Art Basel 2024
BOOTH   
L16 / HALL 2.1
June 13, 2024
 - 
June 16, 2024

OMR is thrilled to return to Art Basel Switzerland, with a selection of 15 artists whose practice explores the interplay between opposing forces in materials and concepts, both delving into the natural and the artificial, and suggesting the reinterpretation of diverse historical and cultural contexts.

Our presentation will include the work of artists such as Claudia Comte, who employs soil as her primary material, symbolizing nature’s resilience in the face of human intervention, poetically merging form and substance. Yann Gerstberger, who developed a unique technique to handcraft textile tapestries narrating stories inspired by Mexican popular culture and seamlessly blending traditional elements with contemporary themes. Pia Camil, who repurposes fabrics discarded by textile factories in works that evoke the relationship between contemporary concepts, classical paintings and industrial production. Sebastian Silva, whose energetic oil paintings evoke both extremely social contexts, like a birthday party, and loneliness within the crowds. Julian Charrière, who combines artistic speculation with scientific methodology to examine the mutation of nature over time and our high impact over it. Additionally, as part of the Globus Public Art Project, Charrière will transform Basel’s historical department store Globus, with a boundary pushing artwork that aims to connect visitors across vast distances, bridging mountainous Switzerland with a Western Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador, running from June 8th to October 6th.

Jose Dávila
Los Límites de lo Posible, 2024
Concrete and rock
182 x 107 x 96 cm Weight: 989 kg approx.

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Jose Dávila’s recent sculptural work refers to notions of balance and equilibrium, which are generated during the moment of withdrawal between two opposing forces that remained in conflict, finally ceding.

The artist seeks to extend this condition of precarious balance and indetermination by taking advantage of the natural disposition of materials to be arranged in relations of correspondence, even though they hold contrasting properties.

Fragility encounters solidity, flexibility is complemented by rigidity; angular edges from industrial materials interact with the more capricious forms found in organic objects.

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Yann Gerstberger
acabalo, 2024
Collages assembled from mixed fabrics, glued onto tarpaulin and augmented with oil pastels
111 5/8 x 95 1/4 in

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Yann Gerstberger’s series of textile tapestries depict narratives inspired by patterns found in Mexican popular culture, art history and nature.

These works are produced with an original technique conceived by the artist: he glues fibers of cotton (mops, originally) on vinyl to form colorful surfaces, mixed with industrial fabric, preferably patterned or textured that he finds in markets in the city. The cotton fibers are dyed
by hand, using a mixture of natural mexican dyes such as cochineal, and industrial ones like Citocol, the most basic dye that can be found in the supermarket.

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Gabriel Rico
XIII, 2021
Mix of found objects, neon, shell & leaf
235 x 140 x 18 cm

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Using neon, ceramics, taxidermy mounts, branches of trees, and even more personal objects from his own past, Gabriel Rico creates sculptural assemblages achieving a precise geometry in spite of the unwieldy organic nature of his materials.

For Rico, materials function as analogies for one of the main themes in his work: the fragmentation of the contemporary human being. The syntax of this sculpture reflects on just how humanoid a precise combination of materials and objects can be, and on the empathy, awakened in the viewer when these materials and objects are arranged in a certain way.

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Artur Lescher
America, 2023
Brass and multifilament lines
400 x 40 Ø cm

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Artur Lescher’s works attest to his constant experimentation with materials, their physical qualities and objectual characteristics. Through his works, the artist makes reference to natural elements, which when reproduced impeccably by means of industrial processes, reveal and deny these real allusions.

A key component in his body of work is architecture, both in synthesis and context. In an abstraction exercise of in-situ installations, the artist adopts the spatial situations of the exhibition space to transform corners, walls and doors into large-scale installations. His works emerge subtly as poetic gestures in space transmitting force and instability, balance and movement, tension and silence.

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Claudia Comte
The Tasmanian Devil (soil painting), 2023
Acrylic and soil on canvas 8 pieces
200 x 18 cm each

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In this latest series, Claudia Comte diverges from traditional pigments, opting instead for a medium as elemental as it is evocative: soil. Sourced from her countryside garden near Basel, the earth assumes a central role in these works, where the tension between nature’s resilience and humanity’s intervention is embodied in the poetic coalescence of form and substance.

