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GoSee Book Tip : ‘Geomancy’ by Michael Lundgren - bizarre-surreal landscapes as the entrance to a mystical world, published by Stanley / Barker

“Landscape has always been an invitation for me into the mystical, for that which is beyond our rational understanding of the world. I’ve hoped to make photographs that act as parallels for that entrance, that invite the viewer to contemplate a world that they do not understand, and in so doing, to arrest their own world view.” American photographer Michael Lundgren on his new book entitled ‘Geomancy’ - which, following ‘Transfigurations’ (2008) und ‘Matter’ (2016), once again deals with mythology and surrealism. “This is not a climate peril book, but it is a natural peril book,” says Lundgren. “It’s this feeling that we are separated, and I want people to feel that, maybe through the insanity of my pictures.” The book is available directly via the website of the photographer.

At the beginning of the year, ‘Geomancy’ was on display as the exhibition Euqinom in San Francisco. London-based publishing house Stanley / Barker describes the book as follows: “Michael Lundgren‘s darkly beautiful photographs give the viewer a window into a mystical world where time itself seems to collapse. Motivated by a perceived lack of connection between humans and nature, Lundgren began work on ‘Geomancy’ in 2016 with the help of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His virtuosic photographs often require him to scale mountains, explore pitch black caves, or venture deep into the desert in search of landscapes that were at one time occupied by human beings: be it a ruined city, an ancient burial ground or the lingering artifacts of a desert traveler, often blurring the lines between what is natural and what is man made.

Michael Lundgren (b. 1974) received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology before relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, where he earned an MFA in studio art from Arizona State University. Lundgren’s work and interviews have been published in Foam, Design Observer, The Believer, Conscientious, Hotshoe and Vice. He is the author of two monographs with Radius Books.

He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2017 and has been awarded accolades from the Magenta Foundation, 10x10 American Photobooks, The Silverstein Photography Annual, and the Arizona Governor’s Award. Lundgren was recently named a finalist for the Hariban Award and for Immersion: A French American Photography Commission.

Lundgren’s work resides in the esteemed collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; the Fralin Museum, Charlottesville, VA; Brandts Museum of Photographic Art, Odense, Denmark; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; among others. Lundgren has exhibited at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA; the Fralin Museum, Charlottesville, VA; Tokyo Photo, Japan; Paris Photo, France; and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Most recently his work was included in exhibitions After Ansel Adams at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; Between Earth and Sky: Contemporary Art from the American Southwest, an exhibition touring internationally; and Fotografia Europea Festival, Earth Effect, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

16.12.2019 // show complete article

GOSEE ART recommends : ‘The Devil’s Fuge’ art pop-up – presented by West Contemporary and ALBIVA

