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Image 1 Exhibition view, Dormant Fabric (2015); Image 2 Kulturbüro (2015) Eighty Riso prints (each measuring 29.7cm x 42cm), arranged in five sets: 5 x 4 and 6 x 4; Image 3 Schalk (2015) Five plaster models (each 53.9cm x 43.8cm x 9cm), Models of the Wiedikon neighborhood, each with their own fault, from Schalk Modellbau; Image 4 Druck-Resten (2015) Forty-two 3D-printed objects mounted on the wall, ca. 130cm x 166cm; Image 5 Rafael (2015) Ink on paper, 29.7cm x 42cm


Dormant Fabric
João Vasco Paiva

Oct. 3 – Oct. 30, 2015
Opening: Oct. 2, 2015, 6pm

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During his Connecting Spaces residency in Zurich, João Vasco Paiva has been exploring the discarded possibilities during the processes of production. For the realization of his new installment of works at Counter Space, Paiva collaborated with a number of Zurich’s craftsmen, manufactures, and producers. The urban professionals work in a surprising array of fields from shoe repair, car parts manufacturing, to stone masonry and butchery. The artist also accessed several production sites, with its more passing, anonymous makers, such as the cultural organizations Dynamo and the Kulturbüro, and the Zurich University of the Arts. In an assemblage of found objects one gets to see the visible evidence of local producers, not of their finished products, but rather of daily actions and their discarded leftovers.

These manual actions, hammering, soldering, printing, chopping, sanding, and many more, form a fabric of tactile connections, contrasts, and connotations. The documentation is willfully raw, and doesn't leave space for the artist’s commentary, a transparency that allows for a primal recording of time and human action.

The project is in partnership with Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich.

João Vasco Paiva, 1979 in Coimbra/Portugal,
lives and works in Hong Kong and Lisbon.
With a background in painting and advanced training in media techniques, his work is characterised by the appropriation of observed phenomena, mapping apparently random situations and presenting them in an aesthetically organised framework. He has taught at the City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media and Hong Kong Art School/ RMIT University, and has given seminars at the Architecture Department of the American University of Sharjah, and at Goldsmiths University in London. His work has been widely shown in places such as: Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Budapest, Lisbon, Lyon, London, Moscow, New York, Prague, Rotterdam, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sharjah, among others. Recently, Paiva was selected for the Encounters section of Art Basel Hong Kong completed a residency at Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin and was part of a group exhibition at the Witte de With, Rotterdam as well at Artsonge Seoul, OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai and MAAP, Brisbane. Furthermore Paiva held a major solo exhibition at the Orient Foundation in Macau.

With thanks to:
Raphael, Comestibles Granada; Michael Schmidt, Hotel Restaurant Helvetia; Eleonora Stassi, Ristorante Canzoniere; Dylan Colin Gregory, Gregory Clan – The Furniture Factory; Benjamin Benetti, Benetti AG; Gunar Hambrecht, Dynamo Metallwerkstatt; Kulturbüro Zürich; TEC LAB, Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK; Antonio Nuzzi, Schuh Service Antonio; Daniel Tanner, Schalk Modellbau; Françoise Bubeck, Mürset Bildhauer and Naturstein AG