Alexandra Barcal, Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich
Gravitational Assertions. Yves Netzhammer / Gramazio Kohler Research
The works of Yves Netzhammer (b. 1970), who lives and works in Zurich, have their origins in the digital space — which, for the artist, is closely related to the space of his own imagination. The internationally renowned Swiss artist’s drawings and animated films explore the boundaries, points of contact and transitions between subjective consciousness and the world, between real and virtual levels. The figures and scenarios that he draws using a computer mouse, or that he implements in 3D computer animation programs, revolve around hybrid creatures and fusions of disparate elements. They seem to have originated from a surreally enigmatic yet intuitively accessible matrix that also involves a continual alteration of shapes and contexts — a “transformational permutation” that at the same time allows reflections on our present-day existence.