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15.06.2011

 

Capricious Presents : Continuity of Chaos. Foam, Amsterdam in a state of emergency. Including Blindtext.

Amsterdam’s Foam invited Sophie Mörner from Sweden, photographer and founder of Capricious Magazine in 2004, to curate an exhibition on young American photo art.

The magazine is accompanied by the obligatory blog that can be found at becapricious.com.

The exhibition on the subject of CHAOS features works by Luke Gilford, Nicholas Gottlund, Aaron McElroy and Sarah Palmer. The most important thing, at least according to the press release is the understanding of chaos, not as a transmission from a truthful, righteous condition but as a continuous and integral part of the world. An allegedly shocking message for all of those who tend to think in status symbols.

Here is a brief description of the artists who are on show in Amsterdam:

The work of Luke Gilford (Colorado, 1986) is a feast of forms and colours, which have been extracted from their usual context. The abstracted figures and forms are never fully revealed, and chiefly evoke wonder in the viewer. Luke Gilford earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA in 2008. He has exhibited work at MoMA (New York), the MUSAC in Spain and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. He has also created work for Art Basel Miami, Maison Martin Margiela, Miss America and The New York Times Magazine.

Sarah Palmer (California, 1977) isolates objects from their ordinary surroundings in a way that evokes tranquillity as well as tension. The work has an alienating effect that challenges the viewer to see more than the sum of the parts. Sarah Palmer received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1999 and a master's degree from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Her work has been shown at the Wild Project in New York, Like The Spice (Brooklyn), the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, the Center for Photography in Woodstock and in 'G/IRL: Women Photographers Emerging in Digital Culture,' (New York). Palmer teaches fulltime at Parsons The New School for Design.

In the photos of Aaron McElroy (US, 1978) close-ups of bodies and body parts blur into hazy, misty contours. Identities are concealed and abstracted, creating new forms and visual landscapes. Aaron McElroy lives and works in New York and graduated from the New England School of Photography in 2007. His work appeared in the annual photo edition of Vice Magazine in 2009 and in Capricious Magazine nr.11: Being Fashion. His first solo exhibition was at dalla Rosa Gallery in London.

Nicholas Gottlund (Pennsylvania, 1981) finds disorder - in nature or man-made - and frames it without wanting to bring order to it but in a way that creates the suggestion of purposefulness. He studied visual arts and graphic design at Parsons The New School for Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2007 he founded the Gottlund Verlag publishing house. His books are in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum. Previous exhibitions have been at the Capricious Space in New York and Bodega in Philadelphia.

And now for a some home entertainment: enjoy the great Partner TEXT on the Foam WEBSITE. We’re pleased we aren’t the only ones this happens to. We like Blindtext. It’s not chaos. It’s Art.


Capricious Presents: Continuity of Chaos
until the 4th of September 2011 at Foam
Open daily 10am to 6pm, Thurs/Fri 10am to 9pm. Admission: € 8.
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
Phone: + 31 20 5516500

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos

CAPRICIOUS PRESENTS : Continuity of Chaos