“Pool” at Kestner Gesellschaft
Artists: Aaron Angell, Alice Channer, Nicolas Deshayes, Magali Reus, Cally Spooner
Venue: Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
Exhibition Title: Pool
Artists: Victoria Colmegna, Lars TCF Holdhus, Ellen Yeon Kim, Clemence de La Tour du Pin, Lin May, Aude Pariset, Antoine Renard, Yves Scherer, Beny Wagner
Venue: Center, Berlin
Exhibition Title: Aftercare
Aftercare is a group exhibition bringing together nine international artists working within the topics of contemporary ways of living and consumerism standard. Inspired by model homes,Aftercare aims to emulate an idealized domestic interior.
We live in our phones although we sometimes occupy space beside other people. The telephone is our closest ally, the mediator between the present and our projection of the present. It is in some ways a portal to our dreams. It can be a portal to hell if used properly.
Olga Balema’s work investigates the fragility of matter and its contamination by forms of digital and technological production, which underlines the instability and displacement of its physical presence. The immateriality of this process of translation is questioned through the evidence of organic feelings in everyday objects. Balema’s recent solo show at Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam features extended latex arms that sag unnaturally in the gallery space. As inorganic surrogates, their bodily alienation is subjected to a state of tension between animate and inanimate, human and inhuman. Balema (Ukraine, 1984) often uses industrial products in her work: leggings and t-shirts with decorative prints of mistranslated texts become sculptural presences, rusty steel chunks and fragmented buckets are reassembled into fountains. Language is altered for decorative purpose with reference to pop culture and its modification in social networks. The rust in the fountains changes the color of the water and the status of the printed textiles soaked in it. Their texts, already corrupted in meaning, are also destined for physical deterioration.
Artist Profile: Hannah Sawtell
The images, textures and surfaces I reconstruct or redeploy are sourced from the ‘contemporary global arcade’.
Interview: Alex Da Corte
STORY BY: ALEX FRANK
Philadelphia artist Alex Da Corte loves taking pop products into far-off places and different media, from video and sculpture to photography and painting. Much of what he makes has the synthetic sheen of cheap capitalism, combining inexpensive products from 99-cent shops and WalMart.
The Image of a Storm Cloud by GENE MCHUGH
ART & COMMERCE: Ecology Beyond Spectatorship by Christopher Kulendran Thomas
Stock Photography as Evolutionary Attractor by Timur Si-Qin