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Bethan Huws

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Over the years, Bethan Huws has followed a consistently meandering course; she has moved between England and Wales, and her work has encompassed images, buildings, objects, talks, and film. The manifest variety of her artistic expression has produced an all-encompassing topography of reflection on the location of a work of art, the role of the artist, and different ways to think about art. Since childhood, Huws has created small boats out of dried reeds, a local tradition in Wales, where the artist grew up. These tiny objects reappear as a motif in a series of watercolors and texts. In this exhibition, for the first time, dozens of these boats were displayed together; in two vitrines the boats were lined up in a row, while in a third, this order dissolved into loose piles. When does a simple gesture become a work of art? What is the relationship of such a “found gesture” to the readymade?

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