MARKO MODIC @ Jakopič Gallery

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MARKO MODIC: THE FIFTH ELEMENT
Opening: 24 February 2015 at 7 p.m. – 26 April 2015

THE FIFTH ELEMENT overview photographic exhibition is Modic’s mid-career retrospective, bringing a refined and conceptual curatorial selection of photographs and photomontages, taken from his vast oeuvre which has been accumulating over the last three decades.
The fifth element is present in all of the series grouped around the four elements (with the structure of these series being largely based on ‘pure’ photographs). It is apparently invisible, seamlessly integrated, yet it calls into question their identity: as a result of both intense abstracting and the previewed photomontages, the line between pure photography and photomontage is sometimes completely blurred. It might be said that this is the aim of the exhibition: to invite viewers to enter the artist’s widely imaginative and, quite often, surrealist world which originates in his ability to find magic in the most obscure details of everyday phenomena.

Jakopič Gallery, Slovenska cesta 9, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Portfolio ShowCase Volume 8 @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

 © Liz Steketee

© Liz Steketee

Portfolio ShowCase Volume 8
May 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015

Reception with the Juror, Gordon Stettinius, June 5 from 6-9pm

All Selected Artists|Thomas Alleman, Anne Berry, Larry Chait, Daniel Coburn, Michael Donnor, Jackie Heitchue, Jaime Erin Johnson, Peter Leighton,
Clark Mishler, Wendy Simmons, Michal Solarski, Liz Steketee, Paul Thulin, Alison Turner, and Zhe Zhu.

The Center for Fine Art Photography | 400 North College Ave. | Fort Collins | CO | 80524

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Robert Shults @ Art.Science.Gallery.

unnamedRobert Shults: The Superlative Light
March 7 – April 11, 2015

Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, March 7, 7-10pm

The Superlative Light presents Robert Shults’ awestruck photographic tour of this hallowed facility located in the bowels of the University of Texas where an elite group of scientists conduct experiments that are impossible to imagine — daily releases of a force that constitutes the brightest light known to exist in the entire universe. The Petawatt laser can produce, for a fraction of a second, more power than the entire U.S. electrical grid.

Art.Science.Gallery.
916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #102
Austin, Texas 78702

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Book Review: One Year on Kythera by Kristina Williamson

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I have always been fascinated by Greek culture. Growing up in Queens there is a very vibrant Greek community with events in pretty much every neighborhood where everyone is free to join in and sample the food and ethnic experience. When I got a chance to check out Kristina Williamson’s book: One Year On Kythera I immediately jumped at the chance to review it because what better way to learn about such a fascinating people than to completely immerse yourself in their world.

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That is precisely what Kristina did. Kythera is a small island in Greece that boasts a population of less than three thousand. You can definitely consider it rural and very down to earth. If you imagine villages, farms, fisherman, and humble folks living a simple life then you would not be disappointed by the images in this book. Kristina captures a refreshing way of life that unfortunately does not exist in big western cities. You can smell the fresh air and food leap off the page. Much of the landscape captured within this book has been unchanged by man, which is such a great positive when you think about how impossibly industrial most of the world has become.

Christos

Christos

That spirit of industry led to a mass exodus from the island of Kythera, which left it as sparsely populated as it is now. However, when you look at the photos that contain relics of a life gone by you can’t help but appreciate the fact that the island may not succumb to the ills of the modern world and instead thrive on the people who remained as well as the community that lives that elusive simple life. Within the pages of this gorgeously presented book you will find answers to questions you may not even have known you had. Truly, what is life like in Greece? We hear things. We either immediately assume the whole land is covered in economic turmoil or that it’s very much like the island of Mypos (that’s for you Perfect Stranger fans) The truth is that through the photos in this book we get a glimpse of a life that has sustained this populace for centuries. Yes, there are modern conveniences but there is also the experience of living off of your land and upholding sacred traditions through religious ceremony or cultural rites of passage.

Ruins

Ruins

I love the feel, format, and texture of this book. It’s a perfect coffee table book and conversation piece. The photos are presented in a clear way with no distractions. Kristina does a great job documenting life on this island through her eyes, which she admits took some getting used to. I’m glad she dived in full force when many other folks would quit just faced with the truth that you’re a stranger in a strange land. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of culture and photography. It’s a great combination of craft and adapting to a new situation while trying to find the craft in your present surrounding. This is a great slice of life book that you should add to your library.

 

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One Year on Kythera
by Kristina Williamson

For more information and to purchase the book: www.oneyearonkythera.com

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Tomorrow has Passed @ One Eyed Jacks Gallery

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Tomorrow has Passed
28 February – 19 April

‘Tomorrow has Passed’ has been acutely woven by guest curator Mark Peter Drolet, an avid Tumblr user whose curatorial talents came to the attention of gallery director Matt Henry. Canada-based Drolet, who is also a photographer, set out to make ‘new and interesting associations’ and has staged a bitter-sweet melancholy across the exhibition. With a strong contemporary feel that nods to online collections from the likes of Tumblr, Flickr and Instagram, the works nevertheless evoke narratives of days gone by, celebrating a chromatic nostalgia for a photographic past.

One Eyed Jacks Gallery
York Place Studios
28 York Place
Brighton, East Sussex BN32LH

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Tomoko Sawada & Ken Kitano @ Pace/MacGill

image: Ken Kitano

image: Ken Kitano

TOMOKO SAWADA: My Faces
KEN KITANO: our face – prayers
February 26 – April 25, 2015

Opening reception: Thursday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Pace/MacGill
32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, New York

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MARIO ALGAZE @ Throckmorton Fine Art

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April 9 – May 16 2015

THROCKMORTON FINE ART
145 East 57th Street, third floor, New York, NY 10022

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Hrair Sarkissian @ The Mosaic Rooms

unnamedHrair Sarkissian: Imagined Futures
13 March – 25 April 2015

Imagined Futures showcases two projects, made seven years apart, that both deal with issues of temporality: one with a non-time, a suspended unrecognised present; the other constituting a projection from an envisioned future that threatens to rupture the present at any moment. Together these bodies of work visualise that which is out of time – histories, people and narratives that have yet to be realised, political spectres that intrude upon the present. These emotive and resonant works engage the viewer beyond the reductive reportage of immediate information media, and make seen what is unseeable, the prospects of time.

The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

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CRANHILL ARTS PROJECT: Glasgow Family Album @ Hillhead Library

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CRANHILL ARTS PROJECT: Glasgow Family Album
14th February – 27th March

Cranhill Arts Projects was founded in 1981 and provides local people with access to arts and media activities. It has a long involvement with photography and of photographing Glaswegians. The Glasgow Family Album is a growing collection of family photos submitted by the people of Glasgow. This photographic collage was put together as part of Street Level’s ‘Commonwealth Family Album’ which took place during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP

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MARTIN HUNTER @ Hillhead Library

unnamedMARTIN HUNTER: Forth & Clyde
14th February – 27th March

Martin Hunter’s Forth & Clyde captures an interzone between past and present, the dereliction of industry and the reclamation of nature. In this series, Hunter searches off the beaten track along the once thriving canal route that linked the River Forth and the River Clyde, intersecting with the pathways along the River Kelvin, “places left behind by recession, over-run by nature, and occasionally-inhabited by groups of men who seek the outdoors for a brew and a blether”
(Document Scoltand).

Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP

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