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Photo Show – Helen Sears Sightlines and Pastoral Monuments on show at Klompching Gallery New York

© Helen Sear, Sightlines, Untitled 4, 2011. Archival Pigment Print with Acrylic Gesso 7.25” x 7.25”, Edition of 3. From $2,000

© Helen Sear, Pastoral Monument 11, Fumaria Bastardi, 2012, Archival Pigment Print, 27.5” x 27.5”, Edition of 3 + 2 AP’s (AP1 nfs). From $3,000.

The third solo exhibition of new artworks by the British photographer Helen Sear is on until 26 October at the Klompching Gallery in New York. Two new series will be presented as the gallery’s opening exhibition for the 2012–2013 season, accompanied by the US launch of the monograph charting a more than 25-year practice.

“Sightlines and Pastoral Monuments continue Sear’s commitment to conceptual applications, integration of photographic process, historical reference and visual allure. Sightlines is an exquisite set of 21 photographs, partially concerned with ideas about the unique object and the copy. The images themselves depict a portrait of a woman whose face is obscured by a mass-produced, but hand-painted figurine of a bird. Sear alters the final photograph through the application of several layers of white primer—gesso.

“The images, then, are also about photographing paint and painting photographs. This convergence of the unique and/or the copy is further implicated by notions of her concern with identity.obscuring the face of the woman, Sear interrupts the gaze of both sitter and observer. The spectator of the photograph is unable to know the sitter’s identity, in a similar way that she/he can’t know the identity of the person(s) who hand-painted the bird. These small-scale photographs confound our expectations in the most delightful way, and are a testimony to the conceptual and visual strength of Sear’s practice.

“Showing alongside Sightlines, is Pastoral Monuments, which expands an underlying theme of the real and the re-presentation of it. In this case, Sear references the historical photographs of the botanist and photographer, Mary Dillwyn, whose photographs from the early 1850’s depicted wild flowers arranged in domestic crockery. Sear has sourced more than 80 wild flowers from the same Welsh field and photographed them in jugs and vases from around the world.

“Through handling the resulting prints and rephotographing them—evidencing this handling—Sear believes that “the flowers and their containers become connected in a material sense, across the surface of the image.” Further, we see in the photographs familiar ideas associated with flowers—youth, beauty and mortality. In some ways, these photographs become monuments to flowers.” Press release.

Filed under: Art shows, Photography Shows, Visual Artists, Women Photographers Tagged: Helen Sears, New York, Pastoral Monuments, Sightlines

Photo News: Yaakov Israel wins PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos PHE12 award

The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, ©Yaakov Israel. Photo courtesy of the photographer.

I’m so happy to report that Israeli photographer Yaakov Israel has won the PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos (PHE12 Discoveries) 2012 Award for his series The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey. As the winner Israel will take part in PHotoEspaña 2013. The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey was the inaugural exhibition in May at Zelda Cheatle and Deborah Goldman’s new gallery Margaret Street Gallery, see images below, including one of Yaakov and his wife Maya. The work is featured in a book of the same name published by Schilt Publishing.

I first saw Israel’s work at Arles photo festival a few years ago and interviewed him for the April/May 2012 issue of Hotshoe. Excerpt from the feature I wrote in Hotshoe April/May 2012: “A quest is a specific type of journey, one that implies a search for something, and is a familiar plot device used in narratives, both visual and literary. As used in the title of Yaakov’s debut monograph, it is a concept that replaced that of the “photographic journey” as the project developed. In tandem with the idea of a quest, there is also a type of storytelling, more akin to that of a parable, flowing through the book. For Yaakov, the turning point came when he met a man on a white donkey in 2006 – four years into the project. “In the Jewish tradition, this man is supposed to be a religious prophet dressed in white robes. Whereas the man I met was a Palestinian farmer who materialized in the Judean desert in 45-degree heat. The encounter had a biblical feel to it and made me realize that I was really on a quest to explore what it means to be Israeli, and for me to live in this country. Up until then I’d just been looking, but once I understood the project – when I could write down what I was looking for – it presented itself everywhere. It didn’t matter where I was.

