Monday, June 22, 2009
I discovered Henrique Oliveira through a blog I frequent called Grid Impact from a friend of mine here in Heidelberg. Oliveira had his first solo show at the Rice University Gallery in Houston, Texas in March. He uses salvaged wood from the streets of São Paolo where he lives and works to create these incredibly moving instillations. I highly recommend a trip to his website which is in a word 'mind-blowing'. As a gallerist, I would fight to represent this man! Thanks to Clair at Grid Impact who also runs a creative consulting firm for the tip!
There is something so special about how artist Camilla Engman sees the world. She is one of the people who's shoes I would love to walk in for just a few days! Thanks to Camilla for posting these lovely reminders of the natural progression of things. She is a master at capturing the seasons in their most stunning moments. This post is a little personal indulgence and a soothing one at that!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
What, How and for Whom is a curatorial collective formed in Zagreb in 1999 by four woman who decided to get to the heart of cultural and artistic projection and its motives. They have been asked to curate the Istanbul Biennial this year and have chosen a rather prevalent theme under the title 'What Keeps Mankind Alive', a lyric from Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. Given the fact that this question may be more relevant to us today than it was when Brecht wrote it 80 years ago, it is absolutely refreshing to see curators deal with such potent social and economic issues head on. WHW introduced their conceptual framework for the Biennial with a performance enacted by themselves as opposed to the traditional press conference format. Some of the questions being asked this year pertain to our systems of value under capitalism, ways of action, artistic production and understanding. The Biennial takes place from September 12 - November 8.