by HUSMANN TSCHÄNI
From the 1st of September to the 31st of March, Direktorenhaus presents 'Poultry Poetry', an exhibition of the collaborative artists Husmann Tschäni.
Pascale Mira Tschäni & Michael Husmann Tschäni are based in Switzerland and both studied at the College of Art in Lucerne. They received further education at the National Institute of Design, India, and a residency in Berlin. Since 2003 they have developed a unique collaborative style encompassing the worlds of painting, comics, illustration, installation and also performances, exhibiting their works from Mumbai to Melbourne. Theyr working process goes backwards: they paint in layers on the reverse of acrylic glasses, using different materials, such as enamel, oil colour, watercolour, crayon, glitter and spray. It was like two completely different, somewhat incompatible picture languages had collided when they started working together. But somehow they managed to create pictures, stories and installations together, without having to change their own individual styles.
Their current collaborations consists of both exquisite illustration works, in which they make use of their paintings and “left overs” of performances, like costumes and fabric sculptures. Both are displayed together to create an environment that is at the same time powerfully dominated by illustration and theatrical presence.