“Thus, Yaakov also embarks on an internal, psychological quest in his search for self-identity in a fractured and complex cultural context. “The more I worked on the project, the more I understood that it was not just about the geographical or social aspects of contemporary Israel, but also about the myths and the religions, as well as political and human aspects. It’s like I’m looking for something that only exists when I look at it,” he says. The images that are included in the book therefore are ones that represent for him “the journey and the idea of the journey simultaneously – the mental journey, the physical journey, and the idea of the quest”. Miranda Gavin

The jury of Descubrimientos PHE12 consisted of Anne McNeill, director of Impressions Gallery (Bradford, United Kingdom); Markus Schaden, editor and founder of Schaden (Germany); and Roger Szmulewicz, director of the Fifty One Fine Art Photography Gallery(Belgium).  Israel’s porfolio was presented in a review session at Centro de Arte Alcobendas of Madrid during June.

The winners of the last editions of the prize are Fernando Brito,Vanessa Winship, Alejandra Laviada, Yann Gross, Harri Palviränta, Stanislas Guigui, Vesselina Nikolaeva, Comenius Röthlisberger, Pedro Álvarez, Tanit Plana, Sophie Dubosc, Juan de la Cruz Megías, Paula Luttringer and Matías Costa.

Filed under: Art shows, Photo & Press Agencies, Photography Bursaries Tagged: Descubrimientos, Israel, Margaret Street Gallery, PHotoEspaña, photographer, Schilt Publishing, Yaakov Israel, Zelda Cheatle

Performance in Frames: Video Mobiles


The Roaming Eye missed this show at The Substation Gallery in Singapore but is intrigued:
“The artist’s body is captured into a series of frames, each frame a moment paused in time and space” from the programme.


Filed under: Art Galleries, Art shows, Performance art Tagged: Performance video, Singapore, The Substation Gallery

Photo Show Stroll – East is West: Three Women Artists show video works in Singapore

Still from Journal by Mariana Vassileva, courtesy the artist and DNA Galerie

Transition Detail from Nezaket Ekici's performance video shot with iPhone Miranda Gavin

Almagul Menlibayeva, The Aral Beach 2, 2011 Duratrans print in lightbox 36 x 48 in. (91 x 122 cm) Edition of 3. Still courtesy of the artist and Priska C Juschka Fine Art

East is West: Three Women Artists runs until 15 February at the Lasalle College of the Arts in the Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore. This wonderful exhibition – more to come in a later post  – introduces three women artists from outside Western Europe who now live in Berlin. Curated by Dr Charles Merewether it features Mariana Vassileva (Bulagaria), Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan) and Nezaket Ekici (Turkey).

Some of the work explores the subject of women as well as cultural differences that lie within their countries of origin and between national boundaries. Integral to their practice is performance that is recorded and subsequently shown as independent work, invloving both themselves directly as the subject, as well as others.

The Roaming Eye took some iPhone photos (see below) and stayed at the exhibition for a couple of hours watching four video works by each of the three artists and absolutely loved the show. Of course, of the twelve video works, ranging from a couple of minutes up to 24 mins or so, there are favourites including Ekici’s performance piece Veiling and Reveiling, Menlibayeva’s Transoxiana Dreams and Vassileva’s Journal.

What was so refreshing for The Roaming Eye was the way the conceptual and the technical merged to produce beautifully articulated and visually engaging works that were strong and often, profound. Sometimes, one aspect is foregrounded at the expense of the others, but this was not the case here. The videos also demonstrated a level of maturity and depth that may have something to do with the women’s ages – all are in their 40s – as well as their particular cross cultural experiences and artistic educations.

It is so nice to get away from the UK and the often London-biased exhibition scene and familiar styles of works that are – at times – dominated by certain institutions, such as the Royal College of Art. Look out folks, it’s going to be costing £25,000/year for international students to do the two year Masters in Photography – that’s a huge investment and is, if we are honest, not just about the art and the critical forums that the RCA provides for its students, but also about the brand and its status.

There’s nothing wrong with this and there are undoubtedly some exciting visual artists and photographers that have emerged from the RCA and its photography Masters. But art and photography should, in The Roaming Eye’s opinion, be discovered by looking outside the usual remits and circles and seen in different environments and countries as house styles do tend to emerge and sometimes works gets repetitive, stale and becomes uninteresting. More images from the show in a later post, there’s a lot to cover. One other point, light from outside spilled inside and it compromised the bottom right-hand corner of the screen where Menlibayeva’s work was projected, as the blinds behind the glass door were not fully closed.

See over for more photos…

Filed under: Art Galleries, Art shows, Photography Shows, Video Art, Visual Artists, Women Photographers Tagged: Almagul Menlibayeva, Bulgaria, DNA Galerie, Kazakhstan, Lasalle International College of Art, Mariana Vassileva, Nezaket Ekici, performance, Prishka C Juschka Fine Art, Singapore, Turkey, video art, women visual artists

Photo Stroll through Prague – The Green Scene

I’m in Prague until Saturday, catching up with friends, students I taught back in 1995, and visiting a couple of photo shows. I’ll post about one of them tomorrow with a preview and some press photos followed by photo stroll through the actual exhibition later in the week. Na shledanou.

Filed under: Art shows, Photographers, street art, street photography Tagged: Miranda Gavin, Prague, street scene

Photo News – Call for your Facebook Profile Photos for Hotshoe Blog online exhibition

A quick post to ask any of you who read this blog, or land on it accidentally, to pass on my call for your Facebook Profile photos. I will be gathering them and then creating and curating an online show on this blog and perhaps elsewhere, precise form and strategy to be decided, depending on how it all pans out. For now:

Please send me your FB profile pics with the name that you use with that image. I know that many people change profile images but just send what you use now. Send them at the size that you have them available, don’t worry about higher-res,

Please send to me at: [email protected]

Please pass this on to other people that use FB. The more the merrier. Send it far and wide, after all Facebook has more “inhabitants” than the population of many countries. FB statistics put the number at “more than 800 million active users”. I will keep you posted as to how this is going, but I am relying on social networks to help spread the word.

Filed under: Art shows, Portraiture Tagged: Facebook, Miranda Gavin, profile photos

Nine-Point Perspective show gets online reviews while we all recover and then the chariot appears

What a week of extremes! And I don’t say that lightly. After the riots, pushing to get the show up and trying to get back to some semblance of normality, the local Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Hindu Temple hosted its annual Chariot Festival. Reports put the no of attendees at somewhere between 5-10,000 people from all over London, which is quite a wide estimate.

But then, some lovely comments/review about the show have been posted online. I leave you with a few:

Review London 24

A marshmallow-tinged view from Vue Represents blog

Carole Evans Photography blog makes her pick of the crop in Ways of Seeing

See over for a peek at the Chariot Festival as I encountered it when I stepped outside to find a line of men wearing lungis rolling along the middle of the street holding coconuts. When I said it’s been a week of extremes, I meant it – humanity sure is a funny species.. All photos © Miranda Gavin.

Filed under: Art shows, HotShoe Gallery, Photographers, Photography Shows Tagged: Chariot Festival, Hindu festival, london, Miranda Gavin, Nine-Point Perspective, photo show, Shri Kanagathurkkai Amman Temple

AO On Site photoset/news summary – New York: Armory Show – The Day One Preview, March 2nd, 2011

All photos by L. Streeter, Art Observed.

The Armory Show opened Wednesday for professional previews and began with an 11:30 AM press conference detailing the cultural and economic importance of the event.  “This is going to be a spectacular week of art. Our conservative estimates predict that the events this week will draw more than 60,000 attendees and generate more than 40 million dollars in economic activity,” stated Mayor Mike Bloomberg during the opening ceremony.  Later in the evening, swarms of art-enthusiasts flocked to the Armory in order to witness the newest works of established artists from across the globe. Pier 94 was host to a vibrant crowd last night, with various art-world celebrities strolling down the aisles filled with artwork.

Installations at Galerie Ron Mandos.

More text and images after the jump…

Mayor Mike Bloomberg kicked off the 2011 Armory Show Week yesterday morning, with announcements by Paul Morris, Vice President of MMPI Art Shows and Armory’s Executive Director, Katelijne De Backer. Bloomberg was enthusiastic about the show, explaining “This is a very important thing for new york city. This is what makes this city special.”

“This week our city will be bursting with even more creative energy than usual, as we welcome back two annual pillars of our art community: The Armory Show and the Art Show. The Armory Show is in its 13th year with over 300 galleries represented by over thirty countries. the armory show is also welcoming back two popular features, Open Forum, a conversation series featuring a series of discussions, and Focus Latin America”, Mayor Bloomberg stated. A handful of selected speakers, including MoMA director Glenn Lowry, also made special announcements during the opening ceremony. “More than 40% of our national visitors and over 80% of our international visitors engage in cultural activity,” CEO of NYC & Co. George Fratt reported proudly earlier that morning. Many of the speakers highlighted the importance of New York as a global center culture, with the Armory show and surrounding fairs playing a key role in generating economic activity, providing jobs for artists and generally improving the community. Each speaker made sure to point out the various other fairs taking place alongside the Armory, such as Scope, Pulse and VOLTA NY. “There is no unique experience than being able to view, experience, and buy the worlds most unique art,” Fratt stated.

Pier 92, devoted to 20th and 21st century Modern art, has historically significant work by artists such as Fernando Botero, Pablo Picasso, and of course, Andy Warhol. Janis Cecil, director of Edward Tyler Nahem also reported, ”We have strong interest in paintings by Anselm Kiefer and Roy Lichtenstein.”

Armory Focus, a new feature of the fair that debuted last year with Armory Focus: Berlin, chose Latin America as it’s subject for the 2011 show. Armory Focus: Latin America spotlighted a selection of galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

In an interview with Blackbook Magazine, Alexandre Roesler, the Director of Nara Roesler gallery, (one of the Latin American Focus galleries) explained “I wouldn’t say there is a very big distinction between Latin American artists and other artists. Antonio Manuel and Antonio Diaz, they’re very important Brazilian artists but have also these political works. This characterizes a lot of Latin American art, this political way. This was during the dictatorial period in Brazil and he was doing those performances naked in a museum. That was like breaking lots of rules. At the time this was not allowed.”

A view of the installation at Baro Gallery (Sao Paolo), part of Armory Focus: Latin America.

AO staff and photographers were on site to photo-document the evening as it played out:

New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery exhibited a spectacular show of postcard art by pop artists Gilbert & George. 52 postcard pictures were specifically designed for the show, to be displayed in a “Urethra-inspired pattern”.

Installation views at Lehmann  Maupin Gallery.

Olatz Schnabel (left).

Yayoi Kusama, Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow. @ Victoria Miro Gallery

Carlos Quiarte and actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux.

A Jeppe Hein neon work at 303 Gallery

John Thain, Former Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (middle).

Anne Chu, Single Bear. @ 303 Gallery.

A Marina Abramovic 1977 film shot in collaboration with performance artist Ulay was on display at Sean Kelly Gallery, converted from 16mm film to dvd format.

Artist Conrad Ventur and friend.

Still shots of Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Light/Dark (1977). @ Sean Kelly Gallery

Yvonne Force Villareal.

Lionel Esteve, Sans Titre (2011). @ Baronian Franeey

A crowd favorite, “Human Body #6″ was on display at Beijing gallery Galerie Ursmeile. The piece is constructed of  25 tinted glass panels, each 6 mm thick which visually combine into one 3-dimensional goya-esque figure.

Xia Xiaowan, Human Body #6 (2010). @ Galerie Ursmeile

Chuck Close, Lucas (2011) a portrait Lucas Samaras. @ White Cube

Xavier Veilhan, Debora. @ Andréhn-Schiptjenko

Ivan Navarro, The Armory Fence (2011). @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

Cynthia Rowley and friends.

Shaun Gladwell @ Anna Schwartz Gallery

A Tony Cragg Sculpture

An Alex Katz, a Marc Quinn and a Tony Cragg at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Artist KAWS pictured next to work at Honor Fraser Gallery.

Galerie Eigen + Art

Alan Rath installation @ Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

CANADA Gallery covered it’s floors in vintage Moroccan rugs, property of the one of the exhibited artists, Katherine Bernhardt, who uses them as sources for inspiration.

View of CANADA Gallery

Penny floors at Untitled Gallery.

Yoshitomo Nara, Maquette of White Ghost. (2010) @ Marianne Boesky Gallery.

Gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (left).

A Kehinde Wiley Bronze at Sean Kelly Gallery

View of installation at The Breeder

Works by Kalup Linzy (The Breeder).

Kalup Linzy, We Love You James Franco (2011).

Former Deitch Director and now Pace Gallerist Nicola Vassell and friends.

Casey Neistat (middle) with friends.

An audible crash was heard as the glass encasement of a Peter Buggenhout sculpture at Galerie Laurent Godin was shattered towards the end of the night.  Apparently someone touched the sculpture and it subsequently gave way. Onlookers surrounding the booth of Galerie Laurent Godin stared in shock and fascination at the wreckage.

The artwork post shattering

Outside of view of Pier 94, Location of Armory Contemporary Show.

Related Links:

Let the Madness Begin: Previewing NYC’s Armory Week [Huffington Post]
Armory Week 2011 [ArtInfo]
Mayor Bloomberg Kicks Off Week Of Art Events In NYC [CBS]
Armory Week 2011: Photos from the Armory Show [L Magazine]
Lifestyles of the Rich and Arty: This Week’s New York Art Fairs [NY Press
Latin American Art at the New York Armory Show [Blackbook]

-L. Streeter and V. Campbell