Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
TOMAS LAHODA – AD PAINTINGS II
29. MARTS – 19. MAJ 2007.
MARCH 29TH – MAY 19TH 2007.
WELCOME TO THE OPENING THURSDAY MARCH 29TH 2007, 5 – 8 PM.
With AD PAINTINGS II Tomas Lahoda continues the series he exhibited under the same title at Galerie Birthe Laursen in 2005. A batch of new paintings get back in the ring with the glamorous world of fashion in which Lahoda finds his topics. The reflecting artist dissects the surface of advertising and creates pictures that digs deeper. These new paintings are focusing on perfume and cosmetics that become a symbol of ultimate superficiality, in which we hide our inner selves. As spectators we assume the point of view of the models, and a fear-provoking scenario takes place in front of the mirror. Behind the bright childish, neon coloured pastiches of perfume flacons, deformed models that absolutely won’t live up to the expectations of the material world’s reality-twisting perfection are revealed. A world that pretends to offer the eternally new and beautiful, creating a permanent desire for our narcissistic satisfaction – an ideal perverted modern altar.
Tomas Lahoda is born in 1954 in the Czech Republic and he lives and works in both Prague and Copenhagen. He is educated at The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague 1973- 1979. Tomas Lahoda has done many solo and group shows mainly in Denmark and the Czech Republic but also in USA, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. He has worked as conservator at Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery and as associate professor and leader of the painting department at Jutland Art Academy in Århus.
The catalogue AD PAINTINGS II and high resolution press photos will be available at the gallery.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Danish Arts Council's Committee for Visual Arts.
Posted by J-P Brask at 11:04:00 AM
Monday, March 26, 2007
::: Tree days workshop :::
Professor Hein in Copenhagen...Jeppe Hein was teaching at the Royal Danish Art Academy in Copenhagen last week.
The workshop was taking point in the German movie "Lauf der Dinge".
The students saw the movie and then they had 2 hole days together with Jeppe, to do their own "Lauf der Dinge" at the Academy.
Big Opening last Wednesday,
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PERPS, USERS AND UTOPIA
Laurel Roth & Andy Diaz Hope
March 30 - May 5, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 6-8pm
Schroeder Romero is pleased to present the group exhibition, Perps, Users and Utopia, featuring work by Peggy Diggs, Laurel Roth & Andy Diaz Hope, and Heidi Schlatter. The works in the exhibition transform ideas of social design.
Peggy Diggs' project, WorkOut, was inspired by society's future need for living in constricted living conditions due to global warming over the next 20 years. More people will be living in emergency shelters due to natural disasters or will downsize their homes due to rising costs of fuel. Diggs chose to collaborate with a community that had experience in confined living habitats and, with a Creative Capital grant, she worked with 15 incarcerated men (over 90% of them incarcerated for life) at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford, outside Philadelphia, for 18 months in 2005-2006. After design workshops and spatial problem-solving exercises, they produced cardboard models of their ideas. All materials to construct the objects had to be in compliance with the prison's strict rules. One prototype was chosen by the prisoners for full-scale production - a partially collapsible desk/storage unit to be made out of sturdy cardboard. The units were hand-made and painted by the inmates in their aesthetic influences: tattoos, grafitti art, labyrinths, tribal art, and the backs of playing cards. The prison forbade the selling of the units, so the prisoners decided to donate 20 desks to residents at Riverview Home, a Philadelphia city-run care facility for ailing and elderly homeless individuals. On view in the exhibition will be examples of the desks as well as documentation of the project.
Laurel Roth and Andy Diaz Hope have collaborated on a custom chandelier titled Blood, Money and Tears. The artists chose several chandeliers which were then dissassembled, chromed at a Harley shop, and reassembled with certain key elements upside down to create a mirroring effect. Dripping with hundreds of syringes and garlanded with strings of multicored pills forming a mandala pattern, and Swarovski crystal, the chandelier becomes a vehicle for the viewer to meditate on society's use of drugs and pharmaceutical, whether recreational or prescribed, to modify behavior, emotion and perception.
Laurel Roth will also explore the man-controlled extremism of designer pets by showing pet skulls made of resin. The chihuahua, the persian cat, the pit bull and the english bulldog represent animals that we have modified for our own purposes and pleasure to such extremes that we have created difficulties for both the animals and ourselves.
Heidi Schlatter’s project, The Globex Corporation, focuses on the New Urbanist community of Celebration, a town created in Florida by the Disney Corporation. Celebration’s mission was to promote a return to the small-town American scale and values of an earlier era in America – a nostalgia for a period in American history which may never have truly existed. Schlatter’s work looks at the myth of small town America, and how it is repackaged and sold as a solid real estate investment and as a premise for continued sprawl. It examines architecture as an instrument of social control with the gloss of utopian vision as its veneer. Her “look-alike” photographs present images of houses from Celebration next to examples of historic small town homes from the Northeastern U.S., in an attempt to find the original iconic architectural styles that the Disney home designs were based on. The photographs resemble real estate ads, while referencing documentary photography of banal, similar structures. The lightbox montage image presents a photographic sampler - a generalized vision of the Celebration experience.
Posted by J-P Brask at 10:18:00 AM
Friday, March 23, 2007
Drawing influence from Hermetic Sciences to Hulk Hogan and Harald Hardrada to He-Man, Matt Leines draws pictures that depict the culture and conflicts of a fantasy world inhabited by mustached men, wild beasts, and living architecture. Leines presents himself as an insider in an outsider’s world, where he serves as both creator and narrator. The emphatically meticulous lines speak to a primitive, yet undeniably modern aesthetic. Image: Untitled (Lion), 2006, ink and watercolor on paper, 11 x 8.5 in (27.9 x 21.6 cm).
Artslant met up with Matt Leines to talk about his drawings, what influences him and how he makes his work.
AS: The subject matter in your work references a blend of folkloric imagery with a contemporary graphic play, can you tell me more about the imagery in your work?
ML: I always have problems just saying things about my work. My imagery is an amalgam of things that have floated through my head and adapted from basically everything I've seen until it's been filtered enough to exist in the same world. Yes, I'm interested in folklore and through my drawings I've learned more about folk traditions I wasn't aware of, and as i learn things I'm sure those things turn in the drawings.
To read the full interview
Posted by J-P Brask at 4:20:00 PM
Thursday, March 22, 2007
April 16 - May 12, 2007
“Adler is literally pushing against her materials, asking canvas and pastel to function in a way contrary to their design. But, this is exactly her intention ? a subversion of the essential nature of her media.”
- (Rachel Teagle, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2007 )
Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce Player’s History, Los Angeles
based artist Amy Adler’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Adler’
s work has most recently been featured in solo museum exhibitions at the
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado and the Museum of Contemporary Art,
San Diego (2006-7). Past exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, Los
Angeles (2002), The Photographers Gallery, London (2001), and the Museum
of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998).
Player’s History is comprised of eight framed pastel drawings on canvas.
The present exhibition marks the second occasion at the gallery on which
Adler will exhibit work on canvas - this following two prior exhibitions
featuring work in the artist’s then signature media of unique color
photographic print. As in earlier works, Adler’s source material is
photographic ? in this case, found photographs of young, famous
international and unknown amateur chess players subsequently rendered,
sans opponent, in light tones of gray pastel on canvas. Depicted
characters serve as double-stand-ins; at once representations of the
tenuous yet persisting and, for Adler, foundational concepts of
“photograph” and “drawing” and at the same serving as self portraits,
depictions of the artist and her negotiation with and through the
Where Adler’s past photographic works had an air of permanence -
drawing distanced, encased within the cibachrome panel, the present
works benefit from a tension inherent in the fragile; pastel dust on
canvas, the drawings function, in part, as a trace of the more ephemeral
aspects of photographic production.
Posted by J-P Brask at 11:35:00 AM
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery is pleased to present a new series of paintings and drawings by Michael Rodriguez, marking his second solo show with the gallery.
Rodriguez continues his signature use of repetitive, circular gestures, but seems to have ‘zoomed out’ from the earlier paintings to reveal more sprawling, intricate structures. Subtle geometric color fields divide the backgrounds of the paintings while colorful rayon fibers - pink, light blue, ochre, and purple – rise to the surface and emerge between the clusters of opalescent cells. At times, the bold, oil spill of rayon fibers is haphazard, more like a reckless stain than the calculated pour of earlier paintings.
In describing Rodriguez’s paintings and process, Barry Schwabsky writes: “It’s as though a purely Cartesian spatial rationalism – the simple positing of the two axes and their arbitrary meeting at point 0 – had given rise to some far more vitalist sense of lived space, forms bubbling up into rudimentary existence out of some elemental breach in the unity of ether. Here, existence itself takes on a metaphorical image as a sort of vital process.” (From “Process and Paradox” Catalog Essay, g-module Gallery, Paris, 2005)
Like the paintings, the drawings employ the use of various materials, in this case ink and enamel - subtle and bold, respectively. The series of drawings take on another dimension as enamel is poured on top of the cellular structure, accenting and mimicking the circular forms. The enamel, similar to the final layer of rayon fibers used in the paintings, draws our attention to the multi-layered universe Rodriguez creates in his work
Posted by J-P Brask at 5:28:00 PM