes” who seem to go for a ride within a hexagonal structure consisting of old cupboard doors. We will also present the title piece of the exhibition, the artist's latest furniture work, which is a lounge made completely from orange colored panels.



Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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