With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.
Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.
Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.
Elger Esser was raised in Rome and in 1986 moved to Düsseldorf, Germany where he worked as a commercial photographer until 1991. He then attended the Düsseldorf Kunstacademie, studying with Bernd and Hilla Becher. In 1996, a trip to Lyon yielded a turning point in Esser's aesthetic and practice. Working from a childhood fascination with cartes de vistses, or postcards, he created the experience of travelling to 'archaic locales in the middle of nowhere' both familiar and foreign. Esser's photographs present the unmanipulated, timeless, romantic landscapes of rural Europe. He photographs beached, wetlands, riverbeds, and valleys. His views are comprised largely of air and water, light and reflection. The stillness of the landscapes and their muted dreamlike palette evokes the sublime, recalling works of landscape painters Caspar David Friedrich and Alfred Bierstadt. The large scale of Esser's prints coupled with the expansive distances and a muted palette create tension between the landscape seen and the landscape rendered by the artist.
Text courtesy ROSEGALLERY.
For his first solo exhibition in a public institution in the UK, Elger Esser (b1967) presented a new body of photographic pieces, entitled Morgenland (Morning land), at Parasol Unit, London. The works in the show, which has just ended, document his visits to Lebanon, Egypt and Israel from 2004 to 2015. But rather than simply depicting the vast...
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