Garrett Nelson

Garrett Nelson is an artist working between visual arts, performance and poetry. His latest shows include: 2016 Blocks Cruising, online text, Museo de la Ciudad, Queretero, The Little Death, Rupert Vilnius, Lithuania, and Heads I Win, Circuits & Currents, Athens; 2017 Head Bimbo, Lyles & King Gallery, NYC, Kunstkredit Basel, Pique his Vanity, Kunsthalle Basel and Alpina Huus, Geneva. Upcoming shows include his performance Blind Audition at Cleveland Museum of Art, USA.
Garett Nelson obtained his Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice from Fine Arts University of Art & Design Berne in cooperation with FNWS Basel Art Institute (2010). 2016 he received the Kunstkredit Basel and the Audience Award at the Swiss Performance Award.


SAA: Would you tell us something about the artwork you will present at the Swiss Art Awards 2018?

GN: The jockstrap was invented in 1927 the same year as the architecture competition for the Palace of Nations in Geneva that housed the League of Nations until 1946. Le Corbusier didn’t win, but he used the meeting with other modernists to spread and establish his hard line rules of modernity. My work has lead me to believe that the two events are linked, if not directly, then through the birth of a new form of masculinity; a white washing, a contoured extra-human extension of the body from the macro: monumental architecture to the micro – male genitals. I’m showing works from the group called “The Law of Ripolin” from 2017 and 2018. 

SAA: Is there a place (in and out of Switzerland) that inspires your work?

GN: Switzerland inspires me to remember that I’m living. Latin America inspires me to live. My thinking happens somewhere between remembering and doing. 

SAA: What is the mark you want to leave behind?

GN: The kind that remind us that poetry is recognising patterns, not just art, words or images.