THE BOOK PAINTINGS OF EKATERINA PANIKANOVA

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These book paintings satisfy my dual need for art and book porn.  Ekaterina Panikanova layers her paintings across a collage of  discolored pages still bound to old books, creating a landscape of words and images that feel very much like treasured stories escaping the confines of covers and spines. For Panikanova the merge of words and images symbolize the gradual awakening, constant pondering and accumulated knowledge of man… “My work is, somehow, a suggestion about life: the text can’t be erased, but you can turn the page if you want to. I prefer not to fix my works in time and thus I always try to create works with movement. The everyday life is basically anchored to the past, therefore both our present and our future are strongly bound to our past experiences.”

Ekaterina was born in Russia and lives and works in Rome. She is currently being represented by Converge Gallery in Williamsport, PA.

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*Works featured:

Happy Turkey Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 43” x 51” 2014,

Box Num 53 Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 20” x 25” 2014

Birthday Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 47” x 53” 2014

Photo credit: Ginger Rudolph

Photo credit: Ginger Rudolph – photo set taken at Converge Gallery at Scope Art Fair in NY 2014

Jos de Gruyter and Herald Thys Remove Color in “Miracle of Life”

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, De Drie Wijsneuzen, 2013

Water spews from the mouths of three blank faces. Without expression nor body, the pure white heads stand guard, looking out in three directions. Rising high into the air, they watch you and they watch the surrounding art works

In the new exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, Das Wunder de Lebens (The Miracle of Life), Belgian artist duo Jos de Gruyter and Herald Thys use an all-white color palette to remove hierarchical structures from objects, with the goal of creating an open arena for sight.

De Drie Wijsneuzen, 2013 (Photo by Stephan Wyckoff. Courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin)

De Drie Wijsneuzen, 2013 (Photo by Stephan Wyckoff. Courtesy of Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin)

Curated with a minimal and orderly aesthetic, the exhibition produces an eery, science-like atmosphere, augmented by the steady trickling of water, in which the viewer contemplates the ‘miracle of life.’ The exhibition title refers to a 1934 exhibition for Nazi propaganda, in which the ideal of deutschen Rassenhygiene (German racial hygiene) was promoted. Alluding to Nazi Eugenics programs, the Gruyter and Thys offer both a commentary on modern society and a warning signal to contemporary viewers.

400 drawings of cars, city views, weather maps, and several other markers of modern life are no longer objective in the staged exhibition context. Stripped of color and displayed with a sense of authority, the encyclopedia of information suddenly becomes an index of political and cultural cues. Examining the drawings of everyday scenes and objects, the viewer finds himself seeking deeper truths within the innocuous images and mapping his own meaning unto various objects. As the viewer moves through the exhibition space, he becomes both scientist and actor, the center of his own arena, in which it is his responsibility to remain neutral and to resist the human impulse to create hierarchies and statuses.

A daring and provocative exhibition, Das Wunder de Lebens is an exercise in visual discipline.

Das Wunder de Lebens is on display until May 4, 2014 and is accompanied by an audio guide as well as an extensive video program by Gruyter and Thys.

Installation View (Photograph by Stephan Wyckoff)

Untitled, 2010 (Photo by Stephan Wyckoff, Courtesy of Zeichnungen)

Untitled, 2010 (Photo by Stephan Wyckoff, Courtesy of Zeichnungen)

Installation View (Photo by Stephen Wyckoff)

Installation View (Photo by Stephen Wyckoff)

Michel Majerus at Matthew Marks Gallery

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The most comprehensive retrospective since the tragic death of 35-year old Michel Majerus, the Berlin-based protégé of Joseph Kosuth, this exhibition will span all three Matthew Marks gallery spaces in Chelsea. Large scale paintings, such as “o.T. (collaboration Nr. 8)” (1999) make direct references to art historical motifs like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s signature figures and inclusion of words, as well as advertisements from consumer products, like the GE logo. This hyper-awareness of one’s context within an environment heavily influenced by the temptation to make commercial gains on popular culture made Majerus stand out among his peers.

Michel Majerus opens February 8 with a reception from 6:00- 8:00 PM.

The exhibition will be on display until April 19, 2014 at 522, 526, and 502 W. 22nd St.

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Ashley Oubré – Visual Trickery

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  1. “Brenda”, 11 x 14, graphite pencil on paper
  2. “Ivy League”, 11 x 14, graphite pencil on paper
  3. “Prestige”, 11 x 14, graphite pencil on paper
  4. “Swimfan”, 11 x 14, graphite pencil on paper

The images above, while indistinguishable from photographs  were drawn by Ashley Oubré,  27, a self-taught artist from Washington  D.C. Oubré’s portraits exist in a realm far beyond mere pencil drawings in what can only be defined as “hyperrealism.” Oubré’s pieces, each executed with immaculate detail and precision, vary in degrees of abstraction, a refreshing rarity for this genre of art.  Her subjects are often composed in a world of vacancy (sometimes figuratively; either “floating” on the page; rendered in a distant corner; or with literal bodily extraction), mirroring the artist’s own struggles of isolation and loneliness.  To view Oubré’s work is to be invited into an “Alice in Wonderland”-like world; the viewer is first enchanted by the beauty of her craftsmanship, only to find himself trapped in a world both undefined and surreal.

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To learn more about Ashley, and to see her portfolio, visit www.ashleyoubre.com or e-mail her at info@ashleyoubre.com.

Dead Drops Comes to Philly

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Berlin artist, Aram Bartholl started Dead Drops during his artist residency at EYEBEAM in New York during 2010. Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network put into public spaces. A USB flash drive is embedded into a wall and made accessible to anyone.

The first 5 Dead Drops (clicking here will show you where in each of the locations) were done in NY – wonder if any are still out there?

87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

But I’m super pysched, because according to @KelaniNichole, a dead drop just showed up in Philly across from Independence Hall in Old City.  There’s even an IPhone app so you can track Dead Drops in your own city.

We’ve put up a Dead Drops video on the front page of the site so you can see how Dead Drops are set up.

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 3

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HAHA Magazine asked Philly’s Dutch Umbrella Share Program if they would turn over some of their classic white umbrellas to local artists and have them use the umbrellas as a blank canvas. The results of which have been chronicled through The Dutch Umbrella Episodes.

Episode 3 takes us to Old Kensington, the neighborhood of Artist, Kat Karnaky.

Click here to find out more about our exciting Dutch Umbrella Project events.

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 2

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HAHA Magazine asked Philly’s Dutch Umbrella Share Program if they would turn over some of their classic white umbrellas to local artists and have them use the umbrellas as a blank canvas. The results of which have been chronicled through The Dutch Umbrella Episodes.

Episode 2 takes us into the studio with Artist, Brandon Dean.

Click here to find out more about our exciting Dutch Umbrella Project events.

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 1

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HAHA Magazine asked Philly’s Dutch Umbrella Share Program if they would turn over some of their classic white umbrellas to local artists and have them use the umbrellas as a blank canvas. The results of which have been chronicled through The Dutch Umbrella Episodes.

In our first episode we meet Philadelphia Artist, Yis Goodwin, otherwise known as ‘NoseGo’. His style mixes fine art with contemporary. His vibrant use of color and signature “monsters” have earned him spots in shows across the city.

Click here to find out more about our exciting Dutch Umbrella Project events.