Laurent Marthaler Contemporary

About

Laurent Marthaler founded the gallery in 2013 in Montreux. He opened a permanent private showroom in Zurich in 2015.
Showing swiss and international artists, both young and established, the gallery focuses on artists that present strength in imagery construction, and who concentrate on esthetical, historical and philosophical involvements.

Miami Romance - Niclas Castello

Niclas Castello Miami Romance
Niclas Castello is a border crosser. Effortlessly he wanders between street art and high culture, between Hollywood, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Erfurt. Castello is an instinctive artist with sound knowledge and reflected technology, a globetrotter with international star friends and a penchant for the beautiful things, that is always drawn back to his roots in East Germany. Here in the studio in Erfurt his latest works emerge, which are no less than revolutionary. With his Cube Paintings, Niclas Castello combines painting and sculpture and thus impressively overcomes the separation of the two artistic genres between two- and three-dimensionality.
Castello initially caused a sensation with his readymades, which caused a storm of enthusiasm among celebrities, private collectors and are also found in institutional collections around the globe. No less celebrated is the series The Kiss with the sculptures of the perfect lips. At the same time, Castello developed his painterly talent in the acrylic paintings that are typical of him, with sophisticated, simplified subjects. Consistently, effortlessly and groundbreaking, Niclas Castello now combines his favorite techniques in the Cube Paintings, creating something completely new at the same time.
"With this concept," says the Hamburg art historian Eberhard Stosch, "Castello brings the painting into the center of the room and combines the two-dimensional painting with the three-dimensional sculpture." The starting point of the Cube Paintings are paintings in the style of neo-expressionism with writing, painting and drawing elements, elaborately created in the studio and thematically related to the most important cities and inspirations in the artistic career of Castello. But in the next step, these masterpieces are changed in a completely controlled thus violent way: in a performative process, the artist destroys the framing, breaks wood and folds the canvas. His new three-dimensional form finally finds the expansive work of art in a plexiglass cube, which as a formative element is much more than just a shell.
"I work with full physical strength on the works, a Castello would already be clearly identifiable just by the DNA that I leave behind in the creation process" says the artist, who is also easily recognizable by his typical footwear: In the studio Castello always wears white hotel slippers. The artist has perfected his technique since the first Cube Paintings exhibition in 2016, designes both the front and the back of the canvas, leaving freedom for his destructive process, and at the same time is being surprised by the changes the three-dimensionality brings into the work of art.
It allows him a simultaneous creation and destruction, commented the Swiss curator, art critic and former Vice Director of Art Basel, Oliver Orest Tschirky. The renowned art expert compares Castello's cubes with the "art boxes" of artists such as Duchamp, Cornell and works of Fluxus and Dada art. Castello creates these Cube Paintings to create works that challenge the traditional perception of painting. In many cases, the individual elements of the picture composition are to be seen only as a detail, the whole composition of the picture only to guess.
Equally interesting is the tension created by the positioning of the artwork in the room. For example, in a museum staging in the middle of a room or, as most recently, with a private collector in the USA: Here, Castello goes one step further and conceives a cube directly into the architecture as an element between two rooms, creating both transparency and boundaries. Creator Castello is thrilled: "The cube has been incorporated into the wall and is now visible from two sides. Through the spaces between the destroyed image, there are glimpses of one space in the other. A whole new way to combine painting with space and a breakthrough in classic wall hanging. "While working on the Cube Paintings with verve, the artist is already planning the next spectacular evolutionary step in his art. It will be interesting to see what limits the 40-year-old will re-explore and move.
About Niclas Castello:
Niclas Castello is internationally successful with his paintings and sculptures inspired by Neo-Pop Art, Neo-Expressionism and the Young Wild and is one of the most interesting contemporary artists at the moment. His works are not only valued by private collectors, but are also represented in prestigious collections in Europe, the US and Asia, such as the Deutsche Bank Collection, The Tomita Collection or the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA).
Niclas Castello was born in 1978 in Thüringen, Germany. The fall of the Berlin-Wall opens up a whole new world of culture. It draws the young man to Paris, the city of fashion and culture. Castello immerses himself in the street art scene, whose narrative influences and signs can still be found in his work today. After a short two-year detour to an art academy, the rebellious talent has no place in Germany and sets out to new shores overseas. In New York he meets the legendary art sponsor and influential curator Arleen Schloss, who takes the young artist under her wing. In their fabled loft on Broome Street, "Wednesday's A's", where Eric Bogosian, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Shirin Nesbat exhibited, Castello continues to evolve rapidly. In his two-year collaboration with Arleen and in exchange with other artists, Castello immerses himself in neo-expressive forms and creates his unmistakable style.
Iconic is his series The Kiss as a contemporary ode to beauty itself, offering reference to Jeff Koons, and which varies in size, material and color. In parallel, Castello shows his talent as a painter in acrylic and oil paintings with writing, painting and drawing elements or the appropriation of photographs. With his Cube Paintings, Niclas Castello combines painting and sculpture and thus impressively overcomes the separation of the two artistic genres and between two- and three-dimensionality.
Castello is one of the most sought-after painters of the present, in 2016 he made it into the top 100 of the "most visited artists" on artnet.com for the first time, his Instagram posts reach tens of thousands of likes with ease. The artist lives in Los Angeles and Berlin and travels around the world to collect creative inspiration for his work. He is part of the Los Angeles art scene with galleries in New York, Asia and Europe.

