Light, Paper, Process - Reinventing PhotographyLight, Paper, Process - Reinventing Photography

24 May 2015

Light, Paper, Process - Reinventing Photography

Exhibition, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California, until 18 October

At a time when digital technologies offer increasingly sophisticated options for producing, storing, and disseminating images, a number of artists have turned their attention to exploring the essence of photography, distilling it to its basic components of lightsensitive emulsions and chemical development. These artists may use hand-coated or expired papers, archival negatives, or custom-built cameras, or they may eschew the use of a camera or film altogether. All of them revel in materials and process, employing darkroom techniques that shift our understanding of photography away from a medium that merely records the world. 

Light, Paper, Process: Starr King: 30th: Coral, 2013, by John Chiara; dye destruction photograph on Ilfochrome paper, 33 x 28 inches; © John Chiara

Frida Kahlo - Art Garden LifeFrida Kahlo - Art Garden Life

23 May 2015

Frida Kahlo - Art Garden Life

Exhibition, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York, USA, until 1 November

This exhibition is the first to examine Frida Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement also reimagines the iconic artist’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City. Accompanying events invite visitors to learn about Kah..

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © 2014 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Marilyn Minter: Pretty\DirtyMarilyn Minter: Pretty\Dirty

22 May 2015

Marilyn Minter: Pretty\Dirty

Exhibition, CAM, Houston, Texas, until 2 August

For over three decades, Marilyn Minter has produced lush paintings, photographs, and videos that vividly manifest the American culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. Her unique works – from the oversized paintings of make-up-laden lips and eyes to soiled designer shoes – bring into sharp, critical focus the power of desire. As an artist, Minter has always made seductive visual statements that demand attention while never shirking her equally crucial roles as&n..

Marilyn Minter: Coral Ridge Towers (Mom Smoking), 1969; gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches; collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody

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Anselm Kiefer, PaintingsAnselm Kiefer, Paintings

21 May 2015

Anselm Kiefer, Paintings

Exhibition, White Cube, São Paulo, Brazil, until 20 June

The paintings in this exhibition explore themes of history, politics, landscape, and in particular, the vision of The Morgenthau Plan. Proposed in 1944 by the US, the plan was conceived to transform post-war Germany into a pre industrial, agricultural nation in order to limit its ability to wage war. A polarising political act that in the artist’s words “ignored the complexity of things”, it sought to divide Germany into two independent states, annexing or dismantling all centres of industry. Here, Kiefer depicts rural landscapes, with flowers blooming through destruction and devastation. Echoing both German Romantic painting and the turbulent landscapes of Van Gogh, huge, dark expanses of plant life dominate the composition. 

exhibition view, São Paulo; photo © Eduardo Ortega; courtesy of White Cube, São Paulo.

3 daysofdesign3 daysofdesign

20 May 2015

3 daysofdesign

upcoming design event, Multiple venues in Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 – 30 May.

More than 40 of the best design companies are opening their showrooms, stores, and design institutions for this grand occasion, inviting visitors to view furniture, lighting, and design objects. Everyone with an interest in design has the chance to participate in the events, happenings, product launches, exhibitions, and design lectures. This year, the number of participating companies has almost doubled and the city’s infrastructure has been improved and intensified, as well. A tremendous bonus is that Copenhagen’s unique waterways are available for use as a means of transport, with harbour boats at one’s disposal, as well as shuttle buses, to maximise the adventure.

Takis: The Fourth DimensionTakis: The Fourth Dimension

19 May 2015

Takis: The Fourth Dimension

Exhibition, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, until 26 July

Born in Athens in 1925, Takis is renowned for his explorations of the gap between art and science. Since the mid-1950s he has continually pushed into new aesthetic territories, creating three-dimensional works of art that incorporate invisible energies as a fourth element. Takis, who describes himself as an ‘instinctive scientist’, employs powerful forces to generate the compositions, movements, and musical sounds of his static and kinetic works. From the beginning, whether in street-art fireworks, attempts to use magnetism to suspend a man in space in advance of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight, or cofounding the Art Workers Coalition, an organisation dedicated to giving living artists a voice in museums, he has regarded the energies of political and social spheres as part of his repertoire.

