Now on view at Galleri Bon in Stockholm, Swiss artist Andrea Hasler’s solo show Full-fat or semi-skinned? presents a kind of luxurious breast machine made of plastic tubes, photography, studded breast implants, glitter and gold.
With Full-fat or semi-skinned?, Stockholm art space Galleri Bon presents Swiss artist Andrea Hasler’s first exhibition in Scandinavia. In its entirety, the site-specific installation resembles a kind of luxurious breast machine that blurs the boundaries between inside and outside of the body. Combining plastic tubes, photography, studded breast implants, glitter and gold, the installation shows versions of a body design that necessitate a radical intrusion into the innermost parts of human kind.
As possibilities of modelling and perfecting the body have become endless as well as affordable, the question arises how the desire for an individually controlled and designed physicality will be expressed in the future. The observer is drawn into a chain of associations, ranging from sensations of shapeliness, softness, and attraction to repugnance and uncertainty, all the way to what breasts symbolize, namely the source of nutrition from one’s mother.
In her work, Andrea Hasler dissects social and emotional ideas of the body in relation to identification, beauty and pleasure. Her wax and mixed media sculptures are characterized by a tension between attraction and disgust which confronts the observer with feelings of desire and repulsion, power and control. Fashion, consumption, and luxury are other recurrent themes in her work. In Full-fat or semi-skinned? it’s reflected through the Chanel milk bottles and beauty counter-like presentation.
Andrea Hasler was born in 1975 in Zürich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in London, UK. She holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, and her work has been exhibited widely internationally. Earlier this year, Andrea Hasler won the Greenham Common Commission, and she recently completed an Artist Residency at Verbier 3D Foundation, Switzerland as well as Chisenhale London, UK.
Photography by Fredrik Andersson Andersson.