Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil: INCLUDE ME OUT at Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Elk’s Rest, 2012. Installation, wood and various materials, 250 x 120 x 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist and
Galerie In Situ / fabienne leclerc, Paris.

Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil

26 October 2013 – 19 January 2014
at Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne,
Vitry-sur-Seine, France

“INCLUDE ME OUT” is constructed around a simple, yet essential question: is it Time going through us, or are we going through Time? Although Time is calculable, it is, by essence, ineffable. How can we translate the experience of the elasticity of Time? The exhibition unfolds like a initiatory trip, taking the visitor through the artist’s recent creations and key works. Upon entry, one is invited to abandon their certitudes and dwell in a zone of doubt, the territory of art. From darkness to the light and back again, the question of blindness is broached. What do we see? How do we see? How can we represent the unshowable? Auguste-Dormeuil’s works mark steps in a circuit through territories of suspense, like so many tools for analysis. They are the plastic representations for reflection and the questioning of our relationship with reality.
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Carol Wainio: The Book at Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal

Carol Wainio, Tapestry, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 91,4 x 122 cm, collection of M. Henry Sykes and Mme Molly Naber-Sykes, Calgary. Courtesy of TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary.

Carol Wainio
The Book

10 January – 22 February 2014
at Galerie de l’UQAM

Opening reception: Thursday 9 January 2014, 17h30

Curated by Diana Nemiroff

Organized and circulated by Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa, the exhibition, which was presented in five locations across Canada, will be ending its tour in Montreal. Carol Wainio is specifically interested in the narrative power of images. In this exhibition, she uses illustrated books and fairy tales imagery references to create a dialogue with the current socio-political context. The project, curated by Diana Nemiroff, brings together a body of 15 works made between 2002 and 2010. The artist will be present at the opening. Read more »

Elena Damiani and Frauke Dannert: All The Pieces, Back Together at Selma Feriani Gallery, London, UK

Elena Damiani and Frauke Dannert: All The Pieces, Back Together 2013 Installation view. Courtesy the artists and Selma Feriani Gallery, London

Elena Damiani and Frauke Dannert
All The Pieces, Back Together

29 November 2013 – 18 January 2014
at Selma Feriani Gallery,
London, UK

Curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk

The exhibition will revolve around commissioned and recent works from the artists’ practices, focusing specifically on the possibilities of expanding collage into the space of sculpture and installation. In that, the exhibition is sought to comment on the fragmented nature of collage, in the light of its potential dimensionality when thought and approached spatially, architecturally. In so doing, the works themselves, rather than the gallery space, will become the support structure and stage for a more immersed and cinematic way of looking at fragments, materials and objects that become sequences within a comprehensive, all–encompassing environment. Read more »

Happy New Year 2014!

Claire Fontaine, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Metro Pictures, NY

M-KOS wishes a very happy new year to all its readers, judging by all the 2013 entries of the memorable exhibitions, last year brilliantly featured a challenging sequence of works and events by emerging and established artists alike on a global stage. So if the trend continues, 2014’s art scene only promises to energize us even more!

Memorable Exhibitions 2013


M-KOS once more invited a telling selection of art professionals for the 2013 installment of its annual survey, to generously share some of their most memorable exhibition and art performance moments of this past year. Surely some choices will be debatable, some will demand a remark by our contributors, some not, albeit all were memorable for those very reason. M-KOS invites its readers to join in the discussion on this year’s listings, or suggest any other must see entry from the comment section below. Read more »

Season’s Greetings

Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Snowman, 1990. Photograph. Study for Kunstprojekte Heizkraftwerk Romerbrucke, Saarbrucken. Copyright: Peter Fischli / David Weiss. Courtesy the artists; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Monika Spruth Philomene Magers, Cologne/Munich/London; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. Image via potz!blitz!szpilman!

Season’s Greetings!

M-KOS would like to wish everyone a festive holiday season.

