Media in Transition
Tom Gallant, Hans Hemmert, Chris Jones, Stefan Kübler, Jón Laxdal, Tommy Støckel
Exhibition Opening Thursday 2nd February 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: 2nd February - 18th March 2006
Media in Transition presents works by six international artists, each of whom uses printed ephemera from the media assault we are confronted with every day as their point of departure. In a twisting and combining of worlds, collected print media such as newspapers, magazines, advertising brochures and postcards is saved from disposal and given new life and meaning. News, advertising, images of materialistic and sexual desire are contorted, manipulated and transformed, often leaving only trace references to its original meaning or past life and purpose.
Tom Gallant (England, b.) studied at the Camberwell College of Art and Design, and is now based in Brussels. In much of his work Gallant examines the rise of the collector and decorative craft in the Victorian era, as well as exploring the notion and history of pornography. For this exhibition Gallant presents a new work in the form of a diagram of a Dewalt power-tool using pages from pornographic magazines delicately cut with extreme precision and craft, and in so doing fuses two disparate worlds, entangling industrial, yet decorative graphics and media images.
Hans Hemmert (Germany, b.) studied in Berlin and London. A member of the group Inges Idee his works explore human interaction with abstract sculptural form. Producing a paper-model Cathedral from Louis Vuitton advertising material Hemmert not only juxtaposes human and architectural form, but provokes amusing thoughts of consumers worshipping exclusive products in a way that was once reserved for churches.
English artist Chris Jones' world is a shifting, half-remembered one, made up of meticulously assembled photographic illustrations. Culled from discount bookshop encyclopaedias, magazines, calendars and posters, the illustrations are intricately cut out and re-formed into a variety of sculptures. During this piecemeal expedition, the images are allowed to follow their own suggested internal logic, creating fragments of a land that is both familiar and alien, fixed and in flux, real and imagined.
Using the ubiquitous free postcards found in cafes, Stefan Kübler (Germany) creates pictures by cutting several cards with the same motive and reassembling them, forming entirely new fields of depth and form. The collages are often painted-over providing a new solidity, playing with focus and perceptions of reality, creating a new layer of meaning.
For many years Jón Laxdal (Iceland) has worked with material he has collected together in the form of newspapers and other sundry printed matter. Himself a writer, text plays an integral role in his collages, often being carefully chosen after long consideration with the original and what they sort to communicate.
Berlin-based artist Tommy Støckel ( Denmark) studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and produces paper collage, geometeric sculpture and installations. Using the yellow pages or pages from toy-model catalogues he filters out their commercial status leaving the remaining imagery to be choreographed into something futuristic.
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