Comte’s Soil Paintings continue a series of works characterized by their fragmented geometric abstractions, each spread across eight canvases.Comte begins the painting process by treating the eight panels as a unified whole, only to later deconstruct and reassemble them. This approach endows the work with a dynamic modularity that challenges static interpretation and blurs the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

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Claudia Comte
Rising Smoke (soil painting), 2023
Acrylic and soil on canvas 8 pieces
200 x 18 cm each

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Julian Charrière
A Stone Dream of You, 2024
Tezontle and obsidian
17 3/4 x 35 3/8 x 29 1/2 in Weight: 95 kg approx.

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Julian Charrière is known for his interdisciplinary approach, which mixes artistic speculation and storytelling with scientific methodologies, material studies and field work, exploring ideas of nature and how these tangle and transform over time.

With the bodies of work making up his 2024 solo exhibition at LagoAlgo, Earth Listens WhenYou Speak, Charrière seeks to re-establish an emotional link between human beings and theEarth. The artist explores how our species relates to other stratified matters, particularly those which we appropriate as fuels, such as coal and petroleum.

Punctuated by the volcanic creatures from the series A Stone Dream of You (2024), these sculptures, made with local basalt rock and obsidian spheres, plunge the visitor into the geological underworld, where immense pressure and volcanic heat give birth to mineral chimaeras.

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Jorge Méndez Blake
Biblioteca de exploración. Estructura de biblioteca XXXII / Exploration Library. Library Structure XXXII, 2024
Colored pencil on paper
Unframed: 280 x 150 cm Framed: 298.7 x 169 x 10 cm

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Jorge Méndez Blake’s colored pencil drawing Biblioteca de exploración. Estructura de biblioteca XXXII / Exploration Library. Library Structure XXXII (2024) draws on the story of the English explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett, who was lost in Brazil in 1925, while leading an expedition looking for an ancient city in the unexplored part of the Amazon jungle.

This city, which Fawcett used to call “Z City,” was supposed to be the last legacy from a forgotten civilization. The reference to the letter“Z” serves as the starting point for Méndez Blake’s series, exploring themes of utopia, progress, colonization, and the delicate nature of knowledge structures. Through this artistic exploration, the shape and symbolism of the letter “Z” give rise to a unique blend of language and archeology, forming a captivating typology of construction.

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Alicja Kwade
CitrusQuantum, 2023
Bronze
25.8 x 14.5 Ø cm

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Deeply engaged with scientific and philosophical concepts, Alicja Kwade challenges conventional modes of perception through her exploration of perceptual illusions and transitions between object and function, as well as material and form.

The idea for this series of bronze cast fruit peels came to life while peeling a banana, the peel reminded Kwade of “strings” and furthermore the string theory, which assumes that the basic components of matter are vibrating strings, resembling those of a violin.

Each work within the series is in fact a self-portrait of the artist in the form of a banana, potato, orange, lemon or similar. As your own most elementary particle: a string - it vibrates as a string and generates itself, from the0-dimensional particle to the shell (quantum mechanics). The string theory requires multiple dimensions, so the works also revisit the idea of a multiverse, bringing to question reality and our(limited) human perception of it.

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Pia Camil
Deshecha en piel, 2017
Dyed fabric
94 1/2 x 66 7/8 in

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Pia Camil follows the evolution of the different ways in which fabric has been explored and portrayed in the history of classical painting in the West. Through the observation of emblematic paintings of various historical periods, she selects some of the moments in which fabric has nurture artists’s appetite for virtuosity, allowing to show their mastery in the basic concepts of classical painting such as depth, shape, crease, shadow or texture.

To make the paintings for the series Deshechas,Camil uses fabrics that have been discarded from textiles factories for being the last bit of the production; therefore they show printing errors.For the artist, these pieces evoke the relationship of contemporary subjects with mass production markets; moreover they serve as metaphors of the role of art within the market. By the format of the paintings and the folds that are generated, these works can be read from their resemblance to an undone bed and therefore understood from the field of intimacy.

