The exhibitions in this week’s 5 To See reimagine everyday concepts. From Wolfgang Tillmans’ photography capturing the unexpected beauty in mundane, a group display at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer reconsidering human senses and Oscar Tuazon’s transformation of the traditional window, the artists provide audiences with fresh encounters of the ordinary. Jeu de Paume charts Peter Campus’ examination of the body and identity, and in New York, Alyson Shotz muses on the allusive nature of light.
Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, Tate Modern, London
Alongside portraiture, landscape and still lifes, Tillmans’ first show at the Tate pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract compositions. The work is richly informed by social and political issues, with an emphasis on the cultural and diplomatic landscapes that have developed since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. www.tate.org.uk
Stranger Days, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna
Five international practitioners, all of whom grew up in the dawn of digital media, each provide a unique observation on the human senses in an increasingly computerised world. In Stranger Days, painting is juxtaposed with video installations depicting utopian cities and vast projections of unnerving amalgamations of humans and technology. www.lisabird.at
Peter Campus, Video ergo sum, Jeu de Paume, Paris
The exhibition traces the career of the influential video pioneer, from his initial research into the medium in the 1970s to more recent digital ventures. Early works evoke questions of the perception of space and the construction of identity, whereas his later practice in the 1990s deviates from an interest in the body, focusing on landscapes, the sea and objects influenced by time and natural phenomena. www.jeudepaume.org
Alyson Shotz, Night, Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Shotz continues a recurrent investigation into the ineffable properties of light, with the most recent series using materials that transform as a result of variations of darkness. The show’s centrepiece, Object for Reflection, is a large-scale woven sculpture, comprised thousands of tiny aluminium pieces folded around stainless steel rings; appearing at times solid, opaque or translucent depending upon the time of the day. www.derekeller.com
Oscar Tuazon, See Through, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
Tuazon’s oeuvre is situated between art, architecture and technology. His most recent creations focus on the window, a minimalistic, geometric frame that defines and orders space. In the gallery, windows are alienated, transformed and reimagined in several ways; Tuazon reinvents the conventionally transparent form into an individual structural element. www.presenhuber.com
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1. Wolfgang Tillmans, La Palma (2014).