Nik Kosmas

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The truth is that, at some point, we all think about quitting, to see if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence. The current issue of Spike Magazine (#43 Spring 2015) gives voice to NIK KOSMAS (AIDS-3D, together with DANIEL KELLER) who decided to end his career as a visual artist.

Make sure to read the entire text by NIK KOSMAS for Spike Magazine here.
And when you feel too alienated, just think that the grass only looks greener 
because someone’s been spray-painting it.

 

Timo Seber. Techies

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TIMO SEBER, Techies
installation view at Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, April 2015

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Big Daddy, 2015
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TIMO SEBER, Techies
installation view at Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, April 2015

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TIMO SEBER, Techies
installation view at Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, April 2015

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Techies #12 (Detail I), 2015
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TIMO SEBER, Techies
installation view at Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, April 2015

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TIMO SEBER, Techies
installation view at Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, April 2015

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Techies #12 (Detail II), 2015
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TIMO SEBER, Techies
installation view at Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig, April 2015

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Techies #3, 2015
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Techies #9, 2015
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Techies #11, 2015
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all images courtesy the artist and Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig

photos: FALK MESSERSCHMIDT / DANIEL POLLER, Leipzig

A few days ago Tobias Naehring Gallery in Leipzig opened a new exhibition featuring the work of German artist TIMO SEBER. The solo exhibition entitled Techies, which means basically technological experts but which also refers to the gaming world, consists of a series of ropes, wall mounted dip bars, acrylic wall piece, leather t-shirts with screenshots printed on them, newspapers as well as a photograph which is actually a snapshot from SEBER‘s childhood. Although the main concerns of the show revolve around digital technologies, cyber-culture and virtual spaces, the works presented are surprisingly analog and even convey a digital middle age atmosphere.

The press release written by WENCKE SCHUBERT provides more explanations about video games and e-sports in connection with the pieces in the exhibition:

The world of e-sports is incorporeal. To succeed, strategy and a fast reaction time are of the essence. Liberated from his/her physical form, all of the player’s options are open. Stepping into the role of the hero, one arms oneself for battle, choosing from a practically endless pool of forces and supporters, such as the Techies. One’s own personal identity exists on some meta-level. Not only is it present in the game itself, in the hero, but it also exists as part of a community of gamers, who are in constant communication with each other. In the exhibition space Seber submits this meta-level to new transformations, creating a complex conglomerate of virtual and real elements. The 3-dimensional T-shirts made of leather appear to be physical incarnations of the game-heroes’ battle armor. The screenshots printed on the T-shirts and the rope ends refer to their virtual origin. Here, the artist draws various parallels to the cyber community: with its likewise often very young players and their convention in a separate space, a constructed reality. The boundaries between the game characters and the players of the game blur. Users themselves become Techies, by sharing strategies, techniques and tricks in live stream. A coded language ensues: technical and reduced in its expression. –  WENCKE SCHUBERT, 2015 (translated by ANNE FELLNER)

Techies by TIMO SEBER is on view at Galerie Tobias Naehring in Leipzig until June 5, 2015

Domenico de Chirico pick #11

all images courtesy the artists and Fridericianum, Kassel
© photos: ACHIM HATZIUS (unless otherwise stated)

Inhuman, a group exhibition with JULIETA ARANDADORA BUDORANDREA CRESPONICOLAS DESHAYESALEKSANDRA DOMANOVIĆDAVID DOUARDJANA EULERCÉCILE B. EVANSMELANIE GILLIGANOLIVER LARICJOHANNES PAUL RAETHERPAMELA ROSENKRANZSTEWART UOOLU YANG and ANICKA YI

on view at Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany
until June 14, 2015

chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO*

nb. an extensive feature of this exhibition will be available on we find wildness in May, stay tuned!

