wfw weekend #158

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Sediment Sampling (2014, unfired clay, water) by KARIN LEHMANN
seen at Kunst Raum Riehen in the  group exhibition Narrativ / Performativ*
on Friday, October 24, 2014
image © wfw

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*running through November 9, 2014

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one pic thursday. Shahryar Nashat

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video still from Hustle in Hand, 2014
HD video, color, sound, 10’20’’
courtesy SHAHRYAR NASHAT; Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul; Silberkuppe, Berlin, Museen Dahlem

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This is a still from a recent video (click on the still to watch it) by the Berlin-based artist SHAHRYAR NASHAT (b.1975), called Hustle in Hand (2014). This video is the base of his current installation presented at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris at the moment.

‘Hustle in Hand’ (2014) revolves around secret negotiations carried out between two characters, only their torsos visible in the frame. Money, food, appearances, consumption: the viewer is pulled into a round of transactions, like a rumination on our society in which art occupies a coveted position. The film’s rhythm is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of a green polyhedron that, once licked by one of the mysterious protagonists, becomes golden yellow, a magical event accompanied by an intense swelling of violin music*.

SHAHRYAR NASHAT, Lauréat du Prix Lafayette 2013, is on view at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris until November 23, 2014

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*from the Palais de Tokyo’s press release

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Hannah Black. Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Hot Babe

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I highly recommend to read Further Materials towards a theory of the hot babe, an essay by artist and writer HANNAH BLACK, that she calls a performance text and in which she describes the intangibility that characterizes the hot babe.

Further Materials towards a theory of the hot babe has been released on The New Inquiry in July 2013, read the entire text via http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/further-materials-toward-a-theory-of-the-hot-babe/

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Amalia Ulman. Excellences & Perfections

Do You Follow? Art in Circulation, copresented in London by Rhizome and the ICA
on 17 October 2014

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The video above shows artist AMALIA ULMAN discussing her project Excellences & Perfections last week as part of Do You Follow? Art in Circulation, a series of talks copresented in London by Rhizome and the ICA.

Excellences & Perfections is a fascinating performance, actually a social media performance which started in April 2014 via ULMAN‘s instagram and facebook profiles and which lasted till September 2014. During these couple of months, ‘she allowed her profiles to be exactly what social media seems to demand—that she be a “Hot Babe.” As part of this project, she underwent an extreme, semi-fictionalized makeover: she pretended to have a breast augmentation, posting images of herself in a hospital gown and with a bandaged chest, using a padded bra and Photoshop to manipulate her image. (…) ULMANs Instagram account is a parade of carefully arranged flowers and expensive lingerie and highly groomed interiors and perfectly plated brunches‘*.

As an active instagram user,  I followed AMALIA ULMAN and I unfollowed her in July 2014 after thinking that she had probably lost her mind (!). Of course, Instagram, like all social media, is about presenting a carefully chosen version of yourself, but what’s very interesting about this performance, is to see how social media have blurred our old logic of authenticity, and finally how it keep us tied to clichés.

➝ Excellences & Perfections is presented as part of First Look, the ongoing series of digital projects co-curated and copresented by Rhizome and the New Museum (on view here). Additionally I really recommend you to catch in person her solo exhibition The Destruction of Experience which is currently on view at Evelyn Yard in London through November 13th.

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*from rhizome

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wfw weekend #157

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click here for a wider view

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detail from Socketing in the Digital Age 2 (2014) by JANA EULER
seen at Kunsthalle Zürich
on Friday, October 17, 2014
image © wfw

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JANA EULER, Where the energy comes from, is on view until November 9, 2014

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wfw weekend #156

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detail from the exhibition Legacy
by JACENT VAROYM (JADE FOURÈS-VARNIER and VINCENT DE HOŸM)
presented at Lokal-Int, Biel
on Thursday, October 16, 2014
image © wfw

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wfw weekend #155

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Speculum linguarum (2014, 16 mirrored plexiglass rahlé with speakers, each 30 x 30 x 50 cm) and Hung and Tart (2014, hand-blown glass, 25 x 15 x 35 cm)
sound installation by artist group SLAVS AND TATARS
from their solo exhibition Mirrors for Princes*
seen at Kunsthalle Zürich
on Friday, October 17, 2014
image © wfw

