Thursday 21. April to Thursday 19. May 2016

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Mich Hodler

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 21. April 2016 18:00

Thursday 11. February to Thursday 10. March 2016

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Patrick Chernus

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 11. February 2016 18:00

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Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 26. November to Thursday 24. December 2015


Daniel Cherbuin

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 26. November 2015 18:00

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 22. October to Thursday 19. November 2015



Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 22. October 2015 18:00

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 27. August to Wednesday 07. October 2015

Hands, Heads & Horses


Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 27. August 2015

Thursday 26. March to Saturday 11. April 2015

Wandelzeit - Eine Gletscherperformance

Manuela Fischer

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 26. March 2015 18:00


Artwork Exhibition

Saturday 28. February to Saturday 14. March 2015

Beautiful Facebook - 15 Seconds of Fame

Ata Bozaci

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Saturday 28. February 2015 16:00

Yağmur Rüzgar, Print on Cottonpaper, 70 x 100 cm

The exhibition by Swiss painter and graffiti writer Ata "Toast" Bozaci showcases a composite of his portraits of Facebook, a digital gallery of faces, or quite literally, a «face book». Bozaci will reveal his social network locational and thus in a network with SOON Gallery in Bern and Artstübli in Basel.

When Andy Warhol exclaimed in 1968 that everyone would get their "15 minutes of fame" in the future, he could not have imagined today’s fast-paced world of micro-moments. "Our attention span has shrunk so dramatically since Warhol’s time" states Bozaci "that his 15 minutes have been shortened to 15 seconds of fame". Ata Bozaci`s work took the logical step to explore the content of social media as well as their digital techniques.

Blurring the lines of high and low art, as Andy Warhol did, Ata Bozaci reverses the conventional process of digitalizing a sketch on paper, by manually reproducing large-scale versions of his digitally-designed artwork in public spaces: The portrait photographs are extracted from their original context, the world of social media, to be placed in distinctly concrete settings in print and on walls.

Ata Bozaci will be on tour! Save the dates:
Soon Galerie - Bern: 19.3.
Artstübli - Basel: 8.5.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 02. October to Thursday 06. November 2014



Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 02. October 2014

The Trace Gallery proudly announces a second exhibition of work by Amsterdam-based duo Fotofloor. Trained photographer Floor Stoop and digital master Mike van der Giessen are partners in art and life; Floor has been working as a professional photographer since 1994, and they have been a joint force in the world of fashion and editorial photography since 2005.
Photography and post-production enable Floor and Mike to create the images they want to see, as well as to shoot high-profile campaigns for clients like G-star, Gilette, Cosmopolitan, Keune and Playboy. When they have the opportunity to create independent projects they like to collaborate with their favourite model muses, powerful personalities that help demonstrate how attitude can be a tool for empowerment, be that in fashion or one of several diverse subcultures they have investigated. These private projects emerge following intense periods of preparation and research, after which Stoop tries to shoot as intuitively as possible, generally working with a Hasselblad hand-held camera.
The Trace Gallery is showing two series: MOTO and DADA, the former being revealed for the first time ever in Zurich. MOTO is inspired by the freedom of two wheels – Floor and Mike are themselves passionate moped riders. These are pastel-coloured portraits of model Nina Aurora in which the bright over-exposure doesn’t obscure the figure’s strength and independence. MOTO celebrates the innocent heroism that can be found in documentation of historic bike culture, an image currently being rediscovered by cyclists and bikers alike. MOTO conjures a pure, free spirit living for the open road, throwing caution and convention to the wind.
Fotofloor’s heroes include photographers and artists Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Diane Arbus, Jacques-Henri Lartigue and the young Billy Kidd. They also look to figures from the world beyond such as motorcycle racers Burt Monroe and Rollie Free, who both broke land speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, or stuntmen Evel Knievel and Bud Ekins. As the two collections they are exhibiting this autumn at The Trace Gallery demonstrate, their work tends towards the darker and lighter ends of the spectrum. In an age where millions show off images via Instagram, Facebook and the like, Fotofloor are challenged to bring ever greater skill and attention to their work to stand out, which they do by combining new digital possibilities and pre-digital photography craft. Their signature style is the result of years of operating at the cutting edge, knowing their media, forming symbiotic relationships with their favourite models and ultimately trying to distil visual essences from complex ideas.