Pure Disclosure at Marsèlleria permanent exhibition, Milano

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Pure Disclosure, exhibition view (ground floor) at Marsèlleria permanent exhibition, April 2015

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DANIEL KELLER & ELLA PLEVIN, Seasted Figures (Polypool), 2015

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DANIEL KELLER & ELLA PLEVIN, Seasted Figures (Polypool), 2015

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TIMUR SI-QIN, Display (Peace), 2015

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Pure Disclosure, exhibition view (first floor) at Marsèlleria permanent exhibition, April 2015

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ALESSANDRO AGUDIO, FOREVER – Dead in the Bathroom (feat. SUMMER KATIE FOX), 2015

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ALESSANDRO AGUDIO, FOREVER – Dead in the Bathroom (feat. SUMMER KATIE FOX), 2015

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Pure Disclosure, exhibition view (first floor) at Marsèlleria permanent exhibition, April 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

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ANDREA MAGNANI, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete, 2015

all images © we find wildness

Pure Disclosure is a group exhibition currently on view at the independent art space Marsèlleria permanent exhibition in Milano which features the work of ALESSANDRO AGUDIO, DANIEL KELLER, ANDREA MAGNANI, and TIMUR SI-QIN within the two floors of the gallery space.

Pure Disclosure is the result of a residency that took place in 2014 in Bologna on Milano-based artistic production label SILIQOON‘s invitation who asked the four artists present in the show to work side by side with selected companies representatives of  – according to the press release – the Italian artisan excellence.

Essentially the exhibition explores the way in which globalized consumer environment alienates the contemporary visual culture by bringing together intricate assemblages that engage the conventions of branded goods and the visual vocabularies of technologies with a sense of ambivalence. This ambivalence is reflected at its best in ANDREA MAGNANI’s work, In the Vast Infinity of Life, All is Perfect, Whole and Complete (2015) which emulates a hypothetical brand identity, but includes a mystical, and yet powerful narrative.

Italian artist ALESSANDRO AGUDIO has created a multi-functional ‘totem’ which aggregates elements of home decor into a faux-marble platform that also delivers house music. DANIEL KELLER‘s piece is one of the most striking work in the exhibition and consists of three mannequins – recalling shipwreck victims of a near future – wearing technical sportswear materials that have been previously produced for DIS Magazine and which are surrounded by a multitude of objects and materials like a Spirulina algae bioreactor, broken 3D prints, a copy of Blue Ocean strategy, seaweed or driftwoods among other materials.

As for TIMUR SI-QIN, his work consists of a commercial image of Mount Everest framed into a leds and plexiglass commercial support. The image features the original Peace logo by Premier Machinic Funerary, a previous work by SI-QIN in which stock photography, as well as displays like those often found in malls and stores, are presented as biological relics.

Pure Disclosure is on view through May 10, 2015 at Marsèlleria permanent exhibition, Milano

nb. you are going to find all the informations concerning the brands the artists worked with in the press release available on the website of Marsèlleria

wfw weekend #198

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a glimpse into the teen magazine catalogue of CORY ARCANGEL‘s exhibition This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous presented at GAMeC Bergamo
designed by Bureau Mirko Borsche
image © wfw

wfw weekend #197

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a detail into the Caribbean house installation entitled El Buen Vecino
by Berlin-based Venezuelan artist SOL CALERO
presented at SALTS, Birsfelden (Basel)
seen on Thursday, April 16, 2015
image © wfw

more images of this installation is available via the wfw instagram as well as on the website of SALTS

one pic friday. Situations (Fotomuseum Winterthur)

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Junior War, 2013
film stills, HD-video, 24:08 min.,
© RYAN TRECARTIN, courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Sprüth Magers Berlin & London

A few days ago the Fotomuseum Winterthur started a new exhibition format titled Situations which attempts, according to the press release ‘to define Fotomuseum Winterthur’s vision of what photography is becoming, at the same time offering an innovative integration of physical exhibition space and virtual forum’.

Situations consists of building an archive of situations (or moments), which can take the form of an image, a film, a text, an interview, a screenshot, a Skype lecture, or even a performance and which might take place in Winterthur or elsewhere in the world as well as streamed on the Fotomuseum website.

