Barbara Mühlefluh and Karin Hochstatter

Brandstetter & Wyss

The juxtaposition of various artists’ works sometimes looks forced, but that was not the case in this exhibition. Visually the works of Barbara Mühlefluh and Karin Hochstatter are harmonious; both use ephemeral materials to create fixed points in space; neither can be placed in a known formal vocabulary—Mühlefluh through a combination of overdetermined yet crude objects, Hochstatter through the creation of forms with found materials that seem to dissipate in front of our eyes.

Mühlefluh came to the fore with her 1991 installation at the Shedhalle and with her cushions for public benches. In these works, she works mostly with plaster, polyurethane foam, packing tape, and silicon—relatively colorless, banal materials. She uses the inherent characteristics of the materials as well as the laws of gravity, when, for example, she fills balloons with polyurethane foam, stretching the skin of the

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