“His work is all about a post-apocalyptic scenario where humans have been eliminated from the Earth; he thinks about what we might leave behind,” said the gallery’s André Schlechtriem.
Charrière, who is currently in Antarctica for the first biennale there, co-organized by Nadim Samman, was previously included in a BMW publication about artists who incorporate travel into their practice, something that Schlechtriem says sits at the core of the artist’s work.
“Sometimes we get a phone call to the gallery from a satellite phone saying that he needs two helicopters,” he said.
Such are not the concerns of BANK founder Mathieu Borysevicz, whose artist and BMW Art Journey nominee Ke’s work typically inhabits and explores the digital realm instead of the planet’s farthest reaches.
“His computer is his studio, his studio is his computer,” said Borysevicz of the 33-year-old artist’s work.
At Art Basel in Hong Kong, Ke brings this metaphor to life, having enlarged his desktop screen to the scale of a room in a wall-spanning print, where icons for image files hang as might half-finished canvases in a painter’s studio. Borysevicz said the files are mostly images pulled from the website, Contemporary Art Daily, which catalogues noteworthy exhibitions. Ke “was using it to understand contemporary art world propriety, our expectations of what art is supposed to do,” said the gallerist.