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Jon Kessler: The World is Cuckoo (Clock) 2016

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For Manifesta 11 in Zürich (Switzerland), the artist Jon Kessler created a complex kinetic sculpture titled The World is Cuckoo (Clock). The artwork appears to be driven by the tiny tourbillon mechanism from inside a watch that was specially designed by Officine Panerai’s master watchmaker Adriano Toninelli. The miniature movement of the tourbillon is transferred through cylindrical zoetropes up to a neon sign that reads ‘the world is cuckoo clock’. Actually the sculpture is powered by other means – making the hoax a metaphor for ‘cuckoo’ manipulations of power. During Manifesta 11, the work is on display at the Les Ambassadeurs shop in Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich.

Jon Kessler: The World is Cuckoo (Clock) 2016, Manifesta 11, Zürich. Les Ambassadeurs, Zürich (Switzerland), July 8, 2016.

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Annelie McKenzie "Man in Canoe and Grizzly" and Susan Silas "the self portrait sessions" at CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

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Art can be a reflection of many things. Art can reflect the past, it can reflect ourselves in a moment of intimacy, or it can contemplate life and death. Two solo shows, Annelie McKenzie "Man in Canoe and Grizzly" and Susan Silas "the self portrait sessions,"at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, California, present the viewer a mirror into both the artist's own exploration of life, fleeting beauty and the inevitable end, and art as reflective conduit where one contemplates an identity or a longing for place.

In "Man in Canoe and Grizzly," McKenzie paints images of old master paintings and well known Canadian works of art. The paint is applied thickly and visceral. However, the image is recognizable to the viewer who sees the various subject matter that McKenzie paints. The strategy is conceptual in that McKenzie's paintings are exercises in both remembering and contemplating the art that one loves. Old master works are a way of presenting a dialogue bet…