PHILIP WOLFHAGEN and TIM JOHNSON
DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY would like to congratulate both Philip Wolfhagen and Tim Johnson on their selection as finalist for the Wynne Prize 2014. We wish both artists the best of luck and look forward to the pleasure of seeing their work at the Art Gallery New South Wales.
“Exploring the dynamics of perception, mix media creative Isidro Blasco combines architecture, photography and installations to express his optical reality. He sees a warped world, almost like a bird perched on the last ledge of the tallest building in town. Since past eight years, Isidro has been travelling around the world with his trusty camera.
Unlike a regular tourist, his only aim is to reach the top of the highest skyscraper and click photographs and videos. For the series, aptly named Planets, he “covers everything around in a panorama like way” and stops only when he has shot all that his eyes can see. Then at the studio, the Spanish born, New York based artist gets down to business: The printed photos are cut, volumes of buildings are popped out and a complex construction is created using basic building materials like wooden planks.
A Doctorate in Architecture, he has a special love for structures that’s as evident as his peculiar take on perspective. “A picture is a flat representation of a 3D reality. So by manipulating it I envision a space that is neither 2D nor 3D…it’s somewhere in between,” he explains. The intentional distortion in his art is meant to bring us closer to understand the paradox of seeing and perceiving, while compressing a vast cityscape into a scene, that can be internalised in a mere glimpse.”
ERICA SECCOMBE is speaking at VIVID SYDNEY on May 31st at the MCA.
ARTISTS IN RESIDNECE: COLLABORATION AND CREATIVE INNOVATION BETWEEN ARTISTS AND ORGANISATIONS
How can artists bring new perspectives to established processes? How do interventions from creative thinkers offer new insights?
As an artist, institution or a business, how can you set a framework for fruitful cross-disciplinary collaboration? How can bringing fresh eyes into your organisation to spark challenging conversations and tackle concepts that are usually too tough to explore?
Discover new models of artist-in-residence programs with collaboration at their core, and learn about the mutual benefits for artists, organisations and communities. Synapse is a residency program that enables collaboration between artists and scientists, with a focus on long-term benefits. Hear past and present Synapse artists and their host organisations speak about their experiences of collaborative research and its ongoing reach: resulting in new products, events and systems.
This session will be moderated by Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) Director Vicki Sowry.
Presented in partnership with ANAT.
Image Credit: Erica Seccombe, ‘Grow’, 2013, (detail), single channel projection, formatted for stereoscopic viewing with circular polarized glasses, silver screen, duration: 6:00min, 3D Microcomputed tomography rendered and animated in Drishti.
JON CATTAPAN, 'Monotypes', is showing at SCUOLA INTERNAZIONALE DI GRAFICA, VENICE 18 – 29 March, 2014.
In this exhibition held during his residency at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, the artist imagines and records through monotypes, a series of figurative explorations very loosely based around dream-like encounters of a nocturnal Venice.
DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY is delighted to announce the third solo exhibition of eminent Sydney based artist Tim Johnson. Often described as ‘floating worlds,’ Tim Johnson’s extraordinarily powerful paintings embrace the spiritual iconography of a range of cultures including those of Aboriginal Australia, the Buddhist East and Native America.
This year marks a milestone of forty-four years exhibiting for Tim Johnson. His first solo exhibition was in 1970 and he has since featured extensively in Biennales and Documenta IX as well as a major survey exhibition ‘Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas’, in the Art Gallery of NSW, QAGOMA and The Ian Potter Museum, 2009, the Third Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery and recently the exhibition ‘Australia’ at the Royal Academy of the Arts, London.
Burn Freeze will be LOCUST JONES’s first solo exhibtiion with David Krut Projects gallery in New York. The exhibtiion consitst of new drawings and prinst including Jones’s brand new ten-meter long ink drawing and a suite of prints created during a residency at the David Krut Print Workshop in Johannesburg.
David Krut Projects, New York, March 6 – April 26, 2014