Dirk Braeckman - Belgian Representative at 57th Venice Biennale

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Dirk Braeckman is this year's Belgian Representative at the 57th Venice Biennale.  Together with curator Eva Wittocx, Braeckman's exhibition presents a full oeuvre of work, including new and unique photographs.


AnOther Magazine
Dirk Braeckman’s Bewitching Display for Venice Biennale

“The spectacle will be in the picture”: the photographer shares the beautiful and haunting photographs that will fill the Belgian pavilion from this weekend

from the series 27.1 / 21.7 / 010 – 014 / 2014© Dirk Braeckman / Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

from the series 27.1 / 21.7 / 010 – 014 / 2014© Dirk Braeckman / Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

It’s easy to lose yourself in the act of looking when you’re in front of an image by Dirk Braeckman. There’s an energy reverberating in the darkness of his photographs that draws you into another dimension – where the eyes simultaneously linger over the surface of the image and orbit around the emerging contours of objects, scenes and bodies that seem to possess lives of their own. For a moment, the allure of these mysterious details offers a much-needed mental detour from the stories we tell ourselves.

Braeckman is representing Belgium at the 57th Venice Biennale with a new series of monumental photographic prints, all of them black and white and on baryta paper. Born in Eeklo, Belgium, the Ghent-based photographer shoots only analogue, and always showcases his images unglazed and uncovered. Without any physical interference, the eye can directly wander along the ridges, fissures and fragments of enigmatic forms, diverting attention from any particular narrative. After all, Braeckman is not interested in crafting narratives, abiding to a specific theme nor capturing reality in his work, the artist is adamant on creating an atmosphere. “I’m not a storyteller, I’m an imagemaker,” he tells AnOther. “The story is made in the mind of the viewer.”

Read on at anothermag.com


THE WORD
Eva Wittocx on Dirk Braeckman’s show for the Belgian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennial

"Unlike most photographers, where the centre of the image contains the most important information, Dirk constructs the images from the edges of the composition inwards."


Curator for Dirk Braeckman's exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale Eva Wittocx spoke to Sophie Verhulst about the upcoming extravaganza.

"Eva Wittocx, senior curator at Museum M in Leuven and curator of the show, looks delighted. “The show is turning out great, everything is coming together. We’ve got a few loose ends to tie up but overall, we’re ready.”, she explains. The building of the Belgian pavilion in Venice has been renovated over the winter, new skylights were installed and the rooms received a fresh coat of paint. “We don’t have a specific scenography, so the building needed to be in perfect shape for the focus to be on the work. It’s part of Dirk’s practice to create every exhibition anew, within the environment.”, Eva continues, while mentioning that they sent over quite a large shipment to Venice, one that included more works than they could show. “That way, we were able to explore several options and had the freedom to see what worked in the space and which combinations of works we would eventually show.” Working with neither themes nor series, Eva points out that this exactly why Braeckman’s old and new work seamlessly fit together, that the magic of the show is all in the combinations of autonomous works."

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Sebastian Riemer on view at Museum Folkwang

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Sebastian Riemer, Bogomir Ecker and Thomas Ruff are in the group show 6 1/2 Weeks: Ecker Riemer Ruff: Retouched" at the Museum Folkwang in Germany. The work will be on view from April 20 – June 5, 2017.

Sebastian Riemer, Speed Skater (Leow), 2017

Sebastian Riemer, Speed Skater (Leow), 2017

"The second installment in the new 6 ½ Weeks exhibition series brings together works by Bogomir Ecker, Sebastian Riemer and Thomas Ruff, pieces that share clear common ground. For they all feature press photos from dissolved newspaper archives. These form the starting point for their very different reflections on the photographed picture."

Read more about the exhibition HERE.

PRIX PICTET 2017 | Rinko Kawauchi

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Rinko Kawauchi has been nominated for the Prix Pictet Award 2017, The global award in photography and sustainability.  Her series Ametsuchi is in consideration.

 
 

The theme of this year's award is 'Space'

"The Prix Pictet aims to harness the power of photography – all genres of photography – to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, especially those concerning the environment. Founded in 2008 by the Pictet Group, the Prix Pictet has become the world’s leading award for photography and sustainability."

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Prix Pictet Space Award Ceremony & Exhibition
presented by Kofi Annan, Honorary President

Today | Thursday May 4, 2017
Exhibition until May 28, 2017

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

Visit www.prixpictet.com for more details.

