Marguerite Hersberger

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  • Verschattete Zonen No. 207, 2011-2014

Marguerite Hersberger was born in Basel in 1943. She studied from 1964-1966 at the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, lived in Paris from 1967 to 1970 and subsequently moved to Zurich. Since the 1970s Marguerite Hersberger has been a member of the Zurich Konkrete.
Her formal vocabulary is geometric, her colors are strong and vibrant. Hersberger’s early works, her boîtes magiques, were small boxes containing a prism that interacted with the light. This play of color, light and shadow was a feature of her studies on light and color, standstill and movement. Out of nylon string, she later created glass cases (“organisation spatiale”) linked to the era of the 1930s and to Naum Gabo. There is an allusion to the constant dichotomy between an open and closed form. The glass cases are rooms of color and light that lend their surroundings a specific meaning. In other works Marguerite Hersberger uses acrylic glass and pigment. She polishes, scores and paints the acrylic layers, restricting herself to the shape of circle and square. The circles are partly concentric, partly telescoped in one another, which generates an image of a deeply rooted movement.
In several works, the light source and the constructive elements coincide, which links her to Dan Flavin and Keith Sonnier. In contrast to both these artists, however, Marguerite Hersberger’s creations seem very self-referential. In her most recent works, the artist conceives color-light space in a reductive process of form, color and light. Her familiar color stratifications of geometric shapes as the purest of forms show the aesthetic potency of a simplification in space. In Hersberger’s wall paintings, light fixtures, 3D objects and photographs, all fuses into figures of an almost magical grace. They stand for themselves alone: a specific dialogue in color, transparent and fascinating. Hersberger thus explores the diversity offered by the combinations of form and color in this very subjectively marked and lyrical mode of articulation. Her goal is to generate an idea of harmony by the abstraction of light. In her use of color contrasts, she still manages never to renounce dainty nuances and succeeds, despite the restriction to only a few elementary geometric forms, in creating a compositional variability that exemplarily reveals the universality of a spiritualized formal vocabulary.

Gallery Exhibitions

Lichtnotizen, 11.06.2015 - 29.08.2015, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie

Marguerite Hersberger, 08.03.2012 - 11.03.2012, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, art KARLSRUHE 2012

Zwischen Geometrie und Abstraktion, Marguerite Hersberger, 11.02.2012 - 24.03.2012, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie

Light Installation, Marguerite Hersberger, 26.04.2007 - 06.06.2007, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie

Zeitschnitt, Marguerite Hersberger, 14.01.2006 - 14.03.2006, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, 

Museum Exhibitions

Transparenz und Spiegelung, Aug. 16, 2014 - Dec. 21, 2014, Rehmann Museum, Laufenburg

achse: nizza/ zürich/ karlsruhe, April 3, 2014 - May 27, 2014, schauraum multipleart, Zürich

Quadratisch. Praktisch. Kunst. Die Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter zu Gast in Schwäbisch-Gmünd,

April 8, 2011 - Oct. 9, 2011, Museum im Prediger, Schwäbisch-Gmünd

Ganz Konkret - 100 Jahre Entwicklung, Nov. 11, 2010 - Jan. 30, 2011, Folge 2, haus konstruktiv, zürich

Hommage an das Quadrat, Works of the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection 1915 - 2009, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch