Maya Bringolf - Light Up
September 18 - November 6, 2021
Rämistrasse 3, Zürich
Hole-ridden carpets. Scorched bedside rugs of manmade textiles. Fabric and ornament metastasized by a spray of bullets leaving new patterns of holes in its wake. But first impressions can be misleading. Maya Bringolf (born in 1969 in Schaffhausen, now living and working in Zurich) does not burn holes in home accessories. She cuts circles out, painstakingly brushes epoxy resin onto the damaged fabric to strengthen it, and then applies black acrylic spray paint to simulate smoke damage. Toxic materiality pervades her work, gnawing its way through a backdrop of bourgeois home decor. An undeniably sacrilegious violation, but one that breathes an unfathomable opulence, an unworldly beauty into each item. These objects – which languished just a few weeks ago in the back rooms of second-hand stores or heaped up in mail-order depots – are henceforth showcased by white walls, a cloudscape of contrast toying with flower tendrils and cross motifs. Pitch black and silver halos give each aperture a sombre aura, an incorporeal presence. “The origin of carpets is out there somewhere, but it was swept away on the tide of globalization long ago,” says the artist, summing up the ambiguity inherent in her raw materials. Maya Bringolf leaves a trail of destruction on her carpets – clashing headlong with the decline of cultural and material values.