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ART BASEL HONG KONG, May 15 -18, 2014

Andréhn-Schiptjenko at Art Basel Hong Kong

May 15 – 18, 2014

Andréhn-Schiptjenko warmly welcomes you to join us in our booth nr 1B21 at Art Basel Hong Kong where we look forward to presenting extraordinary works by Uta Barth, Ridley Howard and Martin Jacobson.

Uta Barth (b. 1958, Germany) has since the early 1990s made visual perception the primary content of her work, her projects presenting observations about human perception in ever changing ways. Unlike most photography, which seeks out a central subject, Barth has confined her practice to the ambient, the peripheral, incidental and ephemeral. Using the camera as a metaphor for the human eye, her images trace light, time and optical afterimages and they aim to ask us to become invested and conscious of our own perceptual awareness. The word “photography” translates as “drawing or writing with light” and in her most recent work Barth does precisely that as she draws a curtain in order to manipulate the growing line of sunlight into various configurations, thereby transforming a simple observation into a complex photographic project, describing perception, light and the passage of time. Her work has been the subject of major exhibitions worldwide and is well represented in both private and public collections, including those of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao, Spain; The Tate Modern, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others. In 2012 Barth was named a MacArthur Fellow.

 

Ridley Howard (b. 1973, USA)

Ridley Howard’s paintings display a cool yet personal relationship to both subject matter and image. Simple depictions of people, architectural spaces and landscapes are infused with a specific painterly sensibility. The works incorporate the vernacular of vastly different genres of painting, among them high renaissance, pop art and abstraction. Subtle and deceptively straightforward, the paintings invoke a sense of monumentality while retaining a lingering intimacy and stillness. He experiments with how the elemental forces of painting, colour, shape, and design coalesce into something with emotional resonance. The moderately sized paintings call for intimate viewing, not just because of their scale but because Howard paints with exquisite care.

Ridley Howard was born in 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds an MFA from Tufts University and has been the recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent exhibitions include venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA and SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, GA and Atlanta, GA. He was the first person to be granted a solo exhibition in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Travelling Fellowship.

 

Martin Jacobson (b. 1978, Sweden)

Martin Jacobson’s artistic process often starts on the scrapheap of art history. He collects postcards, catalogues, illustrated

newspapers, photographs, schoolbooks and children’s books and he looks for archetypal motifs and themes, such as the sunset, the moonlight, the road, the mountain, the water and the sky. Motifs that somehow reflect collective dreams or myths. He recycles his material, takes it to pieces and then brings together disparate pictorial elements, while drawing and painting in ink and watercolour. This is his method for slowly constructing his detailed and imaginary worlds.

His most recent series of work deals mainly with the landscape and our relation to nature and the idea of “the natural”. The recurring theme is either a forest or single trees wrapped in a magical light. Through a powerful, almost unreal range of colours, Jacobson creates a mythological world where the inner and outer landscapes interact.

Martin Jacobson has in the recent years following his graduation from Malmö Art Academy in Malmö, Sweden received both critical acclaim and curatorial recognition. He was invited by Elmgreen/Dragset to the exhibition The Collectors in the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and by David Elliot to The Beauty of Distance at The Sydney Biennale in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include The Traveller’s Guide to the Other Side at Sala Veronicas/La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Murcia, Spain and Excursions at the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn, Sweden.