Negotiation and Reciprocity – Shaan Syed at Freehouse

Read More  |  2.07.20  |  Article by Mazzy-Mae Green  |  Art, culture

The theory goes that when we look at something, we are presented with a message, or ‘signified,’ in the form of a ‘signifier,’ being any image or object – or anything else – that can carry meaning. As underlined by contemporary Canadian artist Shaan Syed, not everyone receives these images in the same way. In other words, we all see differently, and what we do see is massively influenced by context and identity. From 4th July–15th August 2020, Freehouse will once again be open to the public, making its post-lockdown debut with an exhibition titled ‘Thank you India, Goodbye Pakistan, Hello England.’ The show will feature three works by Syed, composed of deconstructed images of the spiral minaret staircase at the Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq. Across these paintings, and his wider body of work, the artist explores the politics of seeing.

 

A review of the forthcoming exhibition of works by Shaan Syed at Freehouse

You Kurt Me Mongrel

Read More  |  21.05.20  |  Article by Victor Boullet  |  Art, culture

An open letter from artist Victor Boullet to gallerist Ian Hunter

Digital Curating: It Starts with a Hyperlink

Read More  |  3.05.20  |  Article by Mazzy-Mae Green and Hanwen Liu  |  Art, culture

When a hyperlink is clicked, it triggers an on-screen redirection toward a stated Uniform Resource Locator, or URL. This action, though minuscule and often disregarded, is significant in its symbolism of virtuality, and of what virtual curating can offer us. These worlds do not exist in the present, and they are not physically reachable spaces. Instead, they can be found in a life-world that is dissimilar to our own, by switching on an electronic device, connecting to the internet, and allowing a coded set of events to take us on a journey through an art space.

A discussion on virtual exhibitions from the curators of Vivien Rothwell: Echoes of Nature

Sonic Truth: A Q&A With Raymond Pettibon

Read More  |  24.02.20  |  Article by Modern Matter  |  Art, culture, interview  |  MM17

Interview with Raymond Pettibon by Modern Matter
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“Not Believing In It Is One Method” Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Albert Oehlen

Read More  |  24.02.20  |  Article by Hans Ulrich Obrist  |  Art, culture, interview  |  MM17

Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Albert Oehlen
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“I Want for My Work to Have Several Lives” Torey Thornton

Read More  |  20.02.20  |  Article by Alex Bennett  |  Art, culture, interview  |  MM17

Interview with Torey Thornton by Alex Bennett
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Paulina Olowska : Destroyed Woman, discussion with Michal Wisniewski

Read More  |  20.02.20  |  Article by Alex Bennett  |  Art, culture, interview  |  MM17

“Now I realise I am trying to depict women who embody a specific or strong virtue that could talk or persuade the viewer into seeing, thinking and believing she has a secret knowledge.”

Interview with Paulina Olowska by Alex Bennett
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A Tribute to Franz West: Part One

Read More  |  2.06.19  |  Article by Philippa Snow  |  Art, culture, Magazine  |  MM15

The Nineties brought Austrian artist Franz West (1947-2012) international recognition. He playfully manipulated everyday materials to call attention to the way in which art is presented to the public, and how viewers interact with works of art, and with each other. Our 15th Issue is an appreciation of the artist, featuring WORK, WRITINGS, press clippings, ADAPTIVES, a look at the retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, HANS ULRICH OBRIST and FRANZ WEST in conversation, & MORE.

Modern Matter's latest issue, REMASTERED, is out now.
Slipcase, 600 pages

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