The Art and Culture Magazine: Inside Issue 63
Viviane Sassen’s vibrant colours create a surreal landscape where nothing is quite what it seems.
Matthias Heiderich explores urban environments, finding surprising angles and colours within cityscapes.
Seventeen film practitioners transform Australia’s bestselling novel into a piece of filmic theatre.
Uberto Pasolini researches the social lives of others to reflect upon the life of a man who works for the dead.
For four decades, Manfred Eicher has changed how jazz and other experimental genres are thought about.
Elizabeth "Gazelle Twin" Bernholz's new release trades in disturbingly sensual electronica.
Puppet Animation Scotland and Manipulate explore the crossover between puppetry and animated film.
The 39th London International Mime Festival focuses on the spaces between theatre and dance.
Film of the Month
Directed by Robert Hackett
3 mins 23 sec, 2013
Shot at night, this promo uses images from the original Night Mail GPO Film Unit film featuring WH Auden's poem, projected onto a disused train station.
Winner of Best Music Video at ASFF 2014
Picks from the Blog
The solo show of Julio Le Parc at Palais de Tokyo in Paris back in 2013 was a blockbuster that the French capital will remember for a long time. In a more compact format this time but still with the same fervour, the Argentinean-born (1928) Parisian artist presents his first major UK exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Le Parc is a living legend whose career spans the avant-garde movements of post war Latin American and Argentinean art.
Through work spanning 50 years of the artist’s long career, right up until some of his final works in the early 2000s, this exhibition at Robilant+Voena, London, will focus on Italian artist Mimmo Rotella’s fascination with innovative techniques, and bring to light the way that he manipulated material to achieve a conceptual framework, which extended from his studio into society.
Three photographers, Nadav Kander, Boomon and Mona Kuhn, explore a complex and personal relationship between mankind and the landscape, reflecting upon our connection with, and impact on, the surrounding environment. Nadav Kander’s recent series entitled Dust explores the radioactive ruins of secret cities Priozersk and Kurchatov on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia.These cities are closed, once utilized for the covert testing of atomic weapons.
Sarah Gillespie’s works on paper depict, in simple ink and charcoal, ghostly landscapes and images of flora and fauna reminiscent of photograms, heavily saturated photographs or even paintings. She is fascinated by the play of light and dark, the boundaries between solid and liquid and how these change when drawn, and the ways in which a flurry of tangled lines can knit together. Her stunning painting is currently on display at Beaux Arts, London, until 28 February.
Six female photographers Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian comprise Rawiya, the first all-female collective to emerge from the Middle East. With this exhibition they hold a specific focus on gender and identity, depicting the contradictions, stereotypes, social and political issues of a region in flux.
With 20 new and never-before-seen photographs Alex Soth moves away from the haunting and influential portraits and landscapes that he has become known for, and turns his lens toward life in the country. Soth travelled across the United States looking for signs of close-knit communities in our era of virtual social networks. These photographs are gathered together in Songbook, which is due to go on display at Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 5 February – 4 April.
Living and working in Düsseldorf, Germany, artist Anna Vogel (b. 1981) transforms found photography with painting techniques, such as varnish, acrylic, ink and pigment, to manipulate the reality of the natural landscape into a surrealist scene with exaggerated elements. Her work recently appeared in a solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Berlin, from 8 July until 30 August 2014, and a set of new photobased works are currently on display at CONRADS, Düsseldorf.
This group exhibition explores the concept of landscapes, both traditional and abstract, and the selection of work depicts both the external world and internal responses to nature. The artists featured are all gallery artists and include Tracey Emin, Billy Childish, Angel Otero, Teresita Fernández and Juergen Teller. Extending beyond the purely representational, many of the works express subjective and personal reflections and relationships with the notion of landscape or horizon.