“The final room is given over to contemporary abstraction and, perhaps inevitably, reflects the dilemma of current photographic practice in our profligate image culture. Both Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, in their differing ways, subject their images to intense, almost destructive, transformative techniques using chemicals, heat, paint and, in Daisuke’s case, constant rephotographing, reprinting and rescanning. The visceral nature of their approach both degrades and heightens the photographic image and, by extension, the very idea of photography as a recording medium. The end results are images that are, among other things, traces of a process that is akin to improvisational music insofar as it allows, even thrives on, spontaneity and accident.”
Sean O Hagan has reviewed ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ at Tate Modern featuring Maya Rochat in The Guardian. Read more here.
Tim Etchells work ’City Changes’ is included in the international group exhibition ‘Stadtansichten’ (‘Cityscapes’) at Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany, opening Friday 4 May and runs until 8 July. The show – including Valie Export, Sharon Hayes, Jiří Kovanda, Klara Lidén, and Ettore Sottsass among others – embraces the discussion around the ideas of the city, with modern views and the measurement of real living and working conditions and presents international examples over the last 60 years. Read more here.
Paul Carter Robinson featured VITRINE and Charlie Godet Thomas as ’10 of the best’ and emerging galleries/artist of note in their round-up piece of Brussels Art Fair and POPPOSITIONS. Read more here.
Charlie Godet Thomas’s presentation at POPPOSITIONS Off-fair featured in Art Viewer. Read more here.
Work from Maya Rochat’s ‘A Rock Is A River’ series is being shown in ‘The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ from 30 April at London’s Tate Modern. The first major exhibition to explore the relationship between photography and abstract art, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. Read more here.
Nadim Abbas will be presented at the 2018 Munich Biennale within the collaborative production Bubble <3 (a co-production with Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart, commissioned by the West Kowloon Cultural District; in cooperation with Connecting Spaces Hong Kong / and the Zurich University of the Arts; and the Goethe Institute Hong Kong). Further information and to purchase tickets.
“Informed by her surroundings and starting with an observation, Wilke constructs sculptures and installations from industrial materials such as metal, pipes, brackets, fibreglass and resin. Through material investigations, Wilke explores weight, tactility, texture, gesture and colour and the ways in which they act with and within space.”
Hanae Wilke ‘Close Quarters’ at VITRINE, London featured in list of April’s cultural high points, spanning London exhibitions, performances, nightlife, retail and more. Read more here.
Sam Porritt is one of the artists involved in the group show curated by Show.me.up, ‘Tipping the Scales’, at Paradise Works, Salford.
The exhibit is featured in Tom Emery’s article ‘In Manchester and Salford, Sustainable Artist-Run Spaces Power Forward’ for Frieze.
Read more here.