Exhibiting Artists

  • Lauren Baker

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  • Niclas Castello  (+)

    Biography : The American performance artist and curator Arleen Schloss, mentor to artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat or Keith Haring, was one of the first to recognize the talent of Niclas Castello. During his two-year stay at Arleen Schloss’s New Yorker loft, Niclas Castello immersed himself in neo-expressionistic compositions and developed his distinctive style so well-known to today’s art community. His work is honored in the world’s most important art institutions and recognized by renowned auction houses like Philips de Pury, London & New York. Niclas Castello was born 1978 and grew up in Germany. His early fascination and curiosity for the world of colors made him part of the street art movement in East Germany. His restless search for the new, led him to the famous Montmartre district in Paris, where he joined the street art scene around INVADER and found inspiration for his art of painting. Shortly after his return to Germany, he again set off to distant shores, to New York, where he developed his unique style and his unparalleled career began. Niclas Castello is writing art history by re-defining the relationship between painting and sculpture. With his Cube Paintings, he sets a new and genuine milestone in the antique paragon. For the very first time in human history, an artist destroys his own masterpieces to create out of them new artworks and at the same time transforms true paintings into veritable sculptures. The accumulation and corollary of ideas is absolutely unique. On one hand, the Cube Paintings by Niclas Castello are the reversion of the historic archetype of the box in the art, Kurt Schwitter’s famous Merzbau. On the other hand, the Cube Paintings contain the macrocosm of a whole world in the microcosm of a limited space, like medieval shrines for saint relicts, baroque cabinets of wonder, or the innovative artist boxes by Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, the New Realists, Fluxus, and Joseph Beuys. The simultaneous destruction and creation in the a

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  • Daniel Cherbuin  (+)

    Biography : For umpteen years Daniel Cherbuin has been staging the intersection of alternative art spaces and underground parties with his video installations, that brought him to Art Galleries and Exhibitions. His oeuvres impress with highly innovative montages, idiosyncratic alliances of images, as well as an anarchic tenor: with irony, and pastiche Cherbuin is mocking the blasé in commerce and culture and smoothes the sublimes and ponderous of the art system away. Cherbuin has been converting music into clips and visuals in ingenious ways for numerous bands, namely Yello and Division Kent. Various collaborations with Thomas Haemmerli, for art and experimental films and even one cine-film. Originally Cherbuin learned audio-video electronics ab initio. At the beginnings of commercial television he was the creative force of Sputnik-TV, an innovative and experimental channel emerging from Zurich's underground techno scene.

