Thursday, August 13, 2009

Zilvinas Kempinas: Venice updates

Some press updates on Zilvinas Kempinas, who, as reported here, is representing Lithuania at the Venice Biennale this summer with his show-stopping installation 'Tube'.

Zilvinas has been garnering many favorable press reviews, including numerous Biennale critic's picks:

First off, read Laura McLean Ferris' excellent 2-page article in June's Art Review magazine here; and also an extended interview by Selina Ting with the artist in the inaugural issue of the online initiArt Magazine here.

French art magazine Beaux Arts got in early with their June recommendation of Zilvinas' pavilion; and again singled out Lithuania as one of the best of the national pavilions in their summer issue.

Le Figaro, in an article that awarded special 'Palmes' to individual works and pavilions in the Biennale, gave Zilvinas the 'Space-Time Palme', lauding its glorious spatio-temporal warping of the architecture of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia.

Artnet.dk describe 'Tube' as "wunderschöner" in Sabine B. Vogel's Venice roundup; while Aussie monthly Art World also singles out Zilvinas' "mind-boggling" work as one of the Biennale's best.

There is a great video walk-through available on vernissage.tv, and that is pretty-much it - for now. 'Tube' continues at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia in Canareggio, Venice through November 22nd. Read more on the show here and check out our galleries of installation shots and opening day shots.

Szabolcs Veres images now online

We have just added an image gallery and bio to our website on Szabolcs Veres, the young Romanian painter whose work proved to be a huge success at our booth in Volta (see images below, from 'Goya in Transylvania', an article on the artist on Romanian news site cotidianul.ro).

Watch this space for more info on Szabolcs and what will be his first exhibition in New York, upcoming at SBG in the near future...



Ian Burns exhibiting new work at IMMA, Dublin

As his three month residency on the Artist's Work Programme at Dublin's Irish Museum of Modern Art draws to a close, Ian Burns will be exhibiting two new pieces in the museum's Process Room through August 16th.

'A Separate State' is a new kinetic work that draws its power from a solar panel integrated into the sculpture. Mostly assembled from scavenged objects found near the museum, the piece references the visual cues of statehood - balance and justice - and plays with the great traditions of those absurd functional sculptures of the past: fountains.

'A Promise Of More' employs the atmospheric color of the unique Irish “Fireglow” light bulb to project the word “YOU” on the gallery wall, constructing the characters from the individual bulb filaments, refracted via cheap magnifying glasses, into a humble welcome or a hasty accusation.

Ian's work in the Process Room is on view through August 16th, more info here.