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Archive for May, 2008

Erwin Olaf's "Grief" at Magda Danysz, Paris: Final Days

by Suzanne on May 15th, 2008

Victoria - Portrait by Erwin Olaf, 2007

With his new photographic series entitled Grief, Amsterdam-based Erwin Olaf manages to make depression and mourning look like a line of sleek self-assembly emotions called SORGSEN stocked at your local IKEA where Tyler Brûlé likes to hang out on weekends.

For this third installment of a trilogy of melancholy and enigmatic photographs, Olaf tried to bring the ennui and sterility of American 1960s middle-class households back into our collective memories.

Grief shows what would happen if you pressure cleaned Gregory Crewdson's dramatic interiors off all their tragedy and horror and - maybe like no other of his exhibitions before - reveals Olaf's journalistic origin and documentary background (he studied journalism in Utrecht).

The artist himself says about his recent project:

"Grief is a series about the choreography of emotion, and what you can create in the studio."

The previous two series (Rain and Hope) can both be inspected at Olaf's redesigned website (... which now allows you to zoom. Weeeee!).

Victoria by Erwin Olaf, 2007

Closes: Saturday, May 17, 2008

Address: Galerie Magda Danysz, 78, rue Amelot - Paris 11, tel. / fax : +33(0)1 45 83 38 51 | Map

Further reading: Erwin Olaf (2008) | Rain/Hope (2006) | Silver (2005)

"The New Mythology" at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome

by Suzanne on May 15th, 2008

You better finish what you started by Michael Page

Artist Nathan Spoor is the curator behind an interesting group show entitled The New Mythology due to open in Rome tomorrow.

This is a great opportunity to see the works of some rather obscure, elusive and fortean artists like Michael Page (c.f. above & below), Travis Louie, Lola and Chris Ryniak united in one place.

Fight that cannot be won by Michael Page

Opening reception: Tomorrow, May 16, 2008

On show: May 16 - June 15, 2008

Featuring: Michael Page (c.f. above), Travis Louie, Lola, Dan May, Naoto Hattori, Chris Ryniak, Ken Keirns, et al.

Address: Dorothy Circus Gallery, Via Nuoro 17, 00182 Rome, Italy, tel: +39 06 70161256 | Map | Flyer

Preview exhibited works | Preview exhibition book

Interview on Secret Still