Heidi Bucher (1926 – 1993) developed a distinctive practice fusing sculpture and performance, ranging from sculptural costumes, to latex and caoutchouc casts (‘skinnings’) of huge windows and floors, sometimes even entire rooms. For Bucher, these works represented moments of transformation and renewal and the detachment from the conventions and constraints of the past, as opposed to trauma or loss. Bucher said about the working process, ‘we cover and discover’.
Heidi Bucher currently has a major retrospective Metamorphoses at Haus Der Kunst, Munich. Recent solo exhibitions include: Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil, (2020); The Approach, London, UK (2019); Parasol Unit, London, UK (2018); Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2014); Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2013); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2004); Kunstmuseum Thurgau, CH (1993); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (1972); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada (1971); and Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York (1971). Recent group exhibitions include: Yael Davids: One Is Always a Plural, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland (2021); Women House, la Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (2017); and Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, Italy (2017) among others. Bucher’s work is featured in numerous international public and private collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France and San Francisco, CA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland; Musée Jenisch Vevey, Switzerland; and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland.
Bill Lynch, (1960 – 2013) was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in New Jersey. Painting onto pieces of salvaged scrap wood (sometimes on both sides), Lynch depicted birds, animals, blossoming branches, waterfalls, Chinese vases, statuettes and landscapes. The artist’s seemingly spontaneous brushstrokes evoke his American roots whilst exposing his fascination with Chinese and Japanese painting (of which he came across through frequent visits to New York’s Metropolitan Museum). Lynch excelled not only at painting on found wood, but also on paper with conté pencil, and as depicted in the pages of the artist’s painted book, oil paint. The beautiful and intimate document emphasises the great tenderness and sensitivity with which Lynch treated his beloved subject matter.
Recent exhibitions include The Approach, London, UK (2018); Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany (2015) and White Columns, New York, NY (2014). A comprehensive monograph ‘Bill Lynch’ was published by Ridinghouse in 2017.
Hana Miletić (1982) was born in Zagreb, Croatia. and lives and works in Brussels and Zagreb. In her ongoing series Materials, Miletić produces textile works that though may at first appear seemingly abstract, in fact, find their scale, form and colour from the acts of ‘care and repair’ that Miletić has noticed around the city. Broken windows, kicked in doorways and damaged car wing mirrors are haphazardly taped up with plastic and card, poetically transformed by small considerate gestures. Initially photographed by the artist, she then emulates these DIY repairs through a process of hand-weaving textiles, who employs this process as a method of slowing down production, thereby furthering the act of care.
Recent solo exhibitions include Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2021); The Approach, London (2021); La Loge, Brussels, Belgium (2021); Lambda Lambda Lambda, Prishtina, Kosovo; La Maison de Rendez-Vous, Brussels, Belgium; Apoteka Space for Contemporary Art, Vodjnan, Croatia; The Annexe, London, UK (all 2019); WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium (2018); and participation in the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017). Group exhibitions include: Active Threads, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany and Little did they know, 39th EVA International, Ireland Biennial of Contemporary Art; Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara, Romania (forthcoming 2021); … of bread, wine, cars, security and peace, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2020); Signal or Noise, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium and Cultural Threads,TextielMuseum, Tilburg, Netherland (both 2018-19). Past residencies include: The Cultural Centre of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Senegal (2019), and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2014-2015). In the last few years, Miletić has facilitated collaborative projects at Globe Aroma, Brussels and De Appel, Amsterdam. Miletic’s work is featured in various public and private collections including: Flemish Community (M-Museum, Leuven); Flemish Parliament, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Mu.ZEE, Ostend; Frac Grand Large, Dunkirk, Kadist Foundation, Paris.