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Ann Carrington

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Carrington’s work is all about materials, detail and impact. For her artworks she utilises all manner of recycled items. For Carrington all objects come with their own readymade histories and meanings that can be unravelled and explored by...


15.07.2014

Ann Carrington

Carrington’s work is all about materials, detail and impact. For her artworks she utilises all manner of recycled items. For Carrington all objects come with their own readymade histories and meanings that can be unravelled and explored by rearranging, distorting, or realigning them to give new meaning as sculpture.

The sculptures specially commissioned for The Alpina Gstaad feature Swiss cow and mountain goat horns mounted on the wall like trophies from a hunt. The horns themselves are shaped from hundreds of old bone and horn handled knives and forks. Ann Carrington explains her line of thinking when creating the pieces: “What is a knife, if it isn’t a manmade implement for stabbing, cutting and spearing? Likewise, what is a horn if it isn’t a goat’s (or cow’s) tool for puncturing wounding and lancing?”.

The sculptures create an aesthetically complete circle, having explored the essence of seemingly mundane pieces of cutlery by expanding them into their spear like predatory associations. The four smaller pairs of horns depicted in the dining room are inspired by the mountain goats synonymous with this region: Alpine, Saanen, Toggenburg and Oberhasli. The larger pair of horns features Simmental cattle horns.

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Ashley Bickerton

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Ashley Bickerton (born Barbados, 1959) is a contemporary artist living in Bali. A mixed-media artist, Bickerton often combines both photographic and painterly elements with industrial and found object assemblages. He is associated with the early...


15.07.2014

Ashley Bickerton

Ashley Bickerton (born Barbados, 1959) is a contemporary artist living in Bali. A mixed-media artist, Bickerton often combines both photographic and painterly elements with industrial and found object assemblages. He is associated with the early 1980s art movement Neo-Geo, which includes artists such as Jeff Koons and Peter Halley.

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Bosco Sodi

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Bosco Sodi (b. 1970, Mexico City) is known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential crudeness of the materials that he uses to execute his paintings. Focusing on...


14.05.2013

Bosco Sodi

Bosco Sodi (b. 1970, Mexico City) is known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential crudeness of the materials that he uses to execute his paintings.

Focusing on material exploration, the creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi seeks to transcend conceptual barriers.

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Carol Bove

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Carol Bove is known for her simple yet intricate assemblages of found and made objects. Carefully arranged on pedestals, elevated platforms, or directly against walls and ceilings, these yield unexpected, poetic, and multi-layered meanings, which...


15.07.2014

Carol Bove

Carol Bove is known for her simple yet intricate assemblages of found and made objects. Carefully arranged on pedestals, elevated platforms, or directly against walls and ceilings, these yield unexpected, poetic, and multi-layered meanings, which seem to derive from the composition of the objects rather than the inherent substance of the individual components.

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Dan Colen

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Daniel Colen (born 1979, New Jersey) is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and installations. Born and raised in Leonia,...


15.07.2014

Dan Colen

Daniel Colen (born 1979, New Jersey) is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and installations.

Born and raised in Leonia, New Jersey, Colen graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. Colen’s work has been exhibited at galleries including Deitch Projects, Gagosian Gallery (2006) and Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York, Peres Projects in Berlin, and OHWOW in Los Angeles. He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including “Potty Mouth, Potty War, Pot Roast, Pot is a Reality Kick” at Gagosian Gallery in New York, “USA Today” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York, “Fantastic Politics” at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and “No Me” at Peres Projects in Berlin. In 2011 he had a solo show at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, Norway. He is represented by the Gagosian Gallery in New York and by Massimo de Carolo in Rome, Italy.

In "Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors: My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future" (2004), Colen built an exact replica of a section of poster, photo and flyer-covered wall from friend Dash Snow's apartment. Each piece of visual material was handmade and attached to a Styrofoam copy of the wall. His works are held in the collection of the Saatchi Gallery, The Whitney Museum, and The Astrup Fearnley Museum.

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Dan McDermott

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

McDermott is a painter of the overlooked. The painter’s extensive body of work is drawn from an expanding archive of images, frozen frames from film and television, emotionally resonant from their entrapment within the decades in which they...


15.07.2014

Dan McDermott

McDermott is a painter of the overlooked. The painter’s extensive body of work is drawn from an expanding archive of images, frozen frames from film and television, emotionally resonant from their entrapment within the decades in which they were born and forgotten.

The resulting image often seems familiar but its references are evasive, creating a sense of déjà vu, and investigating the ways in which individual significance is forged and shaped by type. The atmospheric paintings are expertly executed in order to contain both the dynamism of blurred photographs, and the attentive composure they rarely receive. Part social historian, part nostalgic fetishist McDermott creates paintings that estrange familiar images from the mass media. “My working method begins with digital and 35 mm film stills taken directly from the TV screen, media, asking us to look again at lives and scenes that seem hauntingly unresolved.

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Djordje Ozbolt

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

The masks and fetish sculptures were first shown at the exhibition «Who Say Jah No Dread» by Djordje Ozbolt in 2013. Using mass-produced and kitsch ‘African’ objects that the artist purchased from flea markets and street...


07.02.2017

Djordje Ozbolt

The masks and fetish sculptures were first shown at the exhibition «Who Say Jah No Dread» by Djordje Ozbolt in 2013. Using mass-produced and kitsch ‘African’ objects that the artist purchased from flea markets and street vendors, Ozbolt’s series of fetish sculptures are adorned with the trappings of contemporary consumer culture, such as car tires and the hood ornament from a Mercedes Benz. These new works combine Ozbolt’s impressions from his travels and personal experiences with iconography from different cultures and found images, all overlaid with the artist’s signature sharp wit and humour. Djordje Ozbolt was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1967. He studied in Belgrade and London and lives and works now in London.

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Erwan Soyer

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

French artist Erwan Soyer works mainly in paper. His collages are made without computer intervention, with pages and pictures from old books cut with a scalpel and assembled with glue-bound. Its regular meetings with a conservator and bookbinder and...


15.07.2014

Erwan Soyer

French artist Erwan Soyer works mainly in paper. His collages are made without computer intervention, with pages and pictures from old books cut with a scalpel and assembled with glue-bound. Its regular meetings with a conservator and bookbinder and old books which taught him to understand and handle this matter, resulting in better conservation collages and expertise. From a surrealist influence, his compositions play with dimensional aspects and the concept of scale, while integrating meaning and poetry in his work.

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Futura

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Futura is one of the leaders of this new direction participating in many exhibitions that took place in New York in the early 80’s (Fashion Moda, The Mudd Club, The Ps1). In 1982, he had his first solo exhibition at the Fun Gallery. Later on...


15.07.2014

Futura

Futura is one of the leaders of this new direction participating in many exhibitions that took place in New York in the early 80’s (Fashion Moda, The Mudd Club, The Ps1). In 1982, he had his first solo exhibition at the Fun Gallery. Later on his works were shown all around Europe. By 1985, only a handful of Graffiti writers retained their status in the art world. Futura is one of the few Graffiti artists that succeeded and prevails in the artistic scene.

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Garage Italia Customs

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

The Alpina Gstaad is delighted to receive from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a custom-made electric Fiat 500, whose arctic paint exterior changes according to heat levels, demonstrating the effects of rising temperatures worldwide. It joins the...


20.09.2017

Garage Italia Customs

The Alpina Gstaad is delighted to receive from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a custom-made electric Fiat 500, whose arctic paint exterior changes according to heat levels, demonstrating the effects of rising temperatures worldwide. It joins the hotel’s collection of electric cars which guests can use to explore the region, leaving zero carbon footprint.

