Critics’ Picks

David Hominal, Typewriter, 2006, cardboard painted with acrylic, 36 1/4 x 21 5/8 x 15". Photo: Annik Wetter.

David Hominal, Typewriter, 2006, cardboard painted with acrylic, 36 1/4 x 21 5/8 x 15". Photo: Annik Wetter.

Geneva

David Hominal

Evergreene
7 rue du Vieux Billard
May 14–July 25, 2009

In his first solo show in Geneva, the Swiss artist David Hominal offers a series of recent wall pieces as well as a group of three-dimensional works that demonstrate his intensive and expressive art practice. Near the entrance of the gallery, three paper bags rest on horizontal wooden planks supported by an aluminum frame, composing I Fail, I Fail Again, I Fail Better, 2009. In . . . Avec vue sur la mer ( . . . With a View on the Sea), 2009, a row of old windowpanes, once part of a ship, are strung, free-hanging, across the larger exhibition space. The “Element” series, 2009, Typewriter, 2006, and XeroX, 2006, are all simple, crafted cardboard sculptures, painted with acrylic, that explore how images are constructed. Alongside the larger installations are several small-format pieces, such as National Lunch, 2009, a collage created with wood, paper, and old photographs. By using basic discarded materials to create his minimal installations and sculptures, Hominal reworks the aesthetics of poverty into a very elegant show.