In all seriousness – Interview with the artist Rachel Shaw

Rachel Shaw, All Seriousness, 2014. Acrylic on panel. Courtesy the artist and Galerie LOCK, Montreal.

Montreal based artist Rachel Shaw’s solo exhibition is currently on view at Galerie LOCK, showcasing her new series “All Seriousness”: a sequence of sterile, yet comically uplifting interiors. These waiting areas, offices, and living rooms have no visible entrance or exit; only black squares that lead to nowhere. Devoid of human presence, the furniture and objects no longer serve any utilitarian function and instead engage in aesthetic conversations with the viewers. The shadows, angles and intersections are only slightly off, lending to a peculiar unease on the part of the spectator. Caught in a state of in-betweenness, we can’t help but ask: where did everybody go? Shaw discusses her work with Jessica Kirsh.

Jessica Kirsh [JK]: There appears to be a reoccurring trope in your body of work: that of the window or frame. Most often illustrated as a black rectangle, it holds a stark yet mysterious presence within the interior. What signification (conceptually or formally) does this device contain? How is it repurposed or reconfigured from one painting to the next?

Rachel Shaw [RS]: In the diorama – a small-scale model of a real-life scene – a window (or at least the absence of a wall) is often as a point of view or observation. Even the word diorama means ‘through that which is seen’, which I think is pretty appropriate. I don’t use the word diorama to mean scale modeling or miniaturism, but I do use the window as a way to display a certain type of space while also containing it and the objects within it indefinitely. Formally, I think it works as a point of pause and reorientation, like a wall does in a maze, but it does hint at a space outside the one you’re in.
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Opportunities: Open Call for Proposals 2015 – Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands

Image courtesy of Hotel Maria Kapel, Hoorn

Open Call for Proposals 2015
Hotel Maria Kapel,
Hoorn, the Netherlands

Deadline: Sunday, 4 May 2014, 23H59 CEST

Application fee: €15

About HMK
Hotel Maria Kapel is an artist-run residency and project space located in a 15th century chapel in Hoorn, the Netherlands; a small historic town 40 kilometres north of Amsterdam. Hoorn was founded in 716, and rapidly grew to become a major harbour town. During Holland’s ‘Golden Age’, Hoorn was an important home base for the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and a very prosperous centre of trade. Hoorn is currently a city with a small touristic centre and larger sub-urban area and has a high number of commuters to Amsterdam for work and studies. HMK offers artists a stay in a concentrated work space, where dialogue and collaboration inform experimental, context based exhibitions and projects. The programme invites artists and curators working in a wide range of media, but mainly focusing on installation and context based work and video.
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The remainder of the book and other variable formats – Interview with Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, curator of “Dans Cinquante Ans d’Ici” at Les Territoires, Montréal

Exhibition view, from left to right: Boris Meister “Above the Cloud – Archeology of Social Networks” (2012), Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso “56 Broken Kindle Screens” (2012), Ruth Beale “Now From Now” (2011), Klaus Scherübel “Mallarmé, The Book” (2004). Copyright Les Territoires, Montreal.

Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk is an independent curator, writer and director of The Office for Curating based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He curated the group show Dans Cinquante Ans d’Ici (50 Years From Now), currently on view at Les Territoires in Montréal (12 March – 19 April 2014). The twelve artists collective exhibition posits the book as art object, container and concept against the backdrop of ongoing discussions addressing the potential demise of the physically bound volume. Lekkerkerk explains in his interview his urge to look into the dynamics of co-existing analog and digital formats within our current media driven society, to raise the key question: “To what extent have the changes in our relationship with information – and the formats we employ for its transmission – altered our rapport to knowledge and its production?”

M-KOS [MKOS]: How did you develop Dans Cinquante Ans d’Ici into a curatorial project?

Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk [NJL]: From a personal perspective, the exhibition Dans Cinquante Ans d’Ici is the culmination of a previous exhibition cycle entitled Reading Complex, which I developed at various locations in London throughout 2012 together with curator Catherine Y. Serrano. At the time we were interested in – generally speaking – further exploring the relations between viewer-reader and image-text in the context of visual art and artistic practice. For instance, we wanted to look into the fact that we, as viewers, make a narrative reading – an ABC reading – of principally every encounter, whereas the visual evidence we “collect” in order to inform this reading is often incongruous and misplaced. We wanted to link this principle, inherent to our (over)stimulating image-culture, to by what means narrative arcs are employed in artistic practice, and how the connecting of the dots is left to the visitor, so to speak.
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Art Marathon: Volta NY [Slide Show]


Kim Dorland at Angell Gallery, Toronto

Michael Caines dogs installation at Mulherin, Toronto/NY. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

POSE at Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY

Thrush Holmes' installation at Mike Weiss Gallery, NY.

