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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

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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