Yves Netzhammer. The Refuge for Drawbacks

all images © YVES NETZHAMMER

Earlier this year, I wrote a short post about Swiss artist YVES NETZHAMMER. But after having seen his first solo exhibition “Das Reservat Der Nachteile” (The Refuge for Drawbacks) at Kunstmuseum in Bern (Switzerland) last weekend, I thought immediately that was not enough.

Using an extremely concise and symbolic style, his drawings, room installations, murals, and computer-generated videos explore the philosophical and psychological aspects of the game of relationships between man, objects, and elements from the animal and vegetable kingdoms and the transformations that they spawn.

But more recently, YVES NETZHAMMER reveals a growing tendency to create theatrical installations in which the imaginary world of artistic animation films and computer drawings are transposed into a new kind of three-dimensionality. With the addition of precisely timed inserts of music, he constructs stages with symbolic objects on which human anxieties and concerns are expressed and enacted.

And good news:  you can experience in person “Das Reservat Der Nachteile” (The Refuge for Drawbacks) at Kunstmuseum until 2nd February 2011.

ps. YVES NETZHAMMER will be the 25th January for a conversation at Kunstmuseum Bern. See you there!

Robbert Geens

all pictures © ROBBERT GEENS

Today is the first time I’ve heard about ROBBERT GEENS, a performance artist from Belgium where he is doing his final bachelor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

I’ve heard about him because he has released a small book in edition limited and published by pogobooks (definitively one of the best independent publisher for zines and small books, focusing on photography and graphics):

In most cases his work is based on a personal situation or event that is difficult for him to digest. Because he cant place them in his inner life he decides to share them with a crowd. Matters get enlarged and intimate, personal and hidden cases get blazed abroad. By taking an emotional happening out of its private and intimate context, then to place it in public, he gets hold on the processing. He stays close to the anecdote to treasure its purity and authenticity. Yet, by using metaphors he tries to create a detached perspective in order to achieve an universal language.

Keep an eye on this guy, and till then his book “SVART HVITT” is available for 5 euros via pogobooks

Alejandra Villasmil

Deneuve Eyes. 2010

Brigitte. Digital collage. 2010

Ho ho ho ho. collage. 2009

Mirror Mirror. collage on vintage magazine. 2008

Noguchi smile. collage. 2010


Venezuelian artist ALEJANDRA VILLASMIL questions through her work the notions of desire, beauty, and sexuality. One constant in her work is to explore female representation, gender archetypes, glamour, artifice and physical transfiguration by using the same printed sources that sell these ideas. I really appreciate her work characterised by intuitive gestures and cynical humour.

And good news: she is about to launch her own editorial project, artishock.cl!

Beni Bischof. LASERMagazine

special edition: MAKING OF…DUMM SCHAUEN UND KEKSE FRESSEN (Looking Dumb and Eating Cookies). photographic material from the exhibition at the Kunst Halle St.Gallen (Switzerland), August-Oktober 2010.
Edition: 160 pieces

Look what freshly arrived this morning: LASERMagazine!

The LASERMagazine is a selection of drawings, collages, photos. It’s published six times a year in the shape of a handmade “zine” (including posters or original drawings) by the Swiss artist BENI BISCHOF who has been earlier this year featured on WFW.

BISCHOF is best known for his lively and absurd cosmos he creates through the manipulation and modification of existing things. Besides music, literature and particularly TV programmes, gossip magazines, the knick-knacks of the consumer society and the most inexhaustible treasure trove, the internet, serve as inspiration and starting material for his penetratively funny and simultaneously slightly disturbing works.

In terms of content the young St. Gallen artist cannot be summed up under one heading despite a very visible interest in pop and underground. It is not surprising that BENI BISCHOF looks for alternative and efficient opportunities to distribute his work, such as LASERMagazine, which he sees as an art gallery.

A pure gem!


Han Chao

all pictures © HAN CHAO

With frankness and vivacity Chinese photographer HAN CHAO, 25 years old, documents his life as a gay man. The intimate photos of friends, lovers and other aspects of his world build up a mood and aesthetic that combines elements of claustrophobia (nearly all of the photos were shot indoors, in cramped, cluttered rooms) and happiness.

If you want to know more, I really invite you to read this interesting review of his exhibition “Rhapsody for my Wretched Little Universe” he had last month at the Zen Foto gallery in Shibuya.

