Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers currently has solo exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. He remixes centuries of art history. He is like a DJ who cannot be categorized as a painter, sculptor, seamstress, or collage artist.

One of his works currently on display in NYC is a modified old quilt pictured below. The colors of the paint, the layering, and the painting way are amazing and a huge departure from the image of a quilt. The fact that the black is raven is also eerie and cool.

In the same exhibit, two marble sculptures with different motifs (head and torso) are combined, which is also stunning. Each of them looks like a common sculpture, but who would have thought of such a combination? (For example, see the following link)




Lorna Simpson: Special Characters Series

The material is found images from fashion and wig advertisements in Ebony magazine from the 1950s-70s that her grandmother had. The main subject is on the faces of the women in those ads, but there is a sense of discomfort and I can’t take my eyes off them.

In other words, although the images are recognizable as old images, the women’s faces are composed of several layers, shifted and joined together, and the atmosphere is far from the image of the advertisements of the time. What we think of as the image may be nothing more than a preconceived notion that has been repeatedly planted in our minds.

The exhibition is currently being held at Hauser & Wirth’s Zurich gallery. 


Lakin Ogunbanwo

Nigeria-based Lakin Ogunbanwo has been doing fashion photography and other abstract human body photography like Bill Brandt, but in Hype Beast Africa his photo collage is featured.

This caught my attention. It is very different from his own fashion photography. The feel of the collage work is similar to some of the artists in the exhibition “Multiplicity Blackness in Contemporary American Collage” at FIRST ART MUSEUM in Nashville, USA, which I posted earlier in September. And it’s also similar to Nathaniel Mary Quinn, who combines photography, painting, and personal history. 

ナイジェリア拠点のラキン・オグンバンウォはファッション写真をはじめ、ビル・ブラントのような抽象的な人体写真を撮っていたようだが、Hype Beast Africaで紹介されているのはフォトコラージュ。

これがめちゃめちゃ目を引いた。自身のファッション写真とは随分異なる。コラージュ作品の感じは、以前投稿した米国ナッシュビルのFIRST ART MUSEUMで9月にあった展覧会、MULTIPLICITY Blackness in Contemporary American Collageの何人かの作家とも相通じるものがある。それと、写真と絵画とパーソナルヒストリーを組み合わせたナサニエル・メアリー・クインとも。

Frida Orupabo

Speaking of photo collages, Frida Orupabo was selected as one of 36 female artists in this year’s Elles x Paris Photo. She also participated in last year’s Okayama Art Exchange.
An Oslo-based sociologist and artist, her work explores issues related to race, family relations, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity.
Looking closely at the photos below, you can see round dots on the top of the subject’s head and on its both shoulders. There seem to be studs. The works are reinforced with foam board or something, and appear quite three-dimensional. Depending on the work, some of them can be combined with other body parts at the studss. For example, see ↓

フォトコラージュといえば、今年のパリフォトのElles x Paris Photoで36人の女性アーティストの一人に選ばれた、フリーダ・オルパボ。昨年の岡山芸術交流にも参加。

4 Princelet Street

I posted about Christo: Early Works on 19th September, but the exhibition has finally opened.
This is the first off-site exhibition in the Gagosian Open Series. Its venue is 4 Princelet Street.

Located within the historic conservation area of Spitalfields, London, this Georgian mansion was completed in 1723, and by 1840 the area was in decline and thereafter home to immigrants, forming a Jewish and Bangladeshi community. It was designated as a conservation area in 1976.

Comparing the images of only the works and the installation view on the Gagosian site below, I feel that the views differ depending on the location.

Christo: Early Worksについては9/19にも投稿したのだけど、ついに展覧会がオープンした。
ガゴシアン・オープンシリーズの第一弾のオフサイト展示。その会場が4 Princelet Street。

Katherine Duclos

The Lego Art of Katherine Duclos.
Katherine Duclos is a multimedia artist based in Vancouver.
Her son’s toy LEGOs first captivated her, and she began creating artwork with them.
Instead of aiming to create existing vehicles or buildings, I think that this is what happens when she creates a work of art that does not exist anywhere else.
Looking at her other works (paintings, collages), it seems to me that she uses Lego in the same way as paint or pieces of things. Other than Legos, her works are also quite interesting (using bubble wrap, screen door, etc.). ↓
It was good to know her way of thinking in the interview on the Print Mag.


Print Magのインタビューで以下を知れてよかった。

Tara Donovan

The creation of works of art with non-art objects is not limited to yesterday’s Legos. One unexpected example is plastic cups.
At first glance, Tara Donovan’s installation of thousands of plastic cups seems like generative art.
In addition to plastic cups, she uses straws, slinky (spring toys), and mylar (polyester film). Her two-dimensional work using typewriter letters, “the ultimate readymade”, is also an NFT project.
The work using polystyrene cups created in 2003 seems to be a permanent exhibit at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa since 2013, and the symposium at the museum (Considering the Conservation and Restoration of “Mixed Media”) mentioned that some of the cups used in past exhibitions have turned yellow or become damaged, but that the same cups are not always available (#22 and #23 on p. 16).