Manifesto: Beyond the NewManifesto: Beyond the New

18 May 2015 by Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg

Manifesto: Beyond the New

A search for ideals in Design

“Design is flourishing. The number of design events is growing every year. But the field has not benefited. What most events have in common are the presentations of a depressing cornucopia of pointless products, commercial hype around presumed innovations, and empty rhetoric. As a mere commercial hype, the ‘new’ no longer equals real innovation, and might even be rephrased as ‘the illusion of the new’. Design has become a goal instead of a means to an end.” Designer Hella Jongerius and theorist Louise Schouwenberg have written a manifesto in which they plead..

Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg

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Monumental LightMonumental Light

18 May 2015

Monumental Light

Brightening the moments **read full article in DAMNº50**

The primary concepts of lighting design are explored in the presentation The Play of Brilliants at Éléphant Paname in Paris. Eleven monumental, luminous installations by international artists, architects, engineers, and designers are on view. This is a chance to fully experience light’s potential to enchant. Light Collective developed the concept for the exhibition in the belief that light is a means of expression that can be used to motivate and inspire human beings, as humans move in response to the stimulus of light. Not unlike moths.

Circular, a kinetic light installation by WHITEvoid

Playing brilliantPlaying brilliant

18 May 2015

Playing brilliant

Lighting the 21st century **read full article in DAMNº50**

In this section of the magazine, lighting is king. DAMN° reviews the latest fixtures and lighting objects of the moment, while also interviewing artists, art directors, designers, and company leaders to learn of their latest strategies. It would seem that there is no limit to the power of the lighting element in this time of technological advance.  

DGT., Light in Water, The Play of Brilliant exhibition, Paris, 2015 / Photo: Takuji Shimmura

Godfathering Political ArtGodfathering Political Art

18 May 2015

Godfathering Political Art

Mauri and Pasolini to the rescue **read full article in DAMNº50**

Fabio Mauri emerged as an artist in the late-1950s, developing the ideas for his work in the context of television and cinema, with the projected image and the screen becoming central motifs that defined his oeuvre. Connecting themes and ideas of the past to the present, his work injects within itself a notion of ethical responsibility that causes the spectator to critically examine his experience of ‘the real’. As a close friend of Pasolini’s since childhood, the two were highly active in Italy’s avant-garde. The Venice Biennale is now&nbs..

From left to right: Fabio Mauri, Lucio Amelio, Gabriella Lonardi, Joseph Beuys, and Pasquale Trisorio at Elisabetta Catalano’s studio, Rome / Photo: Elisabetta Catalano

Designed by DetroitDesigned by Detroit

18 May 2015

Designed by Detroit

Christopher Schanck’s ironic pursuits **read full article in DAMNº50**

Installed in a rundown corner shop in Detroit, Christopher Schanck’s studio thrives with community activity. This is where his furniture pieces are made, slowly and steadily, by the unskilled hands of his neighbours. The designer does not play by any of the existing rules of design, as rather than wanting his furniture to be pretty and smart, he would rather it have an impact akin to being kicked in the gut. With the art world currently in praise of him, the signs are that he has succeeded.  

One of Schanck’s portraits of the locals and students, members of his community-based practice, posing with the handmade ALUfoil furniture pieces that take, on average, more than a year and 1000 man-hours to produce

Larger than LifeLarger than Life

18 May 2015

Larger than Life

The Legend of Le Corbusier **read full article in DAMNº50**

There is unlikely anyone who has not heard of Le Corbusier, and it is nearly as unlikely that there’s someone with no opinion on his work. Most comments will relate to his architecture, of which he has left a substantial legacy. But, in fact, as the current show at the Centre Pompidou elucidates, Le Corbusier was a man of many talents. Not only did he draw and paint, as well as sculpt, on a constant basis, but his artworks provided the impetus for his architecture. 

Nature morte à la pile d’assiettes et au livre, 1920 (Still life of a pile of plates and a book) Oil on canvas, 80.9 x 99.7 cm, © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

Between the Blur and the FlickerBetween the Blur and the Flicker

18 May 2015

Between the Blur and the Flicker

Tillmans on TV **read full article in DAMNº50**

The current exhibition in Paris features the latest works by Wolfgang Tillmans, photographs that celebrate this precise moment in time, the short interlude when digital technology can precisely capture the essence of analogue technology, before the latter disappears from existence. It is this synchronicity that excites the photographer, who presents various takes on the theme using examples of television screens counterpoised with the detail of a damaged tree in nature. Tillmans shared some of his sensations with DAMN°.