Patrick O’Dell

all pictures from http://www.epiclylaterd.com/

Epicly Later’d is the name of the blog that American photographer PATRICK O’DELL aggressively updates since 2004, with photos of his road trips, musicians, photographers, artists, and a whole revolving cast of friends and drunken strangers.

PATRICK O’DELL is not only good to capture what’s around him but he is also the photo editor of Vice, where he now hosts his own documentary skateboard show for the magazine’s online television network, vbs.tv.

Enough said. It’s you turn to get lost in the tons of pictures on Epicly Later’d and to experience PATRICK O’DELL‘s life!

found via thatdoesnot.com

Carson Fisk-Vittori

Dirty Feet. 2009

Eight things you need to know about CARSON FISK-VITTORI:

  1. Her work is about everyday objects and environments
  2. Familiar objects are presented in situations that reveal material essence and create new visual conversations
  3. She is interested in the relationship between art and design, and the parallel between the gallery and ordinary spaces
  4. The plant life and natural elements in her work emphasize a complex relationship between the natural and human-constructed worlds
  5. Conversations, jokes, and mistakes are important to her process
  6. FISK-VITTORI belongs to the collective Real Normal, along with AREND DEGRUYTER-HELFER, AYLOR BROWN and BAILEY SALISBURY
  7. And she also runs a botanical-inspired personal blog called Flowershop
  8. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois

Helena Almeida

Estudo para um Enriquecimento Interior. 1977

Sente-me (Feel Me). 1979
Ouve-me. 1979

Desenho habitado. 1975

Seduzir. 2002
Listen to me. 1979


Desenho. 1999

Dentro de Mim. 1998

Portuguese artist HELENA ALMEIDA emerged on to the Portuguese art scene in the early 1960s after having studied painting at the University of Fine Art in Lisbon. Like many of her contemporaries, she embraced the desire to liberate colour into three-dimensional space and began experimenting with ways of breaking with the confines of a canvas.

Over the last forty years ALMEIDA has combined painting, photographic imagery, and drawing to explore intimacy, sensation and the limits of the body. But many of her experiments took the form of private performances, which her husband, the architect ARTUR ROSA, would photograph: “I turn myself into a drawing. My body as a drawing, myself as my own work – that was what I was searching for“- by HELENA ALMEIDA

WFW Amazon Store

WE FIND WILDNESS Amazon Store

For just a moment, we’ll set creative things to the side and come back to what’s really important: shopping (!).

Yeah it’s done, I did it. It just happened. I open my brandnew WE FIND WILDNESS Store on Amazon.

I’ve made a selection of books, magazines, cds, dvds and other creative delights that I like, I share with you on WFW or simply that I’d love to get! I will make sure to keep adding new products every week. And don’t be shy: let me know if you have suggestions!

Kids, we only have one life!

Margi Geerlinks

Gepetto II. 1999. Cibachrome, Plexiglas, Dibond. 49 x 70 inches (124 x 178 cm)

Gepetto I. 1999. Cibachrome, Plexiglas, Dibond. 49 x 70 inches (124 x 178 cm)

Pinocchio. 1999. Cibachrome, Plexiglas, Dibond. 49 x 70 inches (124 x 178 cm)

MARGI GEERLINKS‘s work is concerned with the ways the human species creates an identity for themselves, and the forces that seem to govern this process.

Being deeply physical, her art confronts us with the many things that literally mold our beings into shape. Taking the body as a canvas she tries to show both the current identity of the person photographed and the things that make her become someone else.

Dutch artist MARGI GEERLINKS born in 1970, studied Fine Arts in Amsterdam and Kampen and took part in a Masters Program at the Sandberg Institute.

Guy Le Tatooer

tattoo arm for exhibition at Gimpel & Müller gallery Paris 2010
done with a traditional electric system

tattoo arm for exhibition at Gimpel & Müller gallery Paris 2010
done with a traditional electric system

exhibition at Gimpel & Müller gallery Paris 2010

all pictures from http://guyletatooer.com/

Yesterday evening I’ve been completely blown away by the work of  GUY LE TATOOER, a French tattooist. Since then I can’t stop thinking about his drawings and tattoos.

