All photos by M-KOS
26 – 28 April 2013
Photo by M-KOS
Papier 13 Art Fair proceeded to hold a sixth annual installment in the city of Montreal, this year between 26–28 April. While its tradition continued in exclusively showing paper-based art works, the fair tent noticeably grew in size to occupy 15,000 square feet – a much larger surface than in previous editions – to accommodate a greater number of galleries as well as more spacious lecture and lounge areas. Montreal’s only art fair especially caught our attention this year in setting up shop right on Ste. Catherine – the city’s busiest high street – which naturally allowed for an increase in attendance.
Entrance to, Reaching 100, with paintings by Philippe Nuell. Photo by Etienne Frossard. Courtesy of Parker’s Box NY
Reaching 100 (Or The End of an Era)
13 April – 5 May 2013
at Parker’s Box, Williamsburg, NY
Artists: Ophir Agassi, Beatriz Barral, Virginie Barré, John Bjerklie, Matt Blackwell, Willard Boepple, Steven Brower, Denis Castellas, Jason Glasser, Patrick Martinez, Philippe Nuell, Bruno Peinado, Mike Rogers, Stefan Sehler, Joshua Stern
This exhibition is dedicated to Nancy Grumbacher (1946-2013)
This will be the gallery’s one hundredth exhibition since it opened its doors in June 2000, and it will be the last in the gallery’s original location on Grand Street in Williamsburg. We hope to re-emerge somewhere soon with a new model, new energy and new ways to promote the best experimental contemporary art.
Parker’s Box has always endeavored to curate challenging exhibitions often involving exploration of some of the more rarefied regions of contemporary art practice, whether in painting, sculpture, video, installation etc. As a commercial gallery, Parker’s Box has always taken pride in making no concessions to that status, in favor of allowing artists a platform of complete freedom on which to experiment.
© Elisabeth Czihak
2 – 31 March 2013
at CirkulationsCentralen, Malmö
Artists: Elisabeth Czihak, Catharina Freuis, Markus Guschelbauer, Michael Strasser
The exhibition Mushrooming is showing photographic and installation works by four young Austrian artists. They are all concerned with (pictorial) space – intervening in it, expanding it, opening it up or reconstructing it.
In addition to its designation as a fixed, architectonic construct, these artistic interventions make it possible to experience space as living and mutable. At times the resulting images take on a bizarre, surreal or even uncanny character and all of the works involve irritation in relation to customary ways of perceiving space and architecture or the relationship of humans to space. [read the full text here]
Nathalie Quagliotto, Vous êtes ici / You are here, 2013. Photo by Nathalie Quagliotto.
The Labyrinth themed fifth edition of Art Souterrain indeed furnished a dazzle of art sceneries to mark seven kilometres underground pathways with over 120 artworks. Taking the topic to heart, many works denoted either a puzzling of the visual senses or forms of bewilderment within the self, between societies or geo-political conditions. Mélodie Prégent’s installation “Warren” (2013) combined adjacent mirrors and perspective photographs of empty corridors, stairways and tunnels to create illusions of endless passages. Loren Williams whimsically faked several tunnel entrances, not only to confuse or amuse the audience but also to suggest gateways to fantastic and imaginary worlds. Read more
Claire Savoie, Aujourd’hui (dates-vidéos), 2006–2011. Installation view, at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011. Courtesy the artist, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Call for Guest Curator Proposals
Deadline for preliminary proposal: Thursday 28 February 2013
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal is seeking the guest curator and theme for the 14th edition of its international biennale of contemporary photography that will take place in September 2015. The organization is soliciting brief, preliminary proposals (one page) from which a short list of candidates will be asked to submit more detailed dossiers.
Lucas Foglia: Homeschooling Chalkboard, Tennessee 2008 © Lucas Foglia
A Natural Order
18 January – 8 March 2013
at Belfast Exposed, Belfast
“I grew up with my extended family on a small farm in the suburbs of New York City. While malls and supermarkets developed around us, we heated our house with wood, farmed and canned our food, and bartered the plants we grew for everything from shoes to dental work. But while my family followed many of the principles of the back-to-the-land movement, by the time I was eighteen we owned three tractors, four cars, and five computers. This mixture of the modern world in our otherwise rustic life made me curious to see what a completely self-sufficient way of living might look like.
Sanja Iveković, Personal Cuts, 1982, 3’43”, still from video, colour, sound. Image courtesy of the artist
This timely exhibition brings together Iveković’s pioneering feminist work in collage, film, performance and installation. Tackling issues of female identity, consumerism and historical amnesia, the show features work made across four decades against a background of political unrest. The exhibition highlights the complexity of Iveković’s practice, which lies precisely in exploring the intersections and commonalities across local conditions and global shifts. Works on display address the assault of the media on the individual, and the continued invisibility and erasure of women from the public sphere and from dominant historical narratives. Others address the effects of power and political agendas on public space, irrespective of regime.
Wang Yahui, from series of Leaf Holes, 2011. © 2012 Wang Yahui. Courtesy the artist and TKG+, Taipei and Beijing.
Near and Far
22 December 2012 – 8 February 2013
at TKG+, Taipei
Wang Yahui’s photographs, videos, and installations are firmly rooted in her close observation of the quotidian. Her works alter regular perceptions of one’s surroundings, rendering the common and the overlooked into explorations of one’s notions of the everyday, and as the artist notes, combining them into “new constellations” made visible through the interaction of the audience with each work.
Thomas Demand, Pacific Sun, 2012. Production still © Thomas Demand/SODRAC (2012) Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York/Sprüth Magers, Berlin and London/Esther Schipper, Berlin
19 January – 12 May 2013
at DHC/ART, Montréal
Curator: John Zeppetelli
A philosophical commentator on the authenticity of the “real” and the slippages of memory, Thomas Demand is a well-known German photographer who began as a sculptor, but is now widely acclaimed for photographic and moving image works.
Demand’s work interlaces photography, architecture and sculpture. His method usually begins with an image culled from the media, which is meticulously re-fabricated, by hand, into a life-size, three-dimensional paper and cardboard sculpture, to ultimately end up as a photograph. The resulting images are both very recognizable and strangely out of reach. Crucial to the context are photography’s long-debated truth claims, and the photograph’s indexical quality.