The “Arctic” car was conceived by Garage Italia Customs to highlight the problem of global warming. Garage Italia Customs used a special film finish to create the polar animals, then treated the bodywork with thermochromic varnish so that when the external temperature rises, the polar animals gradually disappear, reappearing only when the temperature drops. The films are 3M green certificate and were printed with ecological latex. The interior of the vehicles were conceived using the same criteria of highlighting a respect of nature and uses entirely eco-sustainable materials that are natural and vegan.

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General Idea

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

A collective of 3 men from Toronto, 2 of General Idea's members were to die of the disease in the following years. The painting addresses questions around sexuality and the social-political sphere at a time when these questions were subject to two...


11.01.2015

General Idea

A collective of 3 men from Toronto, 2 of General Idea's members were to die of the disease in the following years. The painting addresses questions around sexuality and the social-political sphere at a time when these questions were subject to two main forms of inquiry: either they were being ignored, or else artistic practice was utilizing languages and strategies inherited from the protest movements of the 1960s.

General Idea take a different approach altogether. Appropriating Robert Indiana's iconic 'Love' logo, this immediately recognizable composition is recast to address the emergent conditions within which they lived and produced. The status and function of the work is left purposely vague, and does not adhere to the above mentioned alternatives. Without a functional imperative, interpretation becomes the responsibility of the viewer.

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Henrik Olesen

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Henrik Olesen's Leeres Plexiglasbild (Empty Perspex Picture) from 2013 similarly poses a set of perhaps unanswerable questions- and therefore generates an engaging relationship between the viewer and the work. In this piece Olesen has glued and...


11.01.2015

Henrik Olesen

Henrik Olesen's Leeres Plexiglasbild (Empty Perspex Picture) from 2013 similarly poses a set of perhaps unanswerable questions- and therefore generates an engaging relationship between the viewer and the work. In this piece Olesen has glued and unglued objects from his personal life. With the inclusion of the objects the picture plane would become an associative autobiography- without them, we encounter a blank space of projection and fantasy.
Relative to this piece are quotes from the Polysexuality issue of the journal Semiotext(e), originally published in 1981. These quotes, which imagine an alternative conception of sexuality in an expanded field, invite the viewer to both question and identify with their content.

"Reconstructed nest", the other work by Olesen, provides the viewer with information about animal sexuality, thereby asking questions about the base of sexuality at its most primal, biological level.

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Howard Schatz

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Renowned for this work with dancers and models underwater, Howard Schatz was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper to create this underwater homage to that great work.


14.08.2014

Howard Schatz

Renowned for this work with dancers and models underwater, Howard Schatz was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper to create this underwater homage to that great work.

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Ingrid Dee Magidson

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Artist Ingrid Magidson’s work uses transparent layers to reveal the depth that is hidden at first glance. She likes to use renaissance, or sometimes later, imagery to convey the fleeting quality of life. The people painted so long ago were as...


15.07.2014

Ingrid Dee Magidson

Artist Ingrid Magidson’s work uses transparent layers to reveal the depth that is hidden at first glance. She likes to use renaissance, or sometimes later, imagery to convey the fleeting quality of life. The people painted so long ago were as alive as each of us now. They had hopes, dreams, and lives we can never know. Magidson brings them back to life, perhaps only for a moment, but alive nonetheless. It is this mix of transience and permanence that is so captivating to her. This is also why she so often use butterflies in her work. They are such exquisitely delicate creatures, with so much complexity and beauty, but live such a short life – some, only a single day. She believes we are like them in many ways.

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Jan Frank

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Hurrican Cat, 2016 Jan Frank was born in Amsterdam (1951) and lived in Congo before his parents immigrated to the United States. He currently lives and works in New York City. Frank’s works are in numerous public and private collections and...


27.06.2017

Jan Frank

Hurrican Cat, 2016

Jan Frank was born in Amsterdam (1951) and lived in Congo before his parents immigrated to the United States. He currently lives and works in New York City. Frank’s works are in numerous public and private collections and he exhibits widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. The artist’s most recent exhibitions include Paul Kasmin, NYC (2011), Olsen / Irwin, Sydney, Australia (2012), and The Merchant House, Amsterdam (2013). This is piece was shown at his second show at Nahmad Contemporary in NYC, Winter 2017.

