Thursday, 28 May 2015
Our beloved collaborators, Centrum (The Center) art space has just appropriated a bizzare collection of, apparently extinct, dinosaurs. It includes also some humanoids and a giant squid. The Centre operates from a remote gardening plot in Szczecin, Poland.
Monday, 25 May 2015
The Site Residency has been initiated in 2013 on the island of Gotland, Sweden. Now the programme has begun its journey to conceptually linked locations in other countries or continents, chosen for their special features: oddness, remoteness, “exoticism”, seclusion, harshness, or unique architectural values. The Site Residency programme is a tribute to the artistic strategies from the 60s and 70s – an escape from rigid institutional structures and gallery/studio-based production – and all references to land- and conceptual art tactics are obvious and intentional. The program, is oriented towards “the secret world of doing nothing” and its consequences. It is structured to reduce the stimuli and thereby motivate a new artistic approach towards the place/work system – which is always an equation with two unknowns. The character of this residency specifically implies that the artist is to refrain from production – or at least attempt to live his or her artistic practice in a somewhat different way during the residency period.
The Berlin-based Swedish artist Annika Eriksson is the third artist-participant of The Site Residency (after Agnieszka Polska and Susanne Kriemann). Over the years, Eriksson has produced a number of works in which the perception of time, structures of power, and once acclaimed social visions are called into question. Strategically Eriksson plays with duration, repetition and looping revealing how this is subject to unexpected political appropriations and inversions.
Thursday, 21 May 2015
And this is (probably) the final entry related to the 2015 edition of Venice Biennale. What you can see here is a selection of drawings which belong to the project at the Macedonian pavilion, by Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski. The exhibition entitled We are all in this alone references a number of intricate sources: a fresco painting from the church of St. Gjorgi in Kurbinovo, painted by an unknown author in the 12th century, as well as writings by Simone Weil, Luce Irigaray, and personal notes by Paul Thek dating from the 1970s.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
One of the surprises of the 56. Venice Biennale is an annex for the Dutch pavilion, hidden on the deserted and hardly accessible island called Lazaretto Vecchio. The exhibition at the Giardini pavilion and other places in the city and the island is dedicated to the oeuvre of herman de vries, the legendary land art veteran. de vries has scattered a number of stones with short texts over the island, where "this point is possible starting point, a possible standpoint, here is important, there is important, and so is everywhere". Lazaretto Vecchio was first inhibited in 1249, later used as a hospital for quarantined plague patients, and a leprosarium. This tiny place on the lagoon has faced a dark and surreal history, as a place of death rituals, mass graves, quarantine storage rooms, ruins and even dog sanctuary.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Some more details from the extremely dense and down-to-earth 56th International Art Exhibition in Venice: Newell Harry, Bruce Nauman, Terry Adkins, Katharina Grosse, and herman de vries,
Monday, 11 May 2015
Some wonders from the Venice Biennale 2015: Dahn Vo (undoubtedly the most perfectly displayed set of works this year), Adrian Piper, Ellen Gallagher (the artist being interviewed in front of her work), Marlene Dumas, Christodolus Panayiotou (one of the most sophisticated exhibitions at the biennale), and Joan Jonas.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
The text below is an excerpt from Five Institutional Tales of Plants, Fungi and Gardening published in the new book by Elżbieta Jabłońska, summarizing her social gardening project ART WASTELANDS.
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Majątek (The Estate) is in-depth anthology of texts on dramatic events in the 20th c., Central and Eastern Europe - "plundered manor houses of the nobility, art collections which have either been completely lost or dispersed, palaces turned into schools or museums, entire social classes destroyed" - which accompanies a gorgeous exhibition at Królikarnia, National Museum in Warsaw. The book includes a set of texts on art, war, law and economy by such authors as Jan Sowa and Svetalana Boym, and photographic essay by Krzysztof Pijarski.