'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
In Conversation with... David LaChapelle is the fourth installment of our ongoing series of artist interviews. In this episode, LaChapelle tells us about his new exhibition Act of Nature and his thought process behind his beautiful works. Drawing from his immediate surroundings and his previous experience as a photographer to the stars, from religion and spirituality, and from the art historical canon, LaChapelle crafts images that not only capture the visual senses, but also the mind and the heart.
This series is aimed at introducing new exhibitions at Reflex Amsterdam by sharing the artist's vision, as well as some more background information on the new work exhibited at the gallery. The videos also serve as a digital archive of our exhibitions from 2018 onwards.
Reflex Amsterdam is delighted to announce the latest solo exhibition of the celebrated and accomplished photographer David LaChapelle. Almost ten years since his last show with us, LaChapelle is back to present his most recent work. The exhibition includes highlights from the past decade, as well as a selection of previously unseen work, which will debut in Amsterdam.
Act of Nature sits at the intersection of the earthly and the transcendental, of a utopian fantasy and a dystopian reality, with humanity and nature living both in harmony and in conflict with one another. Drawing from his immediate surroundings and his previous experience as a photographer to the stars, from religion and spirituality, and from the art historical canon, LaChapelle crafts images that not only capture the visual senses, but also the mind and the heart.
A gas station depicted in the middle of the jungle shines brightly as an illuminated beacon of consumerism, radiating otherworldliness in the midst of abundant vegetation. The narrative laden image suggests a struggle between wilderness and the domestic. Is this an act of human interference? Or is nature fighting back?
Paradise, one of LaChapelle's more recent series, imagines the utopian interaction between nature and humans. Shot in his native Hawaii and filled with mystical symbolism hand-picked from different religions, the series emanates magic and bursts with colour. Works such as Praise Dance, from an earlier series, and the new work Songs in My Head illustrate LaChapelle's intriguing collage technique of assembled and hand-painted negatives. Jesus and Buddha under a Tree, another work premiering at Reflex, shows the traces of the artist's fingerprints left behind in this process.
Famed for his one-of-a-kind vision and aesthetic, as well as his daring portraits of celebrities, LaChapelle is considered one of the most important photographers of the century today. Last year the Groninger Museum hosted a large-scale survey of LaChapelle's work, showing over 70 significant pieces from various periods. This will be his third solo exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam.
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