In this work, the artist replaced his projector-guided brushstrokes with silkscreened prints to cast complex networks of culled passages from art history onto supports. Through selection, appropriation, manipulation, and erasure, Frank orchestrates complex compositions founded in the sinuous lines of history.

Alkyd, oil, ink with silkscreen on linen

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Jana Euler

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Jana Euler’s work encompasses a variety of artistic media, aesthetic decisions and discursive practices. Her paintings, sculptures and texts explore the possibilities of digital and analogue images and respond to our contemporary conditions of...


12.07.2015

Jana Euler

Jana Euler’s work encompasses a variety of artistic media, aesthetic decisions and discursive practices. Her paintings, sculptures and texts explore the possibilities of digital and analogue images and respond to our contemporary conditions of experience with optical, cognitive and sensual models and vehicles of reflection.

The artwork entitled Fuck you Goethe (1), which challenges the educated middle-class world view using adolescent language that re¬calls the German cinema box office hit of 2013 Fack yu Göthe.
Euler assigns different and changing artistic styles and formats to her themes and imaging – alternating between seriousness and downright silliness, this arises in the process between the painter and painting itself.

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John Armleder

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

John Armleder (born in Geneva in 1948) is a Swiss performance artist, painter, sculptor, critic, and curator. His work is based on his involvement with Fluxus in the 1960s and 1970s, when he created performance art pieces, installations and...


07.08.2014

John Armleder

John Armleder (born in Geneva in 1948) is a Swiss performance artist, painter, sculptor, critic, and curator.

His work is based on his involvement with Fluxus in the 1960s and 1970s, when he created performance art pieces, installations and collective art activities that were strongly influenced by John Cage. However, Armleder's position throughout his career has been to avoid associating his artistic practice with any type of manifesto.
In 1969, with Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner, Armleder founded the Groupe Ecart in Geneva, from which stemmed the Galerie Ecart and its associated performance group and publications. The Groupe Ecart was particularly important in Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, not only through its activity as an independent publishing house, but also because it introduced in Switzerland - and sometimes in Europe - a large number of notable artists, including Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol. Armleder was later associated with Neo-Geo artistic movement and was often referred to as the "darling" of the New York art critics in this period (1980s).

Armleder frequently examines the context in which art is displayed and views the exhibition as a medium in its own right. Since the 1990s, he has created installations, paintings, wall paintings, sculptures and what he calls Furniture Sculptures - installations which usually juxtapose furniture with monochrome or abstract paintings, either literally on the furniture or on a canvas hanging nearby. His work has varied greatly in form, and has, since the beginnings, used chance as a method of producing the final forms that pieces take, much like John Cage. He often uses a dense scenographic hanging style, putting individual works into close proximity and creating installation-like exhibitions.

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The traditional art of découpage

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Découpage or the art of silhouette creates filigree paper art works. This art and craft have a long tradition in Switzerland, especially, in the Gstaad-Saanen region. The Alpina Gstaad Private Art collection includes several of these kinds...


11.01.2015

The traditional art of découpage

Découpage or the art of silhouette creates filigree paper art works. This art and craft have a long tradition in Switzerland, especially, in the Gstaad-Saanen region.

The Alpina Gstaad Private Art collection includes several of these kinds of art pieces by Anne Rosat who was born in the Swiss canton of Vaud in 1935. She did her studies in Bruxelles before she settled down in Moulins. Since 1969, Anne Rosat focuses on découpage portraying landscapes, climbs in the Alps, the bouquets of flowers and scenes of local life. The arrangement of the silhouettes with the tiny colored paper gives her work a decorative effect. Similar to her works are the ones of Hans Jungen and Beatrice Straubhaar.

 

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Mario Macilau

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

"Faith Series", 2015, Photographic print, 133 × 200 cm, Portraits Zeferino Cuamba, a 12-year-old boy who just got baptized through a ceremony where his body got sprayed with seawater and purified water by the religion member. According to the...


