Monday, 31 October 2011

Matt Connors, 'Gas...telephone...one hundred rubles..', Dusseldorf, Germany

Matt Connors, 'Slow Return' 2010
Some interesting ideas raised at the recent abstractions of Matt Connors exhibition in Germany at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf until 20th November. 'At a time in which the undetermined and personal nature of abstraction is no longer a given, or as Hamza Walker asks, “once abstraction has acquired legibility, is there such a thing as abstract painting?”...'

Matt Connors, 'Red'  oil on canvas, 2010
Matt Connors’ pictures address the 'objectness of painting and the slippage between abstraction and representation while at the same time negotiating the idiosyncrasies of individual vision and creativity'. His works have been seen in solo exhibitions at 'CANADA' in New York, 'The Breeder' in Athens and in the fall will be the subject of an upcoming solo exhibition at Lutgen Miejar in Berlin...

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Gerhard Richter, Marion Goodman Gallery, Paris

Um, yes sorry, it's Gerhard Ricter again...this time in Paris at Marion Goodman..

New works, installation view
'The first series of paintings, Perizade (2010), was created by pouring liquid paint freely on glass plates. Here the material of the paint is present and the forms undulate, providing a contrast to the big digital prints entitled Strip (2011), which are composed of a rigorous system of parallel lines. Nevertheless, the point of departure for the Strip is a painting, created by the artist in 1990: Abstract Painting (724-4). With the help of software he divided this work vertically, first in 2, then in 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, and 4096. This process led to the creation of 8190 strips, all of the same height as the original painting. At each stage of division the strips got thinner. They are mirrored and repeated which results in patterns. The number of repetitions increases with each stage of division in order to make patterns of consistent size. These works exhibited here are unique prints chosen and combined from different strips. 
New small works, installation view
As Benjamin H.D. Buchloh writes: “The status of painting in these new works is figured as exceptionally fragile, yet it is powerfully formulated in its assimilation to its technological challenges, as though painting was once again on the wane under the impact of technological innovations. Yet in its application of almost Duchampian strategies of fusing technology and extremely refined critical pictorial reflection, Richter's astonishing new works open a new horizon of questions. These might concern the present functions of any pictorial project that does not want to operate in regression to painting's past, but that wants to confront the destruction of painterly experiences with the very practice of painting as radical opposition to technology's totalizing claims, and as manifest act of mourning the losses painting is served under the aegis of digital culture”.'

Friday, 21 October 2011

Sean Scully at the Kerlin Gallery

Here are a couple of the photographs taken by Nick Smith when I went to interview Sean Scully in Germany earlier this year. The painting behind Sean in the top photograph is titled "Put it Back" and belongs to Sean's son Oisin. The interview is in the current edition of Turps Banana along with Dan Coombs piece on Tomma Abts. You can download it from itunes here.
This one is just to prove that I was there!
Sean is currently showing work at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin 6 October - 19 November. The exhibition includes these delightful works:


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Cut Ground Blue Pink 2011 153 x 153
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Wall of Light Grey White 2011 153 x 153

Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960's to now, Tate St.Ives, UK

Mary Heilmann 'Primalon Ballroom' 2002, Oil on canvas and wood, 50 x 40”, 
Kenny Schachter & Ilona Rich, ©Mary Heilmann
At last Tate St.Ives has a large international show and it's on abstraction. I go down there every year and I am always frustrated that it doesn't seem to get enough of the more sexy works in the Tate vaults. 'The Indiscipline of Painting' is an international group exhibition including works by forty-nine artists from the 1960s to now and this time they have been given some money and have got some excellent loaned works from diverse artists: Stella, Heilmann, Warhol, Dan Walsh, Gerhard Richter, Sherrie Levine, Katharina Grosse and Peter Halley and Tomma Abts to name a few. Here are a few words from the press release..
'The exhibition is selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, it considers how the languages of abstraction have remained urgent, relevant and critical as they have been revisited and reinvented by subsequent generations of artists over the last 50 years. It goes on to demonstrate the way in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today. The exhibition runs 8th October 2011 - 3rd  January 2012.
Andy Warhol, 'Eggs' 1982, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 228.6 x 177.8 cm,
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution:The Andy Warhol Foundation
 for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY & DACS, London

Friday, 7 October 2011

Ars Electronica and Cern need you - The Answers no longer compute.

A clip from an article in The Arts Newspaper “I consider Cern one of the most culturally significant places today,” says Ariane Koek, head of Cern’s arts programme. “It’s really breaking the boundaries of what we know about the world and how we understand it. It seemed to me that it also had the potential to be one of the most inspirational places on earth for artists.”
This sentiment is echoed at the centre where Koek experienced a “rabid hunger” from the scientists for artistic intervention. How­ever, the residency programme was funded externally by private donors because the contributions by Cern’s 20 European member states, which totalled almost €1bn last year, are earmarked for science and technology alone. Ars Electronica will sponsor the €10,000 stipend. Abstraktionists apply here Ars Electronica

This competition is open to all kinds of innovative concepts and ideas in the fields of art and technology.


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