Phillipa Tocker & Ashley Cox in their home in Karori, Wellington captured by Freunde von Freunden.

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On the 7th of September Galerie Gabriel Rolt opened the exhibition of portraits by the very talented painter Dawn Mellor in which she depicts former members of now defunct not-for-profit collective The Austerians. This is the second solo exhibition at the gallery following “The Conspirators” in 2010. The Manchester-born Mellor is the oldest female artist never to have participated in a group exhibition, nationally or internationally at galleries, museums and public institutions in Europe and the USA or to have collaborated with curators or artists in various media. read more…

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We really like the 5th issue of Modern Matter which was created around the concept of stellar. This is a homonym for its cover star, Stella Tennant on the first place, but is also a word to describe her. ‘The interior space of a magazine is defined, by and large, by its writers, its artists and its photographers, while the outer space is often defined by a cover model. Here, Stella Tennant, iconic, playful, a born performer, and above all, independent, embodies the interior and the ethos of Modern Matter magazine, in its first truly unisex issue.’ read more…

The beautiful absurd installation by Leandro Erlich floating above the French city of Nantes - as featured on It’s Nice That

Carsten Nicolai‘s installation ‘pionier l’ consists of a parachute inflated by a wind-machine, creating an ephemere situation of interaction between states of stability and instability. The set-up serves as a methaphor of the ambiguous and discontinuous interplay of artificially produced objects and natural elements. We love that.

Vertical emptiness, a crystalized installation of tree branches and hot glue by Yasuaki Onishi on Spoon & Tamago

The Single Character Action Calligraphy of Yuichi Inoue – shared on Spoon & Tamago

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Temps Mort is the first solo exhibition by Alex Verhaest which opened on the 7th of September in the Amsterdam-based gallery Grimm. Roeselare-born Verhaest, who now lives in Amsterdam, investigates contrasts, commonalities and the fusion between man and technology, actor and computer. Her first solo exhibition consists of various video works culminating in one large scale movie scene: the red line connecting all works is the story of a family embroiled in an age-old drama. Divided over several screens and using different techniques, each project depicts a certain element of the final movie scene. There are five ‘Character Studies’ representing a personal analysis of each individual character, as well as five ‘Table Props’ that represent the characters’ inner psychology. read more…

‘Gasoline’, a new book by David Campany, published by Mack Books. The book ’can be read as a cautionary tale about the modern dependence on oil, about news photography, about the shift from film to digital imaging, or as a minor history of car design and vernacular architecture.’ as shared on CNN.com

This piece! ‘Ecce Animal‘ is made from compression moulded cocaine and gelatin by Diddo

“Once we were animals. Like any other, we lived in an environment of fear and want. Then, we became ‘human’ and aspired to be better. We learned to control our environment but the fear stayed, because we never learned to control ourselves. It is frightening to look at the face of our animal side laid bare by comfortable excess; the spoils of its aggression. But what exactly is it about this image that is so confronting? Is it this division in our idea of self? Or is it a realization that though we have mastered the outside world, we will always remain subservient to our inner selves.”

This Hilly Dish by Kebei Li seeks to break the binary opposition of “containing” and “being contained” relationship in traditional containers… Each dish has a unique landscape that is CNC routed and then sanded to a smooth finish.

Collage for WAR by Nick Knight on showstudio

I need a guide featured these beautiful faded photographs of Angélica García

We really like this work by Anna K. Miller

Folds is a gallery-spanning large-scale installation: 700 yards of cheesecloth have been draped from the structural beams in the ceiling, forming ghostly, semi-opaque curtains that section off the gallery floor. Frozen into shape with a mixture of glue and water, the draped cloth preserves the handwrung irregularities of the process in rippling folds. Viewers are invited along the path of the curtains, to become immersed within the installation, and to consider the latent forms made visible within the space and material.

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Anish Kapoor is one of the most important of the world’s contemporary artists. Since his first sculptures, simple forms with paint pigments spread out on the floor, Kapoor has developed a multi-faceted oeuvre using various materials, such as stone, steel, glass, wax, PVC skins and high-tech material. In his objects, sculptures and installations the boundaries between painting and sculpture become blurred. For his first major exhibition in Berlin he will use the whole of the ground floor of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, including the magnificent atrium. Some of the works will have been specially designed for this venue. The show, comprising about 70 works, will provide a survey of the abstract poetic work of this winner of the Turner Prize from 1982 to the present. read more…

The series of photographs of New-York-based photographer Allen Skyy Enriquez, AKA The Zartorialist, presents the Big Apple in an atypical way. One might think that the pictures were retouched, but that is only with a 6-inch glass prism he achieves its effects and stunning photographs in single exposure. via NYC Prism – Fubiz

‘Symphony Cinetique – The poetry of motion’. A truly amazing project by Joachim Sauter and Ólafur Arnalds at MADE Berlin — via iGNANT.

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Sou Fujimoto is the latest and youngest architect who designed the prestigious temporary structure in front of the Serpentine Gallery, which this year was opened on the 8th of June. Made out of 20mm steel poles the structure has taken in nearly 3800 square feet of the London gallery’s front lawn. It is designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space, with a café inside it. Fujimoto and his team designed the building with the ambition to persuade people to enter and interact with the pavilion throughout its four-month presence in London’s Kensington Gardens. The official photography of the pavilion was commissioned to my brother Iwan Baan. read more…

Hermit crabs can now move to New York, Paris or Tokyo thanks to the Japanese artist Aki Inomata who created these beautifully crafted plastic habitats.

SUBURBAN is a multi-faceted photography, film and installation exhibition created by artist Ian Strange. Over a two-year period Strange worked with a film crew and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film eight site-specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photographic documentation forms the basis of a new solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria on July 26 and a short-film which will be released in late 2013. Simply amazing!

Would love to see this crazy goofy clown faced drone by Axel Brechensbuaer delivering peace and oxycontin instead of missiles — on Wired Design

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In 2008 then young photographer Pieter Henket took a picture of  upcoming artist Lady Gaga, which eventually became the cover of her multiplatinum album The Fame. Basically from that moment Henket was a household name in contemporary glamour photography. In 2010, confirming this major status, the photograph of Lady Gaga was exhibited as an icon of the 21st century in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Twelve years had passed since Henket arrived in New York City in 1998 as a 19-year old to take up studies at the Film Academy. Instead of his original goal to become a filmmaker, Henket now officially was a major still photographer. read more…

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The Belgian creative collective Captain Boomer is currently engaged in a initiative called the Sperm Whale Summer Tour in which the collective uses a lifelike sculpture of a beached sperm whale as an artistic and educational performance. After the very first beaching in 2008 in Scheveningen and subsequently in Antwerp, Oostende and Venray they landed on the shore of London’s river Thames at Greenwich. Through fake researchers around the whale a seemingly authentic scene is created. And due to the fact of actual scientists on site, the educational dimension is real. Those who are interested in sperm whales and why they beach will get an answer, but it also touches the element of a whale beaching as a societal spectacle.  read more…