In a time of previously unforeseen plurality, visibility and distribution, the value of the image has been elevated in its usefulness as a tool and simultaneously annihilated by its ease of multiplication and impossibility of ownership. Linus Bill + Adrien Horni seize this moment to reestablish the foundations and hierarchy of the image. Creating individual artworks on a greater than human scale when most images are imagined and exist only on a screen, the Swiss artist duo have us reconsider image genesis, its chronology and geography, followed by its likely conclusion.

 

Eschewing the art world’s conscientious formula for creation / documentation / distribution, the artists approach their own process more like mail-order shopping. As if commissioned by themselves to efficiently reproduce their own piece, the artists optimise their own labour, using mechanical tools such as serigraphy with a strict and planned execution. Curator Gianni Jetzer notes, “The fact that the source images were not created to be blown up [means] the artworks oscillate between the real thing and representation ...resulting in ‘paintings’ of irritating beauty.”

 

Through the process of reviewing scale and resolution, abstracting time and re-arranging order, Linus Bill + Adrien Horni employ the reproduced image and reconfigure and destabilise the values and schematics of the image. “Usually a book ends something, brings something to a conclusion. When for us it is just the starting point and opens up so many possibilities. Our books do not look to the past, but to the future”

 


LINUS BILL

Born in 1982 in Jegenstorf, Switzerland

2008
Fotoklasse, ZHdK, Zurich


ADRIEN HORNI

Born in 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland

1998
Académie Maximilien de Meuron, Neuchâtel

2003
Ecole Cantonale d'Arts Visuels, Bienne, Switzerland


The artists live and work in Bienne, Switzerland


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020   
Gifs. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR.
 
2019   
Formering. Eighteen, Copenhagen, DK.
Katalog. Wilde, Geneva, CH.
 
2018   
Das Glied. ACRUSH, Zurich, CH.

Linus Bill + Adrien Horni. La Salle de Bains, Lyon, FR.

Heredity Paintings. Kunsthaus Center d’art Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, CH.
 
2017   
Heredity Paintings. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR.
Gemälde Linus + Adrien. Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL.
 
2016   
Gemälde. Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, FR.
 
2015   
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni. Dolores at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL.
Gemälde 2015. Galerie Allen, Paris, FR.
 
2014   
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni. Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, USA.
Gemälde. MJ Gallery, Geneva, CH.
 
2013   
Mixed Media. Alabama Sir, Leipzig, DE.
Fundamentals Hardstyle (feat. Lorenzo Senni). Istituto Svizzero, Milan, IT.
 
2012    
Fundamentals. Lokal-Int., Bienne,  CH.
Painting and Jugs (zusammen mit Aubry/Broquard). Swiss Institute, New York, USA.
 
2011   
La Deuxième Chance. Dufourstrasse 31, Zürich, CH.



GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020   
La fine ligne. Kunsthalle Saint Gallen, Saint Gallen, CH.
Un été indien. FRAC Normandie-Caen, Caen, FR.
 
2019   
Under Construction. Wilde, Geneva, CH.

Aeschlimann-Corti-Stipendium. Kunstmuseum Thun, CH.
Works on Paper. Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, CH.

Cantonale Berne Jura. La Nef, Le Noirmont, CH.
 

2017   
ART-O-RAMA. Galerie Allen, Marseille, FR.
MEMENTOS: Artist souvenirs, Artefact and Other Curiosities. cur. Jens Hoffman and Piper Marshall. Brussels, BE.

2015   
Material. Florence Loewy, Paris, FR.
A House Without Rooms. TORRI, Paris, FR.
;-). V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DK.

Concrete Utopias. Realismus Club, Berlin, DE.
 

2014   
Aeschlimann Corti-Stipendium. Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, CH.

Copié Copié Copié. Villa Bernasconi, Grand-Lancy, CH.
 

2013   
Les Urbaines, Lausanne,  CH.
Swiss Art Awards, Basel,  CH.
Werk- und Atelierstipendien. Helmhaus, Zürich, CH.

2012    
Cantonale. Kunsthalle Bern, Bern,  CH.
Prix Anderfuhren, Centre Pasquart, Bienne, CH.
Werkbeiträge Kanton Zürich, F+F, Zürich,  CH.


AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2015   

Cultural Prize given by the City of Bienne
 

2014   

Redhouse Residency, New York City, prize given by the Canton of Berne
 

2013   
Swiss Art Award

2012   
Werkbeitrag Kanton Zürich
Prix Anderfuhren


COLLECTIONS

Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) - DFNAC, France
City of Bienne, Switzerland
City of Zurich, Switzerland
FRAC Bretagne, France
FRAC Normandie Caen, France
Museum Voorlinden, Netherlands


PUBLIC WORKS

2016    
Kunst am Bau project, Lyss, Switzerland


SPECIFIC PROJECTS

2015    
Collaboration with Etudes Studio, Collection SS16


SELECTED PRESS

 

2021   
Hoberman, Mara. “Linus Bill + Adrien Horni.” Artforum, December 17.

Hammoud, Anaïs. “Les GIFs surdimensionnés de Linus Bill et Adrien Horni à la galerie Allen.” The Art Newspaper France, February 10.
 

2020   
Genova, Christina. “Sie sind auf einer Linie: Fünf junge Romands stellen in der Kunsthalle St.Gallen aus.” Tagblatt, January 25.

“GIFs de Linus Bill + Adrien Horni.” Les Inrockuptibles, N°1303, November 18.
 
2019    

Bretin, Jean-Philippe & Stevenot, Antoine. “Linus Bill + Adrien Horni & Joseph Allen Shea.” Collection Revue, n°6, November.
“Linus Bill + Adrien Horni.” Emergent, n°4, Spring/Summer.

2018    
Clark, David. “Urban ‘TARDIS’: Two Wall Huse.”ARCHITECTUREAU, April 24.

2017    
Saxby, Jessica. “Five Shows to See in Paris.” ELEPHANT, November 20.
“A place of discovery.” Art Brussels Week, April 20.

2016    
“Linus Bill + Adrien Horni ‘Gemalde’.” Mousse Magazine, December 14.
“Brest Passerelle LB+AH: Gemalde.” Mousse diary, October - November.
Toulout, Laëtitia. “Peindre l’algorithme : Linus Bill et Adrien Horni s’exposent à Brest.” THE STEIÐZ, October.
“Le Prix de la culture 2015 de la Ville de Bienne est décerné aux artistes Linus Bill et Adrien Horni.” Journal du Jura, February 20.

2015   
 “Le Prix de la culture 2015 de la Ville de Bienne est décerné aux artistes Linus Bill et Adrien Horni.” Le Journal, December.
“Zwei Bieler malen Bilder, wie sie im Buche stehen.” Bieler Tagblatt, December 15.
“Linus Bill + Adrien Horni.” The Drawer, October.
Moyano, Jade. “Linus Bill And Adrien Horni’s Larger Than Life Collaboration.” Trendland, July 2.
Weil, Jannifer. “Études Studio Men’s RTM Spring 2016.” WWD Subscribe Now, June 28.
“Gemälde2015 linus bill +adrien horni.” Lodown Magazine, June 25.
“Linus Bill and Adrien Horni installation at Printed Matter.” Manystuff, June.
“Gemälde2015 linus bill +adrien horni.” Manystuff, June.
Hawkins, Alex.“From paper to iPhone to canvas Linus Bill and Adrien Horni’s paintings.” It’s Nice That, May 26.
“ArtBrusselsFair review.” seeyouthere, May 4.
“How Swiss Duo Linus Bill and Adrien Horni Are Reversing the Analog-to-Digital Process.” ARTSY EDITORIAL, Arts, January.
Alegre, Nacho. “Linus Bill lives in a bakery.”Apartamento, n°15.

2014    
Chauvy, Laurence. “La copie, ce geste fondamental de la création.” LeTemps, June 13.

2012   
 “Von Interlaken bis zum Mond.” Berner Zeitung, Kultur, December 20.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2019    
Bill, Linus + Horni, Adrien. Heredity Painting.
Bill, Linus + Horni, Adrien. Heredity Ersatz.

Katalog, Wilde Gallery, Geneva, CH.
 

2017    
Kunst am Bau, HPS Lyss, CH.

2015    
Gemälde 2013-2017, Turbo Magazine, Bienne, CH.
A House without rooms, Yundler Brondino Verlag.

2014    
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Nathalie Karg Gallery, USA.
M J , Gemälde, Geneva, CH.

Copié Copié Copié, Ville de Lancy, Bernasconi.
 

2013    
Mixed Media, Turbo Magazine, Bienne, CH.

2012    
Sculptures, Bronze Age Editions, Londres, UK.
Fundamentals, Turbo Magazine, Bienne, CH.
Painting and Jugs, Swiss Institute, New York, USA.

2011   
La Deuxième Chance, Turbo Magazine, Bienne, CH.
Linus Bill Topmotiviert, Rollo Rress.