Zurich

Urs Frei

Kunstraum Walcheturm

Stalagtites, stalagmites, and a hodgepodge of nearly nauseating, shabby wall objects explode here in Urs Frei’s work. Frei has been making his presence felt throughout Switzerland over the past months with large, virulently energetic groups of works. Distancing himself from the unified presentation of his sewn, tied, and painted pillows, which, he ironically comments, only recently suggest that “he’s found himself,” he now confronts us with an an anarchy familiar from earlier phases of his work. In their re-presentation, the works contain unexpected potential. The disparate jumble turns out, on closer inspection, to be a self-contained whole of carefully selected individual pieces, themselves composed of precisely calibrated elements.

The objects are agglomerations of mass-consumer goods from the do-it-yourself store as well as throwaway materials from the artist’s own household. They are

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