Anton Bruhin - Dämonen


Demons are mutable, their existence dependent on context. So, too, this series of 170-odd pictures by Swiss artist Anton Bruhin is wholly dependent on what the eye sees in them - they appeal to the imagination and play on patterns and archetypes innate to the human mind. Bruhin seems hell-bent on playfully rehabilitating the demon by portraying it as an ideal type of the postmodern, at once terrifying and comical. That it should assume the recognisable form of a face is hardly surprising. Bruhin’s pictorial experiments here, abstractly composed as they may be, invariably culminate in an amusing clarity. His pixelated creatures look hard-drinking, capable of irony, often jovial and delighting in flaunting their peculiarities. They merely toy with the terror they’re supposed to personify, laughing about it even as they spread it. Published by Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich).

368 pages, 22 x 18 cm, hardcover, Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich).