'Thanks for giving me a sky but I'm not a bird'

The first solo exhibition in the UK of work by Augustin Rebetez & friends will take place at the University of Hertfordshire Galleries College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB 15 Nov 2013  -  25 Jan 2014.

Gallery Opening Times:
Mon to Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 3.30pm
Evening Reception:    
Thursday 14 Nov 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Augustin Rebetez will give a talk about his work at 5.00pm prior to the evening reception, all welcome, admission free.

Augustin Rebetez (b1986) is one of Switzerland's most promising young artists.  Meandering between drawing, photography, sculpture and astonishing stop-motion animations, his work is rooted in observational, even documentary photography yet he can hardly be described as purely a photographer. His work represents something completely individual and fresh.

In his first solo exhibition in the UK, Rebetez will plaster the 4.5m high gallery walls with his signature large-format self-adhesive photographs and drawings.  Difficult to define stylistically, Rebetez uses a range of contemporary materials combining anything from plaster, masking tape, marker pens and plastic wrap with props like old roller skates, construction materials and discarded car tyres, creating his own visual grammar. Myths and fairy-tales are expressed with an underlying malevolence and supposedly joyous European traditions like carnival with an unexpected melancholy.

As part of the exhibition, UH Galleries will reproduce the artist's Youth Art Makers Manifesto for the first time in English.  Rebetez will also work with students on a collaborative wood and cardboard sculpture during the course of the installation.

Some of Rebetez' work recalls the modern whimsy of fellow Swiss artist Paul Klee - currently the subject of a major exhibition at Tate Modern -  in particular Klee's drawings and puppets.  On another level, British audiences might recognise anarchic conjuntions of ideas, motifs and materials, which can be seen in the work of David Shrigley (b1968).

Rebetez has exhibited widely across Europe since graduating from the school of photography in Vevey, (Switzerland) in 2009. He was the winner of the Photofolio Review at Recontres D'Arles (France) in 2011 and the Swiss Photo Award 2012. He has recently been awarded the Vevey International Photography Prize.