Sunday, May 20, 2012

Haiku Review: Dogs

Haiku Review: Dogs 
Adrian McGrath, Ben Reilly, Bridget O’Gorman, Cassie Kirby, Christian Jankowski, Isabel Nolan, Magnhild Opdøl, Michael Beirne, Michael Durand, Rachael Corcoran, TINKEBELL and Vanessa Donoso-Lopez. Curated by Rachael Corcoran
Ormston House, Limerick
4th – 26th May 2012


By Akiko Tochikura

'Twas a real dog show…
Not a looker in the bunch.
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Haiku Review: One of its Legs is Both the Same


Haiku Review: One of its Legs is Both the Same
Joe Hanley
The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrum
18th April – 2nd June 2012


by Hentai Roboto

Reorganising
Faculty to form new thought
Metamorphosis

Haiku Review: entrance, entrance

Haiku Review: entrance, entrance
Alan Butler, Gabriele Beveridge, Juliette Bonneviot, Mick Peter, and Peles Empire (Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff).  Curated by Isobel Harbison
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin
13 April - 02 June 2012


By Fujimoto Ryouji

A wall by Xerox
frames confounding art, includes
wood occupy dog.

Haiku Review: A MacGuffin and Some Other Things

Haiku Review:  A MacGuffin and Some Other Things
Lucy Andrews, Işıl Eğrikavuk, David Hall, Alice Rekab, and Judith Scott.  Curated by Vaari Claffey
Project Arts Centre, Dublin
12 April–16 June 2012

By Fujimoto Ryouji

Massive upturned tent
Below: monitors, headphones
Hanging things above

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Images from 7th Berlin Biennale

Images from:
“Forget Fear!” 
7th Berlin Biennale
Numerous artists, curated by Artur Żmijewski with Joanna Warsza and Voina
Various locations, Berlin
27 April –1 July 2012


Biennale press pass, welcome packet, newspaper-cum-event guide complete with custom fonts and logo.


Initially, I had intended to write a review of the Biennale.  Although I did I find it difficult to consider the various permutations of this festival in a positive light, it was ultimately the decentralized and event-based character of it that led to my decision not to.  Perhaps, I should have committed to living in Berlin for 6 weeks.  I suppose the political trajectory, or rather intent, of head curator Artur Żmijewski's was to challenge the conventions of exhibition making.  And he was widely criticized for this, certainly not without reason.  For one, the lopsided sole inclusion of several young artists in the central venue presented primarily nascent works.  The presentation of Occupy Berlin on the entire ground floor, providing the movement with uncritical support, seemed primarily a poor use of space.  Of course much more has been said on the matter including, importantly, a conceptual challenge to his institutionalisation of 'occupying'.   But, at the end of the day, this process of dispersing, de-materialising and unfixing art(works) and events with a political purpose in a city so laden with politics and history became somewhat confusing.  Art and the material historical fact of Berlin today became intertwined.  I'm not sure this was a bad thing for the subjective me, but am almost certain it was for the Biennale.

There is much more information about these works on the official site here.



On the way to the press launch, one of the numerous murals in Kreuzberg.

Occupy Biennale.  The entrance of Kunst-Werke (KW).  

Radio 99%.

Looking down on Occupy.

Occupy.


Occupy.

Khaled Jarrar discussing his work "State of Palestine"


An American had, perhaps somewhat unwisely, their passport stamped with a non-existent/not yet existent Palestinian visa stamp.


Postage from "State of Palestine"

"Beyond" by Lou Cantor

Flags from illegal organisations as part of the very problematic "New World Summit" by Jonas Staal.


Maquette of proposed summit.

Installation view.


"Blood Ties" by Antanas Mockus asked the public to make a pledge against drug use in response to the escalating drug war in Mexico.


Part of Teresa Margolles’s "PM 2010" featuring sensational tabloid covers from Mexico.


"Self # governing" lined the stairs up to Marina Naprushkina's installation and newspaper.

Installation view of "Breaking the News".


Video of FEMEN group in Ukraine.


Installation "Berlin-Birkenau" by Łukasz Surowiec

And the accompanying video.


"Draftsmen’s Congress" by Paweł Althamer 

A sparsely used off-site venue, proved interesting in its own right architecturally/historically.


Interior.


Promotion video on display for "Battle of Berlin 1945", by invitation a few re-enactment groups were to stage the Battle of Berlin 1945.

"Remembering Piece by Piece", the first exhibition for an actual future 'museum of displacement', SFVV.


OG Berlin style party.


Relief monument to the USSR's WWII defeat of the Nazi's, in Treptower Park.


One example of many 'Stumble Stones' found throughout the city. An ongoing project that marks the former residencies of Jews killed during The Holocaust.



All photos and text by Jim Ricks.  Special thanks to the Arts Council without whom this trip wouldn't have been possible.

Images from 'Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art'

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
Various locations, Glasgow
20 April – 7 May 2012


 Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller, Glasgow Green


 Sacrilege by Jeremy Deller, Glasgow Green


 Jeremy Deller


 Spanner (Stretcher/Loiterer) by Nairy Baghramian, The Mitchell Library


 Detail from Art Lending Library by Walker & Bromwich, The Mitchell Library


 Art Lending Library by Walker & Bromwich, The Mitchell Library


Installation view of What is there to do here, what is there to see? by Rob Kennedy, CCA


 Installation view of What is there to do here, what is there to see? by Rob Kennedy, CCA

 Detail from What is there to do here, what is there to see? by Rob Kennedy, CCA

 Installation view of What is there to do here, what is there to see? by Rob Kennedy, CCA

 Installation view of What is there to do here, what is there to see? by Rob Kennedy, CCA

 Installation view of The Immortals by Folkert de Jong, Glasgow School of Art

 Emory Douglas, Kendall Koppe


 Emory Douglas, Kendall Koppe

Detail from If you don't like this book, you don't like me by Paul Thek, The Modern Institute


Detail from If you don't like this book, you don't like me by Paul Thek, The Modern Institute


Installation view If you don't like this book, you don't like me by Paul Thek, The Modern Institute


Detail from If you don't like this book, you don't like me by Paul Thek, The Modern Institute


Detail from Growing up in the New Age by Marjolaine Ryley, Street Level Photoworks


Installation view of Growing up in the New Age by Marjolaine Ryley, Street Level Photoworks

Detail from Growing up in the New Age by Marjolaine Ryley, Street Level Photoworks

Installation view of DATA by Peter Horobin, Street Level Photoworks

 
Detail from DATA by Peter Horobin, Street Level Photoworks

Detail from DATA by Peter Horobin, Street Level Photoworks



 Installation view of DATA by Peter Horobin, Street Level Photoworks

Karla Black, GoMA

Adrian Wiszniewski, Glasgow Print Studio

Detail from Six works of art for your own interpretation, Transmission

 'Everyone Gets Paid' performance at Six works of art for your own interpretation, Transmission

 Result of  'Everyone Gets Paid' performance at Six works of art for your own interpretation, Transmission


 Result of  'Everyone Gets Paid' performance at Six works of art for your own interpretation, Transmission


Black Forest by Kelly Nipper, Tramway 




Detail from The universe is very large, you are very small, act accordingly curated by Hole in My Pocket, The Arches


All photos by Jim Ricks, courtesy Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and the artists.