08.12.2017

Mario Macilau

"Faith Series", 2015, Photographic print, 133 × 200 cm,

Portraits Zeferino Cuamba, a 12-year-old boy who just got baptized through a ceremony where his body got sprayed with seawater and purified water by the religion member. According to the religion members, the water washes away impurities, pollutants, and spirits and make the soul ready to come into the presence of worship. Photographed in Nova Mambone, Inhambane, Mozambique.
This photo depicts two of the owners of The Alpina Gstaad's global concerns, community, and resources, in this case, water.

Mário Macilau (b.1984) lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique.
Macilau started his photographic journey in 2003 and went professional after he traded his mother's cell phone for his first camera in 2007. He specializes in long-term projects that link to multiple sub-genres; identity, political issues, environmental conditions, and engagement with socially isolated groups. Macilau is committed to initiating positive change across different cultures, locations, and perspectives. Taking portraiture as a point of departure, intimacy becomes the key to unlocking broader perspectives or narratives. The way Macilau shoots is crucial for rich compositions (black and white, with muted tones and textures), and he uses depth of field and natural light - sometimes resulting in a dark black or underexposed background - to achieve a nuanced and poetic atmosphere in his images.

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Massimo Agostinelli

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Through art, its creators often communicate the past, use its symbolism to transmit faraway messages and translate them in a contemporary language that we easily recognise. In the work of Massimo Agostinelli, we can find many familiar images,...


01.07.2015

Massimo Agostinelli

Through art, its creators often communicate the past, use its symbolism to transmit faraway messages and translate them in a contemporary language that we easily recognise. In the work of Massimo Agostinelli, we can find many familiar images, accompanied by palindromes – words, phrases or sequences that read the same backwards as forwards. If the images speak a thousand words, then these speak even more than that, carrying both clear and ambiguous messages that make you wonder, realise, explore and contemplate.

The art collection includes a photograph of legendary actor Clint Eastwood in his iconic role as Josey Wales in the western «The Outlaw Josey Wales» which has
been directed by Eastwood himself. 

Agostinelli’s block capital text is overlaid onto the image. By moving from the centre of the piece, the viewer experiences the anagram of "CLINT EASTWOOD" to reveal "OLD WEST ACTION". 

 

 

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Matthew Lew

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Painter, photographer, mixed media artist, Matthew Lew creates original artwork that is marked by bold individuality with subtle references to the fluidity of life. His diverse body of work suggests that art is life itself and ultimately...


15.07.2014

Matthew Lew

Painter, photographer, mixed media artist, Matthew Lew creates original artwork that is marked by bold individuality with subtle references to the fluidity of life.

His diverse body of work suggests that art is life itself and ultimately contributes to one's place in the world. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Lew completed his art education in San Sebastian, Spain. He relocated to Chicago in 2005 and now proudly calls the city home. While his heart is rooted firmly in Chicago, Lew possesses a traveler's spirit.

He is inspired by influences from all corners of the globe and translates them into a mixed media approach that features photography, oil, acrylic and, at times, unique sources from around the world including water, wine and champagne - integrating these elements into his original work. Lew's multifaceted visual language speaks to the constant change that he sees in an ever-evolving contemporary world. His diverse body of work supports his belief that art comes in many forms and should be accessible to all.

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Michel Comte

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Artist Michel Comte was born 1954 in Zurich, Switzerland. The professionally trained art restorer approached photography auto didactically. 1979 Comte received his first international advertising assignment from Karl Lagerfeld for the fashion house...


11.01.2015

Michel Comte

Artist Michel Comte was born 1954 in Zurich, Switzerland. The professionally trained art restorer approached photography auto didactically. 1979 Comte received his first international advertising assignment from Karl Lagerfeld for the fashion house of Chloe and moved to Paris.
In addition to portrait photography and fashion, Comte has also increasingly moved towards photo-reportage and documentary. In 2011, Comte was asked to do a photo series of The Berner Oberland around Gstaad. Within 10 days he took spectacular pictures which include the “Hockenhorn”, Lauental and Ebnefluh-Gletscher.

