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New Editions: Liu Ye and Siu Jianguo

In December, s[edition] is proud to have announced the release of two new editions by Chinese contemporary artists Liu Ye and Sui Jianguo. Art Radar explored their creative process as painters and sculptors and their first experiences working in the digital medium with s[edition]. Read the article here: Asia market perfect for digital art? [s]edition takes on Chinese artists. We hope to see more work from these artists in digital format soon.

 

1,000 Pounds by Sui Jianguo

1,000 Pounds by Sui Jianguo

1,000 Pounds reminds aesthetically of Sui Jianguo’s early sculpture of a more organic abstract character and choice in materials, as was typical of his work in the early 1990s. In addition, 1,000 Pounds references the most classic practice of modern sculpture itself: the dedicated modelling and remodelling by the artist’s hand. Auguste Rodin made his name when he decided to move away from the Baroque and neo-Baroque smooth surfaces of 19th century sculptural tradition. He opted for textured surfaces and the extreme interplay of light and shadow – made possible by strong modelling techniques that did not obscure the expressive impact of the artist. In its entirety, 1,000 Pounds seems to convey exactly this: the physical impact of the hand onto the clay, the concreteness of the flesh, the brutality contained within the act of forcing the bare earth into a shape decided by the sculptor.

Upon completion, 1,000 Pounds was cast by Sui Jianguo into bronze. It exists as a artwork in its own right and physical form.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 starting at £5 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

Sui Jianguo

Sui Jianguo (b. 1956 in Qingdao, Shandong province) received a BA in the Fine Arts Department from the Shandong University of Arts in 1984 and an MA in the Sculpture Department from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, where he currently presides as the head of the Sculpture Department. He has been praised by art critics for being a “pioneer venturing to the farthest reaches of Chinese sculpture.”

 

Red Warship

Red Warship by Liu Ye 

Liu Ye’s Red Warship is a digital reference to Liu’s 1997 oil painting, Spirit of the Sea,and comprises many of the themes typical of the artist’s oeuvre: we find homage to Piet Mondrian, characters depicted are rendered in a puerile style, we see sailor hats and angel wings simultaneously. It is a prime example of how Liu likes to play between mysterious fantasy and episodes of complex storytelling and art historical references.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 starting at £5 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

Liu Ye

Liu Ye (b. 1964) is one of China’s most prominent contemporary painters. He is famous for his bright-hued paintings of childlike figures, the cartoon character Miffy the bunny, and works referencing one of his favourite artists – Piet Mondrian. He has an immediately recognizable style that is described as simple to read yet complex in its levels of meaning and technique. Liu: “What I do is about painting and art history. Chinese aesthetics have a traditional system, history, very high quality and taste, different from Western taste but quite meaningful in our time”.

AES+F: Islamic Project collection

In December, s[edition] released three editions as part of AES+F’s Islamic Project collection.

All three works are available in editions of 500 starting at £5 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

Find out more about the collection here:

Islamic Project

In 1996, AES+F launched “Travel Agency to the Future: Islamic Project” – a conceptual art piece that not only catapulted the artist collective to prominence but gained in controversy after 2011. Images of famous landmarks and tourist destinations were digitally altered to look as if taken over by a radical and backward form of Islamic culture. In conjunction, AES+F set up a travel office where souvenir items were sold with these images printed on them, and where visitors could “plan” a fictional holiday into the depicted world. Read more >

New Liberty

New Liberty

AES+F’s “Islamic Project” is key when looking at the artists’ oeuvre, and New Liberty in particular is the most iconic images of the series. Framed as a “visualization of fears of Western society about Islam”, the digitally altered photograph of a burka covered Statue of Liberty could not have more of an impact when wanting to amuse, disturb and raise questions with the viewer all at the same time.

