Manfred Pernice (Orion_Renaissance, 2012)
The Berlin-based artist Manfred Pernice, who had a well-noted exhibition in Zürich’s Kunsthalle a few years back, loves to generate nonsensical connections. For ART AND THE CITY Pernice developed three concrete sculptures based on two objects the artist had discovered on his visits to Zürich: a projecting roof planted with flowers over a house entrance on Bändlistrasse, and a flower tub on a terrace in Wipkingen. Pernice synthesized these two objects into a new form and installed them as furniture with various functions in the public space—as a bench, an ash tray or a flower trough. As Angelika Hunziker observes in the catalogue, Pernice thus humorously exposes how we ignore the tastelessness of objects and furnishings in public spaces in favor of their functionality.
MANFRED PERNICE, D, *1963, lives and works in Berlin
Courtesy of Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
Supported by Erne AG Bauunternehmung