Artwork Exhibition

Wednesday 27. August to Thursday 18. September 2014


Andreas Gefe

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Wednesday 27. August 2014 18:00

The Trace Gallery is delighted to open the autumn season with ‘Love Machine’, a solo exhibition from Andreas Gefe, known as Gefe, in which he presents his work as a painter. The humour in the title is deliberate, as is an element of surprise – in this extensive show the artist and illustrator reveals unfamiliar facets of his practice.
Gefe studied illustration at the University of Art and Design (HSLU) in Lucerne, and has since pursued a successful career as a cartoonist and illustrator. His work has been commissioned by publications including Du, das Magazin, NZZ am Sonntag, Playboy Magazine Germany, Die Sonntagszeitung, New York Times Book Review and Rolling Stone Magazine and he was recently included in the Taschen publication ‘100 Illustrators’ edited by Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann. From the start of his career he has also been active in the comic sphere; the Swiss Edition Moderne press has published several books created by Gefe in collaboration with authors including José-Luis Bocquet and Charles Lewinsky.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 12. June to Thursday 10. July 2014

Monster der Tiefe

Jared Muralt

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 12. June 2014 17:00

Original-Zeichnungen, Siebdrucke, Postkarten-Sets und sein neues Buch: Tiefseeangler

Artwork Exhibition

Wednesday 30. April to Thursday 29. May 2014


Gian Paul Lozza

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Wednesday 30. April 2014 18:00

The Trace Gallery presents ‘Homeland’, a recent project by photographer Gian Paul Lozza.
A pristine skatepark is shot at night using only ambient light. In the resulting landscape images the surrounding streetlights throw intersecting pools of light; the lines are softened by diffuse moonlight. If the forms are organic, the environment is still entirely artificial.
A number of portraits, in black and white, of young men who skateboard in the park. Each stands alone before the photographer’s neutral background.
‘Homeland’, the evocative title of this body of work, is in truth the name of the location where all these pictures were taken. It is located on the western fringes of Zurich, built after more than a decade of lobbying by local skaters. Gian Paul Lozza’s landscapes were taken before the park was completed, and the portraits after the skaters had adopted it. Nevertheless, these pictures could be in any number of different, similar sites.

A selection of images from the ‘Homeland’ series will be published in a book from Hakuin Verlag. The book launch and exhibition opening take place at The Trace Gallery on 30th April. The exhibition remains open until 29th May 2014.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 20. March to Thursday 17. April 2014

Larding and Barding

Alexa Hatanaka, Patrick Thompson

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 20. March 2014 18:00

New paintings, prints and objects by Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson.

Larding and barding are culinary tricks of wrapping and weaving extra fat onto meat while cooking for additional flavor and tenderness.

While making Larding and Barding, Thompson and Hatanaka are living in Nilaveli, Sri Lanka. Their neighbours are onion farmers, fishermen, stray dogs, orderly cows, cunning crows, children flying plastic bag-kites, giant leaf-like grasshoppers, and minds made distant by language barrier that hold vivid memories of war and the tsunami. They have become a staple curiosity, receiving exciting greetings and hearing mumblings interspersed with “artists,” “painters" while they walk their small street.

It is welcomed and inevitable that bits and bytes of Hatanaka’s and Thompson’s environment are sinking into their art. Simultaneously they are preoccupied by many concerns and interests: fuelled by Google news, sharing childhood stories, playing with materials, strange colour combinations, the state of their home country, thoughts of their next destination and memories surfacing from where they’ve been. It’s all connected and they are fascinated by the connections, dotting the lines consciously or not.

