Marianne Templeton

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Despite the pre-eminence of moving image in contemporary practice, the field remains under-represented at art fairs such as Frieze. This year we are likely to see the usual sidelining of artists’ film and video inside the Great White Tent in Regent’s Park—though of course there are always the Frieze Film commissions, tucked away on Channel 4’s late night Random Acts programme. The imbalance is adjusted somewhat by the strong presence of moving image across high-profile commercial and non-profit... [more]
In a recent lecture on the work of Harun Farocki, Thomas Elsaesser proposed that in a time pervaded by performative approaches to social life, “we are all now insurance companies, risk-assessing a world of catastrophe and danger.”[1] This statement connects Farocki's notion of operational images with Ulrich Beck's concept of a risk society, while also alluding to current states of precariousness and self-regulation, and a resurgent popular fascination with narratives and images of disaster. It... [more]
Karen Kilimnik: The Distant Admirer   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karen Kilimnik at Sprüth Magers London May 20th, 2015 - June 20th, 2015
Posted 6/8/15
Karen Kilimnik's third exhibition at Sprüth Magers London is suspiciously restrained. There are no added period furnishings or colored walls—just two rooms of carefully sequenced paintings, with a pair of photographs (blue poppies and aging white roses) arranged either side of the doorway as a sort of parting flourish. A closer look reveals that the artist's trademark theatricality is still present, though subdued: the show is peppered with duplications, paintings masquerading as plates, and... [more]
Anything But Common: The Amassed Wonders of British Folk Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Tate Britain June 10th, 2014 - August 31st, 2014
Posted 7/31/14
begins with a disclaimer—customary for surveys of this sprawling, nebulous field—regarding the sheer breadth of ground to be covered, the impossibility of neat or comprehensive classifications, and even the inadequacy of the term "folk art" itself.  For exhibitions that draw together art and anthropology, this preliminary airing of curatorial anxieties—and simultaneous disavowal of rigid cataloguing systems—has almost become a ritual in itself. Hence, it seems a fitting start for a show that... [more]
Displacements: the real and surreal photographs of Kati Horna   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kati Horna at Jeu de Paume June 3rd, 2014 - September 21st, 2014
Posted 6/30/14
Despite being at the forefront of documentary photography during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and the Mexican Surrealist movement of the 1940s, Hungarian-born Kati Horna (née Deutsch) has remained relatively unknown outside of her adopted country of Mexico. Yet the art world has an ever-growing appetite for unearthing overlooked or forgotten perspectives that wind alongside the dominant Western masculine narratives of the twentieth century, and Horna is a perfect candidate. The focus on... [more]
Parts and Labor  
Moyra Davey at Camden Arts Centre April 11th, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
Posted 5/12/14
Phillip Lai and Moyra Davey make a neat double act. At first glance their parallel solo shows at Camden Arts Centre seem worlds apart: Davey's practice is highly personal and heavily image-based, clinging to the walls; Lai's language is sculptural and industrial. Yet this formal disparity masks a shared thematic interest in processes of production, dispersal, displacement, interpretation, and decay. Davey's exhibition, comprises multiple attempts to inscribe identity and bridge experiential... [more]
Parts and Labor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Phillip Lai at Camden Arts Centre April 11th, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
Posted 5/6/14
Phillip Lai and Moyra Davey make a neat double act. At first glance their parallel solo shows at Camden Arts Centre seem worlds apart: Davey's practice is highly personal and heavily image-based, clinging to the walls; Lai's language is sculptural and industrial. Yet this formal disparity masks a shared thematic interest in processes of production, dispersal, displacement, interpretation, and decay. Davey's exhibition, comprises multiple attempts to inscribe identity and bridge experiential... [more]
Frieze Week: Quality Time, And Where To Find It   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Petra Cortright, Peter Gidal, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, Oraib Toukan, Erika Vogt at Frieze London October 17th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/17/13
Frieze Art Fair is one of those places—like supermarkets, or the Internet—where it's possible to feel that time is passing both too slowly and too quickly. All those bright lights, long aisles and white surfaces certainly don't help. One does one's best to take everything in, but after a certain period the eyes and brain begin to protect themselves against the sensory deluge by refusing to allow anything but the most impactful work past the short-term memory barrier. Generally, this is also... [more]
Blinded by the Light: Myths and Visions of the Australian Landscape   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Royal Academy of Arts September 21st, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 10/2/13
Landscape is the fallback motif for curators and critics striving to bind together a disparate, difficult assortment of Indigenous and post-colonial works under the banner of 'Australian art'. It dominates the representation of Australia to an international audience in not only the visual arts, but also literature, film, and the tourism industry. The Royal Academy has also chosen this well-traversed route for its 200-strong exhibition of (mostly) paintings from the Great Southern Land. A theme... [more]
Strange Brew   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jockum Nordström at Camden Arts Centre July 26th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 8/24/13