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Nathalie Decoster

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Nathalie and her souls balancing on the tightrope of time, her men and women in search of elusive Time, hold a whimsical mirror up to our modern-day human anxieties. The purity of line, the simplicity of the materials – often found objects...


14.08.2014

Nathalie Decoster

Nathalie and her souls balancing on the tightrope of time, her men and women in search of elusive Time, hold a whimsical mirror up to our modern-day human anxieties. The purity of line, the simplicity of the materials – often found objects which are imbued with new life, mattress springs, iron and concrete, cask hoops… everything contributes to giving this profoundly human oeuvre greater expressive power. The contrast between the tiny figures and the giant symbols confronting them creates a feeling of infinity. And yet, Nathalie Decoster’s works are neither angst-ridden nor frightening. On the contrary, her treatment of this eternal question is marked by a contemplative and serene philosophical approach. Her language is anchored in a feminine and stoic vision of time and of our fragile human lives. Thus, time is usually represented by a circle, rather than by a straight line. This makes reference to the repetitive, eternal, and reassuring cycle of seasons.

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Neil Raitt

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Pthalo Fade, 2015 Neil Raitt uses one of the art’s most traditional tools—oil paint—to explore our relationship to imagery in the digital age. Inspired, in part, by the approachable landscapes of Bob Ross’ cult-classic TV...


27.06.2017

Neil Raitt

Pthalo Fade, 2015

Neil Raitt uses one of the art’s most traditional tools—oil paint—to explore our relationship to imagery in the digital age. Inspired, in part, by the approachable landscapes of Bob Ross’ cult-classic TV show “The Joy of Painting,” Raitt painstakingly renders the types of mountains and trees you’d expect to find on chintzy wallpaper. Rhythmically repeating these forms over and over in a single work, Raitt blurs the line between realism and abstraction as recognizable forms seem to become textured in the mind’s eye, an effect highlighted by the use of subtle shifts in color to create gradients and patterns amid the repeating motifs.

Neil Raitt (b. 1986) recently graduated from the Royal College of Art. Raitt’s work has been exhibited at public and private institutions including the Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas and is the recipient of the Catlin Art Prize 2014. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Untitled NYC and Choi and Lager, Cologne. He lives and works in London.

Oil on canvas

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Pamela Stretton

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Stretton’s artwork is an autobiographical study dealing predominantly with the female body. Her focuses include issues such as beauty ideals and the body’s relationship with popular culture, fashion, health and food, as well as the way...


15.07.2014

Pamela Stretton

Stretton’s artwork is an autobiographical study dealing predominantly with the female body. Her focuses include issues such as beauty ideals and the body’s relationship with popular culture, fashion, health and food, as well as the way women are perceived in society.

Inspired by print, most of her work takes the form of digital inkjet prints, usually combining photographic images, text and iconography. The methods used to create the finished work involve re-working the print, in order to produce a visually appealing surface texture. These detailed and ordered methods comment on the notion of obsessive control exerted on the female body. The use of square formats, grids and pixels are used to highlight the notion of conformity, aided by the tight cropping of close up images of the body (an essentially rounded form). Soft padding is used in much of her work to comment subtly on the notion of womanly curves, as well as to give organic dimension to what would otherwise be flat prints. Primary notions pertinent to her theme involve scale, scrutiny and fragmentation.

Stretton lives and works in South Africa.

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Patrick Bremer

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Patrick Bremer's work takes old magazines and books found at thrift stores and car boot sales as his medium, and relies on chance findings within the text and images to add elements of storytelling to his figures and portraits. "I love the history...


15.07.2014

Patrick Bremer

Patrick Bremer's work takes old magazines and books found at thrift stores and car boot sales as his medium, and relies on chance findings within the text and images to add elements of storytelling to his figures and portraits. "I love the history that collage can bring to a piece, wondering who might have grown up with the book and the journey it has taken towards the canvas. One piece often leads directly into the next, through snippets of stories that I have read through making it."