Hatanaka and Thompson travel a lot, work together, eat together, dream together,  pull their hair out together, and this Larding and Barding, these works are the result of three months spent in this little piece of paradise. They wrapped, they wove, they added flavor and tenderness.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 14. November to Tuesday 24. December 2013

La Tempesta

Riccardo Guasco, Gloria Pizzilli

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 14. November 2013 18:00

The storm is interpreted like the encounter of warm currents and cold air streams, which generates instability, cumulonimbi, downpours, lightning and thunders.

The storm, title of the exhibition, is the resultant of two different styles, that blend together generating an encounter/collision which fill the atmosphere with winds, positive and negative charges.

The moments before a squall, when the air is charged of electricity, when people start speeding up the pace, opening umbrellas and walking with the head pointed towards something enormous.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 03. October to Thursday 03. October 2013

New York is ...

Nadine Ottowa

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 03. October 2013 18:00

New York is ...

„New York is a dream“. Zumindest für all die Menschen, die jeden Tag in Big Apple landen – mit der Hoffnung im Gepäck, es dort zu etwas bringen zu können. Doch wie viele von ihnen schaffen das tatsächlich? Und wie fühlen sich die Menschen, die dort leben, die dort gescheitert oder aufgestiegen sind? Die Fotografin Nadine Ottawa und die Journalistin Nuria Furrer sind diesen Fragen nachgegangen. Sie haben Menschen auf den Straßen New Yorks angesprochen und gebeten, den Satz «New York is...» zu beenden. Diese Publikation präsentiert die dabei entstandenen poetischen, skurilen, witzigen, intimen und traurigen Porträts.

Thursday 26. September to Thursday 26. September 2013

`Into the Great White`

Yves Suter

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 26. September 2013 18:00

Into the great white" is a photographic documentation about snowboarding. Focussing not on the action side of snowboarding, but instead on the distinctive moments and the environment of snowboarding, especially the nature and people, as well as exploring and traveling the mountains of the world. This so-called "sport" is unique with it`s lifestyle, that consists from a huge worldwide network of people sharing the same passion. He tried, to give an inside view into this world. It is a world that is quite difficult to understand for those who have never been influenced by this lifestyle. The book showcases a selection of his most intimate and best pictures.

Wednesday 28. August to Thursday 17. October 2013

Casa Grande

Dave Kinsey

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Wednesday 28. August 2013 18:00

This August 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.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 27. June to Thursday 25. July 2013

Broken Fonts

KKADE (Schwarzmaler)

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. Leather offers him a surface that appears timeless, which is difficult to define. Using this seductive surface, KKADE combines the different elements in his graphic repertoire. It is a painstaking and time-consuming method, in contrast with the immediate impact of the end result. ‘Broken Fonts’ does not describe a problem, but the possibility of suturing different ingredients and thus creating exciting hybrids of style, of genre and most of all, of text and its expression.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 11. April to Thursday 02. May 2013

Lineares Boxen

Ata Bozaci

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 11. April 2013 18:00

Boxing is a sport that teaches the techniques of fighting, but above all, it teaches fighters about themselves. The risks are clear. The sport is violent, aggressive, elementary. Relief, doubt, strength and weakness are written across the visages of Bozaci’s boxers, but the internal struggle is just as plain. These are men and women faced with their own fragility, their mortality even: fighters trying to find the will to stand up and fight again.

