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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Opportunities: Residency For Artists On Hiatus – Call for applications 2014/2015

Courtesy Residency For Artists On Hiatus ©Akimoto/Evans 2013.

Call for applications 2014/2015
Residency For Artists On Hiatus

Deadline: 15 September 2014

RFAOH co-directors, Shinobu Akimoto and Matthew Evans are pleased to invite international “artists on-hiatus” to apply to our 2nd call for participation in our ongoing project, Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH).

Residency For Artists On Hiatus is a virtual yet functioning residency available to artists who, for one reason or another, are NOT currently making or presenting art. The residency exists in the form of a website, and the participants are selected based on their proposals of “on-hiatus” activities (or non-activities). To be eligible to apply, artists must have previously created an independent body of work and have exhibited in a public context. Selected artists will be represented on the RFAOH website by a dedicated page on which they are asked to post periodic reports throughout their residency. A modest stipend will be awarded to successful applicants to assist in their on-hiatus endeavours. At the conclusion of their residency, residents are expected to submit a written report on how they benefited from or were otherwise influenced by this opportunity. Read more »