Thrush Holmes' installation at Mike Weiss Gallery, NY. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

Duhirwe Rushemeza at NOMAD Gallery, Brussels

Mohau Modisakeng at BRUNDYN+, Cape Town. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

Mohau Modisakeng at BRUNDYN+, Cape Town.

Elisabeth Sonneck's rolled oil on paper works at Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz

Nao Matsumoto's installation with hpgrp Gallery New York, NY. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

Robert Larson, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles

Robert Larson, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles

Identity Art Gallery (Hong Kong), with works by Atsushi Tawa. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

Identity Art Gallery (Hong Kong), with works by Atsushi Tawa.

Wilmer Wilson IV (CONNERSMITH., Washington DC) enacts his durational performance From My Paper Bag Colored Heart to a captivated preview crowd. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

the aftermath of Wilmer Wilson IV's performance From My Paper Bag Colored Heart (CONNERSMITH., Washington DC). Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

Wilmer Wilson IV presented by CONNERSMITH., Washington DC.

Natalie Reis at Trois Points, Montréal

Natalie Reis at Trois Points, Montréal

Satoru Tamura, Point of Contact at Tezukayama Gallery, Osaka

Satoru Tamura at Tezukayama Gallery, Osaka

Dawn Black at Cynthia Reeves, NY

Florian Heinke at Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt

Jeffrey Gibson at Marc Straus, NY

Willie Cole at Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham

dealer Guido Maus (beta pictoris gallery, Birmingham AL) holds court in a busy mini-retrospective booth for artist Willie Cole. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

John Cox, Popopstudios ICVA, Nassau

Robert Chamberlin, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston

Alfred Steiner, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen

Jin Joo Chae at Julie Meneret Contemporary Art, NY

Amel Bennys at Selma Feriani Gallery, London

Biggs & Collings (VIGO, London). Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

All photos by M-KOS except where mentioned.

Art Marathon: Volta NY

Mohau Modisakeng at BRUNDYN+, Cape Town. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY
Mohau Modisakeng presented by BRUNDYN+, Cape Town. Photo: ©David Willems. Courtesy of David Willems and Volta NY

Volta 2014 counted a no-mean-feat 20,000 visitor attendance to its four day long SoHo-based art fair, uniquely consisting of solo artist-presentation gallery booths. Sojourning for a second year in its current Mercer Street location, the seven-year-old fair certainly was quick to make a impression on the busy Armory week calendar, from establishing its trademark white-on-black branding to boasting a veritable star-studded string of patrons from Israel, The Emirates as well as numerous local Big Apple-ers.
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ArtMarathon: Independent art fair [Slide show]


Kirsten Pieroth, The New York Times, Sept. 2010 at Galleria Franco Noero, Turin

Galleria Franco Noero, Turin

Aftermath of John Bock's performance at Sprüth Magers, Berlin/London

Amy O’Neill at Karma, NY

Roman Signer, Piano, 2011 at Art : Concept, Paris

Roman Signe at Art : Concept, Paris

Kaufmann Repetto ,Milan/NY (left) and Andrew Kreps Gallery (right)

Paul Lee at joint space by Maccarone, NY and Modern Art, London

Stefan Müller at Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin

Julia Wachtel at Elizabeth Dee, NY

Fredrik Værslev at Gió Marconi, Milan

The Approach, London

House of Gaga, Mexico DF

White Columns, NY

Amy Sillman's postcard racks at Campoli Presti, London/Paris

Michael Dean at Herald St., London

Richard Nonas installation at McCaffrey Fine Art, NY (Front space); Jessica Warboys at Gaudel de Stampa, Paris (back).

Andra Ursuta at Ramiken Crucible, NY

Klara Liden at Galerie Neu, Berlin

Oliver Osborne at Vilma Gold, London

Fair view.

Artists Space Annual Edition Portfolio 2014 in Laurence Weiner designed box at Artists Space, NY

Josh Kolbo at Société, Berlin

Sofia Hulten (Standing piece) and Ivan Seal (Paintings) at RaebervonStanglin, Zürich

Fair view.

Lounge Café and bookshops include Moose Publishing on the top floor

All photos by M-KOS.

Art Marathon: Independent art fair

Richard Nonas installation at McCaffrey Fine Art, NY (Front space); Jessica Warboys at Gaudel de Stampa, Paris (back). Photo: M-KOS

The fifth installment of Independent art fair has once more invested the original spaces of DIA Center for the Arts, on 22nd street in Chelsea, New York City. This cozy location in comparison with other, more expansive fairs, did manage to host a total of 56 galleries from 14 different countries, mixing up big and small-scale commercial galleries as well as non-profit spaces across an interior design conceived by architects Andrew Feuerstein and Bret Quagliara. The most exciting features of this layout included triangular shaped booth to agreeably confuse audiences as to where one gallery presentation ended and another one started. Particularly conducive to opening parties, pop conceptualism and junk fluxus, Independent is the brainchild of Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook, kept in high spirits by creative adviser Matthew Higgs, who also moonlights as director and chief curator of White Columns in New York. All in all, Independent could rightly claim the title of hip alternative art fair within Armory Week.
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Art Marathon: The Armory Show 2014 [Slide Show]

