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Jon Merz

  • About the work

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  • Artist Statement

    “I work my way inside out. Inputs are reduced to a minimum. Means are accessible. Decisions are ad-hoc. Ultimately, I strive for a piece that is a consistent whole, an entity with its own insight to offer. I don’t impose anything; I reveal what is already there. In a process of transformation I model and solidify ideas into form. In this fluid state of possibility I anxiously hold on to what is permanent. I turn to History for adventure, discovery, inspiration, and in this quest I inevitably pick up ideas that transcend time, artistic expression that maintains its rigor through the ages."

     

    Text by Jon Merz

  • Biography

    Jon Merz

    1981 Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Lives and works in Basel and Berlin

     

    2015-2017 

    Master in fine arts with Matt Mullican, Kunstakademie Hamburg

     

    2010-2009

    Guest Student with Rita Mcbride, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

     

    2009-2006

    Bachelor in fine Arts, Hochschule der Künste Bern

     

    2004-2001

    Industrial Design studies at ESDI, Paris

     

     

    Awards and residencies

     

    2014

    Artist in residency, state of Basel, IAAB, Berlin

     

    2010

    Patronage fonds für junge Schweizerkünstler, Kunsthalle Basel

     

    2008

    Artist in residency, SÌM, Reykjavik, Iceland

    Artist in residency, NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland

     

    2005

    Artist in residency, state of Neuchâtel, Redhouse, New York

     

    Solo exhibitions

     

    2014

    Blue, galerie Milieu, Bern

     

    2012

    Gegenschlag im Zentrum, Center, Berlin

     

    2008

    A Potenziel Unendlicher Prozess, Marks Blond Project, Bern

     

     

    Selected group exhibitions

     

    2015

    Old friends new ideas - old ideas new friends, Galerie Milieu, Bern

    Going places, Salon mondial, Basel
    Swiss art awards, Basel

     

    2014


    Space is the place, IAAB, Berlin

    
Cantonale Bern Jura, Kunsthaus Langenthal

    Regionale, Kunstverein Freiburg

     

    2013


    Swissartawards, Basel


    Un signe à l'horizon, Annex14, Bern

    Regionale 13, Kunstraum Riehen

     

    2012

    
Cantonale Bern Jura, Kunsthalle Bern

     

    2011


    Cantonale Bern Jura, Kunsthalle Bern

    Palazzo Wyler, Raum No, Bern

     

    2010

    
Rundgang, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

    Plattform 10, Ewz Zürich

    Sommerlab, Can, Neuchâtel

    Fluck Paulus, Fribourg

    Salem to Salem, Salem, Germany

     

    2009


    Mit Aussicht, Kunsthaus Langenthal 69eBiennale de la Samba, Mbac, la Chaux-de-fonds

     

    2007


    ACT07, Basel Clinsd'oeil,

    Schauraum BTB, Bern

     

    2006


    AAA, Caves du Palais, Neuchâtel

     

    text copyright: Jon Merz

  • Links

    Artist website: jonmerz.com

    works available to purchase on Artpiq

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