The final edit of our long-awaited John Isaacs studio visit to Berlin is now ready!
As we mentioned in an earlier post, we went to visit John in his studio last month to find out more about the ideas and production processes behind 5 of his editions, all of which are available through Other Criteria.
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Damien Hirst has just opened a major retrospective of works at the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine. Featuring over 100 works from 1990 - 2008, the exhibition runs until 20th September 2009 and has already attracted over 2000 guests since its opening a couple of days ago.
Other Criteria has published two catalogues to accompany the exhibition, with selected images below.
False Idol (detail), 2008, Calf, gold, glass, gold-plated steel and formaldehyde solution
Nothingness (detail), 2008, Glass, steel, MDF, aluminium and drug packaging
The Promise of Money, 2003, Resin, cow hair, sling, chain, hook,
blood, Iraqi money and mirror
Skull with Iguana and Shark's Jaw, 2008, Oil on canvas
Second Series Biopsy: M132/655 Leukaemia blood, cancer cells, scanning electron
micrograph SPL , 2008, UV inks and household gloss on canvas with hair, glass,
scalpel blades and religious medals
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Haunch of Venison Zurich presents Rachel Howard: Der Wald from 6 June - 15 August.
Mann im Wald, 2009, Acrylic, oil and household gloss on canvas, 123 x 91.5 cm
For her first solo exhibition in Switzerland, British artist Rachel Howard presents
a new body of paintings which explore the furthest reaches of human experience.
Entitled Der Wald, the German word for the forest, the exhibition evokes a shadowy
world in which horrifying acts go unchallenged.
With their distressed surfaces these paintings represent a new development in Howard’s work. They also extend her ongoing investigation into the way in which the human body registers physical and emotional violence. Their departure point is archival photographs which record the bodies of civilians who have been led into the forest and subjected to unknowable brutalities. Howard’s treatment of this historically controversial subject matter involves semi-abstracting the physical form of the figures while making their torture manifest in the picture’s agitated paintwork and roughened surface, creating correspondences between subject and medium.
She says: ‘Der Wald and Mann im Wald are woodland scenes suggesting acts of
hideous cruelty; men contorted by the weight of their own bodies into positions of
excruciating pain, hands chained behind their head, a pose – known banally as the
‘stress position’ – that is still used today. In some of these new paintings I’ve used paint as a way of tarring the canvas, using black to stain and anchor the image but then letting shards of fluorescent pink, yellow or orange show through.’
In these works Howard deliberately sustains an uneasy tension between traditional
associations of the German forest with national pride, enlightenment and romanticism (as in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich or Ernst Ludwig Kirchner), and the nameless abominations that have taken place in the dark heart of the forest, particularly in times of conflict. Like light glimpsed through the trees, the bright colours that are refracted through the blackened surface of Mann im Wald harbour the possibility of hope. Similarly, the small red still lifes of flowers punctuate the larger, more disturbing scenes, offering isolated moments of redemption.
Press Release courtesy Haunch of Venison.
For further information and images contact:
Silvia Lorenz, Haunch of Venison
T +41 (0) 43 422 8888
The work of renowned painter and sculptor Gary Hume is characterised by his invigorating combinations of coloured gloss. In his first major monograph the artist’s rich, affecting work is granted new life in over 200 full-colour illustrations. Using imagery as diverse as polar bears, snowmen and supermodels, Hume turns ephemera into portraits and abstract landscapes – the paintings are simplistic yet engaging and blend a charming naivety with a highly sophisticated grasp of the colour wheel, all of which cements Hume’s position as one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists.
Tequila Sarabia was founded by Eduardo Sarabia in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Since 2002, Sarabia has been researching the traditional production of tequila and developed 3000 litres of his own brand. Made from 100% pure agave from the highlands of Jalisco, Tequila Sarabia offers 3 distinct types of high-quality tequila: Silver, Gold and AÀ±ejo. Each is presented in a unique hand made bottle with a certificate of authenticity. In 2006, Eduardo Sarabia sent 300 litres to Berlin, Germany and opened Salon Aleman, a tequila bar/artist project.
Salon Aleman is a gathering place, an experimentation field for contemporary visual artists creating an innovative connection between their work and a large audience. The project’s premise examines the notion of removing the spectatorship of the traditional viewing experience by inviting an audience that is perhaps unaware of the artistic intentions of the salon. The project first premiered in Berlin, in the basement of unitednationsplaza, a project by Anton Vidokle structured as a seminar/residency program. Salon Aleman has since traveled to venues in cities all over the world, recently including the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the New Museum in New York City and the 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.
In April, Eduardo will be taking his Salon Aleman to Museo de Historia, Bosque de Chalputepec, Mexico. For more information, click here.
The opening of Ashley Bickerton's third exhibition with the gallery was celebrated on 2 April, with many in attendance at Hoxton Square. Below are some photos from the evening. Congratulations to Ashley for another exciting show.
Ashley Bickerton, Installation view, White Cube, Hoxton Square
Marc Quinn, Jay Jopling, Ashley Bickerton, Tracey Emin
Ashley Bickerton, Installation view, White Cube, Hoxton Square
Michael Joo and Julia Royce
Simon Browne, Ashley Bickerton, Rachel Howard, Michael Joo