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Serge Alain Nitegeka at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY

Nathan Mabry and Thomas Fougeirol at PRAZ-DELAVALLADE, Paris

David Diao, Barnet Newman: Paintings in Scale (Updated), 2010 at Postmasters Gallery, NY

William Powhida at Postmasters Gallery, NY

Alicja Kwade, In-Fluence, 2013 at i8 Gallery, Reykjavík

John Giorno, It Doesn't Get Better, 2012 at Max Wigram Gallery, London

Adam Helm's work at GRIMM, Amsterdam

Urs Fischer at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

Spencer Finch, 102 Colors from My Dreams, 2002 at Lisson Gallery, London

Mel Boucher, Chuckle, 2014 at Two Palms, NY

David Adamo, Untitled (Erasers), 2014 at Galerie Rudolphe Janssen, Brussels

Fernanda Gomez ar Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Joseph Beuys at Sean Kelly Gallery, NY

Miriam Bölm at Ratio 3, San Francisco

Alyson Shotz, Topographic Iteration III, 2013 (top); Recumbent Fold, 2013 at Carolina Nitsch Gallery, NY

Alfredo Jaar, Gesamtkunstwerk, 1988 at Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan/Napoli

Kris Martin, 1 Thing is certain - Friedrich Nietzsche is dead, 2013 at Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf

Ed Templeton at Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Pommery Champagne Bar

Michelangelo Pistoletto at Galleria Continua

Oscar Murillo at David Zwirner, NY/London

Charlie White, Naked Girl Reclining, Looking Towards Camera, 2014 at Looke Gallery, Berlin

Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm)'s booth

Karin Sander at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

Artforum Lounge

Chris Martin, Cherry Tree, 2013 at Galerie Rudolphe Jenssen, Brussels

Peter Halley at Galerie Forsblom,

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro Gallery, Lodnon

Andrew Ohanesian, Oceans, 2013 at Pierogi, NY

Andrew Ohanesian, Dollar Bill Accepter, 2014 at Pierogi, NY

Davide Balua, Untitled (Guggenheim Painting), 2013 at François Ghebaly Gallery, LA. Courtesy François Ghebaly Gallery via Artsy

Kraus Merkel at Galerie Max Mayer

Elena Del Rivielo at Galerie Elvíla Gonzalez, Madrid

October Gallery, London

Aiko Hachisuka at Eleven Rivington, NY

Atsushi Kaga at mother's tankstation, Dublin

Kerlin Gallery

Bill Viola at Blain | Southern, London

Cory Arcangel at Lisson Gallery, London

Tony Ousler at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki

Carl Johan Högberg at Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Joep van Lufland at Galerie Gelb +Lehman

Arian Kang at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, NY

Iván Navarro, Clamoras en Vano, 2013 at Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

Parkett edition

Armory Focus: China, Nadim Abbas, Zone (1), 2014 at Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

Artists collective Double Fly Art Center strolling together inside the venue.

Armory Focus: China – Space Station, Shanghai

Armory Focus: China – Wang Yuang at Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing

Armory Focus: China – Liang Shuo at Gallery Yang, Beijing

Armory Focus: China – Liang Shuo, Fit No. 8, 2014 at Gallery Yang, Beijing

Armory Focus: China – Qiu Zhijie at Tianrenheyi Art Centre, Zhejiang

Armory Focus: China – Jin Feng, series "Socialist Leaders" at Tianrenheyi Art Centre, Zhejiang

Armory Modern: Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo

All photos by M-KOS except where mentioned.

Art Marathon: The Armory Show 2014

Photo: M-KOS

Armory Week this year coincided with the opening of the highly anticipated 2014 Whitney Biennial, to add an extra layer of fervor to the usual art spectacle that is New York City at this time of the year. Opened to the public from the 6th to the 9th of March, The Armory Show welcomed the 16th edition of its current incarnation, which changed its name from Gramercy International Art Fair in 1999, as homage to the original 1913 gathering. As always situated on Piers 92 & 94 of Manhattan’s western shore, stretching out onto the Hudson River, the fair hosted 205 galleries (146 for Contemporary, 59 for Modern) across 26 countries. Once again Armory opted to hold their VIP preview and benefit opening at MoMA, perhaps rubbing shoulders with the blue chip institution in a bid to upscale its brand and better compete with Frieze, the London based art fair franchise which started-up two years ago on Randall Island, flanked between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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MKOS is currently on pause whilst traveling to New York for the Armory week. Watch this space soon for our upcoming Art Marathons.