Our most recent Online Viewing Room showcases a selection of drawings by Pascal Vonlanthen, part of an A-Z series created especially by the artist for Marc Jancou Contemporary on the occasion of his first exhibition with the gallery and forthcoming publication.
The works presented highlight Vonlanthen's prolific production and intuitive take on language, text and printed media. More significantly perhaps, all dating from the first half of this year the works also present a fascinating, almost chronological snapshot of the events that dominated the news headlines in 2021 which marked the lives of millions around the globe.
These drawings are exemplary of Vonlanthen's unique relationship to the written word that is characteristic of his entire oeuvre. As such they perfectly encapsulate his daring, instinctive and enthralling take on text which through expanding and contracting on the page presents a play with language that invites associations to a number of text works of the 20th century and especially concrete poetry.
Born in 1957 in Rossens, Switzerland, Pascal Vonlanthen who is self-taught has long been an active member of Fribourg’s CREAHM. His move to the city of Fribourg more than a decade ago marked a deeper involvement with the workshop and arguably also the development of his text-based works for which he is now best known.
THE A-Z LIMITED NUMBER SERIES
All works in the series were created exlusively for Marc Jancou Contemporary, are annotated A-Z and are each signed in the front by the artist.
The drawings are made in Vonlanthen's typical style using a combination of acrylic markers, India ink felt-tip pens and pencils on white or coloured paper or cardboard. The compositions are formed both from the artist's handwritten versions of text—words and individual letters usually copied from newspapers and other publications—as well as other graphic marks and visual elements. The overall arrangements often mimic the layout of a newspaper or magazine page. They all measure between 210 x 297 mm and 148 x 210 mm and are sold unframed.
All works are priced at 300 CHF.
The proceeds from the sale of the drawings support the forthcoming publication of the bilingual (French-English) Pascal Vonlanthen exhibition catalogue which will be released during the Autumn-Winter 2021-22 season.
To purchase or for more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pascal Vonlanthen: On Words and Images continues in Rossinière, Switzerland until the 3rd of October 2021.
For more information on the limited edition exhibition catalogue featuring an essay by former Fri Art Artistic Director Balthazar Lovay to be released this Autumn/Winter please visit our Publications Page.