Daniel Lergon

Love this.

Older Work:

Amaaazing.


Press Release:

Since beginning his studies at the Universität der Künste (UdK) in Berlin with Professor Lothar Baumgarten, in his painting, Daniel Lergon has been dealing with the correlative interplay between light and surface, and the optical effects and perceptions that result from this. Whereas in his early works, Lergon used color pigments within the range of the color spectrum, applying them to all kinds of transparent, reflecting, and absorptive material surfaces, he later also included colors at the very extremes of the spectrum into his work. His intensive study of the colors was thus always tied to the materiality of the painting’s ground and the question regarding this influence this would have on the viewer’s perception.

Since 2007, Lergon has been working without using color pigments directly, painting instead with colorless, clear lacquer on technical grounds. These initially grey, later white, retro reflexive materials behave unusually concerning how they reflect the light. By using them, Lergon creates a painting that dispenses with color pigments, and which essentially comes about in the special reflection of the light upon the varnish and painting’s ground.

ANTUMBRA

Here, the theme of light has been linked to the notion of shadows. In his new, black works, instead of using bright, light, reflecting materials Lergon paints on a black ground, which, due to its consistency, reflects the light less intensively. The varyingly dense traces of the transparent painting lacquer yield extremely different intensities of darkness. Hence, the title of the exhibition: ANTUMBRA – a technical term that comes from astronomy and geometric optics and describes the area of a shining surface located behind the occluding shadow of an object.

via Contemporary Art Daily & Artnews.org

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New Graduate Exchange and Wrong Island.


Market Gallery  had an opening for their New Graduates Exchange on Saturday. I’d been told about a man encased in jelly who had to breath through a straw so I went along to have a look. The exhibition overall was great, really nice use of the spaces. I only really got snaps of James Stephen Wright, who was the man encased in jelly.

Went to Nice n Sleazies after the opening at Market gallery and Wrong Island were playing. I had never heard these guys before and all I can say is it was stunningly good.

Wrong Island is made up of Teamy Teamy: http://soundcloud.com/teamy

and Dirty Larry: http://soundcloud.com/dirty-larry





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In Between Dreams by Will Hartley

The font is varied on this post – wordpress is being funny.
I saw this today on foto8. I was excited about it, I had hoped to see something of the lives of the squatters,  learn something I didn’t know. Then I started looking through the images and I  saw a lot of under exposed images portraits, jaunty angels and blurry images that maybe are there to convey a sense of movement or action or whatever.
What I would have liked would have been to see more of these images – more descriptive images which let me see things I wouldn’t know of otherwise: Something else I would have liked to have seen more of is how they live –  most of the images are of people sleeping or sharing a moment in nice light but that leaves the whole project unbalanced I feel. The image of them raiding bins is so disappinting for me also because again it just looks like it’s been snapped so quickly without any consideration.
I’m not looking for him to set up a tripod and get all of his lines straight or something but surely you’ve been bin raiding a lot with these people and ad plenty of chances. I can’t see anything – I get a slight sense of urgency from the jaunty angle and slight movement but not enough – it could be better.
This image here- although it’s like a lot of the images (people sleeping in their squatters accommodation) it’s more interesting for me because it looks like it’s a disused business rather than an disused house/flat,  and if the photographer is trying to communicate that squatters don’t just live in nice old buildings then I think more of this would have been good.  The rest of the images seem to be from flats and houses. 
So yeah I was disappointed. I can’t stress enough how disengaging portraits can be. You are just looking at a photograph of someone  you don’t know unless the photographer actually captures something and with portraiture, most people don’t. It’s so sad to see such  a missed opportunity,  so many empty images.
Is this an attempt to keep people anonymous? Again – the high contrast, lost blacks, bad composition? I think even if the child’s face was still in shadow and you could see the other persons face that would give some emotion and power to the image.
This image is nice but it looks like it’s been taking in a moment of haste – the angel and composition only detract from it for me.
Although I’ve went through individual images, I realise it’s a whole story but I’ve selected images that let me talk about the fault I find with the project as a whole.
It is really nice and encouraging to see people like Will on foto8 though – he is just at the beginning of his career(I think!) and I hope he goes on to make much more exciting work.
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A few snaps from last Thursday

After Hillhead Bookclub’s B.Y.O.B, which I completely missed. Hung about for a bit after with my flatmate and some other folk I don’t know.














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Having Not Been Moved for a Thousand Years

Having Not Been Moved for a Thousand Years by Andy Hopkins (http://www.andy-hopkins.co.uk/) and James Gibbins (http://serveduntilbreakfastdivided.weebly.com/)

Probably one of the best things I’ve been to in a while.

Apologies for the lack of color correction in most.







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Futureproof 2011 – My Favvies

Futureproof 2011 is an exhibiton of recent graduates who work with photography from all over Scotland. It runs from 13th August – 9th October at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.

Fabien Marques – Der Mannergarten

http://www.fabienmarques.com

Angus Behm – Passing Places

http://www.angusbehm.co.uk

Nina Marvin – In Memoriam

ninamarvin@hotmail.co.uk

Nuno Direitinho – Backbone

http://nunodireitinho.com

Sofia Silva – 10227 Days of Lost Affection

http://www.sofiasilvaphotography.com

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Wilma Hurskainen – No Name, 2011.

I was on http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com and came across this image and immediately loved it. It’s so simple and well executed. I popped over to Wilma’s website to see the rest of the series but this image wasn’t on the site. The series itself is looking at childhood and memory, using made up experiences, memories from her childhood, experiences from adulthood which she layers together in her images alongside texts that talk about the memories and experiences the images have created from.

Wilma presents the texts before each image, which a lot of people would dislike as it sets up how you will view the image. I think it is done nicely in this series, the texts and images are brought together and take us along this new half true, half imagined story.

The only thing I would say would be that I don’t think the images are that strong without the texts and don’t always look how you would expect after reading the text. The images are beautiful but without the text I don’t know if I would spend that much time on them.

I especially liked Plan for a Fire, Plan for a Burglar as we all did this as children and I, for one, still do it as an adult:

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