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"Sprouting" in Brussels: Leigh Ledare

"This former assistant of Larry Clark has developed-in a relatively short time, a body of work that is coherent, complex, biting in its intelligence and, wilfully provocative." Alexandre Pollazzon

Images courtesy of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre

(Images:  1 - Mom In New Home, 2 - Ribbons & Flowers, 3 - Mom & Me In Mirror, 4 - Mother Tied To Catch, 5 -A Dream Into The Real)

American artist Leigh Ledare uses photography, archival material, and text to interrogate human agency, social relationships, taboos and the photographic in equal turns. Formally trained in photography, this former assistant of Larry Clark has, in a relatively short time, developed a body of work that is coherent, complex, biting in its intelligence and, at times, willfully provocative. Ledare has, almost from the start, made work in series form. These distinct but related bodies of work, radiating out from his first project, Pretend You’re Actually Alive, a series of photographs of his mother taken over a period of eight years, reveal as much about his particular understanding of subjectivity and propriety, as about the role of photography and art in general. The images of his aging ex-ballerina mother, who offers herself with disarming explicitness to her son's camera and to the unknown public that might see the resulting images, are perhaps his most subversive photographs to date.  

Press Release by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Av. Van Volxemlaan 354, 1190 Bruxelles - Brussel www.wiels.org

Poetic Visions: Celina Teague

"In my practice, I find myself revisiting some of the same allegorical tales that feature prominently in art history, such as The Tower of Babel and Noah’s Ark; stories that continue to play a part in public consciousness today.  I am interested in how we figuratively build ourselves escape routes from our lives in the form of religious belief, the quest for non-human intelligence and space travel, to name just a few.   What once might have been seen as a far-fetched idea from the world of fiction, humans have made real and so I ask: ‘what is next?’   Is the notion that a vessel might save mankind and our favourite creatures from the floods such a fictitious concept?  Is it feasible that we might one day relocate to another planet? What is the importance of story-telling? As an artist, what stories do I tell and how? The paintings you see attempt to explore these questions imaginatively, drawing upon the work of historical and contemporary artists equally." Celina Teague


All images courtesy of the artist.

Another young promising artist in the London Art Scene today, Central Saint Martins College MA Fine Art graduate Celina Teague brings us visions of her worlds .

Images: 1- Under Worship, 2 - Mother's Milk, 3 - Rape Of The Honey Bee, 4 - Hey Ho, 5 - Growth, 6 - Directory, 7 - Making The New

Hot in Art Basel 2012 - Njideka Akunyili

3 Photos above Courtesy of the Artist and Tilton Gallery, New York

Njideka Akunyili creates large-scale mixed media works on paper that combine painting, drawing, collage and Xerox transfers from magazines and photographs. Repeated imagery of celebrities and events culled from Nigerian popular style and fashion magazines are intermingled with personal photographs of Nigerian friends and family. Together with patterns taken from Nigerian fabrics, these smaller images overlap to create a rhythmic surface that unifies her larger figurative subjects.
Njideka Akunyili's subject matter also plays dualities against each other as she searches to find coherence and harmony in her work and life. Akunyili's figurative collages address the tensions between Nigerian and Western cultures, finding the space where these cultures converge to form a third hybrid social space, as discussed in post-colonial theory. Influenced by Nigerian literature and popular culture, as well as her personal experience in bridging both worlds, Akunyili addresses the issues, contradictions and beauty of this space where two societies collide. More personal than political, her work seeks to create unity out of her own experiences in these two disparate worlds, but can't help but act as a metaphor for the larger cultural dynamic.
Akunyili has written: "My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture, which has profoundly influenced both my life and my art. I use my art
as a way to negotiate my seemingly contradictory loyalties to both my cherished Nigerian culture that is currently eroding and to my white American husband....My art serves as a vehicle through which I explore my conflicted allegiance to two separate cultures."
Abstract of Press Release fo Art Statement/Art Basel 2012 -  Tilton Gallery, New York - www.jacktiltongallery.com

David Harber
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We caught up with celebrated British Sculptor David Harber on his 20th anniversary exhibition at London Belgravia's Eaton Square Gardens. Illusion and unpredictability using inspirations in light, water and landscape, Harber has always managed to amuse us with impeccable sculptures fitting for both the out doors as well as indoors. In 20 years he has been commissioned by a variety of prestigious establishments as well as the private privileged individuals in the globe.
He created and continues to carry on creating original custom built garden art with timeless appeal.
Sundials, garden sculptures, water features and so on are fastidiously crafted.
For instance, it takes on an average of a few weeks in just selecting, and putting together embellishments of carefully selected stones to to create a master piece in a few of his works.
Many thanks to the Artist for telling FACADES about his work.

 www.davidharber.co.uk  http://www.davidharber.com 

Alexander James

Tediously set up scenes immersed in water, Alexander James managed to create alluring images of death and the concepts around it, he carefully manipulated light and water without the use of technical post production. A series of photographic works were made immulating the works in the past 16th Century Vanitas tradition of paintings by painters like Pieter Claes with inspirational references to the classical paintings such as 'Jeune Martyre' by Paul De La Roche, and 'Ophelia' by John Everett Millias.

 

Such inspiration and conceptual theme were combined with the artist's own personal experience of a former lover's suicide.
Pertwee, Anderson & Gold Gallery in Soho, London presented his works. www.pertweeandersongold.com

6 images above courtesy of the gallery

'Image © 2000 -  2013 Alexander James Distil Ennui Studio™. www.DistilEnnui.com '


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