Doel is a small village just outside of Antwerp – once a thriving town where the inhabitants serviced the local powerplant, now has become an massive graffiti haven. In 2008 Doel supposed to be demolished to make room for the expansion of the Port of Antwerp. With some 200 inhabitants refusing to leave, and the eventual economic crisis in 2008, the plans were stalled and Doel became an erie ghost town. The empty, boarded up houses became the perfect canvas […]
In recent years, museums have begun hosting fashion-centric exhibitions as hot ticket events to engage younger audience. Bozar Contemporary Museum in Brussels exhibition Unexpected Fashion Story, aka Belge et la Bête showcased the most talented fashion designers to come out of Belgium. Not only is the clothing elaborate works of fine art, design, and artisanal craftsmanship, but what I found the most captivating was the exhibition design. The placement of the wall text narratives on giant framed slabs of plywood, the shop […]
The Berlin Biennale is organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Hosted in several venues around the city, the Biennale hosts artists works in and out of logical context but rather offers visual exploration of visual ideas. Installation of Andreas Angelidakis Crash Pad, a hybrid space made from styrofoam and textiles, Tonel’s wall of illustrations titled Commerce.
One of the greatest surrealists of all time, I was so excited to visit the Musée Magritte in Brussels. Not surprisingly most of Magritte’s iconic works are owned by international institutions, but it was worth the trip to learn about his early history and see his evolution through his early works on display. Keep your eyes open in the elevator… it’s a very cheeky ride. If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation […]
Gartner Productions hosted a brilliant exhibition titled Artists in Advertising. Granted, they’re not called Creative Directors for nothing, they work at New York’s best and most lucrative advertising agencies by day, and by night they make gorgeous art work. Created and curated by Oritte Bendory, hosted in a gorgeous Soho loft, this show brought together brilliant work by in a variety of media. Stylized drawings by Lee Trice, and colourful abastracted photography Jonathan Flaum, Amazing photo of […]
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was created by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai WeiWei – the team also responsible for the Beijing Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium. The structure is build into the ground, and crowned with a floating pond of water. The interior is furnished with seating and stools made of cork, while the exterior gives an incredible visual perspective on to the pond which is surrounded by a luscious green lawn. Note, you cannot walk on the grass, […]
I loved these works by New York based artist Erik Patton, seen at his solo show at Amos Emo in Dumbo. Patton photographes models while projecting video scenes on them during the shoot. He then layers paint onto the printed images -creating a layering of not only media but of gender and charged emotion. As the title of the show is Metasexual, the harmony and dichotomy is emphasized both visually and metaphorically. We see a beautiful blond woman with a […]
The collaged canvases incorporating photography and blocks of solid coloured paint by Kunié Sigiura’s work on view at Leslie Tonkonow really speaks to Greenberg-Benjamin discourse of what is painting and art in the age of mechanical reproduction. I especially appreciated the preliminary sketches and colour blocks works presented alongside the final paintings, as true insight into the labourous explorative techniques of these works created in the 1970s . Visually, it reminded me of one Ian Wallace’s works, https://artjetset.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ianwallaceatyvonlambert23.jpg
It was an absolute pleasure to have met Michael Snow at the opening of his new show In the Way at Jack Shainman Gallery. Snow is one of Canada’s greatest contemporary artist, whose ground breaking experimental films revolutionized new media and recontextualized experiencing and ways of seeing and looking. His new video installation remphasizes what Snow does best, creating an environment where the viewer is physically engaged in active looking. The other video work, In the Way, was shot while […]
On of my favourite contemporary spaces, the Palais de Tokyo, is undergoing massive renovations, and during this time are hosting selective exhibitions in the atrium and main auditorium. John M Armleder curated a All Of the Above, by presenting a variety of art works by 20 different artists (including sculptures, videos, and paintings) in an non-traditional manner. He staged the works on a multilevel platform allowing the viewer only a frontal viewpoint. This intriguing display method gave me a whole different perspective […]
The second solo show of this young emerging artist Eva Nielsen at Dominique Fiat gallery exhibiting really impressive scale of painting. Nielsen combines black and white screen prints of industrial architecture embedded in luscious painterly landscapes for a beautiful compelling body of work. Her technique emphasizes the contrasts of dark and light and the incongruence of imposing developments and industry in the natural landscapes.
The Hole Gallery hosted at presentation of Emerald Couture’s Fall Fashion Week, bringing together a fusion of art by Evan Gruzis, fashion by Emerald Couture’s various designers and music by Seamosters and BELL. Exotic Beta is an interesting exhibition featuring ink paintings, and an stunning collaborative installation by designer .
I first saw this video in 2003 at The PowerPlant along side a massive exhibition on Liam Gillick. Now seeing and hearing this piece in a small draped corner at the back of the Matthew Marks gallery concretized the interplay between the film projector and the scratchy vinyl in a more engaging and profound way. Rodney Graham’s The Phonokinetoscope is a vinyl record which once engaged launches the 5 minute film loop – a phonokinetoscope. The film is of Graham […]
This exhibition of punk posters from the 70s and 80s created by the most infamous and reknown graphic artists of the day, such as Peter Saville, Malcolm Garrett, Barney Bubbles, Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Keith Haring, Robert Williams, and, Jamie Reid.
From January 21 – February 20 The Paula Cooper Gallery presented Christian Marclay’s The Clock, 24 hour video installation that garnered much acclaim during the run. Some waited up to 3 hours in the bitter New York winter to view the piece, which is heralded as a compelling transfixing work, where Marclay edits together thousands of clips of watches and clocks from popular film. The excerpts are supposed to illiterate the spanning of time and the importance of passage of […]
CRG presented Wishing and Praying as their curated show during ADAA fair in New York, and now at their main gallery space in Chelsea. This thoughtful and contemplative show exemplifies contemporary look at religious iconography in a variety of media. Beautiful. Click HERE to see the post on ADAA
Marc Séguin is an ArtJetSet favorite, whose career we have watch since 2008. His masterful grisaille technique combined with layering of think pigments and taxidermied animals is visually beautiful while emotionally challenging. For Séguin’s first solo show at the Mike Weiss Gallery titled Failures, he exhibited portraits of political figures and destroyed chruches. We have seen his earlier large scale works that depicted political and religious figures (click HERE and HERE to see the other ArtJetSet posts), and now we […]
The NewArtNetwork and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts hosted their winter social, a glam evening of performance, dance and music at the SculptureCenter. The incredible recovered wood sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard became the stage for a modern dance peformance choreographed by Nancy Garcia to present the F/W jewlery collection of SAMMA , by designer Hanna Sandin. As the dancers moved the jewlery clanged together and against the performers adding a weight to the sound of the performance.
Lu Magnus is a new space in the LES framed as an art laboratory and salon. Hosting a variety of events, Lu Magnus goes beyond the traditional notion of gallery as exhibition space towards a participatory environment of the salnons of the past. The diversity of their program brings together a spectrum of genres of art including performance, book readings, fashion, film, dance and food. Check their website for upcoming events. Nic*Rad’s live performance of his Celebrtiist Manifesto was the […]
Its Not About You is a clever pop show, which integrates paint-by-numbers sets, vintage icongraphy, and montage of frames and images with text to create a humorous narative. The side gallery at Benrimon Contemporary hosts RePop, a popup store where buttons, prints, multiples like carved soap and catalogues can be purchased.
A show featuring predominantly video, film, and sound installation, En-Garde II: omg at Ronald Feldman Gallery, brings a challenging group show of artists who question and challenge the status quo. The exhibition includes the video A Fire in My Belly, by David Wojnarowicz, that had been recently censored by the Smithsonian and created much uproar in the conversation around censorship and religious iconography in the museum space. oh my god, by Sam Van Aken is a wall of stereo speakers […]
Location One is an independent non-profit space dedicated to exhibitions, performance, and artists residency programs meant to encourage experimentation and dialogue around social and political discourse. Sharon Stone in Abuja combines video, photo, and installation in a discussion around Nollywood – Nigeria’s growing film industry. The space is engaging and inviting, pushing a comfort and familiarity with photos by Pieter Hugo, an inviting salon installation by Mickalene Thomas, and video piece by Zina Saro-Wiwa, British-Nigerian film-maker and founder of AfricaLab.
