EXAMPLE: “These works illuminate the vast extent to which contemporary international artists share an interest in the myriad forms of printed media while working within the traditional definition of collage.” - Gagosian gallery “Fit to Print” Exhibition, 2007
TRANSLATION: These collages show how artists are interested the printed media.
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EXAMPLE: “Jean uses exquisitely contoured line work to form the spatial relationships between his paint and canvas, resulting in a harmonious balance which can – at times – be experienced as if set to music.” - Jonathan Levine Gallery, James Jean Exhibition, 2009
TRANSLATION : Jean’s line work is harmonious.
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EXAMPLE: “The hypnotic effect of momentary flashes of light and the suggestion of its reflection upon the windows captures our attention yet negates itself by the obvious material absence of the glass – and the protagonist. This sense of delayed anticipation takes center stage and the focus of interest becomes the material construct of the work and the space in which it endures.” – Forever & Today, Inc Gallery, SD Studio Dynamics 57UMSTRA1 “Strata #1” Exhibition, 2010
TRANSLATION: You will be hypnotized by the reflections and flashes of light. No, you won’t. Because of this confusion, you will become interested in the materials and the room you are in.
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EXAMPLE: “Escapism and rebellion are at the heart of this series – and how the nonexistence of people that inspires imagination and nostalgia. Her photographs attempt to express and imagine the presence and absence, inspired by the traces that these anonymous strangers have left behind.” - Melanie Flood Projects Gallery, Grace Kim photo Exhibition, 2009
TRANSLATION: These photos are about escapism and rebellion. And because there are no people in them, you will feel nostalgic and imaginative. These photos are trying to imagine the people that are not in them. They are also trying to imagine the fact that there are no people in them.
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EXAMPLE: “Hirst is again commenting on the inevitability of death and the almost religious belief in drugs for eternal salvation … Hirst’s School
is a complex thought provoking presentation that makes numerous references to art, science, art history, authority, knowledge, culture, religion, and beliefs. It is surprising and unexpectedly beautiful, and despite its macabre contents, Hirst clearly states: ‘I am preoccupied with life, not death.’” - The Lever House Art Collection, Damien Hirst School
TRANSLATION: Hirst is preoccupied with death … Hirst’s School
will make you think. And it refers to everything. It is surprising that School
is beautiful and, despite being preoccupied with death, Hirst says he is not.
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EXAMPLE: “Kim’s use of black and white is also influenced by a reflective tension that can be traced back to the Yin and Yang for the universal dualities of life and death and optimism and melancholy. The photographs, as a representation of something used and wrong, allow the viewer to project their own personal interpretations of love, realtionships and emptiness.” - Melanie Flood Projects Gallery, Grace Kim photo Exhibition, 2009
TRANSLATION: Kim’s use of black and white is related to Chinese philosophy. Because the subject of the photos is wrong, viewers can think whatever they want.
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EXAMPLE: “Of these stark paintings Currin has said: ‘the isolation of the figures against the blank background was almost like an act of violence… They’re very male, and they seem to me to be about repressed male violence.’” - Whitney Museum, John Currin Exhibition, 2003
TRANSLATION: Currin: I don’t know what my paintings are about. I get angry thinking about it.
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EXAMPLE: “…the artist intervenes in various familiar narrative structures to investigate the construction of collective and individual identities in relationship to various forms of cultural production. Huyghe is interested in both reading and making possible multiple, subjective reinterpretations of incidents and images that shape our realities.” - Guggenheim Museum, Pierre Huyghe, Hugo Boss Prize 2002