John Armleder

John Armleder was born in 1948 in Geneva, and studied at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. His work has its roots in the Fluxus movement, which emerges in his desire to ground his art in real life, and his interest in pursuing an artistic practice combined with design. He nonetheless rejects any association with a specific artistic tendency. His work encompasses objects, paintings, sculptures, installations and performance. In his Furniture Paintings, a series that he began in the 1990s, he exhibited his paintings alongside furniture or design objects; he also exhibited them on a wallpapered wall, powerfully conditioning our capacity to perceive borders. Armleder thus challenges the traditional dichotomy between figure and ground, deliberately complicating the relationship between the exhibited object and its mode of display.