Saturday, 11 August 2018

Check out the Show "She sees the Shadows" in magical Wales



With works of HORST ADEMEIT

She sees the shadows (until 4 Nov 2018)
DRAF - David Roberts Art Foundation x MOSTYN
at MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales

With works by Caroline Achaintre, Horst Ademeit, Fiona Banner, Sara Barker, Phyllida Barlow, Neil Beloufa, David Birkin, Karla Black, Carol Bove, Martin Boyce, Lea Cetera, Susan Collis, Thomas Demand, Jason Dodge, Boyle Family, Theaster Gates, Isa Genzken, Rodney Graham, Harry Gruyaert, Jeppe Hein, Marine Hugonnier, Pierre Huyghe, Matthew Day Jackson, Tatsuya Kimata, Rachel Kneebone, Elad Lassry, Bob Law, Nina Beier & Marie Lund, Kris Martin, Marlie Mul, Nika Neelova, Man Ray, Magali Reus, Pietro Roccasalva, Analia Saban, Erin Shirreff, Monika Sosnowska, Oscar Tuazon, Gavin Turk, Franz West, Douglas White.


In 1886, a 22-year-old woman in Lyon saw the world around her for the first time. Objects instantly recognisable by touch were hard to distinguish with her new sight, and shadows appeared more concrete than solid forms. Her doctors described the sudden strangeness of familiar environments, and her singular experience of the world as a newly sighted person.

In his 1932 book Space and Sight, Marius Von Senden collated the patient’s experiences alongside testimonies of similar cases dating from 1020 to the present. These captivating accounts, which later inspired writers including Maggie Nelson and Annie Dillard, express how something familiar can show a previously unacknowledged beauty when seen in a new way.

She sees the shadows is a group exhibition of works from the David Roberts Collection that resonate with the ideas found in Space and Sight. Each artist has reconceived day-to-day objects and materials in unexpected ways – a bench, plug socket, grate, section of railing or broom – and invites viewers to see alternative qualities and narratives therein.

Some artists have used precious materials to confer value to unremarkable commonplace objects. Susan Collis’ paint-splattered broom is inlaid with mother-of-pearl; Lea Cetera’s disposable coffee cup is cast in ceramic; Tatsuya Kimata’s generic plug socket is carved from white marble; Kris Martin’s wall screw is solid gold; Gavin Turk’s cardboard box is cast in bronze; and Rachel Kneebone’s eggbox is filled with delicate porcelain. Meticulous tromp l’oeil studies of grimy undistinguished patches of a city street, including puddles, broken tiles and railings, focus attention onto the unnoticed fabric of daily life.

Other subtle modifications to objects can subvert their use: wooden bannister rails jointed into an endless loop, public benches where the seat is elevated beyond reach, notebooks opened to face the wall so their contents is entirely obscured, a single black leather glove behind a glass frame, a wind chime pitched to an atonal scale.

Stories and ideologies infiltrate the private sphere through different media channels. Isa Genzken’s Weltempfänger (World Receiver) points to the domestic radio’s influential role in both propaganda and resistance. Rodney Graham’s couple reading a comic magazine in bed enact a popular sketch in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film The Lady Vanishes. Theaster Gates places a charged 1970’s journal article ‘The Black Bourgeoisie’ in the seat of a piano stool. Harry Gruyaert’s TV Shots capture the constant news stories and dramas of 1970s colour television sets. Neil Beloufa carves a constellation of floating cats into compressed wood and power sockets, the ubiquitous trope of online videos and memes streamed into contemporary homes.