Jockum Nordström is a maker of hard-core fairy-tales, jumbled origin myths and darkly charming visions of restraint and violence. His nostalgic, illustrative style and faux-naïve composition are at odds with subject matter awash with small acts of fixation and abjection: raised skirts, anal sex, protruding tongues. Things touch other things in unusual ways. Beautifully coloured and cut collaged pieces sit together awkwardly: a dog's paw on a woman's leg, a frog leaping from a horse's head, a... [more]
Sound and Vision   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Collective Actions, Walerian Borowczyk, Andrzej Dłużniewski, Szábolcs Esztényi, Bulat Galeyev, Milan Grygar, Zofia & Oskar Hansen, Zoltán Jeney, Milan Knížák, Grzegorz Kowalski, Zygmunt Krauze, Katalin Ladik, Jan Lenica, Dóra Maurer, Komar & Melamid, Henryk Morel, Vladan Radovanović, Józef Robakowski, Eugeniusz Rudnik, Bogusław Schaeffer, Cezary Szubartowski, László Vidovszky, Krzysztof Wodiczko at Calvert 22 June 26th, 2013 - August 25th, 2013
Posted 7/2/13
is an exhibition of codes, distortions, intermedia translations, ruptured communication systems and altered technologies. Tracing a network of Eastern European avant-garde experimentation that was at times alternately cultivated and censored by state powers, the exhibition offers rare access to a body of audio-visual work that reflects both the anarchic spirit of the era and the socio-political realities of life behind the Iron Curtain. Certain key innovations from the first half of the... [more]
LEAGUE OF MISFITS   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pádraig Timoney at Raven Row April 27th, 2013 - June 23rd, 2013
Posted 5/19/13
Much has been made of Pádraig Timoney's dexterous avoidance of a signature style. In searching for a foothold from which to tackle , Timoney's current solo exhibition at Raven Row, it quickly becomes apparent that this recurring emphasis on the artist's variegated output is not without reason: for to begin with an analysis of any individual work risks drawing conclusions that do not relate to the whole. The facts of the exhibition are these: there is an emphasis on painting, with occasional... [more]
Paganism, Pop Culture and Possessive Spirits   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Serena Korda at Camden Arts Centre March 8th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
Posted 4/3/13
Serena Korda's work is a very practical sort of magic: evoking elaborate mythologies and belief systems of days past, while remaining firmly in the here and now through a lo-fi materiality and engagement with site and community. Aping the Beast, her current exhibition at Camden Arts Centre brings together three works themed around animals, animism and the power of ritual. Dormant in the centre of the main gallery, like a B-movie prop in cold storage, is a fifteen-foot Godzilla-inspired monster... [more]
The Past is a Foreign Country   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Billy Cowie, Thomas Zanon - Larcher, Jules Wright at THE WAPPING PROJECT January 24th, 2013 - March 10th, 2013
Posted 2/20/13
Espionage is a fitting subject for Passage, an installation that itself acts as a sort of sleeper agent, adopting the shape and tone of the culture that it seeks to infiltrate: namely, a certain type of cinema, and a certain type of cinema-going experience, both relics in today's brightly-lit digital world. The project—directed by Jules Wright, with photography by Thomas Zanon-Larcher and score by Billy Cowie—currently resides within the cavernous Boiler House of The Wapping Project, following... [more]
The Arrested Developments of Thomas Schütte   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Schütte at Serpentine Gallery September 25th, 2012 - November 18th, 2012
Posted 11/11/12
The Serpentine Gallery—which at times can feel like a summer pavilion, a cabin, a conservatory or a private chapel—always seems to attain its most sacred air in the autumn, when the light is failing and the mist rises to blur the view to the road. There is of course a certain degree of standard-issue white-cube-ness to the interior; however, this is offset by architectural hangovers from the building's past life as a 1930s tea house, and the gallery's most successful exhibitions tend to be... [more]
Frieze Art Fair is back, and this time it's got company: the inaugural Frieze Masters, bringing an art-historical dimension and additional blue-chip buying options to the London art circuit's flashiest and most notoriously cashed-up event of the year. The fair's tenth anniversary promises to be just as messy and glamorous and overcrowded as usual. Don't be deterred by the inevitable queues: for the non-rich, Frieze is worth visiting for the absurd overheard conversations, the prima gallerina... [more]
The Alchemy of Iconography   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
William Crump, Elena Damiani, Phillip Estlund, Ruth Proctor, John Stezaker, William Turner at FOLD September 8th, 2012 - October 6th, 2012
Posted 9/23/12
Collage is a mechanism for quietly splitting apart the world and putting it back together again. As a disturbance of the existing order of things, it is at core a political act; yet in today's era of cultural fragmentation, its minor disruptions lack the shock value or biting satire characteristic of the medium in its Modernist heyday. Collage is now a defining condition of our sensory realm, and although we can still at times be taken unawares by its violent undercurrents, they no longer have... [more]
The Charm of Small Things   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sarah Sze at Victoria Miro Gallery June 20th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012
Posted 8/12/12
An over-proliferation of objects can be oppressive, even claustrophobic. Art that manifests in the familiar guises of consumption—from the tightly stacked shelves of a supermarket to the formless chaos of a rubbish heap—risks being choked by its own mass materialism, as subtler concerns are overlooked in favour of the clumsy and well-trodden path of consumerist critique. For all their material abundance, Sarah Sze's installations at Victoria Miro do not read as a condemnation of a society... [more]
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