Make sure to check out his website http://guyletatooer.com/. Attention: content highly addictive!

found via sang bleu

Philipp Engelhardt

Hildapromenade 4. 2010. Video installation loop
all pictures © WFW

PHILIPP ENGELHARDT is a magician and incidentally very talented. He had this great idea to animate eight polaroids that he found on the street. The result is an animated photo album narrating a new story in a new context. Simple idea, large impact!

PHILIPP ENGELHARDT is a German student who combines, rebuilds and repeats his own or, sometimes like for this project, found visual materials.

Make sure to watch the video above and to check out the process on his website

And you can view this project during the exhibition “N’oublions pas que le vertige se prend sur les hauteurs” at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse until 09 January, 2011

For those of you who can’t make it either because you are too far away or you didn’t get a slot, you can view more pictures of this exhibition here

Natacha Paganelli

Kolo. 2009. courtesy Méroé Film. music by MATTHIEU CHAUVIN

Just because it was excellent: today, I’m strongly decided to present you two artists that I had the chance to discover yesterday evening during the opening of the exhibition “N’oublions pas que le vertige se prend sur les hauteurs” at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse (France).

French artist NATACHA PAGANELLI created this kaleidoscopic fiction during an artist-in-residence program in Serbia. Her work created there depicts the conflicting elans and the hopes of this country where the folklore, like all the traditions, evokes the time “before the war” but can also become an identity assertion.

You can view this video in person at Kunsthalle Mulhouse until 09 January, 2011

For those of you who can’t make it either because you are too far away or you didn’t get a slot, you can view more pictures of this exhibition here

Elke Krystufek

Size does not matter, age does matter. 2006
courtesy: ELKE KRYSTUFEK. Georg Kargl Fine Arts Vienna. (c) 2006
photo MAK/GEORG MAYER

Mrs Ader. 2006
courtesy: ELKE KRYSTUFEK. Georg Kargl Fine Arts Vienna. (c) 2006
photo MAK/GEORG MAYER

From the series “In the Arms of America”. 1995
Black chalk and acrylic on paper . 61 × 45 cm

I hate my desire for food. 1999
Pencil on paper. 60 x 40 cm

TABOU TABOO. 2009
Installation view at Austrian Pavillion for the Venice Biennale 09
hescape. acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Photo: HERTHA HURNAUS

TABOU TABOO. 2009
Installation view at Austrian Pavillion for the Venice Biennale 09
painting on glass: One Day, 2009. right: hescape, 2009
Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Photo: HERTHA HURNAUS

TABOU TABOO. 2009
Installation view at Austrian Pavillion for the Venice Biennale 09
hescape. acrylic on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Photo: HERTHA HURNAUS

Chris Two. 1991
courtesy: ELKE KRYSTUFEK


During the past twenty years, Viennese-born artist ELKE KRYSTUFEK has created a complex, often provocative, internationally acknowledged body of work comprising of drawings, texts, photomontages, photographs, sculpture and video in the performative scenarios of her installations, in which she usually features herself as the central figure.

Her work is dedicated to transgressing social taboos but in the same time, opens up new perspectives of the survival as well as the temporality of art, and the role of women in art, all closely interwoven with themes such as religion, femininity, and myth.

Recently she has been commissioned by VALIE EXPORT and SILVIA EIBLMAYR to represent Austria at the Venice Biennale in 2009 along with DORIT MARGREITER and FRANZISKA & LOIS WEINBERGER (picture 5, 6, 7).

Valie Export

Body Sign Action. 1970

In a live performance on 2 July 1970, that took place in Frankfurt (Germany), the Austrian artist VALI EXPORT had a garter tattooed on her thigh.

VALI EXPORT is one of the founders of contemporary media art in Europe. Over the decades her multimedia work develops performance and feature film, film live action, experiments with camera and “Expanded Cinema“, installation and video, photography and recently digital photography. In the sixties she was the only woman among the Vienna Group of action artists. Moreover, as a woman artist under the influence of at the time emerging feminist thinking she was using her own body and overtly showing female sexuality in order to provoke moral standards and public order, gender discrimination and dominant patriarchal discourse.

Body Sign Action is a powerfully example of the body’s sign function: the body as field of inscription by a social code. The garter is used as as sign of past enslavement, as a symbol of repressed sexuality. At the same time, art is irrevocably engraved on her body.

All her works on http://www.valieexport.org/