Fabian Marti, ‘Silver Egg’, 2015, GEMS AND LADDERS

One recurring symbol that illustrates where Marti’s interests intersect is the gesture of the finger-print, not only a collection of concentric ovals akin to psychedelic animations but also a means of printing, and thus reproduction. Marti’s pendants entitled Golden Egg and Silver Egg for GEMS AND LADDERS are a fresh iteration of the oval form. Pieces of the off-cuts created through a jeweller’s working, gold and silver respectively, are fixed within clear resin ovals. The transparent material also anchors the chains from which the pendants hang. In a similar fashion to Marti’s photogram works, which short-circuit the photography process, his pendants do not describe forms but enable a direct presentation of the shavings, dust and other small elements of the precious metals. Each piece is thus not a copy, but a unique element within the edition.

Image rights: GEMS AND LADDERS, photo: Hans-Jörg F. Walter

About Fabian Marti

With post-minimal verve and conceptual flair, Fabian Marti creates sculptural and wall works through which he explores ideas about artistic production and identity. Marti’s work extends from a reconsideration of the role of the artist as a brand and producer of goods and services for clients such as collectors, institutions, and viewers. He often includes recurring motifs, such as Op art-like black-and-white patterns and handprints, and embraces mechanical processes that include signature traces of the artist’s hand at work: photograms, ceramics, installations, and prints. Marti sees his work as aiming to break free of mechanical social and technological conceits. “To work in a more direct way, with my hands, I see it as a very archaic thing: creating something out of earth,” he says. Marti was featured in the 54th Venice Biennale.

Swiss, b. 1979, based in Zurich, Switzerland

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Galerie Peter Kilchmann at Artissima 2015
2015
Galerie Peter Kilchmann at Art Basel 2015
2015
Galerie Peter Kilchmann at The Armory Show 2015
2014
Galerie Peter Kilchmann at Frieze London 2014
2014
Galerie Peter Kilchmann at Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
2014
Galerie Peter Kilchmann at SP-Arte 2014