Gil Pellaton
Bo Butterfly
25 May – 7 July 2024

You are cordially invited to an exhibition by Gil Pellaton at the Amden Atelier. The exhibition Bo Butterfly will open on Saturday, 25 May 2024, 2 – 5 p.m. and will run until 7 July 2024.

We are delighted to announce that our next exhibition promises to give visitors an insight into the work of Gil Pellaton. The site-specific installation that Pellaton is developing for the Atelier Amden will respect the barn housing it as a historical building and sculpture anchored in its environs, while at the same time addressing it as the ahistorical location for which his work was created. How might a work of art that was born of speculative fabulation but eschews utopias so as not to lose sight of reality actually look? The artist himself speaks of his show as a poem dedicated to co-existence as a strategy for surviving the current turmoil.

While the exhibition will certainly contain clues and pointers to the eponymous figure, Bo Butterfly remains a fictional character. Coming after Smiling dog, Woo-hoo the chimeric we and Hennissement, this exhibition will be the first to feature a new group of works by the artist.

This series of exhibitions has enabled artists to create site-specific projects in a historically, culturally and topographically exceptional landscape, while offering visitors to Amden a unique context for the individual and contemplative appreciation of art. 

What sets Amden apart from conventional exhibition spaces is the visible and palpable presence of the elements (sun, wind, rain, snow), the landscape and its vegetation – some of it wild, some of it farmed – and the free-range animals round about. Preference is therefore given to artists who understand nature as a medium of artistic creativity; not in the sense of a nostalgic, romanticizing homage to the world of nature, but rather as formative forces to be explored and exposed. Doubtless this results less in finished works ready to go on show than in processes, lines of inquiry, treatments and experiments that are experienced only fleetingly or that in a conserved form can prompt reflection on artistic methods of perception, albeit at a later date and in a different setting.

We look forward to your visit.

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Photo: Gil Pellaton
Photo: Gil Pellaton