Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...
London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...
Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...
Published in collaboration with Almine Rech Gallery (Brussels), 8 Gods is a poetry book conceived as an evocation. It unveils a series of eight hitherto unseen sculptures, each corresponding to a female or male divinity inspired by classical Antiquity–an era whose presence has always been felt in the work of Johan Creten. The artist creates his own mythology, opening up the great doors to an immemorial pantheon that houses eight figures he has brought into existence over the past two years.
Art historian, independent curator and director of sculpture at the Musée Bourdelle, Colin Lemoine has written eight poems, each a tribute to one of Creten’s works. In lines of verse or in prose, whether stirring or disconcerting, these texts do not serve to illustrate the artist’s work, but rather to ornament it with a sovereign logic, indifferent to orthodoxy and beauty. In this sense, the poems are forms akin to Johan Creten’s sculptures–only they are built from words rather than clay.
In 2015, the artist began the series Wargames which is shown in its entirety here: these pieces vacillate between abstraction and figuration, conjuring up images of hybrid insects, perhaps a crossbreed of fly and bee. Some might see battle plans, geopolitical maps or even harrowing swarms, all of which question and destabilise our relationship with the world.
Whether looked upon as a theatrical staging or a contemporary temple, 8 Gods acts as a space wherein Johan Creten merges individual memories and History with a capital H in his own syncretic and lyrical universe.
Poems by Colin Lemoine.
29 x 32 cm, 11 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches
English / French
Edition of 1500
Almine Rech Gallery Publications
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