06 Jun googly eyes
Christof Nüssli’s sequence of photographed fried eggs with all its variations is, both unexpectedly illusionary and disillusioning. Googly eyes captures the well-known storefronts of New York’s Deli’s in a fairly unfamiliar way. The Swiss artist reproduces reproductions in order to tell essential stories about the values and norms of our contemporary visual culture, about the absurdity which reigns the current art world, about how we relate to our own transience, about New York, about racism… In short, Nüssli’s narrative which evolves in between egg yolks, sausages and textural fragments of John Berger, Jack Kerouac or the Beastie Boys goes far beyond olfactory delights. What the food factor does tell though is that something has cracked – and this time it’s not an egg shell. Astonishing profound, poetic and witty googly eyes, a hymn to all ‘the curves and all your edges all your perfect imperfections’, is a synesthetic treasure – even though a bittersweet one.