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  • Zachary Knudson  (+)

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  • Elizabeth Waggett  (+)

    Biography : Eminently modern and free spirited Elizabeth's artwork focuses on the confusion of today's modern society. She challenges the viewer to confront the relationship between humanity’s preconceived notions of value and worth, in our consumable world. The Gold Standard, which has been used for centuries, is a perfect representation of humanity’s obsession with vain and valueless beauty. Using time honored skills in a contemporary way, Elizabeth brings a modern twist to traditional forms through her work. Her social commentary, seeks to illuminate the arbitrary value we place on useless and culturally devoid items, while simultaneously devaluing those things with innate value. She pokes fun at mans obsessive quest to to obtain more and more while we are living, ignoring the purpose of our lives. From this Elizabeth questions the arbitrary prioritization of Earth’s most precious assets, questioning the relationships, behaviors and patterns of humanity. Many of us remain divorced of direct responsibility for the destruction of our planet’s invaluable resources, often taking the word of the media, politicians, religious leaders and CEOs at face value. Using the subject of animal, human skulls and personal artifacts, Elizabeth exposes the responsibility of the individual in owning the effects of their decisions. Adorning each piece with gold leaf and precious metal, the dichotomy of the monochromatic pallet against the gold is a visual representation of the struggle of the inner self to balance greed and purpose. She draws inspiration from her international background with her work being dominated by the discordant relationship between true value and worth. Having lived all over the world in some of the most diverse and contrasting cities, she is fascinated by the stark comparison of perceived success, and draws on this international experience to narrate her work. The monochromatic pallet simplifies the form allowing a deeper exploration of the

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  • Daniel Orson Ybarra  (+)

    Biography : Daniel Orson Ybarra was born 1957 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He lives and works between Geneva and Barcelona. Uruguayan-Swiss contemporary artist known for colourful paintings and ability to master the light and transparency in his works. Works are based on the observation of nature and on the juxtaposition of images (paintings, drawings, collages, assemblages, installations and photographs). He shares time between his studios in Geneva, Spain and South America. Works are displayed in museums, public and private collections worldwide. Co-Founder, Abanico Foundation, an organization focused on creativity and creation of multidisciplinary and intercultural exchange projects since 1991.

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Other Represented Artists

  • Być

    Biography : Być means "to be" in Polish. His artistic influences range from Norman Rockwell, Toulouse Lautrec, Hokusai to Blek the Rat, J-M Basquiat or Warhol, and even the comics to name but a few. His drawings express his attraction for urban art and reflection around the human, the absurd, the meaning we give to our lives, our experiences and the emotions that these awaken. Anonymity has a specific function in his eyes: A work must be seen, estimated and felt beyond the sex, religion, skin color or social origin of the artist. His work is created on recovery media such as cardboard, palettes and industrial objects found or gleaned. The majority of his work is done with stencils / graffiti, body painting, markers and acrylic pens depending on what is at hand. He is not interested in technical performance. Only the visual counts! Być asks questions and does not answer them. It leaves to everyone the choice of reflection.

  • Crystel Ceresa

    Biography : Crystel Ceresa was born 1977 in Geneva. She lives and works in Geneva. Crystel Ceresa paints large-scale works, spraying the paint at the canvas to create decorative, collage-like compositions. While her subjects are bright and flowery in appearance, a closer look reveals their deep connection to art history and its recurrent themes: the baroque vanitas, the white-powdered portraits of Rococo, and the idealized female figures of Pre-Rafaelites. Ceresa’s works have an aura of intimacy and often suggest fragile remembrances that can pale, fade, and disappear at any time. Ceresa graduated from l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in Europe such as the Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam; Bank Julius Bär, Basel; Crédit Suisse, Zurich; Zurich Versicherungen, Basel; HSBC, Zurich; Collection Yves Racloz, Geneva; and Collection Nicolas Torroni, Geneva.

  • Thierry Feuz

    Biography : Thierry Feuz, born in Vienna and now based in Geneva, has created an ongoing series of paintings—“Supernatural,” “Psychotropical,” “Technicolor,” and now “Gulfstream”—over the past five years. While separated into distinct groups, the paintings in these series share a fundamental characteristic: each successive series appears to magnify the view of the preceding one, as though seen through a microscope. Feuz uses this scientific corollary to reexamine classic conceptions of nature, a force that is at once beautiful and picturesque yet is always already in decay; his combination of abstraction and figuration articulates this deteriorating materiality and permits his investigation into permutations of instability—of perspective, physicality, and organicism. Feuz’s most magnified works appear in his “Technicolor” series. Here, some sixty or seventy vertical bands of color streak horizontally across the canvas and wrap around the sides and as the colors envelope the edges and disappear around the back, the painting is no longer a flat representation but a three- dimensional object in itself.

