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Brodolino, 2014 - Reto Pulfer

about this work

Brodolino (2014) is an inkjet print on cotton paper and refers to a ghost made from the following items: cinnamon, black cardamom, star anise, fennel seeds, coriander seeds as well as pieces of self-made Raku ceramics. Reto Pulfer used the spices in a broth akin to a Vietnamese “pho-soup”. He cooked them for one hour in a cotton bag and removed them afterwards from the pot. The flavour stays in the soup and the steam has an intense smell. According to Pulfer, the ghost has always been in the soup and the steam, even though he formed it only after cooking the soup.

Brodolino was published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Dehydrierte Landschaft of Reto Pulfer at Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva in 2015.

about Reto Pulfer

Self-taught artist Reto Pulfer constructs singular universes, both intuitive and complex kinds of ‘total artworks’, combining installation, sculpture, painting, performance, music and architecture. To create his environments, he adopts a very simple technique close to the crafts and uses basic materials, often recycled, such as bed sheets, cloth, paper and found objects, tinged by an aura.

Pulfer is an artist of method and process and he uses a systematic nomenclature to title his works. At the basis for each of his interventions he invents simple fictional narratives, which he calls ‘mnemonics’.

Among others, Reto Pulfer has had solo shows in Spike Island, Bristol; dispari&dispari project, Reggio Emilia; Kunstverein Arnsberg; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; MAK, Vienna; Kunstverein, Nürnberg; and Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon.

His works were also featured in several group exhibitions at international institutions, including The Promise of Literature, Soothsaying and Speaking in Tongues at de Vleeshal, Middelburg; Performance as Publishing at Kunsthalle, Basel; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MHKA, Antwerp; and Kunsthalle, Bern.

Reto Pulfer is represented by the following gallery;
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Hollybush Gardens, London

You can view more work on Reto Pulfers own website.

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