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H Gallery, in collaboration with Galerie Francoise Paviot, is exhibiting works by Benjamin Deroche through March 9, 2019, in Paris. The exhibition showcases recent series of works by Benjamin Deroche, an artist who for many years has been one of the young French photographers who relies on the photography market.
The route is already long for this young photographer, born in Rennes, settled in Finistere, who studied literature, holds a doctorate in image semiotics. According to Francoise Paviot, “We were quickly sensitive to his approach, which falls within the field of what we love, a demanding research that goes beyond the anecdote, a lack of concessions to an easy representation, a quiet determination that relies on a real thought. His photographs have this capacity that dereal that reality while keeping it in front of our eyes to allow us to see it differently.”
The artist bases his work on a sensitive and unique relationship with nature. Walking and traveling a lot (St Pierre and Miquelon, Ireland, Lanzarote, Baltic Sea, United States), he lets himself be imbued with all the emotions conveyed by landscapes and sees his work as contemplative and metaphysical research. He is in search of infinite territories that allow him to feel a great freedom in the face of space. He hopes to make the forces and invisible energies of nature palpable.
Devoid of human beings, his landscapes channel a presence out of context. “There are often very beautiful things in the exteriors of my image but I decide not to return them, to leave them out of the field as if it existed a kind of magic to guess them,” the artist says.
“He does not seek so much to deliver a conceptual perception as an emotional perception and a persistent impression of marvelous, strange enchantment,” according to a press release.
In one of his series, he converses with landscapes by creating natural or paper-based installations. These installations can be thought of as responses to places that touch it, to specific moments, feelings, lights, shadows and materials, but also as a process of personal meditation. There is a contrast between the naturalness of the space and the artificial character of the sculptures that testifies to a human intervention that create ritualistic devices with a spiritual aim.
The artist is attracted by the notion of strangeness that allows him to provide a new meaning to his creations but also stops the viewer in his race and imposes a contemplative slowdown. Some of his creations are reminiscent of Andy Goldsworthy or Nils Udo, but the sense of completeness and infinity that emerges from his photographs, his way of offering a new vision of reality and his eloquent chromaticism make him a very unique photographer. Text: blouinartinfo.com
Benjamin Deroche . H Gallery, 90, rue de la Folie-Mericourt – 75011, Paris, France . h-gallery.fr
22.02.2019 // show complete article
Showcaller* is the first book exploring the work of emerging artist Talia Chetrit. It brings together a broad range of her work made between 1994 and 2018 and is linked to a retrospective museum exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in early 2018. The title Showcaller is a theatrical term which references the performative aspects of Chetrit’s work, the power dynamic between subject and photographer, and, ultimately, between the photographer and her audience.
The earliest works included were made when Chetrit was a teenager and she adroitly collapses and shuffles images from across 24 years and neutralizes the space between family portraits, teenage friends, intimate sex pictures, self-portraits, staged murder pictures, still-lives, and street photographs, to name just a few of the subjects and genres her work adopts. Regardless of the subject matter or the technique with which the image is made, her focus lies on researching and unveiling the basic social, conceptual, and technical conditions of the genre of photography. Her work is imbued with a desire to control the physical and historical limitations of the camera, to trace its manipulative potential, and to question the relationship between photographer and subject.
About - Talia Chetrit is an American fine art photographer living and working in New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such institutions as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; among others. Her work has been written about and reviewed in numerous publications including Artforum, Art in America, Frieze Magazine, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Chetrit’s most recent solo exhibitons include 'Poser' at Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf, Germany (2017); a show at Kaufmann Repetto, New York, NY (2016); ‘Parents’ at Off Vendome, New York, NY (2015); 'I’m Selecting' at Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf, Germany (2015); and ‘Model' at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy (2014)
* Show callers are usually people who have worked in theater and called cues in theatrical extravaganzas as stage managers (in the theatrical definition). They are seasoned and experienced in interpreting a producer’s requirement for the crew to make sure everything happens at the right time and with maximum theatrical impact, where appropriate. If a show caller is hired to run only the show, that person is coming in to the event “cold” with no knowledge about it whatsoever and must therefore be brought up to speed very quickly. specialeventguru.blogspot.com
Showcaller . 29 x 22 cm . ISBN: 978-1-912339-41-9 . €35 £30 $40 . mackbooks.co.uk//showcaller-br-talia-chetritt
06.02.2019 // show complete article
Als vor zehn Jahren ihr Großvater starb, nahm die finnische Fotografin Felicia Honkasalo aus dessen Nachlass Boxen mit Steinen und Mineralien, die zwischen Notizen und Fotografien lagerten. Sie lernte den Mann zu Lebzeiten nicht kennen, der während des Kalten Kriegs in Finnland als Mineraloge arbeitete. Zehn Jahre später veröffentlicht Felicia nun das Projekt 'Grey Cobalt' in Form einer Publikation bei Loose Joints und als Ausstellung in der Webber Gallery (10 Jan – 15 Feb 2019). Wir stellen Euch das schöne Projekt auf GoSee vor.
"It all started with the objects, documents and photographs I inherited from my late grandfather, a man unknown to me when he was alive. Through these objects I rebuilt different images of him, and reconstructed imagined memories of him at work, of his everyday life, and of the wet lunches held at the mine headquarters during cold-war Finland. In the process of making this body of work, these unusual heirlooms have become, in my eyes, animate characters with independent bodies and powers. They cast a flickering light on the complex relationship between the frailty of my own memories in contrast to the solid forms and eternal glances of these things," so Felicia Honkasalo. Das ganze Projekt könnt Ihr Euch übrigens auch auf ihrer Webseite anschauen. Und die perfekte Einführung in das Projekt hat Loose Joints:
"Grey Cobalt by Felicia Honkasalo bases itself around a collection of artefacts steeped in the landscape and history of her native Finland. In a sequence of delicately arranged images, Grey Cobalt contains both a meditation on the legacy left by her metallurgist grandfather and a larger, sweeping narrative of how different orders of time and memory impress themselves upon the land, like a palimpsest. Now ‘rearranged and newly ordered, like a cabinet of curiosities’, together these images form a tactile experience of a lost world. Honkasalo creates multiple narratives from seemingly disparate objects, forming alternative cosmologies from her own observations and sense of the distant past. A selection of notes written by Felicia’s grandfather, and expanded upon by herself, are included as epilogue and reflection upon the book and the objects exhibited; a musing on the historical moment in which they were created and the present they in turn disrupt.
Through this sequence of images juxtaposing and complimenting one another, Grey Cobalt obliquely connects personal, historical and geological traces across space and time. An accompanying long form prose piece by Ada Smailbegovic expands these traces further, using images and a fragmentary style to conjure an invisible world of objects and places."
Felicia Honkasalo (b. 1986) gained a Masters degree from the Time and Space department at the Academy of Arts Helsinki in 2016 and her BA from the University of the Arts London. Her works have been shown in Finland, Germany and the UK and are included in private and public collections, in Finland and abroad. In 2019 she will be a resident at ISCP in New York. Honkasalo is also part of the collective Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen. Grey Cobalt is her first booko
30.01.2019 // show complete article