Art Marathon: Frieze London 2014 #1 [Slide Show]


Sol Calero, Ciber Cafe (2014) at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Michael Smith, Government Approved Home Dallout Shelter/ Snack Bar (1983) at Dan Gunn, Berlin

Villa Design Group at Mathew Gallery, Berlin. Photo by M-KOS

Ante Timmermans at Barbara Seiler, Zürich. Photo by M-KOS

LIVE: Franz Erhard Walther, Sehkanal (1. Werksatz No.46) (1968), presented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolffe, Paris. Photo by M-KOS

LIVE: Adam Linder, Writing Service: Body Language (2014) presented by Silberkuppe, Berlin. Photo by M-KOS

Frieze Projects: Nick Mauss. Photo by M-KOS

LIVE: United Brothers, Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent? (2014) presented by Green Tea Gallery, Iwaki

LIVE: United Brothers, Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent? (2014) presented by Green Tea Gallery, Iwaki

Experimenter, Kolkata

Work by Tomas Saraceno, Thomas Demand and Ugo Rondinone at Esther Schipper, Berlin. Photo by M-KOS

Angus Fairhurst at Sadie Coles HQ, London

Sleeping guard at Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth. Photo by M-KOS

Hauser & Wirth. Photo by M-KOS

Goshka Macuga at Kate MacGarry, London

KAWs at Galerie Perrotin, . Paris/NY/HK. Photo by M-KOS

Erwin Wurm at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Xiang Jing, The End (2012) at Lehmann Maupin, NY/HK. Photo by M-KOS

Xu Zen at ShanghAart, SHanghai

Exhibition view.

Djorde Ozbolt, Jesus' amazing technicolour dream breath at Herald Street, London

Hans Peter Friedman, Family portrait with Red Noses at 303 Gallery, NY. Photo by M-KOS

Exhibition view (Victoria Miro, Lodnon)

Alex Katz, 'Women In Jackets' series (1996) at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg. Photo by M-KOS

Amanda Ross-Ho at The Approach, London. Photo by M-KOS

LIVE: Robert Breer presented by gb agency, Paris

Carsten Höller, Gartenkinder (2014) at Gagosian Gallery. Photo by M-KOS

Museum of Smiley Faces Salon 94, NY

Sam Durant at Sadie Coles HQ, London

Cory Arcangel at Lisson Gallery, London/NY/Milan. Photo by M-KOS

Lisson Gallery, London/NY/Milan. Photo by M-KOS

Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. Photo by M-KOS

Michael Lin at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai.

Brian O'Doherty at P!, NY.

Daniel Jacoby at Galerie Antoine Levy, Paris. Photo by M-KOS

Helen Marten at Greene Naftali, NY. Photo by M-KOS

Ancient Modern, London. Photo by M-KOS

Matias Faldbakken at Standard (Oslo). Photo by M-KOS

Oscar Tuazon, Bathtub that never fills at Standard (Oslo).

Frieze Projects: Tobias Madison

Klaus Weber Concrete Clock (S1) & (L1) (2014) at Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd at Massimo De Carlo, Milan. Photo by M-KOS

Georges Adáfgo at Wien Lukatsch, Berlin. Photo by M-KOS.

Paulo Nazareth at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo.

Jonathas de Andrade, Looking for Jesus (2013) at Vermelho, São Paulo

Youseef Nabil at The Third Line, Dubai.

Icaro Zombar at Casas Riegner, Bogota

John Bock, Untitled (2014) at Sprüth Magers, London/Berlin. Photo by M-KOS.

Korakrit Arunanondchai at Carlos/Ishikawa, London.

LIVE: Shanzai Biennial presented by Project Native Informant

Frieze Artist Award: Mélanie Matranga, A-B Coffee

Frieze Projects (Off site, London Zoo): Cerith Wyn Evans

All photos by Robert Beckinsale except where mentioned.

Frieze! Live! Action!

Carsten Höller, Gartenkinder, 2014 at Gagosian Gallery. Photo by M-KOS

Text by Robert Beckinsale

Frieze London closed the 12th edition of its art fair last Saturday, in addition to the third iteration of Frieze Masters on the following day, both taking annual residence in the autumnal surroundings of Regent’s Park.

