Nici Jost | To be continued….
Balzer Projects is proud to present Nici Jost’s forth solo show in the gallery. On this occasion, we are particularly pleased to present the artist’s first comprehensive publication, entitled “Instinctive Desire”, a close examination and analysis of the colour pink.
The essential element of Nici Jost’s work is the exploration of the sublime tensions between technology and nature, space and perception. Her artistic research is driven by investigations into social constructions and the way in which individuals navigate their surroundings.
Jost challenges the passive “consumption” of art in a crowded environment and provokes questions about the broader, often disquieting, implications of our ever-accelerating technological evolution and the position of the individual within. Her artistic practice is unapologetically devoted to the colour pink, its distinctive characteristics, its history and the position the colour has in psychology, art, poetry, literature and politics. However, Jost does not only work with pink as a controversial and divisive element of social and cultural associations; pink is Jost’s sociopolitical lens, as it manages to polarize as no other color in the spectrum.
Nici Jost (*1984 Banff, Canada) is a conceptual/multimedia artist/photographer based in Zürich and Basel. She graduated with an MFA from the FHNW/HGK (Basel) in 2016. In 2015, she received the “Werkbeitrag” (project award) of the Kuratorium Kanton Aargau. In 2017, she was awarded a grant for her first comprehensive publication, “Instinctive Desire”. The prestigious Swatch Art Peace Hotel Residency in Shanghai, which she received in 2018, has solidified her interest in and research of the colour pink. In her upcoming solo show in the Kunstraum Baden (2020) she will provide comprehensive insights into her most recent research and projects. Her work has been shown widely in Switzerland and abroad and has been incorporated in prestigious private and public collections in Europe and North America.
“Instinctive Desire” is published as Volume 8 of the series Primeur, issued be the Aargauer Kuratorium and published with edition fink, 2019; with an essay by Dominique Grisard, entitled “The Im*Possibilities of Pink”.