In a time of previously unforeseen plurality, visibility and distribution, the value of the image has been elevated in its usefulness as a tool and simultaneously annihilated by its ease of multiplication and impossibility of ownership. Linus Bill & Adrien Horni seize this moment to reestablish the foundations and hierarchy of the image.
To create their raw material, they incorporate tools both analogue and digital – paper, scissors, glue, Xerox, scanner, iPhones, iPad and powerbooks, consumer printers, architectural printers and hi-end inkjet alike. Even if beginning on paper, these sketches soon become jpegs.
Eschewing the art world’s conscientious formula for creation / documentation / distribution, the artists approach their own process more like mail-order shopping. Flipping the idea of the catalogue on its head, Bill and Horni put the exhibition catalogue before the artwork, chronologically at least. The printed catalogue always precedes the works destined for the walls of the gallery or institution. The artists state that “The books are like catalogues from which we choose our next painting.”
The artist’s new book, their largest to date, Gemälde 2013 – 2017, (the years depict both the time frame of the source material and period to complete the paintings) is the foundation for the exhibition Gemälde 2015 at Galerie Allen in Paris, May 28 to July 26.