Patrick lives and works in Brighton, England.

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Ancient wood ceiling

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

The ceiling above the main stair case was bought from a Swiss dealer of antique wood pieces. Unfortunately, neither the dealer nor the restoration experts could exactly trace back the origin of the ceiling. According to the experts, it most likely...


05.11.2014

Ancient wood ceiling

The ceiling above the main stair case was bought from a Swiss dealer of antique wood pieces. Unfortunately, neither the dealer nor the restoration experts could exactly trace back the origin of the ceiling. According to the experts, it most likely origins from Southern Europe and it dates back from the late baroque period around 1780. It was painted with glue-bound distemper. When Chaletbau Matti bought the ceiling, it was in a very bad shape. Thereupon, it was restored by Swiss restoration experts in an extensive process. Since the opening of the Hotel The Alpina Gstaad, the ceiling, which consists of 32 single pieces, can be admired by the guests.

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Richard Aldrich

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Richard Aldrich (born 1975 in Hampton, Virginia) is a Brooklyn-based painter who exhibited in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Although mostly abstract, Al¬drich’s paintings betray a distinctly lite¬rary sensibility, even as he targets what...


12.07.2015

Richard Aldrich

Richard Aldrich (born 1975 in Hampton, Virginia) is a Brooklyn-based painter who exhibited in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Although mostly abstract, Al¬drich’s paintings betray a distinctly lite¬rary sensibility, even as he targets what he has called the essential «unworld¬liness of experience.» Snippets of text and random words-UFO, the numeral 4-appear as decals or pencil scrawls, while lines incised with the back of a brush suggest writing once removed. Taciturn pictures carry evocative and ungainly verbal appendages in the form of elliptical press releases or titles like If I Paint Crowned I’ve Had It, Got Me, 2008, a telling paraphrase of Cé¬zanne explaining he would be ruined if he tried to paint the «crowned» effect of a still life rather than the thing itself.

Although mostly abstract, Aldrich’s paintings betray a distinctly literary sensibility, even as he targets what he has called the essential «unwordliness of experience.»

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Richard Hambleton

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

An addition to the hotel’s collection of exceptional contemporary pieces, “Ice Cream” is a 1977 Chevy Van painted and fashioned by Richard Hambleton, the pioneer and godfather of the Street Art movement. This ‘one of a...


20.09.2017

Richard Hambleton

An addition to the hotel’s collection of exceptional contemporary pieces, “Ice Cream” is a 1977 Chevy Van painted and fashioned by Richard Hambleton, the pioneer and godfather of the Street Art movement. This ‘one of a kind’ art piece, which is framed and painted with black acrylic on aluminium, fiberglass, glass and neon, was auctioned off at the amfAR Cannes. amfAR is one of the world’s most successful benefit events during the Cannes International Film Festival which has raised more than $190million for life-saving research programs in its fight against AIDS.

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Rirkrit Tiravanija

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Rirkrit Tiravanija is a Thai conceptual and installation artist, active also in the USA. Tiravanija’s practice often involves everyday actions and commonplace materials, as well as audience interaction. The participatory and performative...


11.01.2015

Rirkrit Tiravanija

Rirkrit Tiravanija is a Thai conceptual and installation artist, active also in the USA. Tiravanija’s practice often involves everyday actions and commonplace materials, as well as audience interaction. The participatory and performative aspects of Tiravanija’s art, combined with straightforward instructions, recall elements found in work by the Japanese Fluxus artist Yoko Ono.

The artists states that the slogan ‘The days of this society is numbered’ is attributed to the situation in 1968. At that time it was a provocation within the context of a manifestation of society against a particular group of people, the institution and people in control. He further explains that the text is bad translation of French and that this mistake made people react.

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Roy Nachum

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

The artist sculpts Braille poetry onto his canvases to create art that can be experiences by all even those without the gift of sight. The Braille poetry interrelated to the imaginary offers a way into his work for people who otherwise would never...


14.07.2014

Roy Nachum

The artist sculpts Braille poetry onto his canvases to create art that can be experiences by all even those without the gift of sight. The Braille poetry interrelated to the imaginary offers a way into his work for people who otherwise would never “experience” a painting from a painting and effectively evokes parallel sensations to what one takes away from a painting through sight.

Stylistically, Nachum‘s work echoes hyperrealism, but it is his temperament and masterful skills that give the painting a powerful, emotional charge. The whimsical images of parallel world, somewhere between illusion and reality, offer insight into the conflict between the instinctive and the demands of the civilization.

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Santiago Taccetti

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Santiago Taccetti (b.1974, Argentina) is a mixed media artist living and working in Berlin. He is interested in creating exhibitions that are fully immersive experiences, incorporating large scale pain¬tings with sculptures set on the floor - as...


12.07.2015

Santiago Taccetti

Santiago Taccetti (b.1974, Argentina) is a mixed media artist living and working in Berlin. He is interested in creating exhibitions that are fully immersive experiences, incorporating large scale pain¬tings with sculptures set on the floor - as seen in recent projects in Berlin, London, New York, Oslo and Buenos Aires. As an Ar¬gentinian expatriate with an international mindset, his work has been influenced by concepts of re-placement and re-contex¬tualisation; how a subject acquires layers of experience and can change appearance by exposure to a new environment. Hailing from a comparatively new and marginal city to the global art wor¬ld, in Berlin Taccetti is situated at the heart of the current dis¬courses on digital aesthetics and process painting. To this forum - both avant-garde in outlook but with deeply conservative roots in painting - Taccetti brings his own refreshing sense of historical perspective, and deeply sophisticated yet subtle touch.

In the case of the Untitled series, Taccetti defines the parame¬ters of aesthetic activity, yet defers to the materials’ erratic be¬havior in extreme weather conditions in setting the final form: household acrylic is applied liberally to the verso of a pre-primed canvas, triggering the interaction between the material and the studio’s environment that defines the textural pattern that deve¬lops on the front. This idea of the “inverse” frequently reoccurs, with artworks emerging from a conflation of opposites, to sug¬gest a reciprocal influence of power between sides: push/pull, artist/material, urban/rural, past/present, processed/ organic, and digital/analogue.

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Terence Koh

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Terence Koh creates handmade books and zines, prints, photographs, sculptures, performances and installations. Much of his diverse work involves queer, punk and pornographic sensibilities.


14.08.2014

Terence Koh

Terence Koh creates handmade books and zines, prints, photographs, sculptures, performances and installations. Much of his diverse work involves queer, punk and pornographic sensibilities.

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The Bruce High Quality Foundation

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Though much of his oeuvre was destroyed, according to the artist’s wishes, upon his demise, the legacy of Bruce High Quality lives on, via the efforts of the Bruce High Quality Foundation. Bruce High Quality’s short life was a testament...


15.07.2014

The Bruce High Quality Foundation

Though much of his oeuvre was destroyed, according to the artist’s wishes, upon his demise, the legacy of Bruce High Quality lives on, via the efforts of the Bruce High Quality Foundation. Bruce High Quality’s short life was a testament to the contemporary possibilities of social sculpture.

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Tracey Emin

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and...


02.02.2014

Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous. Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse.

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Udo Linke

The Alpina Gstaad - Switzerland

Artist Udo Linke is from Brandenburg currently living in Frankfurt Main, Germany and specializes in retro pop art. This is the first part of a trilogy Linke is still working on. All three pieces are dedicated to the spirit of the 50s and 60s and...


15.07.2014

Udo Linke

Artist Udo Linke is from Brandenburg currently living in Frankfurt Main, Germany and specializes in retro pop art. This is the first part of a trilogy Linke is still working on. All three pieces are dedicated to the spirit of the 50s and 60s and Jean-Luc Godard films. Linke specializes in retro pop art which usually develops starting with drawings, painting or taking photos as a base, finishing it as a digital painting.