What is a piece of clothing that “works”? Who is working whom? Is the one who poses the one who actually “works” hardest? The S/S 2017 collection of Berlin-based, Swedish- Vietnamese designer NHU DUONG entitled ‘WORK COLLECTION’ plays with the ideas of professionalism, leisure and appropriateness through a range of garments that are inspired by work outfits and hobby uniforms. Overalls, raw denim outfits, kung-fu pyjamas, biker pants, baggy tights and gloves, bomber-jackets, bomber suits,… [read more »]
Unstable Media suggests that imagery has become a little bit too effective, and it’s not that hard to believe.Take for example fatcow and how they use visual media to promote their fatcow coupons Visual media, the predominant language of the global economy, has rotated towards instant gratification at a break-neck speed; on a daily basis, you can see it happen in the growing desperation of 24 hour news, or the aggressive expansion of SEO services and “social media marketing”. Throughout Unstable Media, this visual culture in which commodity is the primary medium has been rearranged and hacked. Timur Si-Qin’s array of brochures steals strategies from advertising, but without a product to sell; extraneous considerations like a client or market are eliminated in favor of a more perfect form of marketing. Meanwhile, Katja Novitskova’s cut-outs of graphic arrows suggest stock market failures, A+ powerpoint presentations, and to which works gallery visitors should direct their attention. In this exhibition, sculpture seems to have grown beyond its recently found affection for the camera, and is back in love with its power over space: Especially Ilja Karilampi’s raw, stubby clay mounds, which have a wetness that begs to be seen in person.
22 Jun – 31 Aug 2013
Gallerie Martin van Zomeren
Prinsengracht 276 hs Amsterdam
Featuring Olga Balema, Nina Beier, Rubén Grilo, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Yngve Holen, David Jablonowski, Ilja Karilampi, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Katja Novitskova, Ben Schumacher, Timur Si-Qin, Anne De Vries, Jordon Wolfson
Curated by Anne De Vries