“Seven years ago, when I co-curated an exhibition of works by Dionne Simpson, I was also recovering from Hodgkin’s disease. After the exhibition was over, Simpson gave me the most minimal of the works, and my favourite of her deconstructed canvases. Now, this piece hangs in my bedroom, and I wake up to it every morning – a daily reminder of the generosity of the human spirit, and the gems that await you after life’s struggles.”
“Isadora Duncan’s story – being an eccentric, reckless, courageous woman in a time when it would have been nearly impossible to be so – changed the way I thought about my own life. I look for this book every time I’m in a new bookstore and pick up copies to give to friends. Even if I lost it I feel like fragments of her stories are kind of part of me now.”
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Odette England‘s series ‘Excavations‘ – quiet, meditative artworks, with elements of abstraction, family history and nostalgia.
‘Excavations’ explores the invisible social space of family storytelling through photography. I make c-prints of family pictures from expired Kodak film, as well as using original snapshots from the album, then carefully hand-sand them with various types of sandpaper. I aim to loosen the complexities of material encounter with intangible concepts. Mine is also a literal assault. I cross into taboo territory, the transgression and squeamish horror of destroying original personal possessions.”
Following in the footsteps of the artist Johannes Larsen (1867-1961) to mark the centenary of his first visit to the area at Filsø, Denmark, resulted in a story how she as an artist experienced the place within the same harsh but sensual landscape, he sought out.
With commercial advertising around every corner, it is easy to view everything in a passive way. Inspired by the botanical illustrations of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Kenji Toma started a series of flowers showing their ‘unreal’ beauty as a revival of the concept of the botanical encyclopedia from the 19th century.
Darren Almond’s series ‘Fullmoon’ – a long exposure and the invisible landscape turns to a visible meditation.
Darren Almond – Fullmoon
“Light generates life – this is why we are drawn to it, but contrary to the harsh light of the sun, the reflective light of the moon makes us see further. The landscape of the night is an emotional landscape as much as it is a physical landscape.”
The first photographs on nights with a full moon, English artist Darren Almond took in 1998 initiated an experiment, which he called Fifteen Minute Moon. This became the starting point to an ongoing series of works, now known as ‘Fullmoon‘ and available as a photo book published by Taschen.
“The moon is the sculpture, that belongs to everybody on the planet. It’s a small glimmer of light between two voids of darkness. The moon to me is a historical point, a point we can relate to. Everything beyond the moon is just too far away, is beyond language.”
‘In an effort to emphasize the inevitable interaction of these two concepts, German photographer Andreas Mühe chose to link the ‘Pathos‘ and ‘Distance‘ in the title of this book with the conjunction ‘as‘ – “Pathos as Distance“. Not in the sense of a comparison, as in ‘as tasty as an apple’, but rather as a transformation of one concept into the other and their mutual dependency. Pathos becomes distance, and this distance becomes a precondition that allows for pathos.’
Andreas Mühe – Pathos as Distance
The photographs by Andreas Mühe are accompanied by excerpts from the novel 1913 ‘The Year before the Storm’ by Florian Illies.
“1913 reminded me a little bit of our here and now. This unburdened and rather easy-going lifestyle right before World War One breaks out – [the start of the war] completely surprising, but very predictable at the same time. It is similar to our way of closing our eyes and us trying to ignore what’s obviously happening around us. It’s all good but it’s not. Like nobody feels the catastrophe coming. I sometimes get the feeling that we do not realize the disconcerting situation these days, neither politically nor socially. Refugees, political struggles, religious issues, parallel societies. Us looking away, us ignoring the signs. It’s all part of our daily lives.”
Seb Janiak‘s series ‘Mimesis‘ – what is behind the veil of the matter: a beautiful flower, a piece of art or something else?
Seb Janiak – Mimesis
Mimesis, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is a basic theoretical principle in the creation of art. The word is Greek and means “imitation”, in the sense of “re-presentation” rather than of “copying”.
“Mimesis is a complex co-evolutionary mechanism involving three species: the model, the imitator and the dupe.
People who prefer matter and believe in a materialistic point of view will see beauty of the Mimesis flowers, others who believe matter is just an illusion will feel it differently. If you don’t believe in soul, or God or if you believe it all started from matter, you will see beautiful flower and a nice art piece. If you are spiritual and believe the invisible world is bigger than our visible world, mean if you believe there is something behind the matter’s veils, you will interpret the photo differently. I strongly believe matter came from spirit-conscience and not the opposite as most of the scientist want to believe.”
Mimesis is an ongoing photomontage project created with wings of insects and offering a world full of new visions.