Friday, February 21, 2014
MoMA: Share Your Silence on soundcloud.
MoMA: There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33”
Exhibition: October 12, 2013 - June 22, 2014.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Hiroshi Sugimoto. By Hiroshi Sugimoto. Essays by David Elliott, Kerry Brougher and Hiroshi Sugimoto. Hatje Cantz, 2005. 368 pp., illustrated throughout, 26,5x27,8cm. Images from here.
"The spectacular series by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (*1948 in Tokyo) are characterized by matchless clarity and presence.
His works are always an absolute embodiment of his chosen visual motif, reduced to its essence.
Our exquisite monograph is the first to feature works selected from all of the series produced to date - including, of course, his most famous: Sugimoto's celebrated portraits of wax figures seem to face up to their living audiences; his 'Seascapes' show us nothing less than a person's first conscious view of the ocean; the extremely long exposures of 'Theaters' elevate the white, luminescent cinema screen, transforming it into a magical image of an altar; and the fascinating 'Dioramas' - photographs of scientific display cases - allow us to travel with the artist far into the past to observe extinct animal species or the daily life of early man."
Monday, February 03, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Driven Snow. By Andy Mattern. Andy Mattern, 2013. 50 pp., illustrated throughout, 5,25x8,25". Edition of 100 copies.
"During the Minnesota winter, grit and snow gradually accumulate in the wheel wells of moving cars. Layer upon layer, these materials fuse into icy formations, conforming to the contours of the host vehicle.
Regular snowfall and the persistent cold encourage these parasitic travelers to grow so dense and large that they interfere with steering. But as the season wears on, they inevitably dislodge or are kicked off vehicles into streets, driveways, and parking lots where they are crushed or eventually melted.
These photographs represent a collection of 22 of these objects found in the winter of 2010-2011, the fifth snowiest on record."
Friday, January 17, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Between the Shell. By Paul Salveson. MACK, 2013. 76 pp., illustrated throughout, 19x26cm. Images from here.
"Paul Salveson’s photographs were born in New York and Virginia between 2006 and 2011.
Constructing images in domestic environments from items found in arm’s reach, the results are absurdist constructions in which commonplace objects are jocosely rendered in polychromatic puzzles.
Salveson describes his photographic process as 'unfolding like a private performance in an empty house, or after everyone falls asleep... my engagement emerges from a perspective that precedes familiarity, disregarding the functions and cultural associations that objects are assigned. I try to process my surroundings with an alien mind.' "