wfw weekend #231

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Cloudscapes (2012-2015), TRANSSOLAR and TETSUO KONDO
seen at ZKM, Karlsruhe
on Saturday, August 1, 2015
image © we find wildness

➝ this installation is part of the event GLOBALE –DIGITALE that is running till April 17, 2016. Follow We Find Wildness on instagram to see more images of this installation

wfw weekend #230

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Or, a building, RUTH BUCHANAN
seen at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
on Saturday, August 1, 2015
image © we find wildness

Or, a building is on view until September 6, 2015

wfw weekend #229

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Everything looked the same (2014),  CHRISTIAN ANDERSSON
seen at Kunstmuseum Thun
on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
image © we find wildness

one pic friday. Marguerite Stern

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image © MARGUERITE STERN

The muted pink colors of the textiles and the flesh, the gap between the pullover and the shoulder, the hair, the arms along the body as well as the gaze among others, make MARGUERITE STERN‘s self-portrait, which seems to be suspended in a performance of fatigue, one of these haunting images that lodge themselves inside our heads.

As part of the scene of young women who use online platforms as medium to simultaneously showcase herself and her creative output, the work of french photographer and activist MARGUERITE STERN – and more specifically her autoportrait series – seems to be a subtle commentary on what it means to represent the body in a society of gender and racial hierarchies.

http://margueritestern.com/

 

 

Nina Koennemann. Lithic Reductions

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all images: NINA KOENNEMANN, Lithic Reductions
courtesy of the artist and Taylor Macklin, Zürich

Lithic Reductions is a site-specific installation by NINA KOENNEMANN presented in the former paint spraying booth at Taylor Macklin in Zürich.

The project focuses on NINA‘s porcelain objects that look like archaeological fragments. She took an interest in the development of stone tools which is still practiced by hobbyists as ‘knapping’. The knappers attempt, according to the press release, ‘to replicate neolithic artifacts, contextualizing their works with technical speculation, esoteric projections of stone-age thinking, and imagined narratives of survival and scarcity’.

By displaying these fictional prehistoric tools made of sanitary porcelain in the industrial exhibition space of Taylor Macklin , NINA KOENNEMANN not only questions the current notions of history, universal knowledge and vernacular culture but also examines the vestiges of the repertoire of forms within contemporary art.

➝ Lithic Reductions by NINA KOENNEMANN is on view at Taylor Mackin in Zürich till August 18, 2015.

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wfw sound #2. Johann Besse

Following the ‘wfw sound’ series started this spring, I’m happy to share with you the summer playlist specially crafted for we find wildness by JOHANN BESSE aka ΠΦn ΠigηΘη.

JOHANN BESSE (1977) is a Berlin-based photographer whose rigorous and radical work deals with seriality, repetition and abstraction. Make sure to see his photographic projects on his website, and to follow his epic tumblr http://monmignon.tumblr.com/.

Domenico de Chirico pick #30

all images courtesy of the artist and Silberkuppe, Berlin
photo: TIMO OHLER

Post-Information, a solo exhibition by THOMAS LOCHER
on view at Silberkuppe in Berlin
through August 2015

chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO

one pic tuesday. Latifa Echakhch

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photo credit: ELAD SARIG, courtesy of the artist and Dvir Gallery

Today’s pic is a work by LATIFA ECHAKHCH (b. 1974 in El Khnansa, lives in Martigny) which is in a group show called Shibboleth currently on view at Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv. ECHAKHCH’s installations are known to draw the visitor into haunting situations that explore notions of time, space and memory by bringing cultural, sociopolitical and personal influences.

Also for this show, she exhibited a pair of tap shoes as well as a skeleton costume, both lying loosely on the floor. Untitled (Dancer) (2013) is part of a larger series which consists of clothes as well as accessories simply placed on the exhibition floor: a minimal gesture that has an unsettling psychological effect, and, although the piece contains no figures, the work suggests abstraction, and presence.

Shibboleth with ETTI ABERGEL, MIROSLAW BALKA, AVNER BEN GAL, JENNIFER BORNSTEIN, YOSSI BREGER, MIRCEA CANTOR, LATIFA ECHAKHCH, SIMON FUJIWARA, DOR GUEZ, MOSHE NINIO, FLORIAN PUMHÖSL, BARAK RAVITZ, MIRI SEGAL and LAWRENCE WEINER is on view at Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv until September 5, 2015.

Please note also that LATIFA ECHAKHCH is currently having a solo exhibition entitled There’s Tears at Kaufmann Repetto in Milano that is running through the summer (!). Additionally she is going to present her work in a solo exhibiton at Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich this autumn (29 October 2015 to 31 January 2016).

 

Jon Rafman

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American artist JON RAFMAN, best known for his epic strolls through Google Street View, spoke to THOM BETTRIDGE for the german magazine 032c about the projects he is developing for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Make sure to read the whole interview via http://032c.com/2015/skyrim-sunsets-artist-jon-rafman-on-exploring-vr-with-the-oculus-rift-development-kit-2/. Additionally a recent exhibition of JON RAFMAN at Future Gallery in Berlin has been reviewed earlier this year on wfw, read it more here.

 

wfw weekend #228

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detail from White Snow, Party (2014, bronze), PAUL MCCARTHY
seen at Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
on Friday, July 24, 2015
image © we find wildness

➝ have an extensive look of this exhibition here

wfw weekend #227

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CLODS, Diplomatic Letters (concrete, wooden platforms, pvc mats, framed silver gelatin prints. 2012–ongoing), CHRIS EVANS
as part of the group exhibiton good luck with your natural, combined, attractive and truthful attempts in two exhibitions*
seen at Crac Alsace, Altkirch
on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
image © we find wildness

* this exhibition is running through September 20, 2015, a few more views of this show are available on the We Find Wildness instagram.

wfw weekend #226

tobias-madison

Dilemma 4 (2015, neoprene, zipper), TOBIAS MADISON
seen at Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich
on Friday, July 24 2015
image © we find wildness

Domenico de Chirico pick #29

all images courtesy of the artist and Hester, New York
photos: FRAN PARENTE

Polymorphoses, a solo exhibition by ANDREA CRESPO
on view at Hester in New York
until August 9, 2015

ANDREA CRESPO’s work has been previously featured on wfw, read more here!

chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO

David Hanes. wfw aware moment #2

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Aware: after DOUG AITKEN exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
shot on Saturday, July 11, 2015
altered on July 22, 2015 by DAVID HANES*
image courtesy of the artist and we find wildness

*DAVID HANES lives and works in Berlin. He is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

➝ Read more about this special project for we find wildness here

 

Violet Dennison. Tears on my Mirror Milk

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all images from: VIOLET DENNISON, Tears on my Mirror Milk
installation views at Retrospective Gallery, Hudson NY, July 2015
images courtesy of the artist and Retrospective, Hudson NY

Tears on my Mirror Milk is the new solo exhibition of VIOLET DENNISON that is currently presented at the art venue Retrospective in Hudson, NY.

The show features a series of metal works including floor and wall pieces through which the viewer grasps that industrial materials have been heated, cooled, imprinted, deformed, and reformed into palpably shabby shapes.

Very little informations are given concerning this body of work, but it seems that as for her previous presentations, the pieces engage the viewer with a life of materials that releases them from their commercial and industrial specificities. By merging ornamentation and abstraction, violence and poetry, destruction and transformation, DENNISON has developed a formal idiom with references to post-minimalist art and Arte Povera, ethnographic and archaeological museology, commercial display and domesticity.

Behold a fountain of confused feelings. Loose water drips eternally down the hooves of a frightened beast, surging through the mouth of a screaming fish. It urges her to be! “And yet to disappear…” Now looking deep into the dark waters, an expanding ripple reveals HER: a sad dumb cloud pinned behind a steeple, tears falling from the sky in the form of rain. “Do desperate lonely fools find their place on this earth?” Meanwhile, the filthy parody of herself ran through town.

**Oh Woe is me. Eating cold cuts on the floor. I guess its not so bad. The fruit is carved length-wise in quarters. How odd she thought to herself. Upon each bite the delicate tissue of my mouth is wounded. Blood and juice drips from her lips swollen with sorrow, mingling with the clumsiest of tears. What a selfish dream I once had…

I suppose it was then she became the monster he wanted me to be. But instead I envisioned a thousand laughing snakes crawling out of my head and when she was beheaded a powerful woman was born from my neck.  (Oberschöneweide/Alexanderplatz. March, 2015)*

→ Tears on my Mirror Milk by VIOLET DENNISON is on view at Retrospective Gallery, Hudson NY until August 9, 2015

*press release