April 28, 2011

BERLIN: KATRIN FRIDRIKS LEAK OF INFORMATION AT CIRCLECULTURE

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Tonight, at Circleculture Gallery, Iceland-born painter Katrin Fridriks shows her newest works dealing with a 'Leak of information'. The exhibition asks questions about lacks or the inflationary use of communication - what is hidden? What is on display? She employs bright colours as well as metallic, technology based inspirations to broach issues of public awareness and modern (mediated) communication technology. Circleculture has been famous for turning street art into a gallery event and they have had a lot of success and positive feedbacks doing so. The opening takes place tonight up from 7pm. More information and a video below.

April 25, 2011

LONDON: PAUL GRAHAM RETROSPECTIVE AT WHITECHAPEL




Paul Graham's (* 1956, England) photography is sensitive. He observes. Takes pictures of what seems to be normal. Societies, urban life, waiting rooms. But once framed and exposed, the images and scenes are reminiscent of theatre sets. It almost seems staged yet it contains some kind of secrecy, as Graham states: ‘I realised that concealment… has run through… my work, from the landscape of Northern Ireland, and the unemployed tucked away in backstreet offices, to the burdens of history swept under the carpet in Europe or Japan. Concealment of our turmoil from others, from ourselves even’. Since the early 80s, Journeys and road trips throughout the world have provided him with documentary material: "Photographic series such as the A1, Troubled Land, New Europe or American Night British artist Paul Graham presents vivid portrayals of people and places. This comprehensive survey of over 25 years of work demonstrates his innovative approach to documentary, reinventing traditional genres of photography to create a unique visual language."
Whitechapel Gallery in London now exhibits this beautiful and thoughtful work, in fact 100 photographs are exposed.

April 20, 2011

NEVER FORGET: THE KILLING MACHINE

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, "The Killing machine," Installation (2007)  

April 11, 2011

LONDON: RIP IT UP, MASH IT UP, STICK IT UP! - CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE

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In Dadaist tradition, this group exhibition will show works of paper collage - assemblages - by Glenn Ibbitson, Nicholas Wright, Deoborah FIsher, Gillian McIver, Lorena Balbinot, Nazir Tanbouli. Poetic and political, each artist explores the medium quite different. The artist run space will also show several short movies on this Friday up from 7.30pm in their space. (see the flyer below) I have never been to the space, so I am quite curious if the show is good. The opening takes place this Thursday from 7-9pm. All further information, more images and a map below.

April 10, 2011

WATCHLIST: DANIEL RAPLEY




Have you ever thought about reliving history and rewriting a whole bible as they did in the old days when printing and copying was a hard-to-grasp fantasy? Well, I know someone who actually makes a living out of it: With his project "Authorized" Daniel Rapley (*1979), a british artist who currently finishes his MA in Fine Arts at Chelsea College (UAL) in London, literally writes down the King James Version of the Bible by hand. So far he completed nearly 500,000 neatly written words of the Genesis on handwritten A4 sheets of ruled paper. The interesting aspect is not only that his handcraft becomes persistence and somehow questions the whole thing in itself, but also that once the project is displayed no one will be able to feel, or retrace what patience and neatness he had to keep up with. 
See also: danielrapley.co.uk







April 8, 2011

COLOGNE: BENJAMIN TILLIG, TIMOTHY SHEARER AND MORE ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT BOUTIQUE / BAR UNTIL 17.04

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From today until the 17th of April the 'Boutique / Bar' at Ebertplatz invites every evening up from 6pm for art, music and drinks. The two cologne-based artists Benjamin Tillig und Timothy Shearer, as well as other artists, curators and DJs will present different works throughout the period - always in relation to the rather ugly Ebertplatz and its connotation with the rapidly build 60s-80s post-war Cologne architecture. Boutique also suggests itself as a spatiality for young, emerging art, as well as for its scene, its communication and as a place that allows a relaxed encounter - a living-room, so to speak. Boutique will also offer a wide range of danceable musical treats, so that the living-room can be turned into a club. All in all, it sounds like a really nice and ambitious project, which is by the way organized and initiated by DREI. RAUM FÜR KUNST - a gallery that has an increasing influence on shaping Cologne's art scene. All information below.

April 2, 2011

LONDON: IDA APPLEBROOG HAS A THING FOR THE UNCANNY

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American artist Ida Appelbroog (*1929) shows a quite convincing retrospective covering 4 series of works from the last 50 years at Hauser&Wirth in London. As you will see in the exhibition views below, it's not only the paintings fragmentation on several different-sized canvases that makes this show unique, but also the curation: Lying on the floor, standing in the middle of the gallery's main space, each painting seems to have dialogue with one another. The gallery's press release highlights the audience's part and claims that Applebroog's fragmented paintings "effectively question the viewer’s active involvement in her works."  When passing "Marginalia" (the painting-installation) and entering the back room, one stands face-to-face with 'Monalisa' - a wooden installation piece, covered with 'Vagina drawings,' hiding the 'Monalisa'-doll-drawing. It's like a giant version of Duchamp's ‘Étant Donnés,’ a cubic, inaccessible house with wholes that turns the viewer into a voyeur. Her newest piece - 'Caleb' - assembles several versions of the same mutant-like face. All in all, the show's coherence seems to be an uncanny aspect: Something is frightening, weird, a little perverted - some images clearly broach issues of violence, abuse or psychosis  - others seem to be mad - and some are simply sexual. Absolutely worth seeing! (And the Dieter Roth exhibit is just next door) Click on the images or the headline to see all infos, more images and a short documentary on Applebroog.