Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ruin with a view.

Books molder on library shelves. A vial of blood from a murder investigation, sealed in a plastic bag, lies in a jumble of old evidence at the former police headquarters. Shirts hang in a hotel closet. A hair dryer, typewriters, a switchboard, pianos, lamps — all left behind. At first glance, Detroit looks more like Pompeii than, say, Buffalo — like a city whose demise arrived overnight rather than over decades, whose residents fled en masse, midsentence, instead of drifting away as the jobs ran out and prospects dwindled. READ MORE...

Two forthcoming books of photography: “The Ruins of Detroit,” by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre (Steidl), and “Detroit Disassembled,” by Andrew Moore (Damiani/Akron Art Museum).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hans Op de Beeck at Marianne Boesky

"Thematically the entire exhibition focuses on depopulated spaces at night, and the melancholic and alienating mood that staged, composed or constructed surroundings often convey. Contrary to what the title suggests, the show does not include a film, but offers the viewer a collection of static images that might evoke film like moods or narratives.

With simple means, the white cube gallery space is transformed into a silent interior, discreetly referring to traditional museum spaces and intimate print rooms. Because of the absence of color, this environment refers to old black and white film as well, which accentuates the representational aspect of it"... MORE.