Gabriel Kuri. Product Testing Unit


GABRIEL KURI, Product Testing Unit
exhibition view at altefabrik, Rapperswil, May – July 2016


installation view Product Testing Unit


installation view Product Testing Unit


Untitled Chart (Wall 2), 2016
wooden canes, ruler, dimensions variable


installation view Product Testing Unit


installation view Product Testing Unit


Untitled (Balance Over Consumption), 2016
wooden sawhorse, blankets, Thank you – trays, wood, 123 x 79 x 90 cm


detail from Untitled (Balance Over Consumption), 2016
wooden sawhorse, blankets, Thank you – trays, wood, 123 x 79 x 90 cm


Clipboard, 2016
Stainless steel board, paper, wrappings, clip, boards, 91 x 140 x 5 cm

all images courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin


For the exhibition in Rapperswil, GABRIEL KURI presented older works he categorizes under the “product testing” heading as well as a new series of sculptures created specifically for this project. His works often consist of functional everyday objects and disposable products, which become display objects as sculptures. In KURI’s work, these materials—via their actual functions, visual look and feel—serve as information media, whose usage also says something about the society that produces them.*

The exhibition was curated by CHRISTINA LEHNERT  and was on view at Alte Fabrik in Rapperswil, Switzerland from May 20 to July 31, 2016. I really recommend to watch this video in which GABRIEL KURI is interviewed by JO-EY TANG in 2013.

Gerry Bibby & Henrik Olesen. Conversation in a Yes/No Landscape


installation view Language


installation view Language


wood, paint, 250 x 112 x 30 cm


carpet, paint, steel, aluminium, wood, photocopy, 180 x 180 cm


GERRY BIBBY & HENRIK OLESEN, Naked Lunch (detail), 2016
carpet, paint, steel, aluminium, wood, photocopy, 180 x 180 cm


wood, acrylic, glass, steel, balls, various dimensions, 230 x 213 x 146 cm


installation view Strasse


carpet, paint, gum, 110 x 110 cm


GERRY BIBBY & HENRIK OLESEN, Grosses Kaugummi (detail), 2016
carpet, paint, gum, steel, aluminium, 180 x 180 cm


GERRY BIBBY & HENRIK OLESEN, Grosses Kaugummi, 2016
carpet, paint, gum, steel, aluminium, 180 x 180 cm

all images courtesy the artists and Deborah Schamoni, Leipzig

photo credits: ULRICH GEBERT 


Conversation in a Yes/No Landscape is an exhibition by GERRY BIBBY and HENRIK OLESEN that is currently presented at the art gallery Deborah Schamoni in Leipzig Münich. The exhibition provides a second opportunity for the conceptualisation of the collaborative process between the two artists that started a few months ago on the invitation of curator NIKOLA DIETRICH.

Configured as a sequence of spaces, environments or passageways, Conversation in a Yes/No Landscape proposes an installation in which each of the works has its own set of informations, while sharing at some points the same formal properties. By superimposing sculptural and painterly elements, a kind of theatrical quality occurs, in which new hierarchies and semantics like onstage arguments poke out.

GERRY BIBBY and HENRIK OLESEN, Conversation in a Yes/No Landscape is on view at Deborah Schamoni, Leipzig Münich until October 8, 2016.

edit / august 22, 2016: Deborah Schamoni is located in Münich (not in Leipzig)!

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detail from Copper Surrogate (60” x 120” 48 ounce C11000 Copper Alloy, 90° Bend, 120” Bisection/10 Sections: June 1-8, 2016, Zürich, Switzerland) (2016), WALEAD BESHTY
seen at Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
on Thursday, August 11, 2016
image © we find wildness

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detail of the Unité d’Habitation (1965), LE CORBUSIER
seen at Firminy, France
on Sunday, August 14, 2016
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one pic thursday. Philipp Simon


all works by PHILIPP SIMON (above the couch: ANNE ARLT)
image courtesy of the artists and Positive, Cologne, Germany

Schmausebold und Bleibefett is a group show that took place this summer at Real Positive in Cologne. It featured the work of ANNE ARLTLUKAS QUIETZSCH and PHILIPP SIMON (see above) in a rather concealed description.

Luxury or therapy and Hahaha – ha – world, we loose our jobs, they offend, rape, slap, betray us, tortured at home, at work, from colleagues, family, friends, enemies, animals…*

Schmausebold und Bleibefett was on view from July 15 to August 5, 2016 at Real Positive, Cologne.

