It’s Summer. I’m in Slovenia as Curator-in-Residence for July-August 2019 at the Center Sodobnih Umetnosti Celje. It is my second week and I have started to have studio meetings with artists every day. Maja Hodošček, the curator and artist that invited me here, sets up the meetings; today I’m meeting Iza Pavlina. It’s Friday morning and we are supposed to meet in Salon (the nickname for the Likovni salon gallery) at 10:30. I step out and walk from my apartment so I can smoke as I walk… I see a young girl with long blonde hair wearing all black, carrying a backpack as if she just got back from school. She is standing outside the locked door of the gallery; we both understand and smile a little… Are you the curator?... Yes, are you the artist? Yes... Maja appears and apologizes for being late, although she isn't really. It’s so funny that she missed the “introduction”, which by the third time seems a bit unnecessary in this small town, yet I’m glad she takes the time to do this for me. I...

February 20, 2019

The Nordic art association (NKF) invited Michal Makaresco (ISR) to The Nordic guest studio in Malongen, Stockholm, Sweden -Artist Residency Program.

The duration of the stay -2/3/2019– 31/3/2019  includes public events and activities*.

The Nordic guest studio in Malongen is situated at Nytorget in the Söder district, in the center of Stockholm.

The Nordic art association (NKF) is an organization of visual artists in the Nordic countries aiming to create networks.

"Untitled", 2018

 Michal Makaresco

 

Michal Makaresco (b.1982), works with mixed media, mostly found objects, raw clay sculpture, staged and snapshot photography. Her art can be viewed in exhibitions and some of her process can be seen through her highly active Instagram account and alter ego vanesa_dvd.

Michal Makaresco and I have known each since 2006 when we attended Bezalel art academy (B.F.A)  and worked together before from and with the notion of friendship and professional respect. I believe her work is exemplifying contempo...

November 9, 2018


Apparently, Andy Warhol’s first solo museum exhibition was held at Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

It was curated by Pontus Hultén in the year 1968. "Warhol 1968", exhibiting between 15.9 2018 – 17.2 2019 at Moderna Museet is an exhibition about this exhibition. This in joins a long time curatorial trend of reexamining historic Art shows. I’m a superfan of Andy Warhol and as a curator geek (it's a thing right?) so I wanted to check it out.

The official text reports this show is "an attempt to explore the complexity of Warhol's oeuvre from the perspective of the pivotal year of 1968."

"Warhol 1968" is shown in the medium size space on the 2nd floor of this lovely museum.

I was expecting a time capsule, an exact remake of the same exhibition at the same location with every piece just as it was. Time travel magic. But life is full of disappointments.
What is actually exhibited is a hybrid of a historic exhibition and an average Warhol art exhibition.

All the Warhols from the museum’s collection...

October 9, 2018

Book Info:

Georgia O’Keeffe: Watercolors 1916-1918

Hardcover / 25.5 x 33 centimeters

82 images / 188 pages

Radius Books, Co-published with: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Text by Amy Von Lintel Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History Doris Alexander Endowed Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts Director of the Gender Studies Program.

"Georgia O’Keeffe: Watercolors 1916-1918" catalogues the first extensive exhibition (04/29/2016 – 10/30-2016, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM) of almost 50 watercolors created by O’Keeffe between 1916 and 1918, while she lived in Canyon, Texas.

It is reasonable to wonder why these works surfaced only now, twenty years after the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was established and one hundred years after being made. There is always a need to question the status of works that are “discovered” and featured after the creator is gone.

Could these personal, experimental and marginal drawings be considered with such importance? Perhaps they only receive such attention and interest...

June 1, 2018

This visual reseach and ongoing work was a base to develope a Weaponized Household: Domestic Hybrids -Tsarfati’s research work at Forensic Architecture is an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. 09/2018

https://issuu.com/tsarfatido/docs/portfolio_aug_2017

Ido Tsarfati (b.1984, Israel) earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2014) and had studied at École spéciale d’Architecture, Paris (2012). Ido has a Trust Certificate from The Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel, Acre (2016) and is now doing an MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University of London, London (2018).

             

Introducing a nameless project - temporary name: “rolling images”. This is an ongoing work that started sometime in 2012/13 of uploading images on a semi-daily basis using Ido Tsarfati‘s own Facebook page. This continues to this date so it’s been accumu...

December 16, 2017

Michal Makaresco

https://www.instagram.com/vanesa_dvd/

Michal Makaresco, originally from Bat Hen, Hefer Valley, lives and works in Tel-Aviv.

The artist earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem (2010), as well as additional photography studies at the Camera Obscura School for the Arts (2006) and Hamidrasha College (2017).

Makaresco participated in solo, group and duo shows in established galleries such as Sommer gallery and Hayarkon 19 Gallery as well as in alternative spaces like Zimmer and Ha’hanut 31. Her artistic practice includes painting, drawing, video, assemblage/collage, installation, digitally manipulated photography and mixed media sculpture. She has also experimented in poetry, music, curating, fanzine making and acting in alternative theater productions.

Through her work, Makaresco practices trasgressive raw Feminism with Individualism. She uses explicit sexual humor and “Bad” aesthetics as a critical tool to deal with intersectionality and digital age contempora...

December 7, 2017

Bjargey Ólafsdóttir

Following a visit in open studio at the  Artist Residency Program  

Nordic Guest Studio in Malongen, Stockholm

December 2017


I’ve met with Bjargey at her open-studio/exhibition at the NKF. She was staying at the Artist Residency Program for three weeks In June-July at the Nordic Guest Studio in Malongen, Stockholm. Nordiska Konstförbundet (The Nordic Art Association/NKF) is an organisation of visual artists in the Nordic countries aiming to create networks.

I have been there once before, in winter. It was a public conversation held as part of the Curatorial Residency in Stockholm (CRIS) with Lorenzo Sandoval, an Italian curator. The NKF building is in a courtyard in Nytorget in Södermalm (the southern island) The talk took place in the living room and it was 5 or 6 people there. I was invited to this by Maja Ciric,  an Independent curator from Belgrade that I met a few years ago and was in Stockholm at the time. It was an elite meeting no doubt about it. I onl...

April 1, 2017

Hangmenprojects

Ringvägen 86, Stockholm

30 mars-1 april 2016

Exhibition review

Bo Melin (b.1964, Sweden) graduated from Konsthögskolan Valand 1997. Melin is an intermedia artist. Besides large scale sculptures, his methods include: portrait drawings, installations/surroundings, performance/happenings/workshops, land art, graffiti and digitally manipulated photography.

His main practice seems to defy borders of the Artwork within public and gallery space. He has a strong interest in making the ordinary-extraordinary, making pedestrian-fantastic. The spirit of art making draws from playfulness and a childlike sense of adventure.

Favorite materials of use like hay, pancakes, and banana boxes, hint to Swedish “country-urban” mainstream culture,  while people, lakes, the ground, and nature itself, are his “material” as well.

By combining country life with the urban surroundings Melin is being critical of Swedish society using humor and without taking himself out of the equation. One of his works “...

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