Spring is officially here and there are lots of new posts to look forward to in the following week, including post from Edinburgh, Liverpool and London, plus more mood posts, things that inspire us and photos from our recent excursions!
Although the early twentieth century German photographer August Sander is most certainly best known for his photographic typologies of ‘humankind’, it also became clear to me, on viewing his original prints, that they are not at all ‘cold’ physiological studies. The one aspect of Sander’s work I didn’t expect to discover was its adventurous nature.
To me what makes these photographs so interesting is their experimentation. The visual language we see owes, and utilize far more of the expressionistic aesthetic of twentieth century modernist art than is commonly suggested. His work may act as a sociological human study, but I see references to surrealism and a cubist treatment of form, as well as the more documentary type photographs.
With the exception of a few misplaced commercial studio works, which don’t seem to fit with the others in the series, and his images of nature, which clearly wasn’t his forte - on the whole the show is a worthwhile experience.
August Sander: People Of The Twentieth Century at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh runs until 10th of July and it doesn’t cost a penny, so if you can, you must go and see it.
All text comes from the Fall’s Edinburgh Man
written by Marc E. Smith
This month the artist Haroon Mirza has become a particular favourite of ours here at pipe. His show at the Lisson Gallery was his first solo exhibition in London and it certainly made an impact on us.
Mirza, a former DJ, uses sound in his powerful installations. This makes for an awakening experience. What is striking in experiencing his work is the emphasis he puts on hearing and listening, which becomes as significant as seeing and looking. The political dimension in his work, although subtle and undefined, communicates a resonance that speaks of modern warfare, and its ideological rhetoric.
He is currently exhibiting a piece, Regaining a Degree of Control at British Art Show 7, at the Hayward Gallery. For me this piece is one of the standout exhibits in what is a fantastic show. This work looks at our obsessions with death. By displacing the lyrics of the classic Joy Division song She’s Lost Control and repositioning them in a visual adaption of Samuel Beckett’s play a Knapp’s Tale the work becomes a unique audio-visual artwork.
As a relatively young artist it seems clear that Haroon Mirza will have a bright future if he continues to create such eye, and ear catching, artwork.
On an ice cold Saturday (-23 C) in February, we made our way to Stockholm to visit Supermarket.
Supermarekt is an artist run art fair held in Stockholm at Kulturhuset, which means ‘the House of culture’. This fair started in 2007 and has since then grown into a vast international art event. It is a development of Minimarket, which was at Konstnärshuset: ‘the House of Artists’, held in February 2006. This was in reaction to the new commercial art fair Market; which they describe as “The Nordic region’s leading fair for contemporary art”.
Supermarket has become an international art 'happening', which has helped to establish Stockholm as an important cultural center. This years Supermarket featured galleries from all over the world.
Here follows a small sample of the images we took:
for more information visit supermarketartfair.com/
Larry Clark has been hyped by the media many times. During his initial success in the late 90s he became the unconventional conductor of American photography’s suburban underworld. Clark's portraits often highlight teenage life in a sexually charged, often fascinating way, which is sometimes on the borderline between disgust and intense sadness. His art is not unique in this way though. This unflinching manner of documenting people is one he shares with other recent American photographers. Practitioners such as Terry Richarsson, Nan Goldin and Ryan McGinley are three photographers who use similar stylistic traits in their work.
In this particular exhibition Clark displays collections of Images and artifacts that give the viewer an insight into the thought process behind his art and an insight to what it maybe all about. These notes, snapshots and newspaper cuttings help the ‘collages’ address and question the importance of family and safety. They are accompanied by a series of portraits that reveal sensitive insights into the life of certain young people, the importance of identity, feelings of isolation and the seedy nature of American culture.
The exhibition's title, ‘What do you do for fun?’ stands in sharp contrast to its content, but it is definitely worth seeing.
Larry Clark: What do you do for fun is at Simon Lee Gallery until April the 2nd
spring is finlly here.. half a building… Went to the Robert Mapplethorpe show (curated by the Scissor Sisters) at the Alison Jacues Gallery, . A bit of a sexual muddle, but it had some eyecatching and powerful pieces.
Slightly understaded building to have such an important title, and no they didn’t even sell coffee!