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Sebastian Silva
last party for now, 2024
Oil on canvas
86 1/2 x 106 x 1 1/2 in

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Much like his cinematic works, SebastianSilva’s paintings and drawings serve as a medium for compassionate and witty storytelling. His energetic oil paintings are distinguished by gestural brushwork and
a distinctive abstract style, embracing the allure of curved lines and exaggerated forms.

Describing his most recent efforts as “an entropy of colors, shapes, rhythms,” the artist has also prosaically likened his compositions to “a birthday party.”

“These are shapes and worlds and colors that I need to see. I need to make them come to life, I need to see how they eat together. I want to see how they party.”

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Tony Matelli
Weed, 2024
Painted bronze
24.5 x 13 x 8.5 cm

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Characterized by hyperrealism and a twisted depiction of everyday objects like flowers and leftover consumer goods, Tony Matelli’s sculptures often straddle the boundaries of absurdity and humor, raising broader existential questions.

Over the past two decades, Matelli’s artistic concerns have centered around the human condition, imbuing his sculptures with a surprising and deeply human vulnerability. This quality can be found in the most unlikely of objects, such as his polychrome bronze weeds series, in which plants sprout from the space between gallery walls and floors.

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Tony Matelli
Weed, 2024
Painted bronze
38.1 x 61 x 35.6 cm

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Jose Dávila
Untitled (Femme acrobate), 2023
Archival pigment print
203.3 x 154.5 x 8 cm Weight: 52.95 kg

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Jose Dávila’s series of cut-out works approach the pictorial languages of RoyLichtenstein and Pablo Picasso, with a special emphasis on their portraits and paintings depicting human forms.

The progressive dissection of elements from the photographic documentation of these works transforms the brushstrokes and the color blocks into autonomous three-dimensional presences.The background or the primary subject become absent figures, creating compositions that exist only through negation. These apophatic gestures contribute to the possibilities of the homage and the reinterpretation of art history.

Even though the isolated brushstrokes render an ambiguous composition, they successfully reference their origin. This visual identification becomes almost automatic due to the familiarity the public has with the works by Picasso orLichtenstein.

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Pablo Dávila
Phase Paintings Wind, 2023
Perforations in canvas
182 x 322 x 10.4 cm

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Troika
Reality is not always probable, 2023
25,542 10mm colourful dice
72 7/8 x 50 3/8 x 1 5/8 in

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Reality Is Not Always Probable is part of an ongoing series of works in which Troika bring together playing dice and computer algorithms borrowed from the invisible virtual backbone of our physical world. The work is constructed from tens of thousands of colored dice and generated, line by
line, by manually emulating the rules of a simple computer binary program, a physical reenactment of an invisible process.

It originates from the artists’ interest in the human experience of digital production and the shift away from the material towards the virtual and the digital – towards a new everyday reality, in which the material and immaterial are increasingly interchangeable, compressed as if all of life could be reduced to 1’s and 0’s.

Humans have used dice for centuries; they are a symbol of fate, chance and luck. By using thiseveryday material to simulate digital sequences,Troika reflect on how the digital world increasinglyreaches out into the physical one and the rolealgorithms play in determining our future.

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Troika
Reality is not always probable, 2023
25,542 10mm colourful dice
185 x 128 x 4 cm

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Reality Is Not Always Probable is part of an ongoing series of works in which Troika bring together playing dice and computer algorithms borrowed from the invisible virtual backbone of our physical world. The work is constructed from tens of thousands of colored dice and generated, line by
line, by manually emulating the rules of a simple computer binary program, a physical reenactment of an invisible process.

It originates from the artists’ interest in the human experience of digital production and the shift away from the material towards the virtual and the digital – towards a new everyday reality, in which the material and immaterial are increasingly interchangeable, compressed as if all of life could be reduced to 1’s and 0’s.

