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Pipilotti Rist: The Tender Room


Pipilotti Rist: The Tender Room, 2011
Photo: Kevin Fitzsimons

Pipilotti Rist: The Tender Room

Mar 26, 2011–July 31, 2011

Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962), a renowned Swiss artist who has pioneered the use of moving images in installation art, makes her solo debut in Columbus with this expansive site-specific project.

Characterized by vibrant color, trance-like soundtracks, whimsy, and sensual appeal, Rist's art toes the line between fantasy and reality. She makes the commonplace seem unexpected and fascinating by taking familiar subjects, such as the body, and divorcing them from traditional representations. That is clearly her approach in Open My Glade (Flatten), which you'll see just outside the Wex's entrance. This sequence of one-minute videos from 2000 was originally commissioned by the Public Art Fund and presented amid the spectacular visual overload of Times Square. The artist herself is the figure in the videos. Here she appears trapped inside the walls of Wexner Center rather than in the advertising image stream of Time Square's electronic billboards, but the work's sardonic humor and insights on public and private space are likely to find continued and new meanings in this locale.

For her project in the Wexner Center galleries, Rist borrows concepts from her more recent monumental and immersive installations (such as the popular Pour Your Body Out at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008–9) and from Pepperminta (2009), her first feature film, as points of departure. The new work here, like previous immersive installations, totally envelopes viewers, as Rist uses the transformative power of color to layer and complicate the visual environment. Perhaps she is pointing out the gap between our sensual experience of color and the ways it is captured or conveyed through technical media. As you'll discover, this project transforms a large gallery and penetrates into other unexpected spaces as well.

The artist has exhibited internationally and received numerous awards for her work including the prestigious Joan Miró Prize from the Fundació Caixa Girona in Spain in 2009. Her work can be seen in collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. In addition to Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters) at MoMA, other recent solo presentations include Elixir: The Video Organism of Pipilotti Rist at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (and on tour to Helsinki and São Paulo) in 2009 and Friendly Game: Electronic Feelings at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona in 2010.

Another piece by Pipilotti Rist was on view in Columbus recently, in the Seventh Dream of a Teenage Heaven exhibition at the Columbus College of Art and Design's Canzani Center Gallery, which ran January 27 to March 12. Rist presently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

Click through for full image credits.
1 & 2) Pipilotti Rist: The Tender Room, 2011
Audio-visual installation
Installation view, Wexner Center for the Arts
Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine, New York
Photo: Kevin Fitzsimons

3 & 4) Pipilotti Rist
The Tender Room, 2011
Audio video installation (video still)
Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Luhring Augustine, New York

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