Olaf Breuning is one of those mystical artists with a gift that is both totally innate and at the same time seems to involuntarily possess the artist – as if he were haunted by the immense creativity that overcomes him. This is evident in the art that he has created and presented in over 250 exhibitions, either solo or group, since his professional career started in the late 1990s. The Swiss-born, New York based artist, has created everything from creatures made out of rakes and cardboard, to films that explore the thin line between reality and fiction, bizarre photographic explorations, and installations made from kitchen appliances. Now, Breuning brings his phantasmagorical world to Dubai for the very first time with a striking and magical exhibition at Carbon 12 gallery. “Camelops Femina,” as the exhibition is called, is a fictional exploration of pre-conceived ideas and iconography that digs back 10,000 years in history to excavate an extinct species of Camel that once roamed North America. The images, which were created exclusively for this exhibition, are distinctly Breuning in the quotidian and strange manner of the composition of the photographs where models are dressed like desert sheiks or Bedouin gypsies to represent the imaginary extinct species of camel. This wonderful exhibition is on view now at Carbon 12 in Dubai. Pas Un Autre got a chance to speak with the artist himself in the following interview. [CLICK HERE...]
New trailer for American Ecstasy, the new feature-length chiller from celebrated photographer and filmmaker Jonathan Leder and starring playboy bunny Britney Nola. An anthology film exploring tales of resilient women snared in a single terrifying, hallucinatory nightmare, fates left gasping in the gloved hands of a mad everyman.
Part 1 of Adarsha Benjamin’s road trip across the American South West. See more photographs by Adarsha after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Miltos Manetas, founder of NEEN, in his studio near the Olympic Stadium in Rome. photograph by Marco Annunziata
The Player (journey into contemporary passions) is a small selection comprising of international mid-career artists from the collection of Sandra and Giancarlo Bonollo. Comprising of philosophically intimate objects effused with the theme of travel. Globes positioned in a snail-shell whirl espouse many-worlds theories, as do photographs of allegorical space and time. Quietly haunting, the show is an orchestration of journeys and possibilities. This journey takes you across invisible borders, across separate timelines and back again. The Player will be on view until April 6 2013, at Museo Marini Marino, Piazza san Pancrazio, 50123 Florence, Italy. Text and photography by Yanyan Huang (see more photographs after the jump) [CLICK HERE...]
In Rita Ackermann’s art, the systematic and the accidental are kept in a state of constant dialogue and debate. Balance and the effort to achieve it have become the main focus of her process, and a kind of magical flux has become both the subject and condition of her art. Nowhere is the alchemy of Ackermann’s work more vivid than in the group of seventeen paintings made between the years of 2010 and 2013 and presented in Negative Muscle, the artist’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth in New York, opening 5 March 2013.The exhibition takes its title from the very first painting Ackermann made following an intensive collaboration with filmmaker Harmony Korine on ‘Shadow Fux’, their 2010 exhibition of jointly-made collages at the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York NY. Negative Muscle will be on view until April 20. 2013 at Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, New York. See more photographs by Annabel Graham after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Luca Trevisani’s “Fino alla punta delle tue dita” (Until the edge of your finger) at Valentina Bonomo Gallery. Curated by Claudia Gioia. Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 13, Rome. Text by Yanyan Huang and photograph by Marco Annunziata