Hunter Longe grows stones.
His practice is a patient investigation into the formation of minerals, whether taking place millions of years ago in metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, or on the organized workbench of his studio.
Cultivating ambiguity, the pieces presented in his installations are enigmatic, as much in their geological composition as in their metaphysical properties. Their nature and dating are difficult to ascertain and these inconsistencies provoke a rupture in the narrative that one tries to attach to them.
In the space, a strange invocation is felt, emitted simultaneously by the presence of the stones and by the modulation of ambient elements. This could be a cryptic recipe or incantation, the remembrance of what is yet to come or that of a distant past.
– Hunter Longe (1985, California) lives and works in Geneva. He has a BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Recent group and solo exhibitions have been at Krone Couronne, Biel/ Bienne ; Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil ; Binz39, Zurich ; Centre d’art Contemporain Genève ; Musée Cantonal de Geologie, Lausanne; NoMoon, New York; Et al. Gallery, San Francisco ; LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina ; and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen. In 2021, a book of his writing and drawings entitled DreamOre was published by Coda Press and he was a winner of the Swiss Art Awards. –