Beaubourg

Beaubourg

Beaubourg, part of AES+F’s “Islamic Project” series, depicts the Centre Pompidou, Paris, obliterated by oriental carpets, various types of Middle Eastern looking architecture, and a large headdress wearing crowd. The image is to represent stereotypical fears of what radical Islam is and might become in a world dominated by politically loaded myths. By juxtaposing extremes the artist collective aims to highlight the absurdity of suchlike world views.

London

London

AES+F’s London is part of its “Islamic Project” series intended to reveal the absurdity behind modern “Clash of Civilization” theories, as made popular by the political theorist Samuel Huntington in the mid 1990s. The artist collective’s strategy is to take stereotypical views of cultures and to exaggerate them by creating a visual ‘worst case scenario’ of exactly these ideas – and to therewith demonstrate their absurdity.

AES+F

AES+F was formed in 1987 by conceptual architects Tatiana Arzamasova and Lev Evzovich, and graphic artist Evgeny Svyatsky. The trio has worked together on various sculptural, digital and installation-based projects, from digital collage to porcelain, fiberglass sculpture to public installation. In 1995, Moscow-born fashion photographer Vladimir Fridkes began collaborating with AES group, forming the ‘F’ in AES+F. The collective achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale with their provocative, otherworldly Last Riot, the first in a trio of large-scale, multi-channel video animations of striking originality that have come to define both their aesthetic and push the boundaries of video installation.

Wim Wenders: Places Strange and Quiet series

During the month of December, s[edition] released six new editions by filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders as part of his Places Strange and Quiet series. The series includes nine photographic works from his explorations for his films around the world. Find out more about the editions here:

Places Strange and Quiet series

Wim Wenders’ “Places Strange and Quiet” series refers to a selection of forty photographs taken by the artist between 1983 and 2011 while location scouting for his films or simply traveling the world for travels’ sake. The collection features everything from industrial “beaches” in Palermo, Sicily, to abandoned fun fairs in Armenia. Wenders: “When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wonder around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. … I don’t know, it must be some sort of built-in radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.”

 
Open Air Screen

Open Air Screen

During a trip to Palermo, Sicily, in 2007, Wenders took several photographs that became part of his “Strange and Quiet Places” series, including Open Air Screen. The image depicts an empty outdoor movie theatre where a crowd of abandoned bright orange chairs is assembled as if they were a conglomeration of spectators. In their accumulation and same orientation, the chairs seem anthropomorphous, attracted by the empty bare stone screen.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

 

Sun Bather

Sun Bather

Not a single thing depicted in Sun Bather seems to make sense when considered in connection to another. In Wenders’ own words: “‘Nothing exists without its opposite.’ (Who the heck said that?) But what could the opposite of this be? And where would it exist? I couldn’t help thinking that this “beach scene” in Palermo was already part of a parallel world.”

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel 

Ferris Wheel is typical of Wenders’ desolate solitudes. The photograph was taken during his travels through Armenia in 2008, where the artist came across an abandoned defective ferris wheel in the middle of an empty field. Wenders explains that photography allows him to focus on a place rather than people – unlike film. And yet, once places “speak”, they speak of “all those (people) who once were there, who lived there, who passed through, and who messed something up”.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Street Corner in Buttle

Street Corner in Buttle 

Street Corner in Buttle, taken in 2003 in Montana, USA, is of an exceptional painterly sensibility and composition that almost seems uncanny: the slightly tilted lamp post breaks the picture’s vertical alignment perfectly, the red fire hydrant creates a central focus point that pulls all other aspects of the image together, the stark contrast that renders the shadows black balances out the use of colour with Mondrian-esque sophistication.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Onomichi Sunset

Onomichi Sunset

In 2005, Wim Wenders traveled from Tokyo to Onomichi, taking the reverse journey undertaken by the protagonists of Wenders’ favourite film: “Tokyo Story” by Yasujiro Ozu, 1953. In the movie, an old couple from Onomichi visit their children in Tokyo one last time, after which the wife dies upon their return home and the husband is left alone.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders (1945, Düsseldorf, Germany), is best known for his work as a film director and is one of the most important figures of the New German Cinema period, which emerged in the 1970s. As well as creating iconic films, the artist works with the medium of photography and addresses themes of memory, time, loss and movement.