"Not From Here" reviewed on ArtDaily.org

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Our exhibition Not From Here was reviewed on ArtDaily.com!  Read below:

 
 

"Using the traditional medium of egg tempera, McCracken makes complex geometric abstract paintings. Hard-edged, luminous colour shapes and lines overlap, outline and crisscross the multi faceted colour field, creating new interwoven geometric spaces. Flowing painted lines, tracing pathways, travel across the painting, draw the viewers gaze around the panel. The viewer is encouraged to take time and traverse the unique pictorial universe existing within the edges of the panel. 

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Working primarily with paper and card, pigment and linseed oil. Müller bends, scores, folds and teases the material into his distinctive three-dimensional forms in which both positive and negative spaces are at play with one another. Müller creates architectural / sculptural forms which although non-representational reference the body, wall based and tabletop pieces are domestic and human in scale. There is little ‘colour’ in these sun bleached pieces, subtle variations in tones of ivory and white, allow light to play an important role in defining the forms. The tactile surfaces and haptic nature of these organic/architectural shapes are at once familiar and strange, making one think of a pale skin drawn tight, wrapping space. Their textures and scored lines remind the viewer of industrial design and manufacturing techniques that are then confounded by the artists choice of material – humble paper, elegantly elevated to the status of carved marble. 

With his minimalist, architectural sculptures, Müller bridges the experience of the eye with the body. He merges the environment and surroundings into his work, creating an installation that engages the viewer through thoughtful placement and a deep understanding of light, space and tactility."

Read the full review on artdaily.com

Elger Esser Artist-lead tour at Parasol Unit in London in May

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Elger Esser will lead a walking tour through his exhibition Morgenland on 17 May, 2017 at Parasol Unit gallery in London.

Elger Esser, Shivta, Israel, 2015. C-print, Alu-Dibond.

Elger Esser, Shivta, Israel, 2015. C-print, Alu-Dibond.

This exhibition, his first solo show in a public institution in the United Kingdom, focuses on a new series of works, entitled Morgenland (meaning 'Morning Land'), created during his travels in the Eastern countries of Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015.

Artist talk will be at 7PM at Parasol Unit - RSVP required.  More information HERE

The exhibition Morgenland will be from 29 March – 21 May 2017 at Parasol Unit.

Source: http://www.parasol-unit.org/elger-esser-mo...

Pulped Fiction - Group show featuring Manfred Müller at Torrance Art Museum

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Manfred Müller is one of thirteen artists exploring the possibilities of cardboards in art, "From replicating realistically the objects around us, to exploring structures, to humorously delighting us, they reconstruct the basic elements into fantastical pulped fictions." Curated by Max Presneill.

The exhibition will be on view until 4 March, 2017 at the Torrance Art Museum.

Installation views via Torrance Art Museum, 2017

Installation views via Torrance Art Museum, 2017

The Ceremony of Life by Martin Parr on view at The Photographers' Gallery in London

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Martin Parr's early work, captured in black and white instead of with vibrant color films, will be on view at The Photographers' Gallery in London in the exhibition The Ceremony of Life. The exhibition will be on view from 3 March until 23 April, 2017.

Martin Parr, Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983

Martin Parr, Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry, Ireland, 1983

The Ceremony of Life is an upcoming exhibition of rarely seen black and white prints from world-renowned British photographer, Martin Parr, best known for his acerbic, bold, colour portraits charting the customs and peculiarities of British culture with wry wit and trademark unflinching gaze.

These early works – taken in the 1970s and early 1980s – reveal a gentler, less critical lens, unearthing a young photographer with superlative observational skills, passionate about capturing the unsung rituals of everyday life.
-Katy Cowan of Creative Boom

For more exhibition information, please see thephotographersgallery.org.uk for details.

See more MARTIN PARR HERE.

Elger Esser Exhibition AETAS - Landesgalerie Linz, Austria

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On view at the Landesgalerie Linz in Austria is Elger Esser's Landscape work.  The exhibition will be on display until 23 April, 2017.

Elger Esser, Harmas (Iris III), 2014

Elger Esser, Harmas (Iris III), 2014

The Landesgalerie Linz will present the first single museum exhibition of the photographic work of Elger Esser in Austria in 2017. The central theme of his extensive work - the landscape - is the focus of the show. Through his classical compositions and the use of historical phototechnics, the graduate of the Fotoklasse by Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts is included in the tradition of baroque landscape painting and historical photography of the late 19th century.

More information HERE.