Places / Faces
©Alexandra Ruiz March 2015
Places / Faces
©Alexandra Ruiz March 2015
The parc de Szilassy, is an English-style landscape garden, designed in 1835, first privately owned and now state park (in Bex, Switzerland). Every three years since 1981, Bex & Arts — a contemporary sculpture triennial featuring Swiss artists— is held in this park. This year’s theme is Emergences.
“Emergences is inspired by philosophical analysis. It suggests we reflect on the relationship between humankind and the contemporary world, on the utopia of an all-encompassing understanding of the universe, and on the relationship between the work of art and the ‘whole’ to which it pertains. Thus each work crystallises the emergence of a poetic and artistic ‘island’. ” (press release)
For the finishing on Sunday October 5, Claudia Comte will burn her installation HAHAHA at night fall.
For our upcoming PARIS, LA issue on ALTERNATIVE HABITATION, we have visited the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Fundamentals and directed by Rem Koolhaas. In complement of a portfolio of images published in our issue, this week we will post on this blog images and videos from the Biennale.
The exhibition runs until November 23, 2014 in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and the city of Venice.
Paolo Baratta — chairman of la Biennale di Venezia
Presentation of this year’s edition
“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale. Rem has planned an event that involves all of Biennale’s sectors, along with a bevy of researchers. Absorbing Modernity 1914–2014 has been proposed for the contribution of all the pavilions, and they too are involved in a substantial part of the overall research project, whose title is Fundamentals. The history of the past one hundred years prelude to the Elements of Architecture section hosted in the Central Pavilion, where the curator offers the contemporary world those elements that should represent the reference points for the discipline: for the architects but also for its dialogue with clients and society. Monditalia section with 41 research projects, reminds us of the complexity of this reality without complacency or prejudice, which is paradigmatic of what happens elsewhere in the world; complexities that must be deliberately experienced as sources of regeneration. While information gains new tools and updating becomes simpler, it is those dangers of conformity and indifference that preoccupy us; indifference and conformity lead to passiveness and even extinguish the desire for art and architecture. A Biennale exhibition has the duty to oppose this; it has to know how to trip up this move towards conformity and revitalize those desires. Rediscovering “points” of reference to better express those desires is one of the ambitions of the present research, which is of course addressed to the professionals but looks to the general public above all.”
Rem Koolhaas — director of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition
Fundamentals an exhibition of three main components
Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014 / National Pavilions
For the first time, the national pavilions are invited to respond to a single theme: 65 countries examine key moments from a century of modernization. Together, the presentations start to reveal how diverse material cultures and political environments transformed a generic modernity into a specific one. Participating countries show, each in their own way, a radical splintering of modernities in a century where the homogenizing process of globalization appeared to be the master narrative.
Elements of Architecture / Central Pavilions
Taken from La Biennale’s website: labiennale.org
“Steven Shearer’s practice encompasses many different medias, from found photography, drawing, and painting to collage and focuses on a melancholic vision of youth, tinted by strong references to the iconography of extreme metal cuture. His world is one of alienation and repulsion towards the everyday, a world whose heroes are deathmetal rockers, 1970s prefab boy bands and teen stars, amature glam-rockers and guitar-wielding teenaged suburban dreamers. Shearer is not interested in the fame of his characters but much more so in their downfall. The artist applies to these themes an almost anthropological or phrenological approach, one in which he obsessively wanders and browses the internet to create a comprehensive archive of these images, organised by him within themes of his own. These subcultures are reflections of Shearer’s own suburban youth, aiming at shedding light onto the insecurities and vulnerabilities of adolescents, characteristics that never quite disappear into adulthood and are at the core of the human soul. Using this set of references as a starting point, Shearer displays in delicate drawings and extremely intricate paintings, portraits of these once famous faces, or unknown characters in a way that reminds one of Pre Raphaelite imagery. This exhibition focuses on portraiture, a development in the artist’s vision whereby his imagery has overcome his archival obsession, creating anonymous, androgynous characters, whose averted gaze emphasises their objectification as well as their own self absorbed and egocentric entities.” Galerie Eva Presenhuber / Press release
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel is participating in this years’ Tokyo Art Book Fair.
At their booth you will find new editions by invited artists:
AA Bronson, Alexander Bühler, Alessia Conidi, Daniel Göttin, SeilerSommer, Thomas Moor, Valentina Stieger, Max Leiss, Magdalena Baranya, Jan Steinbach, Jan Kiefer, Johannes Willi, Conny Habegger, Matthias Krattenmacher, Daniela Keiser, Juliana Irene Smith, Christoph Eisenring, Livio Baumgartner, Garrett Nelson, Dunja Herzog, Alexandra Ruiz/Madame Paris, JiaJia Zhang, Marcel Freymond, Christian Knörr, and Nadja Solari
September 19, Friday 15:00-21:00 *Reception / Open for all
September 20, Saturday 12:00-20:00
September 21, Sunday 11:00-19:00
Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS
1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan