Thursday 27. June to Thursday 25. July 2013
Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 27. June 2013 18:00
Pascal Flühmann A.K.A. KKADE is a Swiss urban artist and typographer. Born in 1985 in Murten, Freiburg, his first creative endeavours began alone on the street in 2000; since 2008 he has also belonged to the Schwarzmaler graffiti crew. The Trace Gallery is now proud to present KKADE’s first solo gallery exhibition, ‘Broken Fonts’.
KKADE’s influences are wide-ranging; while he remains true to his urban roots, the visual language of Jugendstil as well as the regular patterns of baroque design inspire him equally. In particular the curlicues and embellishment of product advertising or theatre posters in the Belle Epoque were a high point of luxurious, seductive typography that he references.
Friday 30. August to Thursday 26. September 2013
Opening Reception / Vernissage: Friday 30. August 2013 18:00
This September The Trace Gallery presents ‘Casa Grande’, a solo show by Los Angeles-based artist Dave Kinsey. Born in 1971 in Pittsburgh, Kinsey is an established figure of the urban art genre, as well as a renowned designer. Following in the footsteps of artists like Francesco Clemente, Louise Bourgeois and Andy Warhol, he has been commissioned by Absolut Vodka to create a bottle design, available this year as a limited edition, and he is also one of the big names to have had art reproduced on the Californian Kenwood Vineyard label. It’s no wonder that in 2012 Complex magazine named him one of the 100 most influential artists of the past decade. In addition, Kinsey co-founded the design studio BLK/MRKT in 1997 and BLK/MRKT Gallery, which would later become Kinsey/DesForges, in 2001.
‘Casa Grande’ is a selection of works made in 2012 and 2013 that create a portrait of the human condition - our coexistence with others within physical or psychological spaces of our own making. Kinsey’s exhibition will transform The Trace Gallery by presenting his works on top of a mural that suggests an alternative architectural form to that of the physical space. This other space, with walls painted in warm grey, yellow, black and red, enables a hang of Kinsey’s works, on canvas, paper and chipboard, which plays with perspective. The works hover over a diagrammatic illusion, at once confirming and challenging it.