If you like a nice read, check out a new feature about my series "The silent dialogue" and some other works centering around the connection between psyche and skin-shell. I always forget to update this journal, but well, here is something recent after all the news I missed posting.
Read the feature here. Big thanks to Patrick King!
From 1st to 11th of June 2017 my work will be shown at this year's edition of Fotofestiwal Łódź in the group show "TRASH CANS FOR HEARTS AND PEOPLE HAVE NO SOUL", curated by Augustin Rebetez. From 1st to 4th of June I will also attend the festiwal personally.
You can find more information about the show here!
(Video by Marvin Best)
"Of course the universe is infinite and everything is art.
Also, I wish I could have created all the images presented in this exhibition.
Instead, I decided to adopt them as if they were all part of my work.
I chose pictures which resonate with my interests. Teeth, fires, distorted bodies, combinations of new rituals, half way between animality and transhumanism.
Mysterious and dark landscapes, discoloured but creative installations, doors for dreams, windows for disturbing stories, epileptic flow of images, powerful nights and beliefs in the heart.
All these images are rich and beautiful because they are aesthetically attractive, contemporary and creatively innovative. They are all the result of a pure artistic vision.
What this show expresses is elusive. There is no topic, but this exhibition is paradoxically complete, heartful and homogeneous.
All gathered here, these images take on a new meaning, which it is up to you to detect and feel.
These images have the colour of the soul, as long as there is one." - Augustin Rebetez
I am happy and proud to see my series "The Nurturer" with the amazing Sara Scarlet featured in the third and last Issue of Sabat Magazine (on six pages!), a fantastic project by Elisabeth Krohn! You can order the magazine here or look for stockists near you. I also highly recommend this article about Sabat at Stack magazines to see what it is really about.
GalleryX is excited to present the first collective exhibition of rogue taxidermy art to be shown in Ireland.
"Rogue taxidermy" is a term coined in 2004 to describe a fine art movement that creates mixed media sculptures using the traditional materials of taxidermy or referencing taxidermy and the preservation of bodies.
This exhibition will bring three of Europe's most accomplished rogue taxidermists under one roof for the first time, together with the work of two photographers whose practice is centred around the portraiture of and our relationship with dead animals.
As an art form, rogue taxidermy has a strong ethical element, of celebration of the lives of animals.
By only using found animal carcasses, animals who died of natural causes, or parts salvaged from the meat industry, this work celebrates life even as it focuses our attention on death.
The exhibition features work by:
Iris Schieferstein (GER)
A celebrated rogue taxidermist whose creations have been worn on stage by Lady Gaga and collected by many other artists.
Arlene McPadden (IRL)
Sligo artist whose brand of creative taxidermy has been admired in solo shows around the country since 2013.
Charlie Tuesday Gates (UK)
London-based taxidermist, assemblage artist, performer, and all-round provocateur whose work has been commissioned and collected by celebrities such as Beyonce, Elton John and others.
Gwen Wilkinson (IRL) Carlow photographer whose portraits of taxidermied animals using 1800s techniques creates an eerie throwback to a Victorian aesthetic.
Elena Helfrecht (GER) Hailing from the bleak realms of rural Bavaria, this self-taught photographer uses found animals in a nearly ritualistic fashion to create dark, eerie scenes.
EXHIBITING: ALIAS /// Jim Avignon /// Jaya Suberg /// Alex&John Gailla /// Addison Karl /// Andrea Wan /// Rylsee /// Elena Helfrecht /// Anton Unai /// Wu Zhi /// Doris Hansen /// Zabo Chabiland /// Darkam /// Sanne Vaghi /// Luisa Catucci /// Skawager – SKWG /// Moseke & Pelda /// Alessia Cocca /// Laura Gianetti
OPENING NIGHT Tursday 13th October 6 pm – 10 pm with the performance “Knacker Ball” by Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara LeBéguec-Friedman, around 8-9 pm
CLOSING AFTERNOON Sunday 16th October 1 pm – 7 pm:
with a performance by Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith around 5 pm
‘Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.’
That is the way David Bowie described Berlin in 1970. Today, almost 50 years after Bowie’s statement, Berlin is still the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.
This exhibition will present in BRUSSELS a stunning selection of the Berliner actual art scene, with some of its best artists, galleries and art collectives.
