Across the Globe: Artist Spotlight #5

by Unseen2 September 04 2018

The galleries have been announced, the artists confirmed, but do you know who’s who? In the weeks leading up to Unseen Amsterdam 2018 we’ll be shining a light on each of the artists represented by the participating galleries. This week, we will be looking at the work of artists exhibiting at this year’s edition of Unseen Amsterdam from galleries from Germany and Belgium.

Galerie Julian Sander (DE)
Jory Hull (US, 1971) will present his project Twin Infinites, a series of images randomly combined by a machine to create a unique artwork, each picture only visible during a limited timeframe. During this time, the viewer has the chance to participate interactively in the process. It is the decision of the viewer if a picture will continue to exist or if the combination shown will be lost forever. No combination is shown twice. Don’t miss a frame.

1301, from the series Twin infinitives, 2016 © Jory Hull_Galerie Julian Sander_0.jpg

Image: 1301, from the series Twin infinitives, 2016 © Jory Hull/Galerie Julian Sander

Mirko Mayer Gallery / m-projects (DE)
Micha Cattaui’s (CH, 1972) series ANTIQUITY 2.0 features classic Greek sculptures depicted in a contemporary setting by adding contemporary headpieces or accessories thus placing them in the present day. The result? A conversation with a political yet humorous undertone between three bodies of work. At this year’s Unseen Amsterdam, Pasi Orrensalo (FI, 1969)—winner of the Meijburg Commission last year—will present new works from the series Life Behind the Waste, which includes a collaborative work with Micha Cattaui in which Cattaui’s statues are incorporated into Orrensalo’s work.

Bernhard Knaus Fine Art (DE)
Flo Maak (DE, 1980) will be exhibiting work from the series Gravity, staging photographs of old-fashioned plumb bombs to look like bullets or rockets, with the aim to emphasise the ambivalence of the objects and thus, explore the possibilities of photography as a medium. Kyungwoo Chun (KR, 1969), maintains his artistic trademark of being poetic yet strikingly unconventional, in his series Most Beautiful.

Rocket Science, from the series Gravity, 2017 © Flo Maak_BERNHARD KNAUS FINE ART_0.jpg

Image: Rocket Science, from the series Gravity, 2017 © Flo Maak/BERNHARD KNAUS FINE ART

Stieglitz19 (BE)
Chen Wei (CN, 1980), with meticulous attention to detail, creates mesmerising scenes that leave the viewer puzzled by their intricate narrative, fantastic visual impact and odd beauty. Premiering new work at Unseen Amsterdam this year, Wei is not one to be missed. Likewise, Ji Zhou (CN, 1970) will be premiering work from his series The Map, in which the artist creates special compositions of imaginary mountain landscapes carved from maps, hand-sculpting the maps into peaks and troughs to mimic mountaintops. Meanwhile, Lin Zhipeng (CN, 1979)—otherwise known as 223—will be premiering new work delving deep into the many layers of China’s marginalised, underground youth. The images are open-minded and unconcerned with conventions of gender and sexuality. Finishing off this exciting array of artists exhibiting with Stieglitz19 is Sara Skorgan Teigen (NO, 1984). Skorgan Teigen will be premiering Interior Landscape, a meeting point between her inner, emotional explorations and the outside world. With so many boundary-pushing, premiering works, be sure to plan Stieglitz into your visit to Unseen Amsterdam 2018.

Untitled, 2017 © Lin Zhipeng_Stieglitz19_0.jpg

Image: Untitled, 2017 © Lin Zhipeng/Stieglitz19 

Exploring the realms of both photography and collage, Hideyuki Ishibashi investigates the ambiguity of the way humans view images in the digital era, creating a new entity that exists somewhere between reality and the imagination. Ken Kitano (JP, 1968) will be premiering work from the series Gathering Light. Installing a film camera on rooftops outdoors or indoors during a period of 6 months, Kitano captures the unseen traces of light jumping out and floating to the surface. Meanwhile, Mika Horie’s (JP, 1984) work exemplifies her hand-made hands-on approach. Making her own paper from high-quality, organic materials, the underlying effort put into every aspect of her work is even present within her photography itself. Continuing the natural theme and rounding off the artists exhibiting with IBASHO, is Yoshinori Mizutani (JP, 1987) who will be premiering his series HDR Nature. Consisting of photographs of a natural subject, Mizutani uses a camera with high dynamic range to achieve a broader gradation than conventional photographic methods. Resulting in ground-breaking technique and tantalising images, don’t miss a beat of IBASHO’s artists.

Tsukumi City, Oita, from the series Gathering Light, 2016 © Ken Kitano_IBASHO.jpg

Image: Tsukumi City, Oita, from the series Gathering Light, 2016 © Ken Kitano/IBASHO

Image: Clash of Clans 1, from the series Life Behind the Waste, 2018 © Pasi Orrensalo/Mirko Mayer Gallery / m-projects