Biography of Beat Zoderer
Using mainly everyday materials, Beat Zoderer’s organic constructs possess a thrilling sense of movement and dynamism. Each of his artworks appear to be meticulous structures based on ordered systems, when in fact they are arbitrary and chaotic.
It is that ambiguity that gives the works their playful edge, a palpable sense that runs throughout the artist’s work. Reveling in his work’s imperfections, Beat Zoderer is influenced by famous works of geometric abstraction and breathes new life into Concrete and Constructive Art by undermining its extreme rationality and severity. His use of unexpected materials such as sticky tape, office supplies, and wood from general stores, creates worlds both familiar and unstable.
Beat Zoderer’s artworks possess a powerful sense of sensuality, and provoke an intellectual response by disenabling the viewer to make order out of the seemingly spontaneous creations. He works in the mediums of drawing, image, sculpture and installation.
Born in Zurich in 1955, Beat Zoderer finished an apprenticeship as an architectural draftsman and worked at an architectural firm for seven years during the 1970s. Leaving to become a full-time artist, he soon began making a name for himself and in 1986 he received two studio stipends from the city of Zurich for Genoa and another in 1988 for New York. In 2009 he won the Aargauer Kulturpreis.
In 2004 he exhibited at the prestigious Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen.
He has exhibited all over the world, including the exhibition “Beat Zoderer: New Tools for Old Attitudes” at the Haus Konstruktive in Zurich in 2008.