Ueli Gantner

1950 in Buelach, Switzerland

Ueli Gantner – leading representative of concrete-constructivist art

With his 3-dimensional lamella reliefs, Ueli Gantner is one of the leading contemporary representatives of optical kinetic art. Through simple movement and changes in perspective, the viewer experiences surprising changes in color and form through the alternating coloration, cut and arrangement of the slats. In this way, Ueli Gantner makes space, body, movement and time tangible in his works. Gantner’s works prove that the classic idea of a viewer standing still in front of an artwork has fallen out of time.

Gantner focuses on form; in addition to pure white designs, he works with the three primary colors and their complementary colors. For Ueli Gantner, black always results from the mixture of primary red, yellow and blue – according to Gantner – “there is nothing more colorful than black“.
Ueli Gantner’s works are thus firmly embedded in concrete-constructive art; with a minimum of pictorial means, he strives for a maximum of expression. His study of the American sculptor Richard Serra, for example, led Gantner to a geometric torus shape that can be discovered in many of his reliefs.

Ueli Gantner is a researcher who uses light and structures in his reliefs to make forms perceptible that generally remain hidden. His art enables us to experience more. He tirelessly strives for the “unseen”, that is, for what our eyes perceive but our brains cannot normally process and therefore filter out. From the relationship between the visible and the conceivable. The rhythmic interplay of colors and forms results in dematerialized pictorial worlds that make the incomprehensible, the absent, recognizable and perceptible.

Ueli Gantner’s works have been presented at many international exhibitions and are collected internationally.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2023:

Mouvement et lumière, Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Wagner, Karlsruhe, Germany

OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2022:

La couleur en movement, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Why white?, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2021:

Carré, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Mesures-démesures, Gallery Graf Notaires, Paris, France

2020:

Entre les lignes, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

New Zero, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

In/Off, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Sculpture exhibition, Chilehügel, Bülach, Switzerland

2019:

Salon des réalités novelles, Paris, France

Conquêtes spatiales, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Art Paris, Art Fair, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Structures, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2018:

Gantner + Hulik, Gallery La Ligne, Zurich, Switzerland

Tricolore, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Couleurs primaires, Gallery Wagner, Paris, France

Art Paris, Art Fair, Gallery La Ligne, Zurich, Switzerland

2017:

Light and Movement, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany

Solo exhibition, Foundation for Concrete Art, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Art Paris, Art Fair, Gallery La Ligne, Paris, France

Light, motion, space: new trends in geometrical art, Gallery La Ligne, Zurich, Switzerland

2016:

Group exhibition, 15a – Gallery & Beeldentuin, Lochem, Netherlands

Exhibition of the nominees for the 4th André-Evard Art Prize, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany

New works, Gallery La Ligne, Zurich, Switzerland

Art Paris, Art Fair, Gallery La Ligne, Paris, France

Vision dynamique, Atelier Editions Fanal, Basel, Switzerland

2015:

The highlights of the collection, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany

10 years Gallery La Ligne, Gallery La Ligne, Zurich, Switzerland

Salon des réalités nouvelles, Paris, France

Sculpture exhibition, 15a – Gallery & Beeldentuin, Lochem, Netherlands

Art Paris, Art Fair, Gallery La Ligne, Paris, France

Biography

The sculptor and 3D image designer Ueli Gantner was born in 1950 in Bülach, Switzerland, where he still lives and works today. Gantner is one of the best-known contemporary Swiss artists and is president of the Zurich Artists’ Association. He has already been nominated three times for the International Evard Prize. In addition to teaching in the schools of design in St. Gallen and Bern, Ueli Gantner was appointed lecturer in sculpture and plastic design at the M-Arthaus in Suhr.

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