Wild is the Wind / Rebekka Steiger
Feb 14 – Mar 30, 2019

Rebekka Steiger

Galerie Urs Meile is pleased to announce Wild is the Wind, the second solo exhibition of Swiss emerging artist Rebekka Steiger (b. 1993, Zurich, Switzerland) with the gallery. The Lucerne exhibition follows 猫头鹰 – Virages Nocturnes, which was shown in Beijing and focused on Steiger’s residency in Beijing, where Galerie Urs Meile runs its artist residency program. From March to November 2018, Rebekka Steiger painted extensively as a means to cope with the unknown environment she was plunged into, while new motifs as well as a more spontaneous approach to painting found their way into her practice. The artist also started entitling her work as well as mixing languages as a way to create a kind of “poetic chemical reaction” and unexpected associations between words.

 

Rebekka Steiger

Rebekka Steiger

From a compositional perspective, her work underwent a noticeable transformation, increasingly blurring the boundaries between background, middle ground and foreground. The result is a growing tension between abstract and figurative, as exemplified by the work xibu or hanging in midair (above sea). The painting xibu also illustrates the artist’s interest in polysemous words and the imperfection of translation: she chose to spell out the Pinyin version without pitch-accents – xī bù or xì bù – which correspond to two distinct combinations of signs (西部 or 细部). “Xibu” therefore translates into both “west” or “detail (of a drawing) / small part of a whole thing.” Rebekka Steiger plays here with the loss of meaning inherent to the translation process, which allows her to leave the interpretation open and up to the viewer, upon which no pre-existing narrative is imposed.

 

Rebekka Steiger

Rebekka Steiger

Rebekka Steiger

The same goes for the recurring motifs that inhabit the work: Don Quixotesque riders, birds, erupting volcanoes, intriguing plants and insects, etc. Here again, the figures are not depicted to tell a story: this very personal “vocabulary of forms” allows for the mind to rest or freely wander in a universe composed of expressive and brightly colored brushstrokes. During the Chinese residency, some of these motifs underwent a metamorphosis, while new ones appeared in the work: a hint of a dragon or an owl. The motif of the owl was actually inspired while the artist visited the Beijing antique market, where she acquired a bronze owl statuette. These free associations and “chance encounters,” experienced both by the artist while making art and by her viewers while confronted with the work, are what make Rebekka Steiger’s paintings so appealing and intriguing.

 

Rebekka Steiger

Rebekka Steiger

Rebekka Steiger

Born in 1993 in Zurich, Switzerland, Rebekka Steiger is an emerging artist who chose painting as her artistic medium, in which she expresses herself in a virtuoso manner. Her solo exhibitions include: 猫头鹰 – Virages Nocturnes, Galerie Urs Meile Beijing, China (2018); Sykomore, Kabinettausstellung, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2017); Helen Faigle, Zurich, Switzerland (2015). Group shows include: Extended Ground, Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne, Switzerland (2017); Rebekka Steiger and Sven Egert, Luzerner Kantonalbank, Lucerne, Switzerland (2017); Jahresausstellung Zentralschweizer Kunstschaffen, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland (2016). She was awarded two prizes in 2016, an “Exhibition Prize” from the Lucerne Art Society and an “Advancement Award” from the Zeugindesign Foundation.

Concurrent to wild is the wind, the Kunst(Zeug) Haus Rapperswil, Switzerland will showcase a selection of Steiger’s work in the solo exhibition If you see her, say hello (February 10 to April 21, 2019). A “Walk & Talk” led by the artist and Petra Giezendanner, Head of Collection, will take place on Friday, February 15 at 6:30pm.

 

Wild is the Wind / Rebekka Steiger
February 14 – March 30, 2019 / Galerie Urs Meile
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