Working across sculpture, installation, performance, improvised music and noise, Vorisek’s installations are site-specific comments, ephemera, and documentation – all examining formal hierarchies. With assemblages consisting of used and found materials, as well as sound-producing devices, the artist reflects on the fluctuation of noise as a vessel for information. An image is plastic, the perfect comfort zone to compress the world instantly into convincing, disembodied information, an easy medium to flatten the world into a picture. Making the image a visible enemy, Vorisek’s work builds contradictions into those transitions and uses distortions to escape the convenience (and security) of the image, twisting dimensions and creating new encounters with reality. The recurring motif of corrosion – the corrosion of new configurations of sound and material – is used as a productive method. The act of arranging and modifying the material assemblages becomes visible, periodically throughout performances of the artist.
Jan Vorisek’s (born in Switzerland, 1987). He lives and works in Zurich. Recent solo presentations include „Burst City“ (2017, Nottingham); “Total Fragmented Darkness”, Hard Hat (2017, Geneva); “NotFair”, Galerie Bernhard (2016, Warsaw); “Rented Bodies”, Galerie Bernhard (2015, Zurich). He has shown in group exhibitions including at Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna 2017 ); Plato Ostrava (Ostrava 2017); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2017); Kunsthalle St.Gallen (2016); 83 Pittstreet (New York, 2016); Espace Aurlaud (2016, Lausanne) and Kunsthaus Glarus (2016). Recent performances include Spring Workshop (Hong Kong 2016); Cave12 (Geneva 2016, with Timothee Calame); Kunsthalle Zurich (2015). Together with Mathis Altmann and Lhaga Koondhor, Vorisek has been organizing a series of club nights called “House of Mixed Emotions / H.O.M.E” since 2011.