Wenders studied medicine and philosophy before settling in 1966 as a painter and engraver in Montparnasse, Paris. His career as a filmmaker began in 1967, when he enrolled at the newly founded Academy of Film and Television, Munich. In the late 1960s he made several short films, which were influenced by American artists including Andy Warhol; these were characterised by their long and uneventful scenes.

 

25 Days of Inspiration: Holiday Countdown

For the holidays, s[edition] will be sending out 25 emails to our members with an artwork from s[edition] to promote the spirit of giving during the holiday season. From the 1st to 25th Dec 2012, we will send out one email per day with an artwork which will be accompanied by an inspirational quote from the artist. Get the chance to win a free artwork by sharing the artwork on Facebook. Join our Facebook page and get 25 chances to win: www.facebook.com/seditionart

To join our mailing list, simply sign-up to s[edition] at: www.seditionart.com

We began our 25 inspirational emails with Tracey Emin’s This is My Favourite Little Bird. All proceeds for this work will go to supporting the NSPCC.

 
“All my work is about emotion. It is about feeling, subjection, and witnessing. It’s personal and it isn’t cathartic, but it is a means for me to express myself.”
 
– Tracey Emin

 
Tracey Emin

New Editions: Wim Wenders

Armenian Alphabet

s[edition] is pleased to announce the release of three new editions from Wim Wenders as part of his Places Strange and Quiet series.

Wim Wenders’ Places Strange and Quiet series refers to a selection of forty photographs taken by the artist between 1983 and 2011 while location scouting for his films or simply traveling the world for travels’ sake. The collection features everything from industrial “beaches” in Palermo, Sicily, to abandoned fun fairs in Armenia. Wenders: “When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wonder around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. … I don’t know, it must be some sort of built-in radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.”

All three editions are available in editions of 1,000 just at £5. Get them now on s[edition].

New Artist: Angelo Plessas

Eyes and Flowers

s[edition] is pleased to announce our latest artist launch – Angelo Plessas. The Greek/Italian digital artist has teamed up with s[edition] to release The Angelo Plessas Collection, which includes 5 of his limited digital editions as part of our our dynamic pricing structure.

Angelo Plessas’ main medium is the internet. He uses it to explore the duality of virtual realities and virtual lives composed and conducted by real people in a real world. Plessas: “The internet could be called a monument to an ever-changing present. (It) appropriates time in an interesting way, and I am fascinated by (how humans behave in order to deal with this appropriation).”

Plessas’ main oeuvre constitutes of interactive websites whose domain names serve as simultaneous titles and a references to physical locations. These websites are designed in a stark graphic style of bold geometric forms and shapes. They are typical of the artist’s overall aesthetic – regardless whether virtual or visible in a gallery space.

The works are both available in editions of 1,000 starting at £5. The entire collection can be purchased at £20 (at a discount of 20%). The prices of the editions will increase as they it sell out – so get them early!

New Editions: Microbe and Pike by Jacco Olivier

Microbe

s[edition] is pleased to announce our latest artist launch – Jacco Olivier. The Dutch artist has teamed up with s[edition] to release two of his works Microbe and Pikeas part of our our dynamic pricing structure.

Jacco Olivier’s work merges traditional Abstract painting with video animations that document the interplay between representation and abstraction. Though he considers himself a painter, his work is the documentary of the process of painting where he photographs every stroke in every stage of the process to create movement and animation of the painting in its creation. Oliver explains, “I like to enter a painting from the front and leave at the back, to record the things that happen between the layers.”

The films that result from this documentation process are rapturous animations of narrative episodes. A man bathes, an airplane lands, a woman wraps herself into a towel. The viewer is presented with an intimate display of the painter’s trade and decision making process as Olivier exposes every change to his composition.

The works are both available in editions of 1000 starting at £10 and are part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model – as edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.