Following the recent success of their art space at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at Corinthia hotel, London – where those dining can buy art from the menu along with their desserts – contemporary art gallerists, West Contemporary are pleased to announce ‘The Devil’s Fuge’ art pop-up, a temporary art gallery just in time for Christmas and a collaboration with luxury award-winning, sustainably-focused and vegan skincare brand, ALBIVA. The art pop-up will take over the lower ground floor of ALBIVA’s first pop-up store at 18 Floral Street, Covent Garden, a stone’s throw from other designer brands such as Paul Smith, Agnés b, Jigsaw, and The Shop by Bluebird. ‘The Devil’s Fuge’ is another name for mistletoe, the plant we reserve for our Christmas kisses. Despite being poisonous to eat, mistletoe is known for its many healing and medicinal properties. Luxury skincare brand ALBIVA’s own plant-based products are also known for their many healing properties and have been designed using the latest technology so that the quality and purity of the natural ingredients isn’t compromised. ALBIVA’s dedication to using sustainably sourced natural & organic ingredients in their products highlights the brand’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices. So as well as the stable of artists below, West Contemporary have also selected two additional artists whose work pairs specifically well with ALBIVA’s brand philosophy: painter, Leah Wood, whose work highlights environmental issues the planet and various animal species face, and painter, Hannah Adamaszek, whose works focus on well-being and mindfulness in serene settings of Nature. ‘The Devil’s Fuge’ art pop up at ALBIVA will sell limited edition prints and original artworks by the following artists: The Connor Brothers, Lauren Baker, Fin DAC, Mick Rock, Hayden Kays, Charming Baker, Chris Moon, Leah Wood, Eine, Russell Marshall, Carne Griffiths, Robi Walters, Beth Cullen-Kerridge, Mark Beattie, Day Z, Seed Of Memory Art, Hannah Adamaszek, SweetArt, Daft Apeth and from Manifold Editions, prints by Jonathan Yeo and Marc Quinn. - Mistletoe will be present at the pop-up for Yuletide kisses- West Contemporary prints and originals will range from £50 – £10,000- Online purchases can be made by overseas buyers- ALBIVA skincare products range from £65 – £195 ABOUT – WEST CONTEMPORARY is an art consultancy with platforms in London and Dubai working with a handpicked selection of some of the best leading contemporary fine artists in the UK, as well as sourcing art and artists anywhere in the world for individual art collectors and specific client projects. Spanning an eclectic mix of sculpture, painting, mixed media, light art and photography, West Contemporary works closely with private collectors, institutions, interior designers, retail spaces, and corporate and commercial companies. Clients they have worked with include Candy & Candy, Tom Kerridge, Dubai Opera House, Hotel Café Royal, Royal Albert Hall, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at Corinthia Hotel London, Stafford Hotel London, and Park Plaza. Known well for the commission of a 16-foot Carrera marble ‘Dhow Sail’ sculpture by Beth Cullen-Kerridge for Dubai Opera house in 2018 as well as conjuring up a gallery space within a restaurant at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, West Contemporary have a keen eye for adventurous art projects, often on a large-scale. West Contemporary was founded by Liam West, FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts), who is a founding member of Goldsmiths’ Centre for Contemporary Art and who has worked in the art world for 20 years. The consultancy prides itself on delivering dynamic exhibitions that are press-worthy for the artist, whilst developing the artist’s career and voice within their chosen genre of art as well as in the wider UK and global art scenes. GoSee: ABOUT - ALBIVA creates innovative skincare products that deliver plant-based nutrients to activate the skin’s natural ability to repair itself. These next-generation products are results-driven and have been designed using the latest technology without compromising the quality or purity of the natural ingredients. Each product has high concentrations of active ingredients so they can offer maximum efficacy. The formulations are nutrient-rich and free from synthetic compounds and fillers, including plain water. The botanical extracts are blended in antioxidant-rich raspberry water instead. ALBIVA harnesses the regenerative power of nature using advanced technologies such as gemmotherapy. An advanced branch of phytotherapy which isolates the active ingredients from the embryonic tissues of plants – the part that contains their most potent healing properties. Botanical extracts encapsulated into liposomes, bio-fermentation, bio-enzymatic processing, cold processing technology are just some examples of the brand utilising science to deliver products that go beyond just the skin’s surface. ALBIVA also boasts eco-friendly packaging and also gives £1 from the sale of every product to charity. A winner of multiple awards, ALBIVA has most recently won a competition run by the British Beauty Council who were looking for The Next British Beauty Brand. The brand has been awarded the Butterfly Mark from Positive Luxury as a Brand to Trust in recognition of their commitment to having a positive impact on people and the planet.
09.12.2019 // show complete article

featured by GoSee EVENT : PARIS PHOTO, FOTO FEVER, APPROCHE, OFF PRINT, THIERRY MUGLER in the Polka Gallery & PHOTO SAINT GERMAIN – GoSee correspondent Rolf Scheider on the road for you at the Paris Photo exhibitions and trade fairs in November 2019

Spoilt for choice? Not our Paris/Berlin correspondent Rolf Scheider. On the agenda this November 2019 were no less than five photo trade fairs – which he, of course, all visited. “One thing I did notice this year,” Rolf tells us looking back, “is that there are not only the photo trade fairs but also dozens of events like the ones we know from fashion shows.” And we can already imagine what his program for 2020 might look like... and here is a summery of his adventures – and, of course, plenty of photos that are alone enough to whet the appetite for a trip to Paris.

The highlight of Paris Photo in 2019 was probably the vernissage of Manfred Thierry Mugler in the POLKA GALLERY on the Rue Saint-Gilles, the creative epicenter in Marais and headquarters of the GoSee editorial office. Almost 2000 enthusiastic visitors pushed their way into the rooms of the gallery, to meet the somewhat long-in-the-tooth createur and get a glimpse of his photographs. Of course, all his favorite muses were at his side during the vernissage. These included actress and model Violetta Sanches, photographer Ellen von Unwerth and his long-year agent Aline Soulier, a good friend of Rolf’s for more than 30 years... The exhibition is still on through 11 January, 2020.

Following the success of the ‘Couturissime’ retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and publication of the monograph ‘Manfred Thierry Mugler Photographer’ by Martinière, the exhibition pays homage to Mugler’s fascinating ‘creatures’: his models. Adventurer that he is, his calling, photography and fashion, has taken him around the globe. He has photographed on the rooftops of buildings, in the Sahara, and in the shadows of the icebergs of Disko Bay. In China, Russia, Japan, Mali. In den Mexican galaxies of Luis Barragan. Under the hooves of horses at the Grand Palais and the eagle at Opera Garnier in Paris. On the art deco peaks of the Chrysler Building in New York. Far beyond reportage or travel photography, Journalist Marie Colmant writes: “In this adventure, Mugler is the photographer, but also the Director, who carries it all on his shoulders, who has an ideal image in his mind and will end his search only when it’s a wrap.”

“I spent at least five hours at PARIS PHOTO each day. On the first – when all the respected collectors and museums come – most of the photographs are sold within the first few hours. Of course, there are record sales like the large format Sigmar Polke at the Kicken Gallery for € 385,000. But there were also photos for everyone’s budget, for instance a framed photo of DMITRY MARKOW for € 600 at the Agnes B. Gallery. The drag queen photos of Martin Schoeller at the gallery CAMERA WORK were available for around € 4700 and really caught my eye.” says Rolf Scheider. Whoever fancied, could get their fill of books and prints in the book department. This year, more than 330 internationally renowned artists were represented in the signature program of the book industry, including Massimo Vitalli, Nadav Kander, Yan Morvan, Sabine Weiß, Sophie Call, Antoine d’Agata, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, Todd Hido, Roger Ballen, William Klein, Pieter Hugo, Pierre et Gilles, and, and, and, ...

As an official partner, J.P. MORGAN presented the Collective Identity exhibition, an extensive selection of photographic portraits from the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. As a further official partner since 2003, BMW renewed its commitment to support photography and equipped Emeric Lhuisset, winner of the BMW 2019 Residence, with a coveted Carte Blanche.

“I was deeply touched and captivated by the awards ceremony of PINK RIBBON PHOTO AWARD by Estée Lauder.” Since its first edition in 2012, the mission of the Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Photo Award is to mobilize the public to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer, through the campaign, held each autumn in France by the non-profit organization Le Cancer du Sein. The contest is open to all photographers, amateurs and professionals.

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APPROCHE PARIS – a small but notable ART FAIR with extraordinary highlights – is more of a boutique event, conceived as an exhibition with a curated perspective which obscures the boundaries between the world of photography and that of contemporary art. “My highlights were the works of Lebhoang Kgnaye, Dune Varela and Noé Sendas.”

PHOTO SAINT GERMAIN – On 17 days, visitors could stroll around the historical Saint German district and take a look at 32 photo exhibitions by 60 photographers in 18 galleries and institutions including the École des Beaux-Arts Paris and various book shops. “My absolute, absolute highlight was German artist JOHANNA REICH. With RESURFACE, a project on which she has been working for several years, she showcases female artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.”

FOTO FEVER – is more of a sales exhibition targeted at a broader public which offers a selection of works for less than € 1000. Tours, lectures ... FOTO FEVER affirms its commitment to openness and making contemporary photography accessible to every audience, whether amateur or professional. And this year, it fought to ensure that more than 50 % of the exhibited photos came from women. FOTO FEVER is perhaps the first fair for contemporary art to have achieved this goal, which reflects the growing number of women in today’s younger generation of artists.

OFFPRINT PARIS – celebrated its 10-year anniversary and returned to Beaux-Arts de Paris from 7 to 9 November, 2019. The trade fair brought together 160 international publishing houses from the areas of visual art, design, the arts and urban culture. “And this is where you meet the coolest and most charismatic women and men among the visitors, who look like they could glide over the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York. My casting heart almost skipped a beat! A treasure trove for a casting director like me...” an obviously content Rolf Scheider tells.

21.11.2019 // show complete article