Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography

Surveillance & Photography
C/O Berlin will be presenting the exhibition Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography from February 18 to April 23, 2017. The opening will take place on February 17, 2017, 7 pm, at the Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin.

watched02aFirst of all, I know it’s all people like you. And that’s what’s so scary. Individually you don’t know what you’re doing collectively.” Dave Eggers, The Circle

watched02bTotal surveillance? Video cameras in banks, department stores, and public spaces; algorithm-based advertising and cookies on the Internet; government data collection and private cloud storage – today, we take permanent observation and data sharing for granted as a normal part of our everyday lives. We are constantly using services like Google Maps, watching live streams of films, trying out exciting new health apps and exploring unimagined possibilities for self-tracking. We follow friends and complete strangers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and we ourselves are constantly being tracked. We profit from the new digital technologies and services and are willing to open up more and more of our private lives to public view. Surveillance and big data have long since become a major social issue.

watched02cWatched! Surveillance, Art & Photography
more at C|O Berlin

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Oxímoron, la contradicción

Oxímoron, la contradicción
César Casona

cesarcasona02a« Oxímoron » es una figura lógica que consiste en usar dos conceptos de significado opuesto en una sola expresión, que genera un tercer concepto.
Cada una de las fotografías de esta exposición incluye una contradicción conceptual. Será el espectador quien la encuentre y quien se enfoque en la imagen, dándole un significado final en función de sus sentimientos, imaginario, vivencias y experiencias personales previas.

cesarcasona02bAlgunos ejemplos en literatura: “Es hielo abrasador, es fuego helado, es herida que duele y no se siente…” (Quevedo).
“Sosiega un poco, airado temeroso, humilde vencedor, niño gigante, cobarde matador…”(Lope de Vega).
Este proyecto nace de la afirmación del gran filósofo griego Aristóteles: “La virtud se halla en el centro”.
De ello puedo deducir que a medida que nos separemos del centro hacia los extremos, hacia la derecha o izquierda, hacia el “sí”o hacia el “no”o hacia cualquier par de opuestos, estaremos alejándonos de la virtud.

cesarcasona02cEs en el equilibrio, en la duda, en la contradicción, allá donde los pares de opuestos se entremezclan, donde encontraremos la verdad. En el momento en que estemos seguros/as de algo estaremos por tanto, equivocándonos.
Muchos fueron los filósofos y los pensadores que a lo largo de la historia centraron sus esfuerzos en explicar el origen de todas las cosas. Heráclito de Éfeso, 2500 años atrás, en Grecia, apunta al fuego como principio natural del que todo parte.
El fuego, metafóricamente hablando, simbolizaba el movimiento y el constante cambio en el que la vida se desarrolla -“Ningún hombre puede cruzar el mismo río dos veces, porque ni el hombre ni el agua serán los mismos.”- Heráclito fundamenta esta permanente movilidad en una estructura de opuestos, afirmando así que “la contradicción está en el origen de todas las cosas”.

cesarcasona02dAsí, el oxímoron, la paradoja, la antítesis y la contradicción como concepto, han sido recursos valorados, estudiados y desarrollados a través de diferentes canales, siendo probablemente la literatura el medio más utilizado y profuso. Es de justicia que, en el siglo XXI, la fotografía sirva para trasladar esta idea al mundo de lo visual, en forma de oxímoron, antítesis y paradojas visuales. Cabe destacar que la fotografía ha sido para mí el medio más sencillo y preciso para expresar y exteriorizar esta reflexión, a través de la manipulación de objetos, luz, personas y momentos de la vida cotidiana. Tal vez sea el fruto de un carácter, de una absoluta incapacidad para optar o para afirmar. Quizá la firme creencia en que la verdad se antoja distraída cuando interceden la imagen o la palabra, y cuando arbitran los sentidos. Tal vez el Yin y el Yang en oriente. Quizá mi absurdo raciocinio al interpretar que no habría guerras en un mundo sin amor. Quizá los estragos que produce la fe en busca de razón. Quizá el parecido entre el átomo y las formas más inmensas del universo. Tal vez la comprensión ante la violencia engendrada por quien defiende al indefenso. Tal vez nada de esto. O todo. En cualquier caso, siempre serán las reflexiones de uno cualquiera. Sea bienvenido a usted mismo/a.
César Casona
* En ninguna imagen se ha llevado a cabo la utilización de retoque digital alguno.