New Edition: Reincarnation by AES+F

 

AES+F‘s unique aesthetic is famous for its hypnotic appeal, classical beauty, multilayered narrative, and alienation. With their latest project, Reincarnation, created in collaboration with Wallpaper* magazine, the Russian artist collective completes their trilogy about the modern world: heaven, purgatory and hell.

The work is based on Giovanni Bellini’s Allegoria Sacra depicting purgatory: unchristened children, figures of the Old and New Testament and ancient mythology meet in a modern international airport where grounded passengers are suspended between time and place. AES+F reinterpret the painting by transporting the characters into a hyper real future where they combat with recognizable themes of the modern world.

Reincarnation is an extract from the complete film, Allegoria Sacra. The work’s overarching themes include obsession with beauty, youth, luxury, and society’s avoidance of moral and ethic responsibility all unfolding in a stunning, yet grotesque dance to baroque choral music.

The work will go on sale today as an edition of 1,000 for £50.

 

Image (c) AES+F, courtesy of s[edition]

 

 

New Edition: Nihilistic Optimistic by Tim Noble & Sue Webster

To coincide with their new solo exhibition at Blain|Southern London Hanover Square, Tim Noble & Sue Webster have created a digital limited edition of a brand new artwork sold exclusively through s[edition] including our new dynamic pricing model.

Nihilistic Optimistic is the British duo’s eighth collaboration with s[edition]. The artwork references the duo’s latest exhibition at Blain|Southern of the same name. The edition offers an opportunity for those who attend the show to own an affordable exclusive work by Tim Noble & Sue Webster.

A fittingly dualistic title, Nihilistic Optimistic responds to the oppositional forces present within their works, and indeed within the artists themselves. Here, cool flickering neon lights oscillate to illuminate the two words and indicate a paradigm, which is at once constructive and destructive, hopeful and despairing with the alteration of the neon. Light and shadow, figuration and abstraction co-exist in a constant state of tension as the words materialise and then disappear before our eyes.

The work will go on sale Tuesday 9 October, as an edition of 500 for £5 along with the continuation of s[edition]’s new dynamic pricing model. To reward early collectors, Nihilistic Optimistic will be available for as low as £5. The price of the artwork will then steadily increase as editions become scarcer.

Nihilistic Optimistic will be on view at Blain | Southern London Hanover Square from 10 October – 24 November 2012.

 

Keep checking back for images from tonight’s opening!

 

Image (c) Tim Noble & Sue Webster

New Edition: After Twombly… One Evening by Idris Khan

 

s[edition] is pleased to announce our latest artist launch – Idris Khan. The Britsh artist has teamed up with s[edition], the world’s leading platform for digital limited editions, with his latest work After Twombly…One Eveningas part of our our dynamic pricing structure.

 In After Twombly… One Evening, Idris Khan references one of his greatest influences: Cy Twombly. From the late painter’s canvas to the words of a nearly illegible poem connected to Twombly, Khan’s work is a true homage to the recognizable calligraphy style of one of the most revered contemporary American painters of the 20th Century.

After Twombly… One Evening is a digital chalk drawing that plays with surface and texture as it subtly self-alters in continuous hazy clouds. The changing dust patterns prevent the viewer from reading the entirety of the poem, as if the words conceal the work’s hidden meaning. While connecting the viewer with a celebratory painting that comes to life before their eyes, the work simultaneously evokes the sombre reality of Twombly’s recent death in 2011. Khan said the following about his inspiration for the work:

I wanted to capture every part of the process of making this photograph. So that when my final composition was made it included every trace and erasure of that trace whilst trying to create an unreadable language. I wanted the writing to become free and live beyond the word that it started at. What is captured in the video is the duration of the writing and the duration of the removal

Idris Khan is also featured in the November edition of Vanity Fair as part of a larger article on s[edition].

The work is an edition of 1000 starting at £10. After Twombly… One Evening is also part of s[edition]’s dynamic pricing model. As edition availability decreases the price of the work increases.