wfw weekend #193

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FLEXIA XLE III (2015) by KARI ALTMANN
as part of her solo exhibition Xomia (Return Home, Realflow, All Terrain)*
seen at Ellis King, Dublin
on Thursday, April 2, 2015
video courtesy the artist

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*this exhibition is on view till May 2, 2015. Two more details from the show are on view via the wfw instagram.

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Domenico de Chirico pick #8

all images courtesy the artist and Croy Nielsen, Berlin

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The Same Mistake, a solo exhibition by MITCHELL SYROP
on view at Croy Nielsen in Berlin
until April 18, 2015

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chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO

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studio visit #5. Valentina Stieger

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Fit for Purpose (retail fantasy), 2014/2015

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VALENTINA STIEGER
at her studio, Zürich
March 2015

views from the exhibition Fit for Purpose at Kunsthaus Glarus, February 2015

all images © wfw

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VALENTINA STIEGER is a Swiss artist who opened the doors of her studio in Zürich to wfw in the beginning of March. Her atelier is situated a few minutes away from the city center, in the middle of a courtyard, on the first floor of a car garage. The space is bright, quiet and with a reasonable size for working there everyday. A few works in progress were also present at that time like the large-canvas works that have never been shown but that will be the subject of an upcoming book, a collection of clay casts of sneaker prints made for the exhibition at the Kunsthaus in Glarus as well as a series of brochure holders onto which she had applied transparent acrylic as a first attempt.

Working across sculpture, painting and ceramics, VALENTINA STIEGER explores the potentialities of high tech, industry and handicraft by using materials like construction products and everyday objects but also by playfully shifting the boundaries between formalism and functionality. Additionally VALENTINA STIEGER’s contemporary methodology of accumulating, and manipulating research material, as a source of both information and inspiration, is juxtaposed with materials and processes that are idiosyncratic and often homespun. For instance the fabrics that have been used for her canvas works are actually bed sheets from the nineties that she collects since a couple of years and which are now transformed into ornamental abstract wall works.

As an extension of the studio visit, a few images of her work presented in the group exhibition Fit for Purpose at the Kunsthaus Glarus are part of the feature. The pieces for the show combine geometric structures and more organic elements and refer to familiar forms such as domestic objects like tables or coat racks. By dismantling the borders between design, sculpture and installation art, these familiar forms are reinvented to reflect on the social, historical and psychological narratives embedded in everyday objects and situations.

Be sure to view Fit for Purpose at the Kunsthaus Glarus before it closes on May 3, 2015. VALENTINA STIEGER‘s doesn’t have a proper website yet but you can view some of her works here.

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Parker Ito

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On the occasion of his new solo exhibition entitled A Lil Taste of Cheeto in the Night, American artist PARKER ITO talked to CHRIS KRAUS for Artforum about how he constructed and came to this two-year project that is currently on view at Chateau Shatto in Los Angeles.

I also really recommend to read MAXWELL WILLIAMS’ article for the NY Times Magazine who explains ITO‘s process and attempts for this exhibition.

Be sure to catch in person the chapter 3 of A Lil Taste of Cheeto in the Night at Chateau Shatto before it closes on May 2, 2015.

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one pic monday. Phillip Zach (clouds in the cave)

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Wormhole, 2015
installation shot, digital interference

image courtesy the artist and Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles

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A few days ago, the exhibition entitled Clouds In The Cave – currently presented at Fri Art in Fribourg – has been featured on the wfw instagram as well as in the framework of the wfw weekend posts. As a complement, here is a piece by PHILLIP ZACH created especially for the show.

Entitled Wormhole (2015), this work consists of a series of installation shots infested by organic forms which look like worms. Everything is digital: the views, the worms and none images are displayed in the exhibition, but only exist online as an extension of the show.

Clouds In The Cave is on view at Fri Art, Fribourg (Switzerland) until May 3, 2015. The whole series is on view via http://www.fri-art.ch/

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Domenico de Chirico pick #7

all images courtesy the artist and The Still House Group, New York

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Menswear, a solo exhibition by ERIKA CERUZZI
presented at The Still House Group in New York
on view till April 10, 2015

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chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO

ps. ERIKA CERUZZI’s work has been previously featured on wfw, have a look here!

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wfw weekend #192

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view from the installation Bermuda Triangle (2015) by SONIA KACEM
seen at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St Gall
on Sunday, March 29, 2015
image © wfw

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wfw weekend #191

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detail from the installation Laguna by CHLOE DELARUE and SHANA MOULTON
seen at M J Gallery, Geneva
on Friday, March 27, 2015
image © wfw

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more about this exhibition soon on wfw, meanwhile two more views of the show are available on the wfw instagram

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Rats. TRAP ME LIKE AN ANIMAL IN THE ZO

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exhibition views from Trap Me Like An Animal In The Zo
at St Martin, Lausanne, February 2015
images courtesy the artists

photos: CHARLOTTE KRIEGER

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Earlier this year, the swiss art collective RATS has been invited by another multidisciplinary swiss collective called ZOOSCOPE to present a one-day exhibition show titled Trap Me Like An Animal In The Zo in a given location in Lausanne after having spent a two weeks residency in the space.

Trap Me Like An Animal In The Zo was a cross between a party, a curated show and a performance where people came together for one day to participate in something surprisingly fresh. The event took place in St Martin, a performing arts venue in Lausanne, which looks like a dusty abandoned depot.

For this exhibition, artists from the RATS collective made used of found materials readily available to hand  — everything from wood frames to sound samples and pieces of old carpet — to create works that eventually projected the threat of impermanence, evoked a precarious, handmade quality and vibrated with anti-Minimalist energy. Perhaps the most imposing piece in the show was by MAZYAR ZARANDAR, who removed the carpet of the space and hung up the torn pieces on a chaotic and precarious tubular structure, while THOMAS KOENIG drew with bleach onto large black canvas. ANTOINE TILLE reinterpreted a piece by TERRY RILEY entitled In C (1968) by recording sounds in situ, then this impressive audio summary of the site filled the entire floor of St Martin thanks to the several hanging loudspeakers. As for CHARLOTTE STUBY, she placed several luminous spots in the space conveying a dramatic effect within the gloomy rooms and emphasizing her engraved mirrors . Finally ZOOSCOPE showed a video featuring the artists filmed during their residency.

This action seems to have given the RATS collective the permission to keep the works restless and unfinished, an “unfinished” state that was open and rough.

RATS collective was for this show AURÉLIEN BALLIFMICHAEL JORDAN (LIVE), THOMAS KOENIGBLACK SALAT (LIVE), CHARLOTTE STUBYANTOINE TILLE, VERMINO and MAZYAR ZARANDAR.

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Jaakko Pallasvuo. Picasso

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HD Video, 5min55

video courtesy the artist

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Finnish artist JAAKKO PALLASVUO is showing the video featured above entitled Picasso (2014) as well as other wall works in the Zombie Routine exhibition at New Galerie in Paris. The show is based around the routine daily life, the repeated actions and reactions we all, to some degree, accomplish and which generate a certain wasteland of exhausted domesticity.

Picasso (2014) is a new iteration of PALLASVUO‘s video works that explore the idea of video art and the methods of essay film. If you’ve seen the video, the piece asserts the sheer proliferation and interchangeability of images in the physical and virtual realms while the voiceover takes us on a personal journey in which ideas of identities, power as well as processes of individualization are questioned thanks to the character of Picasso.

I don’t really see my work as documentary, although I do understand how that connection could be made. The videos definitely have to do with awkwardly imposing dramatic structures onto reality, the relative impossibility of that. – JAAKKO PALLASVUO in conversation with LOUIS DOULAS, Rhizome March 2012

Zombie Routine (a project by Exo Exo) is on view at New Galerie in Paris till March 28, 2015.

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