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on view until November 9, 2014

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Virgile Ittah & Kai Yoda. Here’s Looking At You

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HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, exhibition view at Lychee One Gallery, London
October 2014

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HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, exhibition view at Lychee One Gallery, London
October 2014

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HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, exhibition view at Lychee One Gallery, London
October 2014

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Untitled, 2014
silk, wood, rope, silicone, 230 x 140 x 9cm

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Untitled, 2014
mixed wax, marble dust, earth pigment, 53 x 39 x 40cm

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Untitled, 2014
mixed wax, marble dust, earth pigment, 53 x 48 x 42cm

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Untitled, 2014
silicone, 19 x 18 x 69 cm, 19 x 19 x 71cm

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Joanna / Shiro, 2014
mixed wax, marble dust, earth pigment, latex, paint, gel, wood,
89 x 62 x 15 cm, 169 x 32 x 30 cm

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HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, text by ALEXANDER GARCIA DÜTTMANN 
mixed paint, 105 x 59cm, 2014

all images courtesy of the artists and Lychee One Gallery, London

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It’s Frieze Art Fair in London, and on this occasion, all the galleries come out with unique exhibitions, the Lychee One Gallery near Broadway Market is no exception.

Entitled HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, the exhibition features the work of VIRGILE ITTAH (b. Paris, 1981) and KAI YODA (b. Tokyo, 1982) both graduate from The Royal College of Art. HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU continues their collaborative work exploring the spatial and experiential terms of borders and distance within human interaction into an intriguing narrative.

VIRGILE exhibited in collaboration with KAI YODA at Newark Park and The Wilson in the open west 2013. Selected shows include Saatchi New Sensations, New Order II at Saatchi Gallery, Young Gods at Charlie Smith Gallery and Griffin Gallery, London. Her work has been selected for the Catlin Guide 2014 and 100 London Artists book curated by Charlie Smith Gallery. She has exhibited in England and in France where she was awarded the Camera Clara Prize. Virgile Ittah was selected for the Catlin Prize exhibition in 2014 for which she created a new work.

KAI YODA exhibited at the OBS Gallery, Royal Festival Hall, Barge House, Wellcome Collection Windows, and the Lighthouse among others. He was the recipient of Japanese Government Oversea Study Program for Young Artists in 2011, and was shortlisted for Open Call, Beers Lambert Contemporary 2014.

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU is on view at Lychee One Gallery in London until November 12, 2014

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Pablo Larios. Network Fatigue

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Published in the latest issue of Frieze Magazine (Issue 16, September – November 2014), Network Fatigue is a very interesting essay by PABLO LARIOS about artists who resist to the current image circulation through a series of collaborations and ephemeral projects.

I highly recommend to read the entire text via frieze magazine

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one pic monday. Elaine Cameron-Weir

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venus anadyomene, 2014
5 similar pieces each consisting of:
giant clam shell, neon tubing, transformer, high-fire ceramic vessel filled with olive oil, wick, flame, sand, mica, frankincense, benzoin, myrrh, brass
installation view at Ramiken Crucible, April 2014, New York

image courtesy of the artist

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ELAINE CAMERON-WEIR’s venus anadyomene is on display in the group exhibition Flat Neighbors at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York. Each piece consists of a suspended giant clam shell, edged with neon tubing, and high-fire ceramic vessel each filled with olive oil, sand, mica, and resins of Benzoin, Myrrh as well as Frankincenses that are being heated over a flame releasing their aroma.

I’m not trying to create decorated spaces by any means, but I am interested in that spirit of figuring out how to create a presence, or an atmosphere, using the relationships between objects, rather than a superficial strategy of merely pointing things out to people and asking if they also see those things. And when I work with scent, the idea of what scent it will be evolves alongside the idea of the object. I never make a sculpture and then decide to add a smell. If I’m making a sculpture that was never intended to be scented it never is scented. I’m not trying to illustrate glamour. – ELAINE CAMERON-WEIR in conversation with ISLA LEAVER-YAP

➝  Flat Neighbors is on view at Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York until October 19, 2014

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