art & design, denmark, photos

FINDERS KEEPERS’ Keepers

FINDERS KEEPERS held their recurring indoor design market here in Copenhagen over the weekend. Nearly 300 booths from independent creators were packed with print, textile, jewelry, ceramic, furniture, and clothing design. It’s a cozy, if slightly overwhelming event, with food and music and tons of cool stuff to pour over.

Highlights for me were these wonderful sculptures from the studio of architect and visual artist Tina Louise Hunderup. So simple and clean in form, the shapes can be placed to sit on tables or hang on the walls, where they cast moving shadows when the light hits just right. According to Tina Louise, each sculpture is an abstraction of different architectural constructions and terms. I’m still kicking myself for not buying one.

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Another artist that caught my eye was photographer Helle Sandager. She was selling a bunch of bold, beautiful prints of photos from a series called Wild Nature. What I love about these is that it’s a pretty simple concept, but it has to be executed just right. Nature exposed and manipulated so slightly that it adds this kind of otherworldly, foreign layer on top something you’ve seen a million times.

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Unchanging Window

Unchanging Window is a wonderful personal photo blog by artist Mary Manning that I get excited to check every day. Each post offers its own little abstract narrative, a photo essay wrapped up by a thematic end quote, question or lyric: “What’s Going to Happen Today?” “Smiles Awake When You Rise” “The Magic Tortoise.” Every photo is great, but strung together they take on some new, next-level power. Are they individual moments of inspiration? A mysterious, connected plot to decipher? You don’t know, and that’s the best part.

 

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Between Sleeping and Waking

I visited MoMa’s annual New Photography update last week and was a bit mesmerized by the latest work from Netherlands-based artist Viviane Sassen.

Born in Amsterdam, Sassen spent part of her formative childhood years in Kenya. As an adult she returned to Africa to try and recapture the dreamy, surreal impressions of her youthful days on the continent. The resulting series is called Parasomnia and it’s filled with bold spots of color, sharp angles and dramatic, shadowy lines. Anonymous places and mostly faceless subjects give the work a hypnotic blend of both mystery and intimacy.

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Hail Ye Travelers

RWFA Gallery has an excellent exhibition up called Hail Traveler! The Photographer as Tourist, and the Tourist as Subject.

Inspired by the writings of J. B. Jackson, the show’s photos look to expose the curious, visionary tourist that resides in every photographer traveling in search of a subject.

One of Jackson’s influencing beliefs was that tourism is largely the desire to know more about the world in order to know more about ourselves. As RWFA points out, “his ideology parallels the careers of many photographers, and the concept of finding one’s vision through the exploration of the unfamiliar.”

Beautiful works by Jehsong Baak, Sharon Harper and John Goodman stood out for me. There’s also a striking Avedon portrait that no ‘image insert’ could do justice – go see it in person!

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