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A Mysterious Visit to Huberville

by Nicola Bozzi
The Thomas Huber solo show at Akinci reminds me a little of the Atelier van Lieshout one at Grimm, which I reviewed here last December – if anything because they both revolve around the construction of an imaginary city. But while AVL's was a three-dimensional, all-encompassing experience, Huber's is more of an old-fashioned dip in metaphysical landscapes, à la de Chirico. The Zurich-born artist invites the viewer to visit his urban creation either through the contemplation of immersive... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 5/8/13
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Axel Hütte, Towards the Wood

by Nicola Bozzi
Certain images seem to be able to convey new levels of awareness, a sort of psychedelic epiphany that, for a few seconds, makes you reconsider your perception. Once, at the Kröller-Müller museum, I saw a Van Gogh painting in which the blue sky and the yellow grain followed the same wavy strokes throughout - a single, continuous flux shaking the air and the trees alike. These are the pictures that remind you that there is no such thing as a still image, that the corpuscles in your retina are... [more]
Posted by Nicola Bozzi on 9/19/11
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Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács

by Andrea Alessi
    Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács’ artistic partnership questions the origins of contemporary visual culture. It is nothing new to say that film, mass media, and other forms of visual culture affect how we envision our surroundings and perceive the world. Nevertheless, postmodern attempts to denaturalize these perceptions often create interesting results. In their current solo show at Galerie Akinci, Broersen and Lukács take on the American wilderness with a play on Bambi. While the... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 10/18/10
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Thoughts on Kolk & Schleiffert

by Andrea Alessi
            Douglas Kolk’s fragmented collages lend image to the horror vacui found in the intersection of urban fashion, media, and popular culture. The enervated subjects in these works and in his more streamlined drawings are over stimulated and aloof. Their social anesthetization appears rooted in an overwhelming search for self and the alleviation of boredom. This is a world in which identities are prescribed and imagined, chosen from a material marketplace of culture and subculture.... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 10/27/09
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Perceived Artificiality

by Andrea Alessi
Photography’s perceived contingency upon reality makes it ripe for exploiting our expectations and playing with our perceptions. Frank van der Salm’s photographs currently exhibited at Galerie Akinci do just this. Indeed, it is in their tenuous relationships to reality that the diverse group of images is united.  There is an evening cityscape, the empty interior of an arcade, a mountainous landscape filtered through window blinds, a white image from which faint building outlines emerge, a... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 9/10/09
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Tenuous Relationships

by Andrea Alessi
    Photography’s perceived contingency upon reality makes it ripe for exploiting our expectations and playing with our perceptions. Frank van der Salm’s photographs currently exhibited at Galerie Akinci do just this. Indeed, it is in their tenuous relationships to reality that the diverse group of images is united. There is an evening cityscape, the empty interior of an arcade, a mountainous landscape filtered through window blinds, a white image from which faint building outlines emerge, a... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 9/14/09
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Crudo Dance

by E-Slant Team
One of the dances performed in Crudo, the malambo, has historically been a male expression of Argentine gaucho machismo and incorporates boleadoras – heavy balls tethered to the ends of long cords that are used to wrangle domestic animals and hunt wild ones. They are the gaucho’s tool of the trade and essential weapon, but Rios’ natty white-suited performer demonstrates none of the violent ball-swinging of his ancestors; instead he has replaced the... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 6/7/09
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Hadassah Emmerich at Galerie Akinci

by E-Slant Team
Hadassah Emmerich’s pictures are noted for their strong use of colors and large size. She makes noticeably large pictures that incorporate various materials and techniques. With charcoal, ink and acrylics, she creates different layers in her compositions that produce an intriguing atmosphere. Her colorful pictures are a projection of her desires and dreams that focus on beauty and horror, hopes and fears, dreams and hallucinations. During a trip to Indonesia she was confronted with her... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 11/3/08
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