2014 saw Frieze London bring together over 160 international galleries from 25 countries, many of which noticeably breaking from the shackles of the ‘white cube’ paradigm with brightly coloured walls and floor decorations. Among the leaders of this trend, Gagosian and Sadie Coles HQ were hoarding large swaths of our attention span, from the entrance lobby. Gagosian’s Carsten Höller installation Gartenkinder (2014) invited children to play with works such as Dice (White Body, Black Dots)(2014) that were minded by qualified nannies instead of the expected colder model-type gallery assistants. Read more »

Opportunities: HIAP Residency Programme, Helsinki

HIAP Suomenlinna stidop cpmplex. Image courtesy of HIAP


Deadline for Application: 31 October 2014

The HIAP Residency Programme is offered to arts professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, Visual and Media Arts, Dance, Theatre and Literature. A residency includes accommodation and studio space at HIAP Studios free of charge for the duration of 1–3 months. The studios, which combine living and working space, are located in Cable Factory and on the island of Suomenlinna, both in Helsinki, Finland.
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Art Marathon: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014, Toronto [Slide Show]


Tor Lukasik-Foss (Hamilton,Canada), Dress Rehearsal, 2014. [Exhibition: PERFORMANCE ANXIETY curated by Heather Pesanti. © Cécilia Bracmort

Shasti O’leary-Soudant (Baffalo, USA), Halflife, 2014. [Exhibition: PERFORMANCE ANXIETY curated by Heather Pesanti] © Cécilia Bracmort

Labspace Studio ( John Loerchner & Laura Mendes, Toronto, Canada) Between Doors, 2014 [Exhibition: BEFORE THE DAY BREAK curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora] © Cécilia Bracmort

Bruno Billio (Toronto, Canada), Bright Bundle, 2014 [Exhibition: BEFORE THE DAY BREAK curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora] © Cécilia Bracmort

Maximo Gonzalez (Mexico city, Mexico), Walk among Worlds, 2014 [Exhibition: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY, THE POSSIBILITY OF EVERYTHING curated by Dominique Fontaine] © Cécilia Bracmort

Urban Vision/Nathan Whitford (Toronto, Canada), Shy lights, 2014 [Exhibition: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY, THE POSSIBILITY OF EVERYTHING curated by Dominique Fontaine] © Cécilia Bracmort

Urban Vision/Nathan Whitford (Toronto, Canada), Shy lights, 2014 [Exhibition: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY, THE POSSIBILITY OF EVERYTHING curated by Dominique Fontaine] © Cécilia Bracmort

Yvette Mattern (NY/Berlin), Global Rainbow, 2009-2014 [Exhibition: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY, THE POSSIBILITY OF EVERYTHING curated by Dominique Fontaine] © Cécilia Bracmort

Glenda Leon (Havana, Cuba), Silence Rise, 2012 [Exhibition: BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SKY, THE POSSIBILITY OF EVERYTHING curated by Dominique Fontaine] © Cécilia Bracmort

Derek Liddington (Toronto, Canada), The Sun will always rise and fall from east to west, 2014. [Exhibition: THE NIGHT CIRCUS, curated by Denise Markonish] © Cécilia Bracmort

All photos by Cécilia Bracmort.

Read the interview with Dominique Fontaine, one of the four guest curators of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014.

Emma Nourse/Chris Van Eeden/Sidy Diallo/Zina Saro-Wiwa at Brundyn+, Cape Town

cave1Brundyn_564 Emma Nourse, Cave I, 2014. Wood, Brass, glass beads. Courtesy the artist and Brundyn+, Cape Town

Room 1

4 September – 18 October 2014

Emma Nourse’s first solo exhibition since graduating from the Michaelis School of Fine Art will be exhibited at the BRUNDYN+ gallery. Titled Pause, this body of work continues Nourse’s preoccupation with representations of environmental entropy and the deepening influence of human interference.
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In conversation with Dominique Fontaine, guest curator for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto 2014

Yvette Mattern, Global Rainbow, 2009-2014 | Courtesy the artist and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014

Dominique Fontaine is an independent curator based in Montreal, and amongst the four guest curators (Fontaine, Denise Markonish, Magda Gonzalez-Mora and Heather Pesanti) organizing this year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto, kicking off at sunset this 4th October. Fontaine discusses her experience with M-KOS.

MKOS: How did you get involved with this year’s event?

Dominique Fontaine [DF]: A couple of years ago, I was invited to submit a proposal for Nuit Blanche. So, I submitted my proposal to the committee in Toronto who reviewed it and luckily it was accepted for this year’s event. That was a year and a half ago, and since then I’ve been working on the exhibition.

