Gilgian Gelzer

Short biography

Gilgian Gelzer is a Swiss artist, born in Bern (1951). He lives and works in Paris, where he also teaches at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

He is engaged in the concurrent exploration of three media: drawing, painting and photography. The specific features of these practices are rigorously adhered to, and all of them produce – and are produced by – an asynchronous experience of duration. Through an approach that is both active and contemplative at once, his work questions the definition of space and the way form takes place within it. Language, translation, idiom, awkwardness, failure, instability, arrhythmia, barbarism, etc.: these are all reflected in work that is fundamentally hybrid, as if involved with the expression of an abstract Unconscious mapping its collective reach.

Recent solo exhibitions were held at FRAC Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, 2004; CRAC-19 in Montbéliard, 2005; Musée de l'abbaye Sainte-Croix in Les Sables d'Olonne, 2005; Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, 2006; Galerie Bernard Jordan in Paris, 2008, and Zurich, 2009; Kunstraum in Kreuzlingen (CH), 2010.

Beside his studio work Gilgian Gelzer also makes site-specific wall drawings in direct dialogue with exhibition spaces as at the ESBAM in Marseille, 2005; the Sainte-Trephine Chapel in Pontivy (F), 2008/09; the Lennon-Weinberg Gallery in New York, 2009; and the Kunstraum in Kreuzlingen, 2010.

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About Drawing
L'Art dans les chapelles
documentation céline duval
The Drawing Center
FRAC Auvergne
Galerie Bernard Jordan
Galerie Jean Fournier
Jordan/Seydoux – Drawings & Prints
Ludwig Museum Koblenz
Maison d'Art Contemporain Chaillioux
Pangaea Press
Paul Van Der Eerden
Peter Soriano
Pierogi Gallery



pdf Les muses ne parlent pas, elles dansent, 2010
Michèle Martel
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pdf La discordance des temps, 2009
Karim Ghaddab
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pdf Les aguets, 2004
Interview Olivier Kaeppelin / Gilgian Gelzer
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pdf Musique ?, 2001
Olivier Kaeppelin
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pdf Gilgian Gelzer, 2000
Éric Suchère
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Rue Montgrand, galerie de l'ESBAM, Marseille
Entretien avec Gilgian GELZER