Silvia Bächli. Nähern

18 Sep 2018 – 22 Nov 2018

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Galleria Raffaella Cortese

Lombardy, Italy

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Galleria Raffaella Cortese is pleased to announce the third solo-show by Silvia Bächli since 2013, year of their first collaboration.


Swiss artist active since the 80s, Bächli has dedicated her research to drawings that balance abstraction and hints at the figurative, narration and action. A glossary of lines, grids, and movements in continuous evolution characterizes her distinctive production, a devoted investigation in ceaseless transformation. The genesis is to be traced in reality, in the day to day, in the accidental: an invisible region of emotions and impressions that are formalized in a language that is intrinsically tied to the medium. 

Bächlis minimal and immediate approach reveals a code of signs, shapes, and spaces characterized by synthesis, control of gestures, measured balance, and yet preserving something unfinished. 

The presence of the artist is embodied in the pressure of the brushstrokes, in the interruptions, densities and shades of the gouache. The boundaries of her agency on the sheets of paper correspond to the corporal dimension, while the composition, as the pauses, evoke an assonance to music: In the music, the silence is just as important as the notes played (Silvia Bächli, 2018). 

In occasion of the show at the gallery, recent works testify the continuity of her research in constant progress: I am less and less interested in narratable stories with a beginning and an end Bächli writes The ephemeral between the stories, the tone are becoming more important to me, with all their gaps, all that is unsaid, the allusions, the pauses The stories which cannot be tamed by words. Stories are born from intersecting lines, flowing next to one another, without ever crossing. The drawings do not intend to represent but to suggest: There are states for which we have no words continues Bächli but which can still become a picture (Silvia Bächli, 2018).

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