*press release

one message interview #29. Nicolás Lamas


Brand New Gallery in Milano is currently presenting NICOLAS LAMAS‘ solo exhibition entitled The Structure of the Wild until September 10, 2016.  If you can’t make it physically, you can see it here.

read the previous one message interviews here

Josef Strau. The Non-productive Attitude

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This is an excerpt of a text by JOSEF STRAU which revolves around the non-productive attitude that was reflective of the Cologne art scene in the late eighties. It has been published in the catalog for Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne,” an exhibition curated by BENNETT SIMPSON  that took place at the ICA Philadelphia in 2006. ‘The exhibition brought together over twenty-five artists of three generations—centering from Cologne but also including Los Angeles, New York, London, and Berlin—to explore themes of autonomy, artistic collectivity and social relationships, and the privileging of the artist’s life and context as a basis for understanding creative practice’.

A bootleg of this book has been produced by RAMAYA TEGEGNE on the occasion of her exhibition Respektive at Marbriers 4 in Geneva in 2014.

The entire text by STRAU is available online here.

actual_size #9. Rachel Harrison


Untitled from Perth Amboy, 2001
Chromogenic print, 15 x 19 5/8″ (38.1 x 49.8 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds

Perth Amboy is the title of the solo exhibition of RACHEL HARRISON that is currently on view at Moma in New York. It is also the name of a town in New Jersey, where, in September 2000, an apparition of the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared on the window of a house.

After the supposed apparition became news, pilgrims were flocking to see, pray and occasionally touch the window. RACHEL HARRISON went to the place and documented the incident. The result is a series of 21 photographs that depicts the human palms and fingerprints of believers on the pane, while their faces are hidden behind pooling reflections of cloud and sky.

Perth Amboy is on view at Moma, New York until September 5, 2016. I highly recommend to read the review of this exhibition by MITCH SPEED via and this conversation HARRISON had with NAYLAND BLAKE in 2008 for Bomb Magazine.


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The Silence of the Whale (2016), LUTZ BACHER
seen at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
on Thursday, July 28
image © we find wildness

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Untitled (2016), BEA FREMDERMAN
seen at Future Gallery, Berlin
on Thursday, July 28, 2016
image © we find wildness


Domenico de Chirico for We Find Wildness #70

all images courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

DearMeatCutsDevilMayCry, a solo exhibition by ADRIANO COSTA
on view at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles
until August 27, 2016

chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO

David Hanes. wfw aware #35


Aware: after Ferox (1982), CARL ANDRE
presented at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
shot on July 28, 2016, altered on August 4, 2016 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.

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one message interview #28. Nicolas Raufaste


I first came across NICOLAS RAUFASTE‘s work earlier this year in a puzzling group exhibition, which led me to send him a question. In a near future his work will be shown in group and solo exhibitions in cities like Brussels (Belgium), Brest (France), Lugano (Switzerland) and Biel (Switzerland).


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this question has been taken from 032c 


Michael Assiff. Remediation Flowers


















MICHAEL ASSIFF, Remediation Flowers
exhibition view at First Continent, Baltimore, July 2016

all images courtesy of the artist and First Continent, Baltimore

The art venue First Continent in Baltimore is presenting works by MICHAEL ASSIFF in an exhibition entitled Remediation Flowers. Remediation is actually the act of restoring balance. Combined with plants, the term is called Phytoremediation and is basically the process to use special vegetals to clean up soil, air, and water contaminated with hazardous chemicals.

However ASSIFF‘s flowers in the exhibition are made of plastic and sclerosed on canvas which are hanging on the wall like out-of-date ornamental potpourris. Much of the rest of the gallery is given over to traces of elements that seem to have been removed as if a sanitation had happened in the space.

The results offer a reflection on presence and absence, positive and negative space, thereby reducing a philosophical line of inquiry to the confines of environmentalism.

Remediation Flowers by MICHAEL ASSIFF is on view at First Continent in Baltimore until August 21, 2016.

one pic monday. Eva Barto

Eva BARTO To set property on fire Vue exposition 2016

EVA BARTO, To set property on fire
view from the entrance of the exhibition, Villa Arson,  June – August 2016


The image above is the unique exhibition view that is available for the solo exhibition of EVA BARTO currently presented at Villa Arson in Nice. Entitled :to set property on fire, the exhibition is based on the rather incredible story of PIERRE-JOSEPH ARSON, the villa owner’s between the end of the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century.

Before becoming the first consul of the city of Nice, PIERRE-JOSEPH ARSON was a successful banker. He met a mathematician called JOSEF HOËNE-WRONSKY, who pretended than he could find the formula for converting an ordinary metal into gold. Interested by mathematics and metaphysics since a long time, ARSON decided to invest all his money in WRONSKY’s work. Of course, WRONSKY never found the formula, and they both found themselves in an epic process.

For :to set property on fire BARTO arranges a series of minimal interventions that examine the mechanism of exchange of goods and values; a system which is hardly trivial and speculative.

If you are in Nice, I really recommend to visit : to set property on fire by EVA BARTO at Villa Arson, Nice until it closes on August 29, 2016.