Lignine Duress. Exhibition view at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, © Florian Kleinefenn

High PerformanceHigh Performance

18 May 2015

High Performance

Rotor: systematising the deconstruct **read full article in DAMNº50**

Rotor is a Brussels-based collective known for its application of reclaimed materials. With ten years’ experience in the accumulation, documentation, and avid reuse of materials in many and various projects, it has accrued a high level of expertise on all that is viable in regard to the recycling of building components. Devising the ultimate system whereby everyone has access to an online catalogue of such materials, it is intent that new constructions regularly implement these. 

Dismantling the mille-feuille ceiling in the banking hall at the former BNP Paribas Fortis headquarters in Brussels, 2014, © Rotor

Joy ForeverJoy Forever

18 May 2015

Joy Forever

An exemplary canoe **read full article in DAMNº50**

David Trubridge takes an irregular approach to design, albeit highly sincere and effective. The basis of his work stems from a love of the sea, which in turn leads him to appreciate – nay, adore – vessels such as canoes and windsurfers, which then naturally sees him employing these items, either literally or figuratively, in the design projects he undertakes. His passion necessarily includes a wholehearted concern for the environment, which nicely completes the repertoire.  

A full size, functioning thofothofo, with an outrigger designed by David Trubridge

Picking and GrinningPicking and Grinning

18 May 2015

Picking and Grinning

Vik Muniz mixes it up **read full article in DAMNº50**

Having grown up in São Paulo, Vik Muniz spent several decades in New York, which is where his career as an artist began in earnest. Now back in Brazil, his way of working is still very much based on using the materials at hand to create reconfigured compositions, with the final work taking the form of a photograph. Appropriating existing imagery, he creates imaginary scenes that exhibit the self-same qualities as those they are imitating. 

New York Postcard Postcards from Nowhere series, 2013

The AccelerationistThe Accelerationist

18 May 2015

The Accelerationist

Alessandro Bava’s ecological manoeuvring

Fond of the social and intellectual problems related to the increasing pervasiveness of the Internet, architect Alessandro Bava engages in many and various projects that address ecology through different portals, as well as issues regarding the home, both inside and out, particularly in relation to the increased mobility of the populace. In a similar way to Archizoom in the 1960s, he avidly hops between contrasting subjects, to explore scenarios for the immaterial world. 

AIRBNB Pavilion, Everything That is Solid Melts into Airbnb: Inflatable Mattress, Swiss Institute, New York, 2014

Graphic Design as Political WeaponGraphic Design as Political Weapon

18 May 2015

Graphic Design as Political Weapon

The impact of visuals **read full article in DAMNº50**

Posters on causes can only go so far, but exploiting their potential to maximum effect calls for a clever, crystal clear way of laying out the information. An organisation aptly called Visualizing Impact, based in Beirut, has found just such a way of drawing attention to the Palestinian situation. Employing infographics and crisp graphic design, its posters address the issues at hand head-on, responding to Israeli oratory in a direct and meaningful fashion. The evidence is there: the Visualizing Palestine campaign packs a pretty punch.  

Visualizing Impact, Youth Unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa, 2014

The RitualistsThe Ritualists

18 May 2015

The Ritualists

How EOOS ticks **read full article in DAMNº50**

Founded precisely 20 years ago, EOOS has been carving a path for itself based on high standards and a clear design method, gathering experience in extremes of context. Whether it is a project for a luxury label or a solution for slum dwellers, the studio is equipped to find an essential answer to the situation presented. This is a way of practicing that is not often seen. DAMN° felt it was time to survey the contents of their production.  

MAK – exhibition view: Crosshatch for Geiger, Herman Miller Collection, 2014, © Paul Prader

Let’s zoom in - The politics of imagesLet’s zoom in - The politics of images

18 May 2015 by Sandra Hofmeister

Let’s zoom in - The politics of images

Exhibition, Zoom! Architektur und Stadt im Bild, Architekturmuseum, Munich, until 21 June.

In Munich right now is an impressive exhibition. Photographs and videos by dedicated artists reveal the urban condition, capturing the landscapes of cities and the architecture that defines them. Although the subject is concise, the range is as wide as it is exquisite. Refraining from presenting images that we see ad nauseam in the media on a daily basis, the curator has thoughtfully chosen the other sorts of images, those with depth, taken with a discerning eye that maintains a critical distance. Furthermore, she has arranged these i..

Your First Home, Ensenda, Mexico, 2009 Photo © Livia Corona

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