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Here comes the absolute must-have magazine for the crisis! Already back in January, when the Corona virus was still some far away thing in the even farther away city of Wuhan, Max Siedentopf – artist, photographer, director and freelance art director – began constructing face masks in his London apartment using only readily available objects. Inspired by alternative masks he had seen on the Internet, the creative came up with a critical and humorous approach to the topic. Practicing self-isolation, he sculpted towers with tin cans, stitched together haute couture costumes, crafted monsters or laid traps while inventing bizarre alternatives to toilette paper or making sandals from strawberry jam. But that’s not all: He also published all of his activities on Instagram and invited followers to present their own versions of his works.
The most bizarre sculptures and weirdest scenes have now been compiled in a book at Hatje Cantz. This handy survival guide consists of different chapters that shed an ironic light on the process of getting by at home alone, whether one has chosen to isolate or has been ordered to: From “invent a new meal” to “make a painting using toothbrush” or even “balance all your beauty products” – it’s all there. His work is less about perfect aesthetics. What’s most important to him is the idea, whether he is photographing, designing or shooting a film.
He grew up in Windhoek (Namibia) and lived afterward in Berlin, LA and Amsterdam before moving to London. From 2013 to 2020, he was Creative Director at the agency KesselsKramer and became the youngest partner of the agency at only 25. He is the founder of art magazine Ordinary, which appears quarter-annually. More information and an ARTE Tracks video are available via ART ON THE BEAT by Hatje Cantz. And take a look at his website for more of his crazy projects.
Max Siedentopf ‘Home Alone Survival Guide’ (Editor: Nadine Barth, design by Max Siedentopf, English, 2020. 104 pages, 210 ills., ISBN 978-3-7757-4796-7)
07.05.2020 show complete article
Lyles & King is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of London-based artist Jessie Makinson (b. 1985), Dangerous Pleasing – if only for online viewing.
The gallery on the artist: “Teasing threads from art history and literature, Jessie Makinson re-addresses a patriarchal past from a female perspective. Plucking themes and narratives from historical precedent, she creates a bold new context for the motifs she selects. Vivid colors describe tense, erotic scenes in which women are dangerous active participants, not passive permission givers. Makinson’s characters practice rituals, they embrace, plot and conspire. They hold sexual power and disrupt expectations, inhabiting a universe that surprises, delights and tests its audience.”
And Kate Neave continues: “Makinson’s characters seem motivated by jealousy, narcissism, and, desire. Her paintings bring to mind conspiracies and betrayals, invoking plot lines that could equally have been plucked from Tudor England or Instagram stories.”
About – Jessie Makinson (b.1985, London) has had recent solo exhibitions at Fabian Lang, Zurich, CH, and Galería OMR, Mexico City, MX. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including No Patience for Monuments at Perrotin, Seoul, KR (2019); In the Company Of, curated by Katy Hessel at T.J. Boulting, London, UK (2018); Dead Eden at Lyles & King, New York, US (2018); BioPeversity at Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, US (2018); Formal Encounters at Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest, HU (2018); Breaking Shells, curated by Justine Do Espirito Santo at The Koppel Room, London, UK (2018); and Fake French at Roman Road, London, UK (2016). Upcoming exhibitions include I See You at Victoria Miro, London, UK, and Kunstverein Dresden. She lives and works in London. GoSee: lylesandking.com
02.04.2020 show complete article
‘Some Kind of Heavenly Fire’ is Maria Lax’s first monograph. Inspired by her grandfather’s book, she combines her own photography with family archive and newspaper cuttings. Using these elements, the book weaves together a delicate and ambiguous narrative about a small town with a big secret.
“I’m from a small town in Northern Finland surrounded by a vast, sparsely populated wilderness. Most pass through the town on their way someplace else without ever knowing it was a hotspot for UFO sightings in the 1960s.
Unaware of this history myself, it wasn’t until I read my grandfather’s book that I learned of the incredible stories of supernatural events, bravery and struggle against hardship in what is a largely barren land. Already suffering from dementia, he was unable to answer any of the questions I had, so I went looking for answers. I turned to the people who had seen the mysterious lights, to newspaper archives and my family’s photo albums from the era.
The UFO sightings coincided with a time of great struggle for Northern Finland. People flooded from the countryside into the cities in search of jobs, leaving abandoned houses scattered across this beautiful but harsh landscape. It’s no wonder that the UFO sightings embodied a fear of the future, the unknown and the inexorable shift in lifestyles and livelihoods going on around them. Some reacted to the mysterious lights with fear, some took them as a sign they were not alone.”
– Maria Lax
About – Maria Lax is a Finnish-born, London-based photographer and a winner of Female in Focus 2019 (Single Image category, femaleinfocus.com). Last year, Lax signed with Stem Agency and published her first photobook, Some Kind of Heavenly Fire, with Setanta Books. GoSee:
setantabooks.com//some-kind-of-heavenly-fire & maria-lax.com.
05.03.2020 show complete article