The Bally Artist for the year 2011 is:
He likes to say of himself that, “Along my journey I leave traces of origins and visions – we could call it breathing”. Born in Altdorf, Uri on 16 May 1966, Pascal Murer dedicated his life to art at an early age. After training at the school of professional sculpture in Brienz (1983-1987) he moved to Austria, where he learnt bronze casting techniques. He attended the Salzburg Summer Academy (calcography, Adriena Simotová) and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1990 to 1995. He then embarked on an educational journey that took in Berlin, Paris, Budapest, New York and Tbilisi. In 2001 he moved to Locarno, where he founded the “vedo arte” (“I see art”) atelier. Drawing always lies at the basis of these creative processes, transformed and given physical form by materials like wood and bronze. Pascal combines their intense manual nature with his desire for essences and transcendence, creating a metaphorical synthesis of the traditional and the cutting edge. The executive aspect of his work is therefore experienced as a privileged moment of verification, exchange and growth in the framework of the imponderable self-manifestation of artistic creation. With Murer, the constant oscillation between the figurative and non-figurative is translated through osmoses of functional thought into a reflection on time, on its immanence and activity within the work of art itself. Through his lines and signs, Murer reveals his unique ability to free himself – with respect – from the dominant expressive canons, enabling him to affirm the legitimacy of a an age-old art and that through “relentless removal” – stripping out superfluous material – offers no opportunity for rethinking. For Pascal Murer, nature is the foundation and at the same time driving force behind many of his sculptures.
Mostre collettive, *mostre personali
1993 Istituto per l’arte contemporanea, Vienna, Spiegelsprung / 1994 Meisterschule Pistoletto, Vienna / WUK, Vienna, Projektionsraum / 1995 *Kommunikationsbüro,Vienna / Wiener Secession, Junge Szene 96 1997 *Galleria Trabant, Vienna / Galleria Station 3, Vienna, Römerquelle / Galleria Bricks & Kicks, Vienna / Galleria Trabant, Vienna / 1998 Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna, Galleria Trabant / 2001 SchweizerArt II, Vienna / 2003 Ponte Capriasca, Oratorio S. Rocco, Visarte Ticino / 2004 Skulptura Glarus 04 / Elisarion, Minusio 2005 Mediacampus, Zurigo, Skulpturart / Roveredo, Openart / Kunst 05 Zürich, Galleria Reichlin / Museo Vela, Ligornetto, Visarte Ticino / 2006 Kunst 06 Zürich, Galleria Reichlin 2007 Galleria Reichlin, Küssnacht am Rigi / Roveredo, Openart / Casa Cavalier Pellanda, Biasca / *Spazio Niska, Locarno / Arte per Arte, Giubiasco 2008 Bluvanoni, Losone / Ravecchiaarte, Bellinzona / Roveredo, Openart / Arte per Arte, Giubiasco 2009 Alte Kirche Härkingen / Bad Ragartz, Triennale der Skulptur in Bad Ragaz / ArteperArte, Giubiasco / Openart, Roveredo / *La Casa, Vaglio 2010 Galerie Sylva Denzler, Zurigo / Galleria Liliane Andrée, Riehen / *Ital Redinghaus, Schwyz / Galerie Reichlin, Küssnacht a.R. / Galerie Geissbühler, Zofingen / Kulturparkett, Rapperswil / Openart, Valombrosa Castelrotto / Casa Cavalier Pellanda, Biasca 2011 Galerie Reichlin, Küssnacht a.Rigi / Galerie Sylva Denzler / ArteperArte, Giubiasco / Openart Roveredo / Il Rivellino, Locarno / Castello Visconteo, Locarno, Visarte 2012 Bad Ragartz, Triennale der Skulptur, Bad Ragaz / Galerie Liliane Andrée, Riehen