Stitching Instead of Spraying
New Art for Züri West
is enough” is written on the large advertising billboard in the
pedestrian underpass of the the Hardbrücke train station in Zurich.
With this plea for modesty, the new edition of 17ZWEI has started. The project, which was launched by the Zurich University of the Arts and Deutsche Bank
in 2011, offers art students a high-profile forum for their work. Every
day, thousands of passersby encounter the artwork on the 17 x 2 meter
billboard, as it is located in the one of the most-frequented train
stations in Switzerland. Moreover, the Hardbrücke station is the
gateway to “Zuri-West.” In recent years, the former industrial district
has transformed into a lively trendy area and has been the site of
Deutsche Bank Switzerland headquarters since December 2011.
Nowadays, young international artists are invited to participate in 17ZWEI. One of them is Monika Drożyńska, who conceived Less is enough.
The nostalgic letters and roses seem to recall “the good old days” but
are taken from life today. She modeled her embroidery on graffiti found
on the streets of Liverpool. Entitled Urban Embroidery,
Drożyńska’s project transforms male-focused street art using a “female”
handicraft technique and puts it back in public space. Among the other
artists chosen for 17ZWEI are the Dutch video and performance artist Marieke Gelissen and the Israeli artist Idan Hayosh.
For his installations he arranges chainsaws, engines, and generators
into strictly geometrical formations. But the next artist to realize a
concept for 17ZWEI will be Hugo Orlandini,
a Cuban who lives in Barcelona. With his sculptures and installation,
he addresses current social issues such as migration. He will present
his work Shortcut N° 5 on October 17 at 5 pm.