Paolo Coppolella Presents .ZERO S/S 2013 Collection Editorial In Collaboration With Artistic Duo Simone Giara & Marta Modena

To start the Spring – Summer 2013 season, the Italian fashion designer Paolo Coppolella presents an editorial in collaboration with artistic duo Simone Giara & Marta Modena. His .ZERO S/S 2013 Collection was presented at the 16th Edition of Ningbo International Fashion Fair in China and after this success, the collection .ZERO is now officially on sale.

Body I Am at Alison Jacques Gallery, London

“I become my art, my art becomes me.”
- Hannah Wilke, 1975

Feminist thought was prevalent throughout the early 1970s – women were attempting to claim an artistic and sexual identity previously denied to them.  In the men’s club of the art world, Birgit Jürgenssen, Ana Mendieta, and Hannah Wilke all individually developed a strong female voice using their own body as a canvas.  Nude women have been artistic subjects since the beginning of time, but these three artists bring an assertive and challenging attitude that helped to re-evaluate how we, as a society, look at the female body.

Kiss Me Deadly, Paradise Row, London

Kiss Me Deadly is the title given to a new group exhibition that has recently opened at Paradise Row. The exhibition, organized over two floors, explores the themes and moods of the film noir genre. Although the classic period of the genre is represented by a handful of films that emerged between the 1940s and 1950s, its visual and thematic characteristics, such as the isolated anti-hero or the surrealistic dream sequence, are inextricably woven into the fabric of contemporary cinema. Modern classics of the neo-noir genre are Drive (2011, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn) and Mulholland Drive (2001, directed by David Lynch). As such, a re-appraisal of the culture surrounding this genre, by a group of visual artists whose artistic sensibilities will have undoubtedly been heavily influenced by it, is both timely and apt. The range of works on display varies from paintings and photographs, to audio-visual and installation pieces.

Aleksandras Macijauskas & Rimaldas Vikšraitis: Borderliners, Cardiff

Ffotogallery open Borderliners on 16 February, which is an exciting exhibition featuring two outstanding Lithuanian photographers: Aleksandras Macijauskas (b.1938) and Rimaldas Vikšraitis (b.1954). Interestingly, Vikšraitis acknowledges Macijauskas as his teacher and a formative influence on his artistic career which makes this exhibition both insightful and personal as to the relationship between the two photographers. For both men, the social backdrop to their work is the decline of village life in Lithuania in the years leading up to and following the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Review of ECM: A Cultural Archaeology at Haus der Kunst, Munich

Munich’s commanding Haus der Kunst provided a suitably grand backdrop for the recent, admirably comprehensive survey of ECM Records’ trailblazing work over the past 44 years. The gallery, like the label’s prodigious output, impresses first through its sheer size and scale, then further exploration reveals hidden treasures around every conceivable corner. It’s a clever marriage of site and subject, made even more special a celebration as Munich is ECM’s home city.


Corin Sworn: The Rag Papers, at Chisenhale Gallery, London

Canadian, Glasgow based artist Corin Sworn unveils her new exhibition The Rag Papers at the Chisenhale Gallery today. This will be Sworn’s largest and most ambitious exhibition to date and comprises a film presented as part of an installation with synchronised lighting and sound.

5 Exhibitions to See this Weekend

The weekend is a great time to leisurely enjoy art. At Aesthetica we have compiled some of the best current exhibitions for you to enjoy this weekend. From Paris to New York, we take a moment to consider the contemporary art that is bound to inspire. Starting with Linder Sterling at The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, read all about the top five experiences of art across the world.

Review of Peter Fraser at Tate St Ives

Entering photographer Peter Fraser’s retrospective exhibition at the Tate St Ives is like holding a magnifying glass up to everyday life. Like a Master painter, Fraser pays great attention to composition, colour, light and shadows. His subjects are ordinary objects; a book, a shell, a statue, that have played a part or simply been a witness to his everyday life. Fraser was greatly inspired by Powers of Ten, a film by Charles & Ray Eames in 1977. The film shows how a scene is lost from view when magnified several times to the power of ten and how the small particles that make up our daily existence can also seem complex and vast in their own way, when magnified by the power of ten. The three galleries devoted to this retrospective spanning 30 years of Fraser’s photographic career show a variety of works from past exhibitions, including his powerful and evocative City in the Mind 2012. This series of photographs, which took Fraser five years to create, focus on aspects of Fraser’s own city, London. The series was shown at the Brancolini Grimaldi gallery last year, to great acclaim.


Aesthetica Art Prize Interview with Photographer D. Bryon Darby

The Aesthetica Art Prize is an international celebration of innovation and brilliance in contemporary art. Offering entrants an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, previous finalists have included Julia Vogl (Winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2012 and shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations), Marcus Jansen (leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns) and Bernat Millet (shortlisted for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.)  The long-listed artists are featured in the accompanying Art Prize publication, while the short-listed artists appear in an exhibition at York St Mary’s, York. We catch up with long-listed photographer D. Bryon Darby, his work investigates perceptions of place as mediated through technology, photography, and personal experience. His selected image is taken from the Seventy Flights in Ninety Minutes project, a work that explores the social, political, and psychological effects of living within the flight trajectory of a major commercial airport.

Fiona Rae: New Paintings at Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Since Rae’s 1991 Waddington Galleries show announced her as a distinctly postmodern abstract painter, it has been common to consider Rae’s work a delicate play between chaos and order. Rae comments: “it’s not that I want to question in a self-conscious way the act of painting, it’s just that I cannot pretend to the idealistic purity of a modernist artist.” So in her 22 year career she has repeatedly re-invented her way of painting: switching from expressive, painterly marks that resolve in the picture space as figure and ground, to “all-over” type abstraction, and back again.


Review of Ólöf Arnalds New Album Sudden Elevation

Sudden Elevation will be relished both by admirers of Ólöf Arnalds’s crystalline voice, and by devotees of the Nordic modern-folk music associated with fellow Icelandic musicians Björk and Sigur Rós. The multi-instrumentalist’s new release follows her acclaimed second album Innundi Skinni (2010), which caught the attention of critics at Q magazine and earned her recognition from Mojo as one of their “most exciting people” of the year. As the first of her albums to be sung entirely in English, Sudden Elevation marks a change in the singer’s creative direction and will, undoubtedly, provide an impetus for wider appreciation. It is also her first experiment in creating a conceptually unified record: she worked on it without interruption, holed up in a seaside cabin in western Iceland.

Interview with Photographer Marco Sanges

Photographer Marco Sanges shoots a cinematic world of dreams and drama. Exhibited worldwide, Sange’s clients include Agent Provocateur, Vogue, Sunday Telegraph, Photo, Katalog, Dolce&Gabbana and Eyemazing. He has published three books, Circumstances, Venus, Wild, and Erotic Photography, besides winning several awards for his art  films, The Best Experimental Art Film at the Open Cinema Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia 2009 and Best Art Film at the Portobello Film Festival London, UK, 2008 for the short Circumstances. Currently exhibiting at Eduard Planting Fine Art Photographs at the Rotterdam Art Warehouse, Aesthetica speaks to Sanges about his unique approach to photography.

On Creating Reality by Andy Kaufman at Maccarone Gallery, New York

Andy Kaufman was one of those mercurial types that we commonly refer to as a ‘genius’. This is owing to his ability to realise, beyond human experience, a new way to practice his craft. For Andy it was performance. Comedy, or its absence, is what he was engaged with. Practiced contumaciousness would be a more prone title, since his act was meant to travesty comedic assumptions. And since most people are familiar with his legendary acts there is no need to untangle the knotted routines that made him famous (Intergender wrestling, Tony Clifton, readings of the Great Gatsby, etc.). But what should be done, and what Maccarone Gallery in New York has attempted to do, is to give his work an anthropological basis in the ecclesia of performance. On Creating Reality by Andy Kaufman, on view at Maccarone Gallery through 16 February, is an attempt at just this. The artifacts that helped shape his singular persona are displayed as an indication that there is more than borderline psychosis involved in his difficult fabrications.

Joe Sorren: The Great Cantaloupe Day, New York

Opening 24 February, AFA of SoHo will present a collection of new paintings and sculpture by Joe Sorren. Running until 31 March, The Great Cantaloupe Day will also feature a retrospective of more than 30 graphics and three new releases. This exhibition marks the beginning of AFA’s exclusive representation of Sorren’s artwork in New York, New Orleans and France. His works are the product of great talent and attention resulting in soft and soothing compositions, made up of fluid and expressive brush strokes. Each piece invites viewers to explore deeply emotional subjects within hazy and dreamlike landscapes.

Spring Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary, Margate: Rosa Barba

Three new exhibitions have just opened at Margate’s seaside gallery, Turner Contemporary – Carl Andre: Mass and Matter, Rosa Barba: Subject To Constant Change and Turner: Turner’s Perspective. In this list, Carl Andre always comes first; he is page 1 in the gallery’s Spring programme booklet, he comes first on their website, on the sign outside the entrance, at the gallery’s front desk (“what’s on show at the moment?”… “Carl Andre, Rosa Barba and Turner”), and is, in the instance of some art critics who have visited Turner Contemporary in the last weeks, the only part of the trio written about.  

Interview with AWOL Studios’ Phil Walton

AWOL Studios provide an artistic home for the burgeoning creative scene in Manchester. Offering flexible workspaces in a convenient location at realistic prices, AWOL Studios is a cost effective space to an eclectic and diverse range of creative individuals, organisations and businesses. As a supporter of the Aesthetica Art Prize, we speak to founder Phil Walton about his aspirations for the studios and his passion for art.

Tacita Dean: JG, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia

British-born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean presents her new film project JG at the Arcadia University Art Gallery from 7 February until 21 April. Commissioned by and made for the gallery, with funding from The Pew Center  for Arts & Heritage, JG is the sequel to FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The film is inspired by the filmmaker’s correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard regarding connections between Robert Smithsonʼs iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty and Ballardʼs short story The Voices of Time.

Aurélien Froment: 9 Intervals at Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin

9 Intervals is about dialogue. Dialogue between juxtaposing images, presented on two screens playing in tandem across the walls of Mother’s Tankstation’s gallery; dialogue between image and text, as omnipresent voice-overs talk us calmly through each and every shot. The disparate images seem mostly to be linked to the concept of posture, and particularly seated posture.

Review of Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union, London

Saatchi’s Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union is a broad anthology of Russia’s contemporary cultural offerings. Lightness, whatever the title may suggest, is an element scarcely present within Saatchi’s latest exhibition – instead chiefly memorable for its dark images of poverty and depression – until, that is, you reach the gallery’s top floor where spotlights bounce off slick oil paintings which hang proudly, just waiting to be appreciated.

Review of Estrangement: Fatma Bucak, Larisa Daiga, Evariste Maïga, Samuel Williams

Estrangement presents four emerging artists whose practices and nationalities choreograph a sly line between identity, economy, politics and video art history. Samuel Williams’ Natural Habitat sees video cameras mounted on rubber tubes, attached to portable trolleys or on draw strings, being pulled, floated or spun across a landscape and a lake. He works with the limits of time and materials – inflexibility and inevitability. But he also takes advantage of these constraints, improvising temporary pieces in a series of Twenty Second Sculptures made with the materials and objects to hand. His work has echoes of Fischli/Weiss’ The Way Things Go chain reaction video and American artist Tom Marioni’s One Second and Sixty Second Sculptures.

Interview with photographer and artist Kevin Cooley

Kevin Cooley presents his stunning photographs from his Night for Night series in Aesthetica Issue 51. His largescale video installation, Skyward, is currently on show at Pierogi’s The Boiler. Filmed in Los Angeles, the video examines the relationship between the natural world with the and manufactured landscape. The video takes the point of view of a passenger gazing upward through an open-top convertible, or sunroof while riding throughout the city. This point of view is then replicated in the gallery as the video is projected on an oversized, suspended screen, forcing the viewers to look up towards the skylight-tableau. We spend some time speaking to Cooley about how he produced Skyward and his plans for the future.


Aesthetica Issue 51 Out Now

Inside this issue, we start with Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites, a major exhibition opening at the Walker Art Center that features 35 individual sculptures and installations, along with his recent experiments in video, film and performance. We also look at the latest show to open at the Hayward Gallery, London, Light Show, which is a comprehensive survey of artists who use light as a material. David Bowie is opens at the V&A and is the first major retrospective of Bowie’s significant impact upon the world of visual art and design. Thomas Zanon-Larcher’s Falling: A Part blurs the lines between fashion and fine art photography, using cinema as its reference point. In photography, Garry Winogrand is widely recognised as one of America’s finest photographers, and his retrospective opens at SFMOMA, highlighting 25 years of the artist’s career. Cuba is the subject for the latest exhibition to open at Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, which showcases four decades of Michael Eastman’s work. We also introduce the works of Marquis Montes, a Montreal-based photographic duo, as well as Kevin Cooley, whose use of light creates intense drama.

Lesley Dill: Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

It can be said that art can serve as a universal language. Visual artist Lesley Dill applies literal meaning to art as a communicative agent by incorporating various forms of language into her multi-faceted work. Currently on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina, Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan reveals a fusion of the visual with the verbal through an amalgamation of  sculpture, fashion, installation, painting, and drawing.

Aesthetica Art Prize Interview: Damien O’Mara

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Previous finalists include Julia Vogl, who was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize – and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns, and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The 100 longlisted artists are published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Annual and the shortlisted artists will appear in an exhibition at York St Mary’s from 8 March until 28 April. We spend some time with shortlisted artist, Damien O’Mara. The photographer will be exhibiting from The Trespasser series, which depicts suited men in places that are “off-limits” or “out-of-bounds” to people in corporate roles.

Review of Juergen Teller: Woo! London

Juergen Teller’s Woo! at the ICA, London, is a showcase of the greatest work from Teller’s longstanding, unwavering career. Not only has be been wholeheartedly embraced by the art world, he has somehow managed to stick firmly in with the changeable, faddy fashion crowd for more years than should be expected. Like the many fashion relics that he has embraced in his images – and shown in a manner entirely alien to most fashion glossys – he has somehow found a way of his own that has seen him stuck him in favour.


Joy Division’s Peter Hook and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon at MCA Chicago

Joy Division’s bass guitarist Peter Hook is in artist conversation at the MCA on Tuesday 5 February. Reflecting on the band he helped co-found and his new book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. Covering the band’s friendships and fallouts, their rehearsals and recording sessions, Hook gives a truly fascinating insight, as only an insider can, into the larger-than-life characters that formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend. The conversation is led by Joe Shanahan who booked Peter Hook (with New Order) for their first Chicago appearance at The Metro 30 years ago.