Aarau

Mai-Thu Perret, Little Planetary Harmony, 2006, aluminum, wood, drywall, latex wall paint, fluorescent light fixure, acrylic, gouache, 11' 7“ x 21' 9 3/4” x 11' 11 3/4".

Mai-Thu Perret, Little Planetary Harmony, 2006, aluminum, wood, drywall, latex wall paint, fluorescent light fixure, acrylic, gouache, 11' 7“ x 21' 9 3/4” x 11' 11 3/4".

Aarau

Mai-Thu Perret

Aargauer Kunsthaus
Aargauerplatz
May 14–July 31, 2011

Curated by Madeleine Schuppli

Swiss artist Mai-Thu Perret has developed a rich backstory for her oeuvre in “The Crystal Frontier,” a fictional narrative involving an all-female commune circa 1900, set in the American Southwest. This context serves as the source for her range of multidisciplinary works—posters for bake sales, suggesting alternative economies; costumes for dance performances; a monumental constructivist teapot that doubles as a freestanding gallery within the exhibition space; even a rich trove of diaristic literature—all of which detail the toils and trepidations of New Ponderosa Year Zero’s stalwart inhabitants, aiming to give these imaginary heroines a real-world material presence. Perret’s exhibition at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, featuring some twenty major pieces from the past ten years, will be the artist’s largest solo show in Switzerland to date.