Michael Sherman . Griders ll  2014
Watercolor on paper  40“ x 48“ inch

Michael Sherman . Grid Reflection 1 2014
Watercolor on paper   63.5 x 122 cm

Michael Sherman . Aerialscape grey grid 2013
Sumi ink on paper  122 x 183 cm

Robin Ballard . Transformation Monte Grivola 2014

oil on canvas . 100 x 80 cm


Robin Ballard . Transformation Grand Nomenon 2014

oil on canvas . 100 x 80 cm


Robin Ballard . Transformation Dent Blanche 2014

oil on canvas . 100 x 80 cm


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exhibition  topos  .  sept 4th - oct 10th 2015





OPENING  .  fri sept 4th 2015   17 - 21. season opening basel galleries

ARTIST TALK . wed sept 23rd 2015  18:30 special guest IRENE SPEISER . writer

CLOSING  .  sat oct 10th 2015   13 - 16


Robin Ballard . Identity . In 2010, after winning a competition, "Jeder braucht mal eine Insel, die Schweiz", Andreas Schneider and I transformed the Kunstkasten in Winterthur into a private home. The sound of a television playing, a vacuum cleaner running and even the music from an accordion could be heard, but if a passerby were to ring the doorbell, the lights turned off and the sounds coming from within went silent. The work was entitled Anachoret, which means to withdraw from, or to be a recluse. Switzerland is at the center of Europe and yet chooses to remain independent from the countries that surround it. Is it Switzerland's size or location which defines its national persona? Or perhaps it is the country's landscape — the alps acting as a natural fortress. Since moving to Switzerland I have spent a fair amount of time in the alps, most notably the mountainous region of the Valais.
In 2014 while driving on the highway through the Valais I stopped to get gas. It was foggy and there was little to see on either side of the car. The fog then shifted and in a matter of seconds a mountain took shape before me. It appeared ethereal in the flat blue light and when I got in the car again it was gone. This vision stayed with me for several reasons, the first being, how such an imposing topographical feature could be present and yet hidden at the same time, and secondly, it made me reflect on the immutability of my own identity. As an American I have had to adapt to the Swiss lifestyle and culture, which is why I entitled my paintings of mountain peaks, Transformation.
For another piece in the series I collected alpine flowers. After pressing them, I scanned them onto the computer. The resulting images are reminiscent of snow, in which each snowflake appears to be the same and yet, is distinctly different. The work is called X-ray,  suggesting transparency, such as the full-body scanners now used in airports or the unique information stored in a biometric chip which is used to identify ourselves as being the person we say we are.

Robin Ballard 2015


Michael Sherman . Sketchbook excerpt- A core perspective on how I see the the landscape is based on the correlation between our memory and our vision.  Most of us can only take-in and commit to memory small amounts of visual information, and when we are faced with depicting the visual innundation of an urban setting I think repeating parts is more true to how we ‘experience’ the place.  Most of the work on this site is made from sketches similar to the image above -a photo-collage or more recently digital-collages roughly 6″ x 6″-  made to look like a believable space thru repeating elements of the same landscape.

Michael Sherman 2015