Opportunities: Call for Residency Applications, Elsewhere, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Residency program
Go Elsewhere 2014

Elsewhere Living Museum
Greensboro, North Carolina

Deadline: 10 January 2014, 11:59pm EST

Elsewhere is now accepting 2014 residency applications. Artists, musicians, curators, scholars, writers, gardeners, urban agriculturalists, homesteaders, installation, sculpture, textile, sound, video, kitchen and performance artists, system-thinkers, game-makers, and other creative individuals/groups across medias are encouraged to apply. Residents use the museum’s immense 58-year collection of cultural and material surplus for site-specific projects that interpret and contribute to Elsewhere’s concepts, collections , and communities.

Makers and thinkers with an interest in the intersections of participation and play, situation and process, repair and reuse, public practice, and critical institutions are an excellent fit for this program. Residents evolve their projects from the enormous collections of textiles and toys, books, consumer technologies, thrift store shrift, and rooms full of vintage clothes. They respond to the spaces and the social ecologies of the museum. Residencies include access to a wood shop, screen printing facility, fabric workshop, library, storefront theater, vintage wardrobe, communal kitchen, as well as connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network. All projects are supported by a team of curators who provide critical feedback, documentation, community connections, and event support.

Elsewhere offers an exceptional place for rethinking the people, places, and things of everyday and extraordinary life. Individuals and collaborative teams are encouraged to apply. Residencies range from 2-6 weeks. 4 weeks is the ideal residency time-frame. Creative retreats and internships are also available.
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Zachary Formwalt at VOX centre de l’image contemporaine, Montréal

Zachary Formwalt, In Place of Capital, 2009. single-channel HD video still. Courtesy the artist.

Zachary Formwalt
2 November – 21 December 2013
at VOX centre de l’image contemporaine,

Capital Imagery and the Traces of the Living
Johan Hartle

The Latin-derived term capital (as echoed in “capital crime” or “capital punishment”) refers to a crime for which one has to pay with one’s life, or more literally (going back to the original caput) one’s head. Also in the Marxist sense of the term and in Marx’s own metaphor, as coagulated “living labour,” or, more explicitly, “dead labour,” capital is linked to death in various ways.

Along these lines, Zachary Formwalt’s reflections on the history of photography are dealing with various forms of capital imagery as well. His materialist approach to the history of photography—embedding the successive development of the medium in the histories of finance, capital accumulation, and urban development—not only emphasizes photography’s structural analogies with the history and development of capital (the effect that the development of capitalism, economic crises, the stock market, bankers, etc. have played in it); it also points to the potential of photography as a space for that which it tends to repress: moving, acting, and productive bodies.
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Patrick Jackson “The Third Floor” at François Ghebaly Gallery, LA

Patrick Jackson, ‘The Third Floor’ installation view 2013. Courtesy the artist and François Ghebaly Gallery, LA

Patrick Jackson
The Third Floor

9 November 2013 – 11 January 2014
at François Ghebaly Gallery, LA

For this exhibition Jackson has installed scaffolding that divides the gallery into three levels. Each floor is installed to different effect, creating an ominous and psychologically loaded space.

The basement level is set with a variety of oversized ceramic vessels. Most have a black cracking glaze that looks similar to burnt wood, but the giant mugs of the group come in an intense variety of colors, textures and patterns. Each mug holds an assortment of things, such as dirt clumps, soda colored epoxy and resin crystals.
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Opportunities: Artist-in-Residence at Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany

Künstlerhaus Dortmund. Photo: Hannes Woidich

Artist-in-Residence Programme
at Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany

Deadline: 31 January 2014

Residency period: 6 to 8 weeks from June to August upon mutual agreement

Since 2005 Künstlerhaus Dortmund offers artists from abroad: the summer Artist-in-Residence Program from June until August. Foreign artists from every field of visual arts and without restriction of age can apply. Read more »