Showing posts from 2010

Absalon at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany

KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is presenting the first comprehensive solo exhibition by the Israeli artist Absalon. Absalon, born in Ashdod (Israel) in 1964, died at the age of 28 in Paris in 1993. In only a few years he created an oeuvre of extraordinary complexity and coherence which – even if forever unfinished – yet never remains fragmentary.

Absalon at Kunst-Werke Berlin, Institute for Contemporary Art. Berlin / Germany, November 27, 2010. Video by Anna Gerasimova.

From the press release:

Absalon engages himself with spaces in systematic and successive ways. By taking questions around essential human activitiesPreview and basic forms such as the rectangular, the square, the triangle and the circle as his starting points, he begins by emptying out the encountered spaces before restructuring and refilling them with the help of simple forms. These test assemblies, further developed later on by means of objects, drawings, photographs and films, come to a full circle in A…

Matthew Brannon "Wit's End" at David Kordansky Gallery

Los Angeles-based artists Matthew Brannon recently had a solo show at David Kordansky Gallery in Culver City, California. The show is an excellent example of how an artist uses different media to covey certain conceptual strategies that explore notions of artistic practice, painting, commerce, comedy and aesthetics. 
From the press release:
Entitled "Wit's End,"  the exhibition represents a radical complication and amplification of themes present in Brannon's practice to date. These include the subversion of language, notions of fiction and autobiography, and a conceptual re-imagination of artistic practice in the context of visual culture, commerce, and repressed desire.
In Wit's End, Brannon puts the gallery to use as a theatre of aesthetic moves and counter-moves, a cerebral system which is continually ruptured by artworks that pull the signifying rug out from the exhibition as a whole. While the show includes sculpture, unique letterpress prints, and a sound wo…

A Selection of Early Videos by William Wegman

Troika: Falling Light. Interview with Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel at Design Miami 2010. Miami Beach, November 30, 2010.

Falling Light is an immersive installation by the London art and design studioTroika. It consists of 50 ceiling-mounted illumination devices that immerse the visitor in a virtual shower of light “drops”. This is achieved by projections of light through an optically pure, custom-cut Swarovski crystal lens. VernissageTV’s Sabine Trieloff met with two of the Troika designers, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel at their booth at Design Miami. In this interview, the two designers talk about their installation “Falling Light” and their work in general. Troika are Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel, who met while studying at the Royal College of Art, and subsequently started their London-based studio in 2003. The trio is widely known for its experiential artworks. Troika’s practice is positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Falling Light is part of Swarovski’s Crystal Palace series that produced installations by designers such as Greg Lynn’s

Master Class Neo Rauch at Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe in Ettlingen, Germany

It’s a tradition at Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe in Ettlingen, Germany, to present each year a class of a German Fine Art Academy. This year, it’s the Master Class of the renowned German painter and principal artist of the New Leipzig SchoolNeo Rauch. The artists are Stefan Guggisberg, David O’Kane, Sebastian Burger, Carolin Knoth, Robert Seidel, Kristina Schuldt, Mandy Kunze. They all have in common that they work 2-dimensional, in painting and drawing, and in the figurative tradition that made the Leipzig School famous. VernissageTV attended the opening of the exhibition. Meisterklasse Neo Rauch – Der ehemalige Norden. Master Class Neo Rauch at Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe Ettlingen / Germany. Opening reception, November 19, 2010.

Contemporary Istanbul 2010

Ciprian Muresan at Mihai Nicodim Gallery October 30- December 4, 2010

Ciprian Muresan October 30 – December 04, 2010 Mihai Nicodim Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo show in the US of artist Ciprian Muresan. The artist’s practice is not confined to a specific medium. He is commenting on art’s historical values through works in a multitude of media from drawing to photography to video. This exhibition is built around “Auto-da-fe”, the artist’s seminal work first presented in 2008 at Art Basel Statements, Switzerland and at Venice Biennale 2009.
“A few pages from Elias Cannetti’s “Die Blendung / Auto-da-fe” (1932) are graffitoed throughout the cities of Romania. The text acquires a monumental quality, while the processes of subjective dissolution it describes are embedded into the monumental. The resonance of each sentence, it’s persistent attempts to locate and rearrange the flotsam of a disintegrating subjectivity, are set against the immobility of walls and enclosures. The rambling monologue that Cannetti’s protagonist addresses to his library…

Tom Allen "Summerlands" at Richard Telles Fine Art

OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 27, 2010

Tom Allen’s paintings combine a personal response to the legacy of Romanticism with an enduring interest in the occult. In his recent paintings, the artist has turned his attention to the remains of once-living things (trees, an abalone)that have taken on a new life, transformed by processes of excoriation and decay. Anchored by Summerlands, a suite of four identically formatted driftwood "portraits," this exhibition is the artist's most focused to date.

Tom Allen on the Summerlands series:
I think of these paintings almost as images of statues, or ghosts. I was aiming for a kind of sublimated figuration; I wanted them to operate more through suggestion than depiction. The title refers to the American Spiritualist Andrew Jackson Davis. In his writing, he described the ‘Summer Land,’ an ‘inhabited belt of solid spiritualized matter,’ a celestial zone populated by transfigured souls who had passed away on Earth. This s…

Design Lounge by Florian Borkenhagen / Cologne Fine Art & Antiques / Interview

With the 2010 edition Cologne Fine Art & Antiques introduced a new sector to the fair: contemporary design. One of the highlights is the Design Lounge that was conceived by the German designer and artist Florian Borkenhagen (represented by Gabrielle Ammann Gallery, Cologne). For the fair, he created some kind of Luna Park centered around a carousel that invites visitors to relax from the excitement of the fair. In this video, Florian Borkenhagen talks about his career, the concept of the Design Lounge, and upcoming projects.

Design Lounge by Florian Borkenhagen / Gabrielle Ammann Gallery, Cologne Fine Art & Antiques / Interview with Florian Borkenhagen, November 16, 2010.

The Conjurer by Hieronymous Bosch


2010 California Biennial: Interview with Alexandra Grant

Mario Vasquez October 4 at 8:40am
Thanks for doing this interview with me. I want to begin by talking about your beginnings. How did you become an artist?

Alexandra Grant October 11 at 8:48pm
A good question. I don't know if I ever wasn't an artist. My mother recently found a school project of mine from ages 7 or 8. The teacher had assigned us to write a newspaper article. I decided to make an entire newspaper.  I enlisted my best friend as a journalist and she wrote several articles. I came up with the rest, designed the mast-head, and had my mother drive to a photocopy shop in Mexico City that could print the whole thing on newsprint. I'll never forget the teacher's reaction when I handed her the project. My answer, I suppose, is that since I was a child I've  imagined the entire "symphony" first and then the melodies. As an adult, art is the platform, the bigger project, the symphonic or newspaper space that allows me to explore all the ideas -- bot…