Christoph Rütimann

Galerie Ryszard Varisella

Employing disparate mediums, Christoph Rütimann creates situations that put physical laws and familiar semantic relations to the acid test. Gravity is often the springboard of his considerations. In Le rideau à trois (The three-way curtain; all works 1990) Rütimann built a curtain out of so-called “pocket balances”—the small, suspendible scales one finds in grocery stores. In the current piece, a variant of another work, which he showed at the Mai 36 Galerie in Lucerne, the balances are suspended in columns between the floor and the ceiling. The three strings of 12 scales each create a curtainlike architectural effect by partitioning off the space. The individual scales all indicate more or less the same weight, as the gravity and the resilience of each virtually neutralizes the next.

For Rütimann, scales are instruments not only with specific form but also with the capacity to indicate

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