Exhibiting uniquely artists from the Indian Subcontinent, the Aicon Gallery brings forward strong visual aesthetics underlined by socio-political thematics in the current show Reprise. The show presents an extensive range of themes, textures, subject matter. Gorgeous painting made with paint and tea bags and urban landscaped created on a reflective surface shot by paint. The sculptural works of Debanjan Roy, Ruby Chishti, and G.R. Iranna resonnate issues of the human condition in India extending from gender, class and social political […]
Rob Pruit’s super pop show at Gavin Brown Enterprise is a fun must see show. Pruit’s self portrait montages give homage to great artists and personalities including Andy Warhol, Magritte, and many others. Love the silver painted chairs and the piles of tires as sweet bowls.
An amazing show with a poetic title, The Heaviest Luggage for the Traveler is the Empty One, at Magnan Metz Gallery, Pereda uses large scale sculpture set against a stunning black and white wall papered forest. Contrasting light and dark, strong and fragile, massive cinder block sculpture mirrored by ghostly pencil on paper drawings of cinder blocks – leave the viewer questioning the ideas of what we occupy and the limits of weight and space consumed around us.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Pace Gallery presents a multi-venue retrospective highlighting some key pieces that have passed through their doors. Thematically divided by Pop art, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist, Post Moderns and contemporary, this blockbuster show exemplifies the power house artists and the major collections that have acquired the works.My favorites include Chuck Close portrait of Zhang Huan, Kiki Smith sculpture, Michal Rovner, amazing Clifford Still, Zhang Huan airplanes.
Sarah Sze uses bottles, cartons, found objects, and constructed objects that resemble everyday objects to build an intricately ornate installation at Tanya Bondakar Gallery. The Uncountables (Encyclopedia) is a structural labyrinth. Sze obscures the familiar by wrapping milk cartons, and whitewashing bottles. She effectively blurs the cognizance of our relationship with details of the everyday things that surround us.I really loved the abstract film created by the flickers of light reflecting off a styrofoam plate filled with water, and the […]
Jennifer Steinkamp recreates nature using 3-dimension animation in her wall projections. This projection was stunning and captivating. Staring up from under a massive tree, Steinkamp skillfully recreates the passage of time through the seasons. With blooming leaves and bursts of colourful flowers — then petals rain down on the viewer as summer moves to autumn, until there are only bare tangeled branches stretched out towards you. The seamless snaking arms of the tree loop back into each other and then […]
Lithuanian installation artist Zilvinas Kempinas uses magnetic tape film, fans, reflective panes of mylar to create this cool and visually striking space. Red and Blue coloured lightbulbs hanging by their wires circle and spin around in localized confinement while noisey fans push the bulbs and the loops of magnetic tape. The experience is an overwhelming sensation of chaotic and static at the same time.
A brilliant showcase of Australian designer Marc Newson’s reinterpreted designs for different modes of transportation. Newson’s fluid aesthetics of design and the buoyant functionality of the machines stirs a desire for a James Bond-esque Mediterranean vacation.
Dan Colen is quoted as saying that this current show at Gagosian is about “failure and potential, accident and intention, most minute and most infinite.” Colen creates a transitionary space using an inverted skateboard half-pipe, and installation of knocked over customized Harley Davidson motorcycles, and massive canvases with abstract patterns painted with chewing gum. A self-reflective self-indulgent show.
The Dia:Chelsea come X-Initiative Space in its newest incarnation as the Lieu Center 548. Other Spaces, curated by Jayne Dorst, is a poignant show based on Michel Foucault’s theories on the psycho-spatial experience. The concept works will with this space, since the Lieu is as well a transient space where information is shared, ideas are created and transformed by those who pass though it. Enjoyed Palma Blank’s optical abstract paintings, Sam Falls’ photos. The video piece by Left Coast ( […]