upcoming/current

Group show ‘LONDON meets ALTDORF’   Haus für Kunst Uri (Herrengasse 2, 6460 Altdorf, CH)    opening 16 September 2017  /  16 September till  26 November 2017

Group show   ‘Alles zur Zeit, über den Takt, der unser Leben bestimmt’   Vögele Kulturzentrum (Gwattstrasse 14, 8808 Pfäffikon, CH)    21 May till 24 September 2017

 

info/contact

*1975, lives and works in Zurich

email me: martinavonmeyenburg@gmx.ch

gallery representative: www.katzcontemporary.com

studio: www.schafferei.com

 

personal statement

I am drawn to the idea of objects having a soul – one that can be traced by examining the usage and the mere presence of an object in time and space. In my work, I place these traced materials and (often everyday) items out of context, playing with their tactility and symbolism in order to create a new narrative. Through specific compositions and orchestrations my objects are (re)assembled into artworks.

Although my work includes media such as photography, drawings and other works on paper, my focus lies on my objects and installations. I am interested in experimenting with opposing characteristics, setting them in direct confrontation. It is on the boundaries or borders where differences or similarities become visible and thus stir thoughts and ideas. For instance my work ‘A string of straddled scissors’ is made up of scissors, all straddled, tied together, end to end, forming a long chain or string. The beginning (or the end) of the string is fastened to a hook on the ceiling, allowing the chain to dangle down to the floor, trailing its way through space.

While ‘A string of straddled scissors’ may trigger thoughts on femininity and womanhood it also brings up matters and issues of borders and boundaries. Contradictions are brought to the surface – such as the awareness that without limitations we wouldn’t know what freedom is. The straddling scissors seem to be in conflict with themselves. Lying there on a string (open and straddled) they appear to be on the verge of cutting themselves loose into freedom; or rather into isolation? Inclusion or exclusion? Limitation or liberation? It is often at their edge where things become distinct; where sweet is distinguished from sour, soft from solid, old from new.

It is exploring such boundaries as well as the characteristics of materials and the “personality” of objects within time and space – theoretically and physically – which lies at the core of my practice.  Martina von Meyenburg

 

exhibitions

2016

‘Of Teapots and Other Matters’, solo show, KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Zurich, Switzerland

‘PING POM’, performance collaboration with Mizzo, Manifesta 11 / Cabaret der Künstler, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland

‘Dall’altra parte’, group show, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland

2014

‘The Dipping Game’, solo show, KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Zurich, Switzerland

2012

‘Bang! Bang! Tatort Kunst’, group show, Haus für Kunst Uri, Altdorf, Switzerland

ZKB-Lounge, solo show, Kunst Zürich 12, Zurich, Switzerland

2011

‘Gabi Hamm / Martina von Meyenburg’, double show, KATZ CONTEMPORARY, Zurich, Switzerland

2010

‘Escaping Reality’ – Screens, installation (with acoustics by Martin Andersson), Malzfabrik, District Kunstförderung GmbH, Berlin, Germany

‘Location 1.5 – Martina von Meyenburg/Issa Salliander’, double show, Cullen Art Services, Zurich, Switzerland

2009

‘Location 1 – Martina von Meyenburg/Issa Salliander’, double show, Cullen Art Services, London, UK

‘Escaping Reality’ – Screens, BolteLang Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2008

Designersblock Milano 2.0/08, Milan, Italy

2007

Handled with Care, group show, Designboom, London, UK

 

education

2004 – 2007

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK, BA – with istinction in Arts,  Design and Environment; Pathway: Artefact

2003 – 2004

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK, Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design

1995 – 2001

University of St.Gallen – Graduate School of Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences, St.Gallen, Switzerland, BA&MA/Lic.oec.HSG in Business Administration – Marketing