Tomáš Vanek & Livraison Magazine

TOMÁŠ VANĚK for Livraison Magazine #III, Secret Identities. 2007-2008 (xeroxed then scanned by WFW)

TOMÁŠ VANĚK is a Czech artist best known for his concept of “Particips”, a term he uses to define performances and objects conceived for a specific place and situation. Most recently, with the help of stereophonic microphones, he has been making specific sound recordings of private spaces, which he describes as sound sculptures
This time, I choose to share with you a text he wrote for the Swedish magazine Livraison – one of the best mag ever! – Issue III which was about secret (great topic by the way). Enough said. Be inspired!

Popel Coumou

Untitled 2007. 87 x 130 cm

Untitled 2007. 87 x 130 cm

Untitled 2006. 87 x 130 cm

Untitled 2008. 87 x 130 cm

Untitled 2008. 87 x 130 cm

To obtain these surreal spaces, Dutch photographer POPEL COUMOU uses a great variety of techniques (paint, clay, fabric, plastics) to construct the illusion of a place. She then carefully lights this architectural collage to add the suggestion of a third dimension to the photographs she takes of these scenes. The result is an image that seems to hold the mid ground between painterly abstraction and geometric photography.

Although people are very rarely visible in her works, their actions and habits do form a pivotal element of these scenes. POPEL COUMOU uses this suggested human interference in the space to create a familiar feeling; a visual grip for the recognition of an abstract construction.

Good news: on Saturday the 27th of November TORCH gallery, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) will open with an exhibition of new work by POPEL COUMOU

Make sure to check out her videos via Vimeo

Madelon Vriesendorp

A Casa. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association

Apres L’amour. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association

Self Immolation. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association

Freud Unlimited. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association

Flagrant Delit. 1975. Courtesy Architectural Association

MADELON VRIESENDORP is an artist/ designer/ craftswoman /compulsive collector/ one of the founding member of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975 and additionally the wife of REM KOOLHAAS (ndlr: VRIESENDORP’s painting Flagrant Délit—in which the Chrysler and Empire State buildings are caught red-handed, in post-coital embrace, by the Rockefeller Centre features in KOOLHAAS’ book “Delirious New York“).

If you like her work, good news: her work can be seen alongside that of her daughter Charlie Koolhaas at the current exhibition “Room for Thought” on show at Galerie Lucy Mackintosh, Lausanne, until 27 November 2010.

And below, two goodies: one is the trailer for the exhibition she had last year in Basel and the second is a picture of a – small – part of her object archive:

Trailer / The World of Madelon Vriesendorp

Object Archive. The City

The World of Madelon Vriesendorp: Paintings/Postcards/Objects/Games” is a book that brings together the Dutch artist’s wildly diverse practices from the past thirty-five years, including painting, drawing, collecting, recycling, sculpture and psychological game-devising as well as the serious business of collecting what Walter Benjamin once called “the trash of history”.

Richard Learoyd

Anne. 2007

Breeze Blocks with Hare. 2007

Squid Front. 2007

Fish Heart. 2009


The particularity in RICHARD LEAROYD‘s work is the remarkable process: his images are produced individually as singular objects. Utilizing a distinct photographic method he creates life sized images inside a specifically built camera. This construction captures the image without any interposing film negative, transparency or intermediate material. Instead the apparatus of light is directly focussed by the camera and translated onto a sheet of positive photographic paper. With no means of reproduction, once created, ultimately every image is entirely unique in its existence.

These minimal compositions contradict complex and restrictive rules dictated by the physics of optics and light. I’ve also read that he spends hours studying his model and making tiny adjustments until he gets what he wants. He rarely makes more than a handful of images in a sitting.

But the extraordinary results are best described by MARTIN BARNES, chief curator of photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in his 2007 essay “Reverie and Presence”, read here.

Anna Linderstam

The Lack of Sequence. 2008 © Hasselblad Foundation

This morning, I stumbled upon the work of Swedish artist ANNA LINDERSTAM . Totally impressed by her images, I can’t resist to publish one of her works on WFW.

ANNA LINDERSTAM works with photography, video, performance and installation in which she investigate human interaction, notions of changing identity and moments of transformation that people pass through when under stress.

“The Lack of Sequence” is a quiet drama carefully constructed exploring the relation between time, physical exertion, submission and dominance within the performative space of photography. The model was asked to perform an exhausting pose that was held over a length of time, testing the boundaries between the controlled pose and its final moment of collapse. After several hours the model’s body appears to be fixed. She is here suspended between object and subject, alien and known.

Keep an eye on this girl! Meanwhile you can see more via

Thomas Ruff

cassini 26. 2009. Chromogenic print
108.5 x 108.5 x 4 cm. Edition of 6

cassini 32. 2009. Chromogenic print
108.5 x 108.5 x 4 cm. Edition of 6

nudes ku12. 2001. Cibachrome with Diasec
129.2 x 100.3 cm. Edition of 5

German photographer THOMAS RUFF has been capturing and questioning the essence of photography as both a means and a tool for visual experience for more than two decades, completing a dozen series of photographs that range from seemingly banal images of streets and buildings to computer-generated prints of sensuous psychedelic colour fields. He carries out these investigations using his own analog and digital photographs, computer-generated images, alongside images culled from scientific archives, print media, and the Internet.

For the cassini series (the first two pictures) are based on photographic captures of Saturn taken by NASA’s Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft, which
launched in 2004 and completed its initial four-year mission in June 2008. RUFF acquired these black and white raw images from NASA’s website, where they were broadcast directly from the spacecraft and made available for public download. Through computer manipulation, he infused
each gray-scale image with saturated color.

Every photo makes a claim. In order to prove that the visual claim is right, I have to set up a whole series of similar shots – like a scientist carrying out a series of experiments. Apart from that, I am convinced that it is not enough to make a portrait of just one person if you want to get an idea of the human being. In order to have as comprehensive a picture as possible, you have to make portraits of as many people as possible. The same applies to houses, heavenly bodies, newspaper photos, night shots and so on, right down to sexual fantasies. A single picture is too little, that is why I work in series“.

Ting Cheng

TING CHENG.”one and two and up and down”
Printed in June 2010. First Edition
PogoBooks #005. ISBN 978-3-942547-04-8
32 Pages. Softcover
14,8 x 21 cm. Color Offset

Four things you need to know about Taiwan based photographer TING CHENG and this book:

  • Though I’m already 24, I still fall over easily while walking.
  • The biggest wish in my a childhood was my brother not to tell
    anyone that I peed on the bed last night.
  • If u guys go traveling, please remember to pack me into your luggages. I am small enough
    to be stuffed into somewhere.
  • I want to be my own daughter and
    wish to be an artist resident in outer-space in the future

“one and two and up and down” is available in the Pogo Bookshop for eight euros!

Reza Abedini

posters by REZA ABEDINI

Here is a small selection of REZA ABEDINI‘s posters, a powerful figure in contemporary Iranian graphic design.

REZA ABEDINI is an independent graphic designer who mainly works for the cultural sector in Theran (theater, film, reviews, artists). He is also member of the International Graphic Alliance (AGI) and a graphic design teacher at the University of Theran. In 2006, he was awarded by Holland’s Prince Claus Fund.

ABEDINI’s singular style is the result of his competent handling of the Persian script in combination with photography or drawing and the effective use of a reduced but strong range of colours. He is definitively one of those graphic designers who don’t hesitate to redesign and modernize classic fonts of the Arab alphabet:

In Iran, calligraphy is a sacred thing, and not everybody like me touching it. Some people felt that calligraphy should be left to the calligraphers.REZA ABEDINI for IDPURE #23

His designs are more than just communication of information, they also serve to connect different cultures in an unusual and outstanding way.

Marianne Plo

Les Hordes by MARIANNE PLO. 2007

MARIANNE PLO is a French artist, Director, performer and also member of the band Lassie. Her work is mainly based on drawings which she simply creates by using ball-point pens and felt-tips.

My drawings are collages inspired by the current events, by fairy tales, by legends and popular icons in order to create a coincidence’s play, a very personal mythology.

Welcome in the futuristic and poetic world of MARIANNE PLO!

Hanna & Klara Liden

Untitled (Sisters). 2006. Digital C-Print. 30 x 40 inches

HANNA and KLARA LIDEN are sisters. HANNA‘s photographic world explores alternative subcultures with a cinematic eye. And with a massive touch of gothic and supernatural. (Good news: HANNA is exhibiting her work in Zürich at Galerie Gmurzynska until December 20, 2010).

HANNA proposes an architecture of piracy and détournement, a deviation of existing materials and spaces from their normal functions and uses. Her material interventions – frequently accompanied by performative actions – are also a means of de-programming everyday behavior and experience.

