There’s no reason such materials cannot continue to be used today, although visiting priests usually bring their own oil for the anointing of the sick.
Jessica Vaughn investigates the social lives of everyday objects and materials: how they speak beside and beyond themselves; the ease with which they are overlooked because of their concrete functions; their value systems; their interactions. In conversation with Eliel Jones, the artist discusses processes of representation, reproduction as fabrication, the materiality of labor, and how all these inform her latest show, Exit Strategy at Emalin, London.
Immersing the spectator in site-specific installations that she herself compares to “studio visits,” both intimate and in flux, US artist Sarah Sze combines intricate systems of objects and images across multiple mediums, from sculpture to painting, drawing, printmaking, and video. On the occasion of her first solo show in an Italian gallery, the artist talks of arranged randomness; balancing craftsmanship and technology; and how Rome and rocks can narrate the experience of time.
Walking through the rooms of the first Parisian exhibition of the American artist Leslie Hewitt, held at Galerie Perrotin last September, there was a sensation that was difficult to define except with the term “exactness.” It was less about how the new Riffs on Real Time (a series started in 2002), abstract chromogenic prints and sculptures resting on the walls or lying on the floor, showed confidence in where they were exposed, and more that the arrangement, in its entirety, seemed to trigger a subliminal and cumulative “effect”—almost neurologically—in the viewer. Here Hewitt talks about the relationship between sculpture and photography, and the balance between minimalism, conceptual inclination, and use of preexisting, connoted images in her practice.
Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, director of viennacontemporary, discusses the singularities and offerings that make the fair unique, from the focus on galleries from Central and Eastern Europe, to the individualized services and attention dedicated to collectors and visitors.