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more at DNG Photo Magazine

Valérie Belin: All Star

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Valérie Belin’s newest series, All Star.  The exhibition of eleven large-scale color photographs will be on view 19 January – 4 March, 2017.

valeriebelin01a valeriebelin01b valeriebelin01c valeriebelin01d valeriebelin01eFor this series, Belin utilizes the fantastical world of vintage comic books as the inspiration for multilayered portraits that are both visually and psychologically complex.  To create the works, Belin first styles and photographs her models in dramatic lighting reminiscent of film noir.  Then, selecting from an extensive collection of vintage comics, she overlays the image with the chosen comic cover before further abstracting the pictorial surface with her own graphic patterns.  Bursting in from the background, the worlds of the comics interweave with the texture of the portraits to create a sophisticated composition in which variations of movement, line, depth of field and scale are all combined within one surface.

Valérie Belin: All Star
more at Edwynn Houk Gallery

2016 Bau xi Salt | David Burdeny

2016 Bau xi Salt
by David Burdeny

davidburdeny11aSaltern Study 06, Great salt Lake, UT
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davidburdeny11bBlue Ponds 03, Western Australia
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davidburdeny11cSalt Flat 02, Kalgoorie-Boulder, Western Australia
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davidburdeny11dBlue Ponds 02, Western Australia
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davidburdeny11eSaltern Study 12, Great Salt Lake, UT
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David Burdeny’s Masters in Architecture and Interior Design background greatly inform his penchant for simple, exacting photographs, shot on site, of sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Burdeny has exhibited internationally since 2001. He has won several gold awards in international art photography competitions, including International Photographer of the Year in the Nature category for Canada, revealed at the Lucie Awards Ceremony in New York City, October 2008.

His first book Shorelines sold out in both the limited collector edition and trade publication. He has 6 Limited Edition Photographic Series currently offered.

davidburdeny11fSearles Lake II, Mojave Desert, CA
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2016 Bau xi Salt
by David Burdeny

more at Susan Spiritus Gallery

Liu Bolin: Art Hacker

Klein Sun Gallery is proud to announce Art Hacker, a solo exhibition by the world-renowned Chinese artist Liu Bolin, on view from November 17 through December 23, 2016.

liubolin11aTianjin Explosions, 2016

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liubolin11cGuernica, 2016

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liubolin11eMona Lisa, 2016

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The exhibition marks Liu Bolin’s shift towards the virtual world, exploring this new territory artistically through Post-Internet Art. This new body of work consists of appropriations of classical Masterpieces — da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Picasso’s Guernica — juxtaposed with a photograph of the devastating impact of the Tianjin explosions. Using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage, Liu Bolin painstakingly recreates these images with scores of human subjects as his canvas. Through various methods, Liu Bolin’s new photographs have replaced the three subjects on numerous websites, which were targeted with image-search results on Google and Baidu, thus realizing the Hacker project. Neon installations of the URLs exhibited throughout the gallery pound home the transitory and delicate nature of the internet.

Liu Bolin: Art Hacker
more at Klein Sun Gallery

Serge Najjar: A Closer Look at the Ordinary

A Closer Look at the Ordinary
Serge Najjar

sergenajjar11aTwo Missing Pieces
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sergenajjar11bReflected Red
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sergenajjar11cZebra Facade
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sergenajjar11dRed Closed Box
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sergenajjar11eRubik’s House
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Serge Najjar: A Closer Look at the Ordinary

Upcoming exhibition
January 6 — February 25, 2017

at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Inside Elton John’s Private Collection

Sir Elton John doesn’t do things by halves. He’s sold more than 300 million records in an enormously successful recording career, has sported outrageously flamboyant stage costumes, thrown the most lavish celebrity parties and donated millions to aids charities.

eltonjohncollection09aMigrant Mother by Dorothea Lange, 1936

Since the mid-1990s, however, he’s been engaged in a different activity: quietly building one of the world’s best private photography collections.

eltonjohncollection09bGlass Tears by Man Ray, 1932

Elton John’s collection spans the period from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day and currently contains more than 8,000 works. Now a key part of his collection is going on display in a major new exhibition at London’s Tate Modern.

eltonjohncollection09cCat by Otto Umbehr, 1927

Titled ‘The Radical Eye’, the exhibition will focus on 1920-1950, a period dominated by the influence of modernism, and will feature around 180 vintage photographs by more than 60 artists. They’ll include rare prints by internationally famous photographers such as Man Ray, Edward Weston, André Kertész and Tina Modotti, plus important but less familiar names including Otto Umbehr and Ilse Bing.

eltonjohncollection09dNude by Edward Weston, 1936

Inside Elton John’s Private Collection
via Professional Photography – Issue #13 – October 2016

eltonjohncollection09eShukov Tower by Alexander Rodchenko, 1920