  • Formento & Formento

    Biography : Formento & Formento is known for their romantic and stylish photographs that explore in eerie sensuality and staged scenes – themes of love, lost, longing and the burden of memory. Their style reveals a fascination fiction and reality, with mood and texture where a sense of place figures prominently. From America, Europe, Cuba, Mexico, India and Japan they blend fervent passion for photography and film with a lasting love for one another. Amazing response from the shows at Art Basel Miami Beach, Photo Paris, Photo London, Photo Shanghai and New York’s AIPAD and Armory Art Fairs. Solo exhibitions across Europe starting in Paris, London, Berlin, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Belgium. Represented in Los Angeles with Fahey Klein Gallery, Boston with Robert Klein Gallery and in New York at Taylor and Graham Galleries. 2012 brought the publication of their first coffee table book by YK editions, as well as a film to promote the book which has been shown at the Pompidou in Paris. BJ Formento was USA born, grew up in the Philippines, moved to New York in 1999. Richeille Formento London born with a degree from prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art before working as an art director and designer in the fashion industry.

  • Jose Gonzalez Bueno

    Biography : Jose Gonzalez Bueno was born in 1957 in Malaga. He went to the local art academy where he learned the fundamentals or drawing and painting, applying special emphasis to colour theory and composition. He then became fascinated with the medium of water colour as he realised that not only did it suit his extraordinary skill as a draftsman but also the tonal variations were infinite. It was not long before he had exhausted all the academy could teach him and so he began to study the technique of British 19 century masters and also the Viennese water colour painting of the same period. In 1994 Jose was commissioned to paint several pictures of the Spanish Foreign Legion one of which was presented to the king of Spain, H.M. Don Juan Carlos 1. Since 1988 he has had over 25 solo shows in Madrid, Barcelona, Marbella, Almeria, Granada, Seville and Malaga. In 2010 Jose held an exhibition at Arthur Ackermann’s Gallery in London’s Belgravia. The show was a great success with five paintings being bought by the Royal house of Jordan and they are now hanging in the Palace in Amman. In In 2014, he had an exhibition in Malaga during Samana Santa and five of his larger paintings were bought by Antonio Banderas. The following year he was given the honour of being commissioned to design the poster for Malaga’s Samana Santa. He still lives and works in Malaga, Spain.

  • Charlotte Hopkins Hall

    Biography : Hopkins Hall has had solo and group exhibitions at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary Art, Montreux, Mall Galleries, London, Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, including the Start Fair at the Saatchi Gallery, London, and fairs in Basel, Miami, Paris, New York, Cologne and Zurich. She was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize and Swiss Art Awards and was invited to speak about her work at the New Museum in New York. Her work is in a variety of private collections. Corporate collections include BNP Paribas and Julius Bär among others.

  • Romina Ressia

    Biography : Romina Ressia is a multiawarded artist from Argentina titled "Photographer of the year" by the International Color Awards 2017. Her passion about art started at young age but it was not until her late twenties, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to Photography. She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including the prestigious Institute of the Teatro Colon. Her works are represented by Galleries in the UK, Switzerland & Belgium, and they have been exhibited in major cities such as New York, Milan, London, Paris, Brussels, Zurich & Buenos Aires, among many others. And it has been featured by medios like The Telegraph, The Guardian, Time, The British Journal of Photography, The Huffington Post, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, Newsweek Japan, Interview Magazine, El Pais Spain, Die Zeit Germany, among many others. Owner of a pictorial style, she is well known for her anachronisms and the use of juxtaposition, irony and absurd to approach modern issues. Last year she was selected by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (one of the five most influential forums worldwide according to the Financial Times) as one of the 17 young woman who are on their way to become influential figures of the world.

  • Christophe Riotton