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04 March 2015
On a recent trip to Bushwick, an established arts district in Brooklyn, I visited the mid-career German painter Robert Janitz. His studio was on the ground floor of a typical brownstone house. Janitz’s paintings were in various stages of completion, so I felt privileged to be exposed to the working practice so closely. The scale of the painting ranges from over life-size to something a little larger than A4 paper. While seemingly abstract, he refers to one body of smaller paintings as ‘portraits’. This added a very different perspective to my interpretation of the work. Janitz is most identifiable as..
05 February 2015
On a recent trip to Brooklyn, I visited sculptor Violet Dennison in her studio, which is located in an ex-sanitation building situated within a grid of industrial-looking streets. This seemed a good complement for her work, which fuses together domestic and urban elements. Her ‘signature’ is the frequent use of the base of found, office ‘swivel-chairs’ as the pedestals of her sculptures. Dennison strips the padded seats off the chair structure and builds in their place, using: plaster, cement, wire, plastic plants, and synthetic feather dusters. The combination of these materials makes the work playful and witty, yet the sculptures..
07 January 2015
This is the last week to see this inspiring exhibition: Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea is hosting Time to Hit the Road, presenting work by over 30 artists who had participated in the Gerson Zevi Land Art Road Trip – a travelling artist residency that was founded in 2013. The exhibition is very personal as it reflects the individual experiences of the artists; yet there are many unexpected aspects that connect the work, such as the palettes, or the use of found materials. The work manifestes itself in video, photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and performance – highlighting the varied practices..
06 January 2015
Rob Chavasse has recently been working on a body of work that is manifested as performances (that only he witnesses) and photographic documentation of the former. The photographs are works in their own right. They show the results of him putting effervescent medicine tablets into natural pools of water in the American Southwest and watching the effect of nature and artifice collide; visually spectacular and bizarre in equal measure. In a similar vein, he also poured brightly coloured energy drinks, such as Lucozade, into rock cavities. By bringing together two completely unrelated things, he creates psychedelic pools that seem to..
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