Angelika Schori

Angelika Schori (1981)

Woont in Basel (Switzerland). Werkt in Basel (Switzerland).

“Why is art still hiding the source of its production/creation? Why is it confined in a dialectic corset? Should it not become emancipated from its aesthetic frameworks and conventions?” To answer these questions, the Swiss artist Angelika Schori (*1981) employs the most “traditional” of all media – painting. She takes a peek behind the flawless facades of art making and questions its production and presentation process. While literally turning the painting around, displaying the back of the stretched canvases, she challenges the viewer’s sense of comfort and artistic anticipation. She literally brings her canvases into unexpected terrains, such as the outdoors, between door frames and wall crevices. Although she employs materials which are used in painting, such as canvas and frames, she disenfranchises and abstracts them. In so doing, she creates an entirely new experience for the viewer; one that would make the viewer keenly aware of the process of painting, its history and tradition. While painting in general physically excludes the viewer and remains a 2D, rather than 3D experience, Schori questions that traditional relationship and involuntarily involves the viewer in her work. Schori’s work should be seen as a response to the overstimulation of multimedia work, which has flooded the art world for past 20 years. Her focus on painting may be considered nostalgia, a return to traditions, but in reality, it is anything but that: she searches autonomy and clarity for the painted and often also painterly-constructed object/canvas and the space created by it. She aims to ultimately achieving a rigorously democratic presentation without compositional hierarchy. Without placing on her work in an art-historical –ism, Schori’s work can reluctantly be coined “poetic minimalism.” In creating a dialogue between the environment and the work, she challenges the exhibition space, turning the architectural environment into interactive paintings. She is very involved in the installation process, works mostly site-specific and therefore, is very critical of museum’s installation and maintenance practices. “Angelika Schori expands our thoughts on painting by liberating it from its historic structure of frames, canvas, and even its surface, into the space itself. By introducing the primary elements of light and color predominantly by way of an immaterial reflection, the works take on a generative presence that extends into, and becomes part of, the environment in which they reside. The “Image” becomes more than the indivisible object, rather an active phenomena of color, shape, and light. By breaking up surfaces and overlaying elements, Schori challenges our expectations, inviting us to pause and let the subtle shimmering effect unfold.” (Quoted from Gallery “Pablo’s Birthday”, New York, 2015)


Angelika Schori received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2010 from the FHNW/HGK (School of Fine Arts) in Basel, where she also completed her MFA in 2014, both with Prof. Renée Levi. She has exhibited extensively in Switzerland, Germany France and the United States in group and solo shows. She lives and works in Basel.

CV Angelika Schori

EDUCATION 2012 – 2014 Master of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, HGK Basel 2007 – 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, HGK Basel, Prof. Renée Levi, Katrin Freisager, Basel EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) 2018 Regionale 19 | Basel | Kunsthaus Baselland Passage | Pablo`s Birthday Gallery | New York Basel Entrée & Hommage | M54 | Basel 2017 From Six to Seven | balzer projects | Basel Minimal Impulse | collaboration balzer projects and LeGuern | Basel and Warsaw 2016 HIGH FIVE BASEL | group show | Zip | Basel raum – space | group show | balzer projects | Basel 2015 Regionale 16 | Basel | Kunsthaus Baselland Light Touch | New York | Pablo’s Birthday Aller – Retour (Going Places) | Basel | Iaab High Five Renée | Saarbrücken | Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken 2014 Regionale 15 | Basel | Kunsthaus Baselland Regionale 15 | Strasbourg | France | Galerie la Chaufferie, HEAR Kunst-stück | Basel | Dock Black Coffee | Paris | 25, rue Moulin Joly Diploma MFA FHNW HGK| Basel | Kunsthalle Diploma MFA | HKB| Biel | Centre Pasquart Burst Sculpture | Basel | Ausstellungsraum ZIP You never see what you can see | Bern | Galerie 3000 When Green Turns To Red (solo-show with Sunyoung Park) | Basel | balzer art projects High Five | Kunstverein Duisburg (group show) 2013 Regionale 14 | dé-fil-é | Hegenheim | France| FABRIculture Regionale 14 | Fait et à Faire | Mulhouse | France| LaKunsthalle Regionale 14 | Freiburg| Germany | Kunsthaus L6 SOL LEWITT LOVES PANKAKES! | Basel | Ausstellungsraum ZIP PAINTING? | New York | USA | Pablo’s Birthday Gallery Touch my Krokodile | Basel | Villa Renata Soloshow | Basel | iaab Basement 2012 a web of words, pale walls of dreams | Basel | balzerARTprojects Group Show | Laufen | Galerie Chelsea Kapitel 3: Der Raum | Basel | Kasko 2011 Regionale 12 | Hegenheim | France Kunstauktion: Gibsmir | Zürich | Switzerland Open Studios: GlogauAIR | Berlin | Germany 2010 Kunstauktion: Gibsmir | Zürich | Switzerland Ohne Halt bis St.Johann | Basel | Train Terminal St.Johann Lost and Found | Basel | Annual Electronic Arts Festival SHIFT 1294,95m3 Kunst | Basel | Projektraum M54 Misfit | Dublin | Art Mill 2009 Magic | Basel | Annual Electronic Arts Festival SHIFT Group Show | Zürich | Galerie Stephan Stucki young @art | Zürich | Galerie Seefeld Bildet Banden | Basel | Ausstellungsraum Klingental Regionale | Basel | Kunsthalle AWARDS AND RESIDENCES iaab Artist in Residence | Paris | France | 2014 Artist in Residence | Glogau Air | Berlin, Germany | 2011 Internship with Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Zürich, Switzerland | 2011