With ‘Lineares Boxen’ (Linear Boxing) the Trace Gallery presents the first significant exhibition of a recent body of work by the artist Ata Bozaci, aka Toast. ‘Linear Boxing’ is a series of portraits that has emerged from the artist’s direct personal experience of boxing.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 11. October to Thursday 08. November 2012


Roger Stämpfli

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 11. October 2012 6 pm

Roger Stämpfli is an expert in Visual Communication. As Creative Director of Aroma, he deals daily with visual aesthetics. From time to time Roger Stämpfli slips into the role of a visual artist to explore the interface between applied visual aesthetics and museum art.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 04. October to Saturday 06. October 2012


Stephan Doitschinoff

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 04. October 2012 18:00

by Stephan Doitschunoff

Thursday 30. August to Thursday 27. September 2012

Livin Astro

Pius Portmann

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 30. August 2012 6 pm

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 24. May to Thursday 21. June 2012


Onur Dinc

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 24. May 2012 6 pm

The Trace Gallery proudly announces the upcoming exhibition of Onur Dinc in May 2012. Onur’s artistic tool of choice is the paint roller. Using it, he is creating photo-realistic imagery, mostly in black and white. His former profession as a scenery painter displays itself in preference for large-scale works. Many of his creations capture moments of every day life, freezing the instant in time. People seem detached from their surroundings in the situations captured and display the most fundamental feelings of human existence.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 29. March to Thursday 03. May 2012

Mistakism – A sampling of new work

Patrick Thompson

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 29. March 2012 18:00

An 18 Year veteran of the street art movement, 33 year old Patrick Thompson’s work both indoors and out develops through a process he refers to as “mistakism”, allowing intuition in mark making by meditating on particular memories of place, feeling, storytelling, or some other bite of information to spark the beginning of a particular work. His paintings become wonderfully layered in the process taken to arrive at their final form.
His work is not served up to be digestible and does not come with the punch lines that one can “get” but rather acts as a medium which carry his fascination with exploration and intuition. His work conveys and harnesses the challenges inherent with exposing oneself without a plan on a 150-foot cement wall or scrap of paper.
Engrossed in finding, highlighting and addressing the relationships between the seemingly unrelated, Patrick Thompson has spent the last year and a half split between painting large murals in remote fly in communities in Canada’s high arctic, exploring traditional Chinese printmaking techniques and painting on the streets of Nanjing China, collaborating with Irish sculptor and painter Danny Osborne sculpting molten lava on Mt. Kiluea in Hawaii.
He has exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona Spain, The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto Canada, Artist House Gallery in Jerusalem, Articulate Baboon Gallery in Cairo Egypt, La Place Forte in Paris France, The Singapore Contemporary Art Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario and Nanjing Institute of the Arts in China. In addition His work has been featured in Spectator UK Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, numerous exhibition catalogues and most recently in Walls & Frames “fine art from the streets” a 272 Page hardcover book surveying 101 emerging artists from around the world.

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Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 09. February to Thursday 15. March 2012

