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@ Calvert 22, London

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Boguslaw Schaeffer “PR-I VIII”, 1972
Graphic score, ink on paper

The exhibition presented art works from concept movements which grew on the technological revolution of the XX century and flourished in 60s. The ubiquity of radio, telephone, photography and cinema forced artists to redefine the purpose of art, walk away from the naturalistic approach, analyse various forms of communication and the relationship of the sound-word-image. New studios were established producing so called concrete music (Pierre Schaeffer – Club d’ Essai in Paris- 1940; Electronic Music Studio-Cologne-1951). Also words (which carry sounds and images) were de-constructed in order to unify them with their origins in form of a concrete poetry.

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I visited Tate Modern and took photos of what caught my eye with my not so fancy mobile camera, so it’s just for a reference. Nevertheless what interested me are the behind the scenes concepts, processes as well as materials and techniques used by the artists, which I took notes of.  This is a small research on working with restricted means, which brings up the meaning of an artwork and its dimensionality and generates an emotional or spiritual response in the viewer. Most works belong to the abstract expressionism trend.

All information sourced from Tate Modern’s synopses.

Thomas Hirschhorn (1957, born Switzerland, works France)

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Candelabra with Heads 2006 (wood, brown tape, bubble paper and painted plastic heads)

Known for his sculptures and installations made from everyday materials such as cardboard, plastic and paper, bound together with brown packing tape. This work was originally part of an exhibition called Concretions, a term from geology and medicine that suggests the gradual growth of a solid mass. Hirschhorn related the theme to a broader social and spiritual petrification. Here the faces of mannequins seem to be emerging from – or submerged into- larger biomorphic forms. Read More

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Exhibited in June in Derby as part of the Format Festival 2013, this collection of portraits captures inspirational characters, people who shaped Derby’s cultural, economic and industrial landscape. Although brining to mind the 18th century collection of paintings from the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, the portraits carry something more contemporary and surreal as well. Read More