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G. Küng, Big Glass Slide, 2013, glass, ink, alcohol, nails, 59 x 47 1/4".

Dunja Herzog and G. Küng

Ausstellungsraum Klingental

G. Küng, Big Glass Slide, 2013, glass, ink, alcohol, nails, 59 x 47 1/4".

Materials and their metamorphoses might have been the casual thesis of “Under a hunch,” organized by Rahel Schelker. This subtle yet convincing exhibition of works by Dunja Herzog and G. Küng (with a singular assist by an elder, Terry Fox, and his classic 1974 video Children’s Tapes) explored Minimalism, both as a movement and as a more general tendency. The artists produced the disparate objects shown by exploring the consequences of bringing basic, even elemental, materials into formal or alchemical proximity. In parallel to this material simplicity, the show asserted a diminutive scale, both in the humble, colorful works scattered across the gallery and in lexical form—see Herzog’s Petit Maître (Little Master) and Trägerli (Little Carrier) (all works 2013, except, of course, Fox’s). This focus on intimacy is perhaps rooted in the Swiss-German heritage shared by both artists

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