Quantum Mechanics and Multiverse

Donovan Gregory

Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 09. February 2012 6 pm

The Trace Gallery’s third exhibition offers an insight into the imagination of Donovan Gregory. Gregory, b. 1975 in the UK, is a graphic designer whose work has significantly influenced the fields of publication, corporate identity and marketing in Zurich; he is also one of the founders of The Trace Gallery. In this show he abandons the digital tools he uses for commercial work to explore his own ideas in painting, drawing and collage.Opening Pics >  The Pictures >The intriguing title of this exhibition is ‘Quantum Mechanics & Multiverse’; the broad statement sums up a simple, albeit visionary, premise – that our world is not the only universe and another world could be possible. This alternative is neither historic, nor is it a vision of the future; it is a latent parallel. Nor is it clearly utopian or dystopian, rather it is presented for calm inspection. Gregory documents this universe with the methods of an anthropologist or an explorer, looking at the details and mechanics of its objects, reporting on its flora and its inhabitants.Several of the works in the exhibition are layered over found early 20th century photographs. Gregory’s interest in this raw material stems from the fact that it was made during a period when photography had become a widespread and accessible record of families and events, yet was still a solemn occasion for which the sitters would present themselves in their Sunday best. Photography was a medium created and finished by hand, despite the new possibilities of mechanical reproduction – skill was required both when capturing the images and when completing them in the development process and with later additions of colour. Gregory adorns the noble characters he finds in these portraits with additional paraphernalia, such as bulbous garments or mask-like facial decorations. Other images exhibit unknown objects with the clarity of a scientific illustrator or an industrial draftsman, yet despite the lucid drawing style, the subjects remain incomprehensible. We cannot tell if they have been engineered or have evolved naturally.If these figures seem initially foreign, by generating them Gregory creates a mirror in which to consider our own forms of dress, products we employ and overlooked nature around us. A pair of pince-nez on the nose of an ancestor or a traditional Alpine costume might strike us as strange but recognisable, African tribal jewellery can seem comical, but we rarely consider the logic or appearance of many of our own accoutrements. The gentleman with the yellow head covering illustrated in Trace I could be wearing the latest vulgar bling, or his garment might be at the cutting edge of printed physics or smart fabric. Maybe it denotes a senior rank in his society. Whilst not passing judgement on our world or his imaginary one, Gregory makes the codes of our own environment visible and encourages us to consider our continual shaping thereof. ‘Quantum Mechanics & Multiverse’ offers a view into another world, one that is potentially real, and at this point of intersection with our reality, the opportunity to reflect, equally, upon ourselves.

Artwork Exhibition

Thursday 13. October to Thursday 17. November 2011

Second Line


Opening Reception / Vernissage: Thursday 13. October 2011

Mit der Ausstellung «Second Line» zeigt die Galerie eine neue Serie von hoch inszenierten Schattenriss-Fotografien der fashionaffinen Ku?nstler Floor Stoop und Mike van der Giessen. Fotofloor konnten dafu?r Starmodell Sonja Wanda gewinnen. Weitere Fotoarbeiten erga?nzen die Ausstellung in Form einer Retrospektive bisheriger Werke von Fotofloor.

Haute Coupure

Die Motivation des Ku?nstlerduos Fotofloor ist die Produktion starker Bilder: Die Inszenierung, das Bu?hnenbild und die Nachbearbeitung der Bilder durch Retusche und Collage ist dabei wichtiger als das Fotografieren selbst. Die Geschichte ebenso bedeutend wie das Bild als Endprodukt. Die Konturen sind so stark herausgearbeitet, dass die Bilder an kunstvolle Scherenschnitte erinnern und das Modell in «Haute Coupure» inszeniert wird.

Ausgangspunkt der neuen Werkgruppe ist die ku?nstlerische Auseinander- setzung mit der kompositorischen Bildtradition von Schattenbildern a? la Aubrey Beardsley, Erte?, Tom Waits, Jean-Paul Goude. Fasziniert von deren formal a?sthetischen Wirkungen entstand die Fotoserie «Second Line» als moderne Interpretation traditioneller Portrait-Malerei.

Second Line

Im Zentrum der Werkausstellung steht das Wirkungsfeld von pulsierenden jazz funerals und Blaskapellenparaden. Jazz funeral ist ein in New Orleans, Louisiana entstandener musikalischer Bestattungsritus.
An einer Beerdigung formieren Jazzmusiker den Festzug in sogenannter «First Line». Hinterher, in der «Second Line», tanzen die Bestattungsteil- nehmer mit drehenden Sonnenschirmen und wedelnden, weissen Taschentu?cher mit.

Fotofloor interpretieren diese Kulturform mit ihrer neuen Serie «Second Line» und stellt sie in einer Abfolge von einzelnen Silhouette- Portraits motivisch dar. Durch Sonja Wandas dunkle Haut kommt der Schwarzweisskontrast besonders stark zur Geltung und der Bezug zur schwarzen Bevo?lkerung von New Orleans wird hergestellt. Die stenographisch inszenierten Werke wurden mit grossem grafischen Aufwand komponiert.

Artwork Exhibition