German photographer Andreas Gefeller questions perception and truth, exploiting the possibilities of photography to bring into focus that which is overlooked. The featured series Soma, for example, is a direct reference to a hallucinogenic drug from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932). Now published as book by Hatje Cantz – teamed with quotes from Fernando Pessoa, Ray Bradbury and Elias Canetti – the series encompasses artificial landscapes and an imagined future. Incorporating a sense of idealism through opiate colour schemes, the images are shot in Gran Canaria, revealing brightly lit beaches and bleach white structures contrasted by encroaching black shadows. Standardisation is the central theme, reflecting upon the impending age of digitalisation and syntheticism. Gefeller’s work is in the permanent collections of the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Saatchi Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Canada, Toronto. www.andreasgefeller.com.
MoMA ignores the stereotypes surrounding Japanese art as it takes a look at the burgeoning contemporary art scene during the 20th Century in Tokyo 1955 – 1970: A New Avant-Garde.
The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon
100 artists including Jeremy Deller and Roger Hiorns have taken it upon themselves to redesign an iconic image in the newly published The Roundel: 100 Artists remake a London Icon.