Posts Tagged ‘playful

31
Mar
12

Christina Dimitriadis : ‘Familie Ende’ Series (Collage)

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‘Plate’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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‘House’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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‘Saucepans’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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‘Untitled’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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‘Tablechairs’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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‘Tree’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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‘Ivy’
C Dimitriadis
Collage
2006
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END FAMILY is the inscription on a grave that Christina Dimitriadis photographed in a Berlin cemetery. The title of this extensive series of small-format canvases – collages,, all with a reduced palette, ironed onto them using t-shirt transfer film – is already a playful indication of its thematic range: at first glance, it is only a bizarre coincidence. One almost has to force oneself not to add the word “of” that is apparently missing between “End” and “Family”, until one realises it is only a matter of the family’s name. The artist plays with precisely this subtle ambivalence between the tragedy of private destiny on the one hand and the lapidary nature of everyday found objects and their aesthetics on the other. The individual motif develops into a poetic cipher of a very personal life; a self-reference on the basis of the real object. Things and situations are independent of the places where they can be found or take place. They question the unfamiliar and unmask the constant search for a reliable home. ~ Anne Haun

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Christina Dimitriadis : Website

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18
Feb
12

Anil Akkus : ‘Still Life’ Series (Photography)

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‘White Fruits’
Photograph
Still life
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‘Water Lily’
Photograph
Still life
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‘Razor’
Photograph
Still life
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‘Peeler’
Photograph
Still life
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‘Spoon II’
Photograph
Still life
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‘Not So Knife’
Photograph
Still life
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Anil specialises in still life and conceptual photography. In the studio his work revolves around playing with light and objects, where he uses ordinary day to day items and tries to reveal an unusual aspect…

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Anil Akkus : More Works

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23
Jan
12

Osheen Harruthoonyan: ‘Black Garden’ Series (Photography)

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“It’s easy to lose sight of exactly who you are while passing through the ‘Black Garden’. At the start, things are clear, there’s you and there’s the land, you each have your names and the division is simple.

Yet even from a peak within Nagorno-Karabakh you’re lost in the panorama. Mountain after mountain begets valley upon valley. A singular road runs through it all and though the end is too far to make out, you trust there’s an end. In your immediate vicinity at any given time you lose yourself in the intimacy of the trees, the overgrown foliage, the tombstones of an abandoned graveyard like fossilised crevices disintegrating in the wind. Voices buried beneath the moss, and cumulative silence, whisper about war.

There are small signs of life, a singular bird, a crucifix like a question mark that would cease to be seen if not for a blinking flame between the dripping walls of a crumbling cave. As night falls, shadows cannot be deciphered from leaves. Something floats by your eye, mouches volontes, a schism in the visual fabric, produced by your mind or the air, it does not matter. Your heart beats out what colour is left of the fading day and at once you are included and excluded from the landscape…” – Amy Pagnotta

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‘Black Garden’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Black Mirror’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Swan’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
28 x 35 inches
2011
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‘Wave’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Schism’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Tree of Garni’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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‘Mercury’
sepia, gold, selenium toned
gelatin silver print
25 x 25 inches
2011
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Born in Persia and raised in Athens, Greece and Vancouver B.C., Osheen Harruthoonyan is a Toronto based photographer and filmmaker. Drawing upon his rich experiences living in such diverse cities, he employs a multi-faceted approach towards his artistic practice, investigating memory, history and the deconstructive process of time. Osheen’s work has been featured on Bravo! Arts Channel and his exhibitions in Toronto have consistently been noted as a top show not to miss. Harruthoonyan has also worked as a cinematographer on numerous short films, music videos, and experimental films.

Osheen Harruthoonyan’s sumptuous photographic prints evoke the uncertain, fledgling flashes encountered at the threshold of a dream. Combining traditional large-format photography with a variety of analog photo-manipulation techniques, Harruthoonyan skillfully renders his subjects within ethereally illusive environments. The fastidious striations and cracks of his altered film negatives become esoteric anomalies that hearken to a unique and singular “subterranean realm”.

