1 Comment ‘Elixer’ by Pipilotti Rist - 11/11/10

\'Elixer\' by Pipilotti Rist

1 Comment Curiosity CAM - 11/10/10


Comment NASA – space colony artwork 1970′s - 11/7/10


Comment Synchroballistic Images – Angus Leadley Brown - 11/7/10

Synchroballistic Images – movement as an analogue sequence


Comment Marvellous Machines – Thomas Foulsham - 11/7/10

Light Balance

Big Bird

Wiggle Table

Some words from Tom….

My work begins with a fascination that drives me into an obsessive exploration of making. I start working with sketch models, and begin forming quick and playful structures to try and explore and make sense of these ideas. Researching existing systems, materials and their capabilities. The ‘Light Balance’ for example, began with an idea that the wasted heat from a light bulb could physically move the weight of a person. The resulting structure to achieve this was a delicately balanced twelve meter arm, made of a chain of materials starting with steel where the person sits, followed by alluminium, bamboo and ending with a tissue paper sail to capture the bulb’s heat. The notion that I can take a seemingly imperceivable force and amplify it to create a powerful effect, helps me to turn pre-conceived ideas about objects upside down, and inspire the viewer to re-evaluate their space and what is happening around them. I like to make objects which are almost at breaking point, to demonstrate the tension in what we perceive to be stability. I like them to be approachable and if possible touched or interacted with. I like that these interactions can help to allow my structures to take on another life, as they become a part of the viewer’s own thought process. By revealing the inner workings of the pieces and the way they are constructed, I hope to enable the viewer to experience the exploration of making that has occurred, allowing the viewer to make their own connections.


Comment confluence.org - 11/4/10


Comment MA.R.S by Thomas Ruff - 11/4/10


ma.r.s. 2

Johnen Galerie is proud to present Thomas Ruff ’s new series ma.r.s., opening on October 9th, 2010, during art forum berlin. This is the world premiere of this new body of work.

After the ‘Zycles’ series (since 2008), Thomas Ruff has taken up ma.r.s. as a new visual challenge. In the context of his research about image-generating means of photography the artist came across high-resolution photographs of Mars, taken by a satellite with a HiRISE (High Resoluton Imaging Science Experiment) camera that NASA made accessible to the public via the internet.

Ruff starts by transforming the images that were shot by a satellite from a straight down angle, so that the perspective seems to be that of a plane traveler’s, looking upon the planets. Thus the viewer gets the impression of being able to see Mars’ surface from close proximity. In addition, Ruff colorizes the originally black and white photos and thereby accentuates the extraordinary characteristics of these landscapes, without changing their character in any way. As a result breathtakingly beautiful images of deserts and crater landscapes come into being, all located on an inconceivably distant planet, yet seemingly familiar. In consideration of the ongoing discussions about possibilities of generally accessible, manned space travel, these pictures can almost be seen as a virtual anticipation of future travel imagery.

This series demonstrates the ongoing examination of most adv