Curators: Luisa Pe Catucci (CELL63 artgallery, Berlin) and Antonio Nardone (Galerie Nardone, Bruxelles) with the collaboration and participation of: Collectors Club Berlin, Open Walls Gallery, Cell63, S0ma and Elisabetta Pajer.
Sunday 4 September 7.30pm featuring live music from Elles&Ga & live performance by Marta Lodola.
Elena Helfrecht | Jaya Suberg | Mathilde Nardone | Ramona Zordini | Dorian Rex
Cell63 art gallery
ALLERSTR. 38 | 12049 BERLIN | U8 LEINESTR
For more information, additional
images, or exclusive content, please email the gallery directly: email@example.com
“For a character that only appears in five of the 20 scenes in Hamlet, Ophelia has garnered a great deal of attention from analysts, critics, artists, actresses, fiction writers, psychologists, and adolescent girls alike. Readers are consistently struck by her character that seems relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Ophelia is many times viewed as only important in relation to Hamlet and the effect she has on him. Ophelia is not just important in this respect, but also in respect to what she tells us about the society she came out of and the society we live in today.
First analyzing Shakespeare and his precursors then concentrating on the modern day prominence of Ophelia with an overview of feminist criticism and current applications of her story will show that Ophelia is indeed a character with many faces, both positive and negative.
Ophelia is one of the most interpreted and represented characters of Shakespeare. She garners constant attention from critics and re-visionists as well as people who identify with her just as Shakespeare wrote her. Depending on who directs the play or the movie, the interpretation will be different. Depending on the artist, the rendering may have a positive connotation or a negative connotation. Ophelia may have been a relatively one-dimensional character, but she has certainly become much more than a girl suffering… The fact that so many people do have knowledge of Ophelia is a testament to her immortality. From a nameless maiden, to a pair of erect nipples on canvas, Ophelia has transversed time in a way few characters have.”
I am so proud to announce that my piece "Emesis" is used as a promotional poster for the new series "Dead of Summer" by Freeform (ABC Studios), who also produced "Lost" and "Once Upon A Time".
Read more about it here!
"In the Oxford dictionary Dreams are defined as: a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.
Although dreams have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and psychological interest during all ages of history, their content and purpose are yet not definitively understood.
In modern times, dreams have been seen as a connection to the unconscious mind and the emotional, but every single culture on Earth, during all ages of history, has develop it’s own relation with them, assigning them different roles and powers. And still they make us wonder.
And still they are able to unsettle us.
And still they are able to surprise us.
And still they are able to move us.
Dreams can have varying natures: frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, erotical and often a mixture of all this. Seeing their they volatile and mystical nature, it seems quite natural that dreams are a huge source of inspiration for artists.
So we invited 15 artists, coming from various disciplines, as video, photography, painting, installation, and music, to present artworks strictly related to their dreams, considering all of their type: good dreams, nightmares and even lucid dreaming.
The aim is to explore the various images and emotions that a dream presents and evokes, while not attempting to come up with a single unique dream view: each person has his or her own dream language. A voyeuristic journey in somebody else’s imaginative subconscious."
"UNLOCKED is a book in the form of a photo narrative that attempts to “unlock” the depiction of the Naked Body in the post-photographic, digital era. Based on an original idea and research by Vassilis Zidianakis the 512-page publication presents the work of more than 140 international photographers and artists and it takes the form of an original composition of images sourced from the Internet and our constantly evolving relationship with photography and image." (More HERE.)
There is Strong Shadow where there is much light - Tales from Europe (with love)
Exhibiting: Luisa Catucci /// Elena Helfrecht /// Skłodowska Marta
12th June – 24th July, Cell63 - Allerstr 38, 12049 Berlin
The Berliner art platform Cell63 invites you to join its wonderland of mystical tales visualized by the wicked storytellers Elena Helfrecht (Germany), Luisa Catucci (Italy) and Marta Sklodowska (Poland).
The echo of an untuned piano in a big, empty house. Ghosts coming in darkness to our bed. Forgotten Goddess caressing your hairs in your sleep whispering in your ears protecting litanies.
Three woman from three different countries, picking from three different traditions, using three different medias to drown you into the feminine side of the Europeans mystic tales.
This exhibition will showcase a series of artworks which inevitably present their beholders with narratives that frequently cause mixed feelings and which are often perceived differently by each individual. In many cases beauty, romance,melancholy, dismay and curiosity are terms that come up at the same time when the works of these visual storytellers are being discussed.