The Situations programme is organised around key clusters which can then be searched and reordered by visitors in the online archive using a system of tags. Over time, new clusters and combinations – and new virtual exhibitions – will emerge.

I’m not sure to get how the new technologies will influence the format of this exhibition since it seems that the programme is already shaped and closed. Additionally the Situations page doesn’t offer at the moment something more than a basic website. Let’s see how this project evolves with a more diversified input!

The initial cluster is Relations and includes work by RYAN TRECARTIN, HEATHER DEWEY-HAGBORG, HITO STEYERL and ANETA GRZESZYKOWSKA: http://situations.fotomuseum.ch/

John Henderson

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Proof (wall rip, verso), 2015
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installation view at Miart 2015

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Proof (wall rip, verso), 2015
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Proof (wall rip, verso), 2015
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installation view at Miart 2015

all images courtesy the artist and T293 Gallery, Roma / Naples

American artist JOHN HENDERSON (1984) has recently created a series of works entitled Proof (wall rip, verso) that he calls digital wall paintings and which depict – at first sight – pieces of linen with ripped fragments of paper or cardboard.

Actually these pieces aren’t paintings but printed works showing the backside of page-sized swatches of linen that have been previously sticked with sizing on the wall of HENDERSON‘s studio, then that have been torn off taking some layers of wall paint along with them. Eventually the pieces of linen are documented at high resolution, enlarged, printed using a technique that transfers dye directly into the fibers of polyester fabric, and then stretched.

This body of work along with the series Type (2015) – created using the chemical process of electrotyping – were presented at the Milanese art fair Miart last week by the Italian gallery T293.

Everything that usually serves representation and illusion is left to serve nothing but itself, that is abstraction; while everything that usually serves the abstract or decorative – flatness, bare outlines, all-over or symmetrical design – is put to the service of representation. And the more explicit this contradiction is made, the more effective in every sense the picture tends to be. – CLEMENT GREENBERG, from The Collected Essays and Criticism, Volume 4: Modernism with a Vengeance, 1957-1969

Domenico de Chirico pick #10

all images courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York

Everywhere The Line Is Looser, a solo exhibition by SARAH CROWNER
on view at Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York
until May 2, 2015

chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO*

*Please note that DOMENICO DE CHIRICO has curated a group exhibition entitled you will find me if you want me in the garden that is going to open on Saturday, April 18 at Galerie Valentin in Paris, do not miss it!
more info here

 

one pic wednesday. Gary Hill

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screen capture from Isolation Tank, 2010-2011
courtesy the artist

watch it here

This is a still from a video entitled Isolation Tank (2010-2011) by American artist GARY HILL, who is currently having a solo exhibition in Milano at Galleria Lia Rumma.

GARY HILL (1951) is considered as one of the most important contemporary artists exploring since the mid-1970s, the relationship between words, visual elements, and electronically generated sounds. His single-channel videotapes and video installations that includes some of the most significant works in the field of video art, are best known for involving the viewer on an active level.

Isolation Tank (2010-2011) consists of a single channel HD video projection which is entirely computer generated while the sound has been generated with an analog audio synthesizer. The piece was originally exhibited as part of a larger concept show entitled, of surf, death, tropes and tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment, a work the American artist developed in response to his experience with psychotropic drugs.

Isolation Tank (2010-2011) shows a lone surfboard on the open water, disturbed by a rogue wave which capsizes the board. The board is adorned with a decal of Mahakala, a protector of Dharma in Tibetan Buddhism, which morphs into a visage of the artist’s face.

The show at Galleria Lia Rumma entitled Depth Charge, features two recent works, Klein Bottle (2014) and Pacifier (2014), as well as Depth Charge (2009-2012), Learning Curve (1993), Sine Wave (2011) and Isolation Tank (2010-2011)

Depth Charge is on view until April 18, 2015 at Galleria Lia Rumma in Milano. Note also that you can watch more videos by GARY HILL via his vimeo account.