MKOS: Does Nuit Blanche have an overall theme? How did you fit your own curatorial project into this?

DF: Nuit Blanche is simply a celebration of contemporary art. Each curator proposed a project related to the specificity of Nuit Blanche, a 12 hour, overnight event attracting a massive number of Torontonians and outside visitors. My part of Nuit Blanche is entitled “Between the earth and sky, the possibility of everything” but it is not constructed like a traditional thematic exhibition. It’s rather a framework that creates a context for the audience to experience art. Read more »

Leslie Mutchler / Jason Urban “UNIVERSAL” at Atelier Circulaire, Montréal

UNIVERSAL, exhibition view at Atelier Circulaire, Montreal. ©Photo: Jason Urban

Leslie Mutchler / Jason Urban

18 September – 17 October 2014
at Atelier Circulaire, Montréal

It is a representation of purpose.
It is a shared workplace.
It is a place of tools, materials and making.
It is a site of production.
It is where the magic happens.

As artists and collaborators, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban are interested in the handmade (or in this case, hand-printed) and the duality of actual and virtual, experience and meta-experience. In an increasingly digitized world, traces of the human hand are often revered as signs of authenticity and reality, even when viewed on a screen. For the exhibition, UNIVERSAL, their first large-scale collaborative project, Mutchler and Urban are showing a body of work developed at Artists Image Resource (AIR), Pittsburgh, PA. While in residence at AIR, the pair generated prints and recorded the act of printing, an inherently tactile experience, to be presented as a meta-experience alongside the physical. The creation of three nearly identical prints – a silkscreen, a lithograph, and a woodblock – started an inquiry into the nature of making and the nature of documenting making. Read more »

Opportunities: Call for Applications – Van Eyck, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Image courtesy the Van Eyck Academie

For a working period starting March 2015
at Van Eyck
Maastricht, the Netherlands

Deadline: 1 October 2014

The Van Eyck welcomes promising and established artists, designers, photographers, architects, writers, curators, and thinkers. Every applicant shares our belief that insight comes through exchange with other: insight in the meaning of things, in your own practice, in the (art) world. Besides working in your own studio, you are expected to take an active part in the Van Eyck programme, to participate in one of the Mirror Labs and to be involved in one or more In-Labs. Read more »

Opportunities: Helsinki International Curatorial Programme Residency

Photo by Juho Nikkilä / HIAP


Deadline for Applications: 30 September 2014

Helsinki International Curatorial Programme (HICP) offers curatorial residencies in Helsinki for international curators of contemporary art. The programme is co-organised by Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) and Frame Visual Art Finland.

The aim of the programme is to provide curators with an opportunity to carry out research and to develop international curatorial projects while building contacts with art practitioners and cultural organisations in Finland.

Curatorial residencies include the cost of travel to and from Helsinki with a grant for living expenses, studio accommodation, residency services and administrative support. HIAP and Frame both offer practical assistance, networks and critical context for the residents’ curatorial research and projects. A public event such as lecture, workshop or screening is organised during each residency. The curators have also access to the international residency community and programme of events at HIAP, while Frame provides extensive contacts to Finnish artists and other arts professionals. Read more »

Review: Dora García, Of Crimes and Dreams or the infinite power of human mind

Dora Garcia, Of Crimes and Dreams, exhibition view at Darling Foundry 2014. Courtesy Darling Foundry, Montréal. Photo © Maxime Boisvert

Dora García
Of Crimes and Dreams

Darling Foundry, Montréal
21 May – 14 September 2014

Review by Cécilia Bracmort

Of Crimes and Dreams strips the threshold between reality and fantasy where the two worlds interpenetrate and nourish each other. Upon entering Dora García’s exhibition curated by Chantal Pontbriand, one figuratively experiences a journey into the human psyche and all its complex richness, sequences of altered states and perceptions from waking life to unconsciousness, assisted by García’s use of Finnegans Wake, James Joyce’s last and most experimental novel.

Three videos works projected on the walls of the gallery underline recurrent visual and structural patterns such as circle overlays and echoing effects. Indeed, all videos mirror Joyce’s narrative structure, a never-ending novel, starting and finishing through reconstituted sentences. These seemingly aim to trigger different psychological desires from sexual or voyeuristic desires to the repression of violence or even murderous pulsions.
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