Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Stray Currents by Franziska Furter at Towner, Eastbourne_October-January

Towner in Eastbourne commissioned Swiss artist Franziska Furter to make a series of sophisticated new conceptual works. Her works formed a sculptural installation filling the entire 400m2 Exhibition Gallery. Furter rose to the challenges of such a vast gallery space by extending her practice in new directions.

 

The ambitious installation included graphite drawings and ephemeral sculptural works, combining the different strands to her practice. Often using meteorological events as a source of inspiration in her work, Furter again created, in juxtaposition to the timeless, industrial gallery space, work referencing the weather. Her piece Kamikaze (literal translation: divine wind) is a wire mesh installation from very thin silver wire. Almost invisible due to its delicacy, it appears like a shiny landscape or a breeze taken form, evanescent and suspended in the moment – blending into the still gallery space.

 

The “Stray Currents” exhibition was Furter’s first solo show in the UK and so far the largest space featuring an installation created by her. The project was developed over three years when the Swiss artist lived for a time in the UK and got to know the Towner Space. Furter, now living in Berlin and Basel, has further solo exhibitions all over Europe in the course of next year.