September 16, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
A beautiful sunny day in Shanghai, visiting buildings and with a clearer and clearer feeling that light will be the major issue. In all aspects of life, forgetting the allegorical Pluton theory of the universe, light is what makes the difference.
Kris Ruhs’ exhibition in London is striking for many elements but definitely his use of light, through this amazing 4 meter high chandelier, all hand made pieces of ceramic raku glazed ceramics, lit with tiny led lights, had a magical effect on the room and on the mirrored steel round seat under it. The reflection of the lights on the seat and on the windows high above totally engaged the visual senses
no matter where you were looking.
The Wapping project is an extraordinary place created and directed by Jules Wright. Great exhibitions are always held here, but this present installation,
together with the Yamamoto water room that she presented last year,
are the most striking for me, so far.
The large room is supported by four pillars in the interior of what used to be a water tank of the hydraulic station. Kris Ruhs made the exhibition live within the room’s walls, floors and ceiling. The lights and shadows, the reflection of black and white the four pieces created and the feeling of being suspended in the room, made the visitor feel involved and at home. The four pieces are a passage of ideas that really must be experienced in situ. As the title suggests, “landing on earth” means being in the room.
Here Kris Ruhs stands in front of the wall of light that creates a filter to the entrance to the space. The wall of light is amazingly complex – the pieces are connected multiples of different materials, angles and scrolls so that the light is always moving over and through the piece – casting shadows and shards of light around the room. The three levels of its surface casts shadows and light in a never ending surprise and the closer you look you discover each piece is different yet the same, a multiple but not identical, as nothing ever is.
This long thin painting on wood, hanging suspended away from the wall meets the eyes as if you could almost read the experience of the author who wrote it. Looking as a distressed manuscript the abstract pattern makes you want to read it,
if you only knew the language.
Korean artist Lee Jiven uses pigment prints in a collage to create multiples and a new vision at the same time. It is another form of language. For the artist life is compartmentalized. From the blink of an eye, to a breath, to sleeping and walking.
A recurrent theme in Ruhs’ work, this labyrinth is made of soft thin pieces of rubber. Suspended from the ceiling, thousands of thin rubber strips painted red drape and flow across the floor and the interior so to walk through the piece
you also walk on the piece.
You Myung Gyun created this work using thousands of korean
newspapers. Floating in space, large and dark yet somehow ephemeral, he expresses the constant questioning surrounding reality, truth and heritage. The endless space and time of energy in the cosmos.
This year South Koreans seem to be very strong in all the fields they touch, from the Olympics to art to film. Seeing the artistic voice of this country becoming stronger and stronger is very exciting. South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk – here waving at photographers and wearing an outfit which makes me think Koreans are very much into fashion and style – he looks amazing – when he won the golden lion for best picture at Venice Film Festival this month.
The Saatchi Gallery in London is this year for the second time introducing Korean artists. Hong Sung Chul is one of the 33 artists chosen out of 2.000 that presented their work in the exhibition “Korean Eye 2012”. He uses complicated technicals to print on tiny strings his images so to make the illusion an illusion.
Designed for medical and dental documentation, this great Polaroid camera, fully automatic, is now used by photographers for close up shots of amazing quality, creating images similar to hyper-realist painting – one eye, a nose, a hand…
Impossible team started with a small group of 10 former Polaroid employees, who share the same passion to keep instant film production alive. The Impossible project made the impossible possible. This is a great store in New York, located in Soho, that sells polaroid cameras and film for all passionate lovers of the instant polaroid and offers an exhibition space. Here you can find all kind of polaroids, accessories,
books and films.