The latest exhibition by Klodin Erb, entitled «A Long Day», is devoted to themes that plague today's society. «In this day and age, it's all about relentless optimization of the self. Faith and spirituality are taking a back seat, and our society is increasingly angst-ridden», explains the artist. The reason for this, she believes, is that people lack a reference system. «The rules of social life have to be redefined.» Klodin Erb's images are deliberately thought-provoking. Their content is not instantly discernible «but things start to fall into place when you look at them for a while.»
Klodin Erb's paintings are reminiscent of advertising posters. They are colourful, large «billboards» which the artist uses to question how painting can remain relevant when we are not only bombarded with media images, but those images have a short shelf life. «I've been experimenting for a long time with these billboards, which have an immediacy that grabs people's attention.» Erb says she is not interested in moralizing. «But I get a thrill when I succeed in addressing, in a playful way, issues that directly affect people.»
As well as the billboards, Klodin Erb is presenting a video, a large installation with a blue velvet curtain and a four-part, abstract wall piece which takes on fresh guises depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Viewing the video piece is like being in a train travelling through a paradisiacal landscape. The film shows a 21-metre long glass showcase, in which Klodin Erb painted a landscape on three levels. The work is entitled «A Long Day» and gives the exhibition its name.
Helvetia's art collection includes numerous works by Klodin Erb. Andreas Karcher, Head of Helvetia's Art Department, regards her as one of Switzerland’s most interesting artists. «We're delighted to play host to her first solo exhibition in Basel, here at the Helvetia Art Foyer.»
Klodin Erb: «A Long Day»
Until 4 October 2018
Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.
Helvetia Art Foyer, Steinengraben 25, 4051 Basel