Sereina Steinemann



Opening: 28.9.2017, 18-20h


Sereina Steinemann,«Schuh», 2017, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 37 x 48 cm
Sereina Steinemann,«Brille», 2017, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 42 x 42 cm
Sereina Steinemann,«Fliegen», 2017, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 49 x 47 cm
Sereina Steinemann,«Zylinder», 2017, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 45 x 45 cm
Sereina Steinemann,«Kein Titel», 2017, Acryl auf Baumwolle, 32 x 30 cm

Sereina Steinemann (* 1984, Richterswil) works in different media, painting both non-figuratively and symbolically. Their work is characterized by a great formal clarity and the (often humorous) play with forms between professional production and visible handwriting. Her conceptual attitude - regardless of whether in painting, photography, video, or in books, postcards and posters - is always interested in the specific possibilities of these individual media. In this way, she puts together colours and shapes, found and own images and titles, photos and poetry, gaining unusual insights into the interaction of the individual elements in a book, in an acrylic painting, in a lexicon or in an installation.

For more than a year, she has been busy with figurative, symbolic painting. The motifs are in reduced, partly comic-like drawing style, painted flat with rich colour application with acrylic on cotton. The reduced-representational, symbolic or figurative motifs are often borrowed from the medium of comics. The artist is particularly interested in the combination of non-representativeness and symbolism.

At the Galerie Bischoff & Partner, Sereina Steinemann is now exhibiting a new series of works that is connected with these explorations. The fictional comic figure is Ruby Rabbit, a detective. For this figure, she elaborates a vocabulary of its activities by means of painting, but the figure herself is not represented, but only in its attributes such as hat, glasses, shoe, it work materials such as magnifying glass, evidence or technical equipment. This is always a reflection of the medium of painting and a connection between abstraction and objectivity. The figure is gradually presented in the exhibition and can be reconstructed by the consideration of the works like the pictures, flyers and posters. The title of the exhibition <NEUE VERBRECHEN IRRE GELÖST> could be an adventure of the figure.

Not only the medium comic serves Steinemann as a reference system for this group of works, but also the exploration of contemporary and historical positions in painting and the aesthetics of TV, film, literature, advertising (outside, print media and the Internet) graffiti and situations in the cityscape and everyday life (shop windows, flyers) flow into their work. The development of this new series of works allows her to combine different media and to deal with different questions, such as the popular-cultural character of the detective or the problematic of narrative without protagonists: since Ruby Rabbit is never visible, but only the accessories and traces, so to speak, the vocabulary of the figure, also produce different versions of the main figure.

Sereina Steinemann received the Manor Kunstpreis Schaffhausen in 2015.
2014 Studio stay in Berlin (6 months)
2016 Studio stay in Linz (2 months)
2015, 2016, 2017 Nomination Aeschlimann Corti Stipendium
Solo exhibitions:
2017 Das Rätsel der Pyramiden, Alpineum Produzentengalerie Luzern,
2017 Ordnen, pflegen, messen, prüfen, etagen, Loeb-Treppenhaus, Bern
2016 Les oranges bleues, maxxx project space, Sierre
2015 SACRAMENTO, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, 2015
Group exhibitions (selection): 2017/18 Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen, Kunstmuseum Luzern, 2016/17; Cantonale Berne Jura, 2016 Kunsthaus Langenthal, Solide Pläne, Lokal-int; 2014 ALLES WIE NIE ZUVOR, zwanzigquadratmeter, Berlin; 2014/15 Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen, Kunstmuseum Luzern; 2011/12 Cantonale Berne Jura, Kunsthaus Langenthal; 2009 Weihnachtsausstellung Kunsthalle Bern

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Dong / Steinemann 2020
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
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
Martin Kasper
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
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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