Harruthoonyan’s willingness to take risks within the confines of the traditional photographic process makes this representational capacity possible. Altering each negative by hand, his works crystallize midway between the calculable and the spontaneous, addressing both the systematic and the chaotic. His careful yet playful inventiveness unravels the mysteries of our collective irreconcilable reverie. Harruthoonyan’s creations conjure the lifetimes that exist within moments, and the glimmers of strangeness that give pause to our ever-evolving subconscious states. Within his work, we witness not only the captured image, but the very process of image-making laid bare. – [Ex : La Petite Mort Gallery]

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Osheen Harruthoonyan : Website

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16
Jan
12

Pe Lang : ‘Moving Objects’ Series (Kinetic Art)

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Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin
Actuators, cables, silikon
Size: 200 x 108 cm
Year: 2011

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Dienstgebäude, Zürich, Switzerland
motor, 1’836 spheres (9,5mmø)
Size: 140 x 100 cm
Year: 2010

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Galerie Mario Mazzoli, Berlin
Actuators, cables, silikon
Size: 100 x 56 cm
Year: 2011

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Pe Lang’s poetic and elegant hand built sculptures combine mechanized systems with new materials to mandate and manifest a different approach to kinetic movement. Lang realizes performances and creates installations by ingeniously assembling magnetic, electrical and mechanical devices and even inventing new devices and prototypes. The resulting works are both visually appealing, because of their elegant and minimal kinetic qualities, but also fascinating for their acoustic features. If chance plays an important role in his works, the artist playfully manages to balance between order and chaos by controlling the forces involved in his compositions: the precision of the mechanical devices and the confusion resulted from the collision of the various elements. (Ext : Introduction – Text by Boris Magrini)

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Pe Lang : Website

Pe Lang : Vimeo

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21
Oct
10

Zimoun : Installation : Sound Sculptures

186 prepared dc-motors, cardboard boxes 60x60x60cm | Zimoun 2010
Exhibition view: Arts Center Vooruit Gent, Almost Cinema, Belgium.

The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the ‘artificial’ and the ‘organic’. He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns. [Extract : Vimeo]

Zimoun : Video Reel

Zimoun : Selected Works

Zimoun : Cardboard Boxes

30
Sep
10

David DiMichele : Pseudo Documentation

Pseudo Documentation, is a series of large-scale photographs depicting grandiose installations in fantasy exhibition spaces. DiMichele creates this work by first building scale models of exhibition spaces, and producing original artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums, which are sited in the spaces and then photographed to create the final works. The Pseudo Documentation photographs are inspired by DiMichele’s background with photography, installation art, abstract forms and passion for monumental museum and gallery architecture combined to create this photographic series of work.

Pseudodocumentation : Salt & Asphalt
Lightjet print
40 x 80 inches
2007

Pseudodocumentation: Branches
Lightjet print
42 x 60 inches
2006

Pseudodocumentation: Broken Glass
Lightjet print
40 x 60 inches
2006

Pseudodocumentation: Desert Disks
Lightjet print
42 x 68 inches
2007

Pseudodocumentation: Hose Drawing
Lightjet print
42 x 55 inches
2007

Pseudodocumentation: Bark Painting
Chromogenic digital print
Edition of 6
42 x 55 inches

Earlier in his career, DiMichele was known for his abstract painting and installation work, which often questioned conventions and traditions of non-objective art. For the Pseudo Documentation series, DiMichele unveils a new body of work that continues these investigations through imagination and manipulation seen in these large-scale photographs. DiMichele’s process is to create three-dimensional models of exhibition spaces and create within that space various art work that are contingent on the illusion of the architecture and space of the model he creates.

The resulting installation model of the exhibition space is photographed and the result creates a complete environment in the scale model gallery. DiMIchele’s idea for this series evolved out of documenting installation projects that he had created, as well as thinking about the nature of art documentary photography in itself. The fact that DiMichele creates artwork that is of a highly representational nature, by utilizing figuration, perspective, lighting etc. is mainly to create works that deal with issues in abstract art.

The models in Pseudo Documentation, playfully allude to the extreme size of contemporary art exhibition spaces such as the Tate Modern, his photographs infer a grandiose scale that matches or exceeds such spaces. Although the photographs are clearly representational in every way, the imagery and subject matter reflect the artist’s interest in the forms and history of modernist abstraction. [K.G.]

David DiMichele : Website

David DiMichele : Kopeikin Gallery




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