Humans have used dice for centuries; they are a symbol of fate, chance and luck. By using thiseveryday material to simulate digital sequences,Troika reflect on how the digital world increasinglyreaches out into the physical one and the rolealgorithms play in determining our future.

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Gabriel Rico
Because Nothing is More Pleasant to the Eye Than Green Grass Kept Finely Short (150 cm), 2020
Different knives
205 x 210 x 5 cm

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In the series Because Nothing is More Pleasant to the Eye Than Green Grass KeptFinely Short, Gabriel Rico develops a work based on concepts of the morphological psychology theory, recognizing that the mind is in a constant state of flux, being shaped and shaping at the same time.

In this way, the artist applies morphological tension as a means to geometric structure, assuming a position to all the elements that compose it in order to contain a visually determined but clearly unfinished form – in this case – the circumference determined by the tips of the knives.

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SUPERFLEX
If Value Then Copy, 2019
Print on canvas
90 1/2 x 70 7/8in each

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If Value Then Copy is a series of text paintings by SUPERFLEX. First conceived asa slogan for the work Copy shop, it questions the idea of rights to immaterial works and ideas.

Within the copyright regime, every commodity and concept is assigned ownership and thus becomes incorporated within a global system that functions to protect and defend its perceived value. The dictum “if value then right” is used by copyright advocates to suggest that anything that could be valuable should therefore be copyrighted, and that all unauthorized copying should be considered theft and be punishable by law.

Each iteration of If Value Then Copy consists of three identical paintings; this repetition points to the uniformity of commercial mass production.At the same time, the slogan challenges the very idea of originality, authorship and value. Is any idea truly original? Can one claim ownership of immaterial goods? How do we evolve if not by mimicking and copying what is already surrounding us?

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Matti Braun
Untitled, 2023
Silk, dye and elm wood frame
Unframed: 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in Framed: 28 x 28 x 1 3/4 in Weight: 10.5 kg

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Matti Braun
Untitled, 2022
Silk, dye and elm wood frame
Unframed: 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in Framed: 28 x 28 x 1 3/4 in

Signed on the back Weight: 10.5 kg

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Gabriel Rico
Asintomática VI , 2019
Brass, deer leg, knife & neon
20 1/8 x 28 x 1 3/8 in

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A condition can be asymptomatic if a patient doesn’t present the notable symptoms with which the condition is normally associated.It is under this principle that Gabriel Rico assumes the objects that compose this series as exercises in which the geometry forms an integral part of the aesthetic of the piece, yet it does not define it, and thus makes it impossible to read as part of a method.

This series began with the selection of elements that Rico uses to give dimension to a figure, such as the circle, the ellipse, or the frame, supposing that these elements are conditions to achieve an asymptomatic form.

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Artur Lescher
Eclíptica #02, 2022
Brass and multifilament lines
94 1/2 x 10 5/8 x 9 7/8 in

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Besides the levity imparted by his earlier metal and wood pieces, Lescher’s newest series explores transparency by using multifilament wires.

Since the beginning of his career, at age 22, Lescher has highlighted his interest in ideas of synthesis, tension and instability when it comes to shapes and space as a means of constructing uncommon landscapes.

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Jorge Méndez Blake
Si hubieras estado conmigo en Utopia, 2021
Colored pencil on paper
59 1/8 x 39 3/8 in

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Throughout his career, Jorge Méndez Blake has explored the intersections of literature, visual arts, and architecture. He skillfully translates language and narratives into visual compositions, including sculptures, drawings, paintings, installations, murals, and videos, often paying homage to the great masters of universal literature such as William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Franz Kafka, and Jorge Luis Borges.

Part of a series based around the book “Utopia”by Sir Thomas More, Si hubieras estado conmigo en Utopia / If You Had Been With Me in Utopia(2021) reproduces the title page from the 1518 Basel third edition first published in 1516 with a subtle black color. The original woodcut by Hans Holbein the Younger has been transformed by adding red color to the faces of the young characters holding the title.

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Jose Dávila
Aporía, 2024
Concrete, metal and marble
74 3/4 x 55 1/8 x 46 in

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