“I Was So Entranced Seeing That I Did Not Think About The Sight”. David Birkin’s title directly quotes deaf-blind activist Helen Keller, describing her experience at the top of the newly built Empire State Building in 1932. Birkin exposed a sheet of gelatin silver photographic paper to sunlight at the same location, embossed with a braille transcription of the quote.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Catalogue accompanying 'In and Out of Africa', curated by António Saint Silvestre



The bilingual catalog (Portuguese/English) includes a selection of works from the Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection on view and texts by the collector and the curator of the exhibition António Saint Silvestre and the Director of Núcleo de Arte da Oliva Andreia Magalhães.
Year: 2018
Price: 17 €

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

SPEED Exhibition VIEW

Photography: Frank Kleinbach, Commissioned by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart


"...Many of the works in the group exhibition were made against a backdrop of apprehension and self-destruction during the Cold War, with its at times uncanny resonances with a present moment. The atmosphere contains an obsessive energy, a recurring fascination with rays, mind altering effects and rituals and the systematic sorting and recording of experience. It is sense of frantic repetition and labour, which van Bender described as ‘Divine Drudgery’, a spirit also present in Bruce Conner’s psychedelic inkblot drawings.

There is an impulse of collaboration that brought about SPEED, one that renders the monologue of anxious speculation into a dialogic practice. The exhibition comprises discrete and individual new works, from Richard’s large-scale video mural Phrasing to Thornton’s cinema installation Cut from Liquid to Snake, and yet all elements have been generated from the third mind of collaboration, a channeling of and at times conscious unsettling of each other’s sensitivities. The basic biographical contrasts between Richards and Thornton are apparent: gender, age and sexuality are all points of difference. What has drawn them together is an inclination they seem to share: that of grabbing charged material, and without apparent judgement or moralising, filling and emptying it. There is an attuned pitch for locating and unsettling any received and comfortable meaning. And at the same time, they produce works with a highly specific sense of the contemporary moment and the urgencies that it presents.

Curated by Fatima Hellberg and James Richards with Matt Fitts

Commissioned by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Malmö Konsthall
The second iteration of SPEED takes place at Malmö Konsthall, 15 March – 26 May 2019"


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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

C/O Berlin Kinderguide with a work of HORST ADEMEIT

Glimpse on C/O Berlin Kinderguide
(with your kids ;)


"A whir, a click, and just a few seconds later—without darkroom or negative—an instant photo appears in its familiar white frame as if by magic. Although there were Polaroid processes involving negatives, to most people the brand is associated with one-of-a-kind prints, a symbol of the unique, unrepeatable moment being captured. 
The charm of capturing the spontaneous and uncontrived together with the speed of processing made the Polaroid popular among amateurs and professionals alike. World-renowned artists shaped the aesthetic of an era through their use of instant photography. 

There was a palpable joy in experimentation, with cameras ranging from the classic SX-70 to large-format Polaroids that could be used to create abstract images, interior details, street scenes, landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits. Pop artist Andy Warhol’s affinity to the Polaroid should come as no surprise: the instant photo was ideally suited to the ephemeral worlds of consumer culture and fashion that he moved in and that he himself helped to define. 

Whereas Richard Hamilton retouched his painterly Polaroids, Dennis Hopper used the Polaroid to research his films—for example in the series, Colors, in which he documented the graffiti and street art scene in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Artists Anna and Bernhard Blume used instant photos not as individual snapshots but often as part of larger series of performative artist self-portraits. In its Artist Support Program, Polaroid furthered the work of many artists by equipping them with cameras and film..."

Monday, 9 July 2018

Feature with Jesuys Crystiano in Weekend Edition of SZ



"Die Entdeckung eines Künstlers: Der Brasilianer Jesuys Crystiano lebte lange auf der Straße. Seine ausdrucksvollen und eigensinnigen Zeichnungen prangen auf Mauern und Hauswänden. Jetzt wird sein Nachlass aufgearbeitet."

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow with Works by WESLEY WILLIS

Opening Thursday, June 28, 2018
5–8 p.m.


"Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow explores Chicago’s history of robust recognition and acceptance of self-taught art and artists. Curated by Kenneth C. Burkhart, an independent curator, and Lisa Stone, curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition presents intrinsic themes embodied in the works of 10 Chicago artists: Henry Darger, William Dawson, Lee Godie, Mr. Imagination, Aldo Piacenza, Pauline Simon, Drossos Skyllas, Dr. Charles Smith, Wesley Willis, and Joseph Yoakum."