The Swiss artists Linus Bill + Adrien Horni have been collaborating since 2011 when they began creating their monumental coloured abstract “paintings” that defeat and dethrone the romantic heroism of Greenberg’s declared Abstract Expressionism. Graphically alluring and scaled to seduce, the tableaux (series titled Gemälde) of Bill and Horni are not paintings at all but copies of digital drawings they shared with iPads and smartphones. Without entering the post-internet fray their oeuvre speaks more about the hierarchy and value of images as much as chronology. Each painting, a silkscreened reproduction of a page of a book (a catalogue of their own work that precedes any “original”) becomes the original, assuming precedence over its master - black and white print at 15 cm - simply through scale and more prestigious materials - paint on linen over 2 metres tall. With precise labour and mechanical reproduction the paintings gesture is revealed through the degradation of the source jpeg enlarged beyond its capability.


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
2019                                                                                                                    

To be Titled, 18 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Katalog, Wilde Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

 

2018
Das Glied, ACRUSH, Zurich, Switzerland
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France
Heredity Paintings, Kunsthaus Centre d'art Pasquart, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

2017
Heredity Paintings, Galerie Allen, Paris, France
Gemälde Linus + Adrien, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2016
Gemälde, CAC Passerelle, Brest, France

2015
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Dolores at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gemälde 2015, Galerie Allen, Paris, France

2014
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, USA
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Printed Matter, New York, USA
Gemälde, MJ Gallery, Genève, Switzerland

2013
Mixed Media, Alabama Sir, Leipzig, Germany
Fundamentals Hardstyle (feat. Lorenzo Senni), Istituto Svizzero, Milano, Italy

2012
Fundamentals, Lokal-Int., Biel, Switzerland
Painting and Jugs (with Aubry/Broquard), Swiss Institute, New York, USA

2011
La Deuxième Chance, Dufourstrasse 31, Zürich, Switzerland


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019                                                                                                        Aeschlimann-Corti-Stipendium, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
Works on Paper, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands


2017
ART-O-RAMA, Galerie Allen, Marseille, France
MEMENTOS Artist souvenirs, Artefact and Other Curiosities, Cur. Jens Hoffman and Piper Marshall, Brussels, Belguim


2015
Material, Florence Loewy, Paris, France
A House Without Rooms, TORRI, Paris, France
;-), V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Concrete Utopias, Realismus Club, Berlin, Germany

2014
Aeschlimann Corti-Stipendium, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland
Copié Copié Copié, Villa Bernasconi, Grand-Lancy, Switzerland

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

2012
Cantonale, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Prix Anderfuhren, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland
Werkbeiträge Kanton Zürich, F+F, Zürich, Switzerland


AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2015
Cultural Prize awarded by the City of Bienne

2014
Redhouse Residency, New York City, awarded 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
Museum Voorlinden, Netherlands


PUBLIC WORKS

2016
Kunst am Bau project, Lyss, Switzerland


SPECIFIC PROJECTS

2015
Collaboration with Etudes Studio, Collection SS16


SELECTED PRESSE

2018
David Clark, "Urban 'TARDIS' : Two Wall Huse", ARCHITECHTUREAU, 24 April 2018

2017
Jessica Saxby, "Five Shows to See in Paris", ELEPHANT,20 November 2017
Art Bruseels,"A place of discovery",The Week,20 April 2017

2016
"Linus Bill+Adrien Horni'Gemalde'",MousseMagazine,14 December2016
"Brest Passerelle LB+AH:Gemalde",Mousse diary,October-November2016
Laëtitia Toulout, "Peindre l'algorithme: Linus Bill et Adrien Horni s'exposent à Brest", THE STEIDZ, October 2016
"Le Prix de la culture 2015 de la Ville de Bienne et décerné aux artistes Linus Bill et Adrien Horni", Journal du Jura, 20 February 2016


2015
"Le Prix de la culture 2015 de la Ville de Bienne et décerné aux artistes Linus Bill et Adrien Horni", Le Journal, December 2015
"Zwei Bieler malen Bilder, wie sie im Buche stehen", Bieler Tagblatt, 15 December 2015
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, The Drawer, October 2015
Jade Moyano,"Linus Bill and Andrien Horni's Larger Than Life Collaboration",Trendland, 2 July 2015
Jannifer Weil, "Etudes Studio Men's RTM Spring 2016",WWD Subscribe Now, 28 June 2015
R-Bit, "Gemälde2015 linus bill + adrien horni", Lodown Magazine, 25 June 2015
"Linus Bill and Adrien Horni installation at Printed Matter", Manystuff, June 2015
"Gemälde2015 linus bill + adrien horni", Manystuff, June 2015
AlexHawkins,"From paper to iPhone to canvas Linus Bill and Adrien Horni's paintings", It's Nice That, 26 May 2015
"ArtBrusselsFair review", seeyouthere, 4 May 2015
ARTSY EDITORIAL, "How Swiss Duo Linus Bill and Adrien Horni Are Reversing the Analog-to Digital Process" Arts, January 2015
Nacho Alegre, "Linus Bill lives in a bakery", Apartamento15, 2015

2014
Laurence Chauvy,"La copie, ce geste fondamental de la création ", Le Temps, 13 June 2014

2012
Bernerzeitung,"Von Interlaken bis zum Mond", Kultur, 20 December 2012


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


2019                                                                                                                

Katalog, Published by Wilde Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland


2017
Kunst am Bau, Publshed by HPS Lyss,  Switzerland

2015
Gemälde 2013-2017, Turbo Magazine, Biel, Switzerland
A House without rooms, Yundler Brondino Verlag

2014
Linus Bill + Adrien Horni, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, USA
M J , Gemälde, Geneva, Switzerland
Copié Copié Copié, Ville de Lancy, Bernasconi

2013
Mixed Media, Turbo Magazine, Switzerland

2012
Sculptures, Bronze Age Editions, London, UK
Fundamentals, Turbo Magazine, Biel, Switzerland
Painting and Jugs, Swiss Institute, New York, USA

2011
La Deuxième Chance, Turbo Magazine, Biel, Switzerland
Linus Bill Topmotiviert, Rollo Rress