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Artist ID #19: Lizzie Feather

Lizzie Feather

Lives and works in Shefflied, UK

www.lizziefeather.co.uk

“Lizzie works with performance and sculpture to create and disrupt meticulously ordered materials, which are often suspended or balanced to reveal points of tension and the anxieties inherent in a sense of imminent collapse.” (from Bloc Projects website)

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Artist ID #14: Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm

Lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria (b. 1954)

www.erwinwurm.at

“Most artworks try to represent something lofty and important, but I find pathos repulsive. I want to address serious matters but in a light way. Even when we speak about illness or tragedy, for example, it should be possible to speak in a light way. (…) Many artists are good at making the easy difficult. I’m interested in making the difficult easy. That does not necessarily mean making it light in a stupid way. I’m not speaking about the surface. I’m speaking about the content.” (Interview from Museo Magazine)

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Artist ID #13: Elena Damiani

Elena Damiani

Lives and works in London, UK (b.1979, Lima, Peru)

www.elenadamiani.com

“Critical concerns regarding the conceptual significance of archives and the persistency with memory in a society fearful of forgetting have funnelled my practice and research by transforming found material into collages, sculptures, video and installations. (…) I aim to utilize identifiable structures of traditional archives so as to activate recollection and point out the potential to fragment and destabilize either remembrance as recorded, or history as written continuum of what has come to pass.” (Artist’s Statement)

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Artist ID #8: Denise Treizman

Denise Treizman

Lives and works in New York (b. 1979, Santiago, Chile)

denisetreizman.com

“Working between the public sphere of the street and the intimacy of a studio space, I make interdisciplinary work that mostly uses and repurposes found materials. My process relies on the readily available, discarded elements I come across. (…) Residues that result of our society of consumption, affect the cityscape in a particular way. With a non-specific narrative my art playfully addresses contemporary concerns of our society. The difference between art and life becomes slight.” (artist’s statement)

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Artist ID #6: Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer

Lives and works in Amsterdam (b.1959, Schermer)

www.klaaskloosterboer.nl

“You could call my work abstract. It does not depict or
resemble anything in particular. Instead of calling my work abstract, I´d rather refer to it as concrete. (…) My work is based on certain particular notions. These notions derive from my activities in the studio, from my thinking and acting as an artist. To me, these notions are determining realizations which I call ‘laws’. One of these laws is: “To be does not coincide with to do”
Other laws are: “Meaningful actions are acted actions”, “The other knows more, sees more, feels more than I do” and “The work does not matter”. A more recent law is: “Everything can be anything.” For a part my work consists of a programmatic executing of these axioms or laws.” (interview by Peter Nijenhuis)

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Richard Jackson: New Paintings at Hauser & Wirth

This summer, the Hauser & Wirth Gallery on Savile Row is getting quite dirty, both literally and figuratively. But who is to blame? The answer is: Californian artist Richard Jackson, who transformed the neat and white exhibition space in a messy and colorful shambles. A few steps away from the building, you can already see that “something happened”. Without even entering the space, you distinguish a massive yellow horse put upside down on a bright pink base, some rainbow paint splashes on the walls, and in the center, a funny smiling clown doing acrobatics.

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Artist ID #2: Jose Dávila

Jose Dávila

Lives and work in Guadalajara, México

http://josedavila.mx/

“I’m naturally and have always been fascinated by art. I’m an artist but also a viewer, part of an audience; and I like to research and read about art. (…) I’m inspired by artists that generate universes through prolific creativity. I’m very much influenced by Minimalist and Conceptual American art, and also by Brazil’s Neo-concrete movement.”

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Pangea: New Art from Africa and Latin America at the Saatchi Gallery

This summer the Saatchi Gallery presents us with a general survey of contemporary art from Africa and Latin America. At first sight, one might not see the difference with all the other contemporary art practices established in the rest of the world (and one might be right). Moving between rooms, it seems that it all looks like “contemporary art”. The works displayed perfectly meet the criteria and could directly be put under the prestigious ‘contemporary art’ label. But at the end, thinking about all the things you’ve seen, you start to realise how much these works are politically and socially engaged with their own context of production. There is a sense of urgency emerging from the artworks. They became real protests, and the artists’ voices can be heard spreading along the wall of the gallery: dialoguing with each other and singing a song of resistance.

Here is a selection of the best artworks presented:

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