If you happen to be around Dublin tomorrow, Mr Alan Clarke is having an exhibition of his work in Dun Laoghaire. Best know for his illustrations on the Ross O’Carroll Kelly series which satirically depicted the life of South-Side Dublin, Alan Clarke also creates fantastical works where he conjures “limitless panoramas of imagination and bewilderment” with amazing attention to detail and nearly always including tea cups and top hats. His exhibition ‘Dreams Dreamed with Open Eyes’ opens tomorrow 4th of April 6.30 at The Kingston Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Some of Alan Clarke’s originals and prints are now available through his site here.
I was away in Munich for the last week drinking way too much beer at the Oktoberfest. I managed to see a few things outside the beer tents and the Brandhorst Museum by Sauerbruch Hutton was one of the things that amazed me. Unfortunately it was Monday when I visited so it was closed but the facade is probably the best part of it. It’s made of 36,000 ceramic rods in 23 colours arranged in families of eight colours. The second layer is made up of horizontally folded metal panels in two colours and installed at an angle. “This layering and its polychromy lends the skin a varied appearance: What is vivid and three-dimensional from close up will appear homogeneous and flat from afar.” Apologies for the bad photos, I still haven’t got around to getting a decent camera.
Deadly little video by Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond aka NOTsoNOISY and Trivial Mass Production. Together with a group of 110 people at the University of Health Sciences in Switzerland they turned the facade of their building into an analog 10 x 11 display turning the sliding shutters and window opes into pixels. The results are worth a watch.
Dizzy spinning video by Irish / Swedish design partnership M&E for Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band’s single Black Egg. M&E used an electric drill mounted camera to film the video giving the crazy spinning effect. All the background and drum skins bits that don’t move are actually spinning too but at the same speed as the camera so they trick you into thinking they’re motionless.
Really subtle art work from Mary Temple. These site specific installations create the illusion of sun light falling on the walls and floor of a space. Her work probably goes unnoticed quite a bit or takes a while to notice as the realism in her execution; using off white paint and wood stain is really brilliant.
Stunning underwater photography from Russian born; Bahamas based Elena Kalis. It’s amazing how effective a certain camera angle can be; turning the surface of the water into something that seems solid and reflective. Some prints are available to purchase here and you can see loads more of Elena Kalis’s photography on her site below.
Stunningly seductive paintings from Korean Artist Ho Ryon Lee. Ho Ryon uses several overlapping images to create these skillful paintings, adding movement and the dimension of time. It’s quite a leap but my second thought after seeing these paintings was the work of Étienne-Jules Marey more to do with the overlapping really. When it comes being racy Étienne-Jules Marey doesn’t come close! Ho Ryon Lee is represented by Galerie Bhak in Seoul. You can see and read more about Ho Ryon Lee’s work here.
Optical illusionary sculptures from Argentinian Artist Leandro Erlich. Leandro is influenced by Jorge Luis Borges, Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Luis Buñel and David Lynch, he uses cleverly placed mirrors to create a mind melting result.
“Erlich creates spaces with fluid and unstable boundaries. Before one tries to make sense of his sculptures and installations, one senses the uncanny. A single change (up is down, inside is out) can be enough to upset the seemingly normal situation, collapsing and exposing our reality as counterfeit. Through this transgression of limits, the artist undermines certain absolutes and the institutions that reinforce them.” Sean Kelly Gallery
Leandro Erlich is represented by The Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and Ruth Benzacar Galeria de Arte, Buenos Aires. The Bâtiment (‘Building’) sculpture is currently on show at 104 Centquatre Paris until 4th March 2012.