Although HANNA and KLARA develop a distinct artistic work, sometimes they work together. As for Untitled (Sisters), the two sisters pose in front of a bulldozer.

ps. This picture is also the exhibition poster of a new exhibition “Fresh Hell” at Palais de Tokyo and also works as the Palais magazine cover.

Trine Søndergaard

Strude #16. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches

Strude #27. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches

Strude #19. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches

Strude #20. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches

Strude #17. 2008. Chromogenic print. 23 x 23 inches

For a period of the three years Danish photographer TRINE SØNDERGARD visited the Danish island of Fanø to take theses portraits of local women dressed up in their traditional costumes.

My work with Strude began at a local museum on a small Danish island where women’s folk dresses were exhibited on faceless cloth dummies. The colours were intense and the detail intricate, but it was the mask-like hood that drew my eye. A garment called a “strude”, worn by women in the past to protect their faces against the elements and still worn at the annual fête I returned to year after year to make the work.”

SØNDERGARD’s approach to this series is not as an ethnographic nor typographical study, but rather reveals an attention to almost imperceptible moods and elements—how much is visible, what is said and what is unsaid, what is exposed and what is unexposed.

Read more about her work via Ahorn magazine

Ted Partin

San Francisco I. 2004. Gelatine Silver Print. 76 x 61 cm
Courtesy TED PARTIN, Gallery Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf

San Francisco II. 2004. Gelatine Silver Print. 61 x 76 cm
Courtesy TED PARTIN, Gallery Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf

Paris. 2005. Gelatine Silver Print. 61 x 76 cm
Courtesy TED PARTIN,
Gallery Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf

Hewitt. 2008. Gelatine Silver Print. 37,5 x 47,5 cm
Courtesy TED PARTIN, Gallery Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf

Bushwick I. 2009. Cibachrome. 20 x 25 cm
Courtesy TED PARTIN, Gallery Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf

The starting-point for this strange atmosphere in the photographs is in the traditional approach that American photographer TED PARTIN uses, and is diametrically opposed to the rapidity of today’s digital image transfer.

PARTIN works with a 8 x 10 inch Deardorff camera, a plate camera whose technology is reminiscent of 19th century technical processes. Setting up this camera and preparing it for an exposure takes a considerable amount of time. During this phase the photographer, the camera and the subject (friends or strangers) adjust themselves to each other, and each subject of these seemingly documentary portraits becomes an active co-creator of their own staged scene.

So in TED PARTIN’s photographs people always present themselves in a kind of natural pose, an attitude in which a private and a public, an intimate and a distanced element are mixed.

And good news: you can find his work in a book entitled “Eyes Look Through You” published earlier this year and available at Schaden

Sol LeWitt & Eva Hesse

I really like this excerpt from a letter from SOL LEWITT to the sculptor EVA HESSE while she was living in Germany in 1965. Quite interesting also: this letter, printed in the NY based journal Art on Paper in 2005, has become one of the best-known letters from one artist to another in the second half of the 20th century.

You can read the entire letter here

found via

Miwa Matreyek

“Dreaming of Lucid Living” (thesis edit) by MIWA MATREYEK. 2009

“Glorious Visions” by MIWA MATREYEK. July 2010. With music from ANNA OXYGEN, MIRAH, CAROLIKE LUFKIN and MILEECE

MIWA MATREYEK is an award-winning animator and multi-media artist working in the LA area. She creates animated short films as well as works that integrate animation, projections and her own moving shadow. She is interested in how animation transforms when it is combined with body and space (and vice-versa).

Her solo video-performance, Dreaming of Lucid Living, won the Princess Grace Award for Film, as well as two awards at the Platform International Animation Festival: Student Grand Prix and Audience Choice Award for Best Installation. Dreaming of Lucid Living was also her thesis in the CalArts Experimental Animation program.

Enough said. Take a quiet 20 minutes and dive in!

My suggestion of links:

Michel Séméniako

Exil, the escape. 2000-2004

Lettres d’amour des mouches à feu N° 1286 (Love letter from the fireflies) . 2007

from the series Exile. 2000-2004

Lettres d’amour des mouches à feu N° 1291 (Love letter from the fireflies) . 2007

Exil, vagrancy. 2000-2004

During the night, MICHEL SÉMÉNIAKO explores the space like some wild, determined night bird searching for the very essence of shape and form, hidden away from the common, often expected, perception.

With the help of beams of light, he erases the borders between reality and imaginary and invites us to a reappropriation of the space. Amazing!