When the well’s dry

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Rämistrasse 37, CH-8001 Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
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When the well’s dry

Zürich

When the well’s dry
to Sat 28 May 2022
Tue-Fri 11am-6.30pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Mai 36 Galerie exhibits Jitka Hanzlová (*1958, in Náchod, Czechia) and Jürgen Drescher (*1955 in Karlsruhe, Germany) together for the first time.

When the well’s dry… we know the worth of water – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Artworks

Tuna, 2011/12

Epoxy resin, pigment
50 x 205 x 65 cm (19.7 x 80.7 x 25.6 in.)

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Stöpsel, 2013

Aluminum sandcast, stainless steel
20 x 60 cm (7.9 x 23.6 in.)

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Abfluss, 2013

Aluminum
21 x 84 cm (8.3 x 33.1 in.)

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Wasser, 2013

Bonze sandcasting and wax casting
88.3 x 44 x 36 cm (34.8 x 17.3 x 14.2 in.)

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Sprechblase IIX, 2015

Styrofoam, epoxy-resin, chrome coating
110 x 100 x 29 cm (43.3 x 39.4 x 11.4 in.)

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HUMAN LIGHT #4 Untitled (NY March), from WATER 2013-2019, 2015

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #2 Untitled (cloudburst), from WATER 2013-2019, 2016

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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Fisch, 2017/2018

Polyurethane, chrome lacquer, steel
195 x 100 x 26 cm (76.8 x 39.4 x 10.2 in.)

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Erde (II), 2018

Acrylic, ink, polymer plaster and pigment on cotton
260 x 185 x 2 cm (102.4 x 72.8 x 0.8 in.)
Signed and dated verso.

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Tier tear, 2018

Acrylic and coal on cotton
260 x 185 x 2 cm (102.4 x 72.8 x 0.8 in.)
Signed and dated verso.

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EIS#5 Untitled, 2018 (body inside) from WATER, 2018

C-print
Image 44 x 29.5 cm (17.3 x 11.6 in.) framed 58 x 43 cm (22.8 x 16.9 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8, ed. 8/8 + 3 AP

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UR#3 untitled (40 degree), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 44 x 29.5 cm (17.3 x 11.6 in.) framed 58 x 43 x 2.6 cm (22.8 x 16.9 x 1.0 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, ed. 6/8

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UR#5 untitled (smodder barnstormers) from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 44 x 29.5 cm (17.3 x 11.6 in.) framed 58 x 43 x 2.6 cm (22.8 x 16.9 x 1.0 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, ed. 7/8

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HUMAN LIGHT #10 Untitled (Frozen Times), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #9 Untitled (Hair), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #7 Untitled (Eagle) from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #8 Untitled (Red Car), from WATER c 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #5 Untitled (Monte Negro lamp), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #3 Untitled (Blue Silence), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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HUMAN LIGHT #1 Untitled (Landscape Stripe), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 26 x 19.5 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 47 x 36 x 2 cm (18 1/2 x 14 1/8 x 3/4 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, AP

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SILENT BLUE #2 Untitled (Waste / Indian ocean), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 75 x 50 cm (29 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.) framed 94 x 68 x 3 cm (37 1/8 x 26 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, 7/8

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SILENT BLUE #3 Untitled (Black Spot Sting Ray) (Taeniura meyeni), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 90 x 60 cm (35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in.) framed 111 x 80 x 3 cm (43 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 1 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, ed. 7/8

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SILENT BLUE #5 Untitled (Dead), from WATER 2013-2019, 2018

C-print
Image 29 x 19.5 cm (11 3/8 x 7 5/8 in.) framed 49 x 38 x 2.6 cm (19 1/4 x 15 x 1 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and numbered verso. Edition of 8 + 3 AP, ed. 8/8

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In her most recent series Water (2013-2019), Jitka Hanzlová deals with the element of water in its numerous manifestations, states of aggregation and fields of meaning. Hanzlová offers a platform to water, which is inherently formless: in framed, portrait format photographs the artist depicts the transformative, self-sufficient nature of water in various chapters. Silently and without a concrete narrative, fragile snap- shots of the seemingly endless matter unfold and complement one another: slimy algae worlds, floating rubbish in the blue of the Indian Ocean, shimmering turquoise iceberg chunks, traces that have taken shape, a dead turtle floating in paradise – yet, between the aesthetic components in Hanzlová’s works lies a quiet unease: what lives within the photographs is mostly endangered. We are looking at sections of fragile, fleeting beauty, permeated by transience and death. Thus, in Jitka Hanzlová’s visual language, apparent carefreeness and threat meet: her photographs, which seem timeless at first, function as a document of something that will eventually cease to exist. They draw the viewer’s attention to the fragility of a complex system in the supposedly lapidary which we tend to take for granted.

Similarly, the thematic focus of Jürgen Drescher’s work lies in the critical observation of the human exploitation of natural resources and its consequences. The artist explores the formal, poetic and performative potentials of sculpture. With a clear reference to Pop Art, both the drain and the plug function as everyday objects and symbols at the same time: in addition to the expansive consumption and waste of water as one of the most important commodities of human existence, Drescher mournfully observes the gradual disappearance of all kinds of natural values. In a striking way, the artist draws attention to the lost appreciation of value in our globalized world, which is oriented towards efficiency and utility, by dealing with different processes of value creation his own works.

Together, the artists encourage us to reflect on our own practices and the use of our world’s resources. Without judgement, their works demand our attention by visualizing the brutality of reality.

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