Ueli Etter

Zwinger Galerie

Ueli Etter’s work seems to inhabit a zone between Minimalism and decoration. For his recent show, Etter gave the already small space an even more hermetic atmosphere, painting the walls of the gallery light beige, covering the windows, and installing halogen bulbs—causing it to resemble one of the six large drawings and watercolors on display. Addressing the theme “On a Clear Day” (in another show Etter displayed large-format silkscreen prints with the title “You Can See Forever”), the show focused on interiors drawn from memory—images that are as empty and repetitive as they are transcendent.

Etter’s motifs tend to be similar in mood: a view of the ocean from a balcony, a niche with a chest of drawers, or the corners of a hallway. Fleeting impressions of a succession of identical hotel rooms, these pictures convey the melancholy of a transient existence. Something crucial always seems

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