Mathis Gasser presents new paintings based on images of spaceships. The artist has, in recent years, made a series of works on paper and paintings with the trope of spaceships and other science fiction imagery. For Gasser these objects, besides their sculptural quality as imagined 'forms in space', these ships express a human desire and madness to explore. On some works, the artist put spaceships next to ships from the 15th century when Europeans started to explore the oceans and other continents. The ensuing colonial episodes are part of the artist's preoccupation with both the motive of the ship and science fiction in general as the genre emerged in France and Britain during colonial times. Global trade emerging during colonialism marked the beginning of globalization. Therefore the ships, for Gasser are ambiguous objects, they both hold a promise for new discoveries but also may be a destructive force.
Sveta Mordovskaya shows new sculptures from the Matrjoschka series. Within them, contrasts are synergised; On top of – by hand shaped, and oven-fired – ceramic humps, you find a wide arrangement of the artists children toys. Arts and crafts meets Readymade. Strange and raw formations accommodate personal souvenirs. Twee looking dolls, a terrifying old witch, and a heavily armed cyborg with the smiling head of the eponymous Matrjoschka. And then, someone else – the observer. Thus, as he passes by, he briefly sees his face flashing into the mirrors held by the toys. Completeness in Mordovskaya's sculptures is always related to the (human) body, but at the same time testifies to its absence.