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.
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
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
Fabien Marques – Der Mannergarten
Angus Behm – Passing Places
Nina Marvin – In Memoriam
Nuno Direitinho – Backbone
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: