Archive for February, 2010

Pierre Le Hors – Firework Studies

February 26, 2010

Pierre Le Hors, Firework Studies, book dummy, 2009

Speaking of tired subjects, we all know that fireworks are beautiful and fun to look at but who would have thought that they could become the subject of an entire book.

from Pierre Le Hors, Firework Studies, 2009

Pierre Le Hors’ Firework Studies has done exactly that. By taking a very exhausted and clichéd subject, Le Hors transforms it into a mysterious poem of darkness, light and beauty.

from Pierre Le Hors, Firework Studies, 2009

I have seen the meticulously constructed book dummy and look forward to it being published later this year by Hassla Books.

from Pierre Le Hors, Firework Studies, 2009

The experience of the book object itself is as close as we’ll ever get to the explosion of fireworks in our very own hands.

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me

February 26, 2010

Joanna Newsom’s new triple album, Have One On Me, is streaming in it’s grandiose entirety on NPR.

Being a huge fan of Y’s, I was at first a bit disappointed because that album had such a cohesive feeling about it but this new album is quickly growing on me.

Stunning, epic, intimate and lovely are some words I could use to describe it.

Set aside two hours and have a listen here.

Hyères 2010

February 26, 2010

Yann Gross, Kitintale
Matthieu Lavanchy, Mr. Schulmann or The Man in the High Castle
Yvonne Lacet, Creation and Template of a Sleeping City
Dhruv Malhotra, Sleepers
S. Billie Mandle, Reconcilliation
Cara Philips, Singular Beauties
Robin Schwartz, Amelia’s World
James Reeve, Lightscapes
Indre Serpytyte, Former NKVD – MVD – MGB – KGB Buildings
Carlo van de Roer, The Aura Portrait


Tired Subjects

February 25, 2010

Thomas Hauser, from Amazona

Flowers as the subject of photographic exploration has had a long and varied history, one as long as the history of the medium itself.

From today’s perspective, flowers as a subject should probably just be laid to rest and never be photographed again. But then again, someone comes along to re-think and re-invigorate the subject.

Twice in the past few weeks I have been reminded that tired subjects can make for great raw material.

Thomas Hauser, from Amazona

Thomas Hauser’s Amazona is as good a project using flowers as one could possibly imagine. The images build off of classical art historical painting and still life, bounce off Karl Blossfeldt and somehow arrive in contemporary times with an understated and beautiful reflexivity.

See more of Amazona here.

Sam Falls from A Finality

Sam Falls has also tackled the subject of flowers but from a completely different direction. With A Finality Falls’ seems to take color photographs of flowers in their natural surroundings and environments. Added emotionality and mood are mostly created through digital means and the photographs seem to pick up where James Welling might have left off.

Sam Falls from A Finality

See more of A Finality here or pick up a copy the self-published book at Dashwood. Falls’ also has an exhibition of new work at Higher Pictures in New York, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Dancing with Richman

February 24, 2010

Jonathan Richman’s performance and dancing style hasn’t changed in over 15 years. Always puts a smile on my face.

A Couple of Books

February 20, 2010

While I was at The Guggenheim last week I was forced to exit the museum (as was everyone) through the shop and bookstore.

This herding practice generally drives me up the walls but because of it I discovered that Richard Prince’s Guggenheim exhibition catalogue was available for only $5.00 (a serious price reduction from $60.00) and they had stacks of them in both hardcover and softcover.

Then on another table there was a stack of the Guggenheim published Felix Gonzalez-Torres in collaboration with Nancy Spector catalogue for $15.00, another amazing deal.

The Felix Gonzalez-Torres book is not really a catalogue per say. Although it includes reproductions of most of his great works, Gonzalez-Torres wanted the book to be more accessible like a book someone would carry around with them or read at the beach. I haven’t been able to put the book down since I got home from the museum and I’m almost done reading it but I can definitely imagine reading through a second time.

Pick up your copies at the Guggenheim bookstore while supplies last.

Vito Acconci in LA

February 20, 2010

This should be an interesting lecture by Vito Acconci. If you are in Los Angeles, check it out.


Tino Sehgal – This Progress

February 17, 2010

“In the last 200 or 300 years, the Western idea of progress is to transform the earth through human labor into material things, which we consume and derive income from and which make us happy.”
-Tino Sehgal speaking about This Progress

Tino Sehgal’s current exhibition is probably the most unique and interesting exhibition I have ever experienced at The Guggenheim.

Don’t read about either piece or prepare for your visit, just go and immerse yourself. The exhibition consists of two performative installation pieces, The Kiss on the ground floor of the rotunda, and This Progress, experienced as you walk up the ramp of the museum. The experience of This Progress is almost transparent, but the effect lasts a lot longer than you would expect.

This Progress is on view at The Guggenheim through March 10, 2010.

Beate Gütschow – I

February 11, 2010

Beate Gütschow, I #6, 2009

Some intriguing new work by Beate Gütschow, currently on view at Produzenten Galerie in Hamburg, Germany.

Beate Gütschow, I #2, 2009

The new work is quite a departure from her earlier LS series of pastoral color landscapes and her S series of stark black & white cityscapes.

installation view of Beate Gütschow’s I

The new work is titled I and is displayed as a series of light boxes.

As Far As I Could Get

February 10, 2010

I recently received a package from Mårten Lange of Farewell Books which included a hard to find copy of John Divola’s As Far As I Could Get (as well as other recent and interesting titles).

I have wanted to see this book since I first heard about it but by then the book was already sold out. A fairly simple idea is presented but it packs a bigger punch. There is something sort of existential about the pictures and how they explore time as well as a spontaneous way of making pictures.

Divola sets up his camera with the self-timer, clicks the shutter and quickly runs into the frame he has composed. Whatever point he reaches by the time the self-timer runs out is as far as he could get.

The book is black & white, laser printed and very small at only 3.5 x 5.5 inches. The distilled style of the book completely matches the conceptually straightforward subject matter.

I also like the elegant and serious cover design by Harsh Patel (his site is worth poking around in), which incorporates the only bit of color and some lovely outlined text. It goes to show that packaging and design are important, even with a tiny and wonderful book like this.