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New acquisition: Carol Surface’s triptych A Graceful Journey

Several works by Carol Surface have enriched our art collection over the past years. However, the newest addition to the collection has surpassed all the expectations we have for Surface. The work in question is a commissioned work which strongly displays similarities of a different work by Carol, namely Retroplay Redemption. The head of the collection requested a commission which would be inspired by the very work Retroplay Redemption. However, we can infer that A Graceful Journey is an evolution rather an imitation.

Despite gathering inspiration from a past work, the triptych is reminiscent of Sam Francis with its vivid and bursting use of colors while the hollow background of the canvas echoes the work of Cy Twombly. We are humbly pleased with the evolution of Surface’s style and technique while we are eager to continue to watch her grow as an artist.

The artist is very pleased with the final results of her work and describes the creation as having been a journey itself. In order to successfully execute her work and garner as much artistic energy and inspiration as she could, the artist listened to her favorite albums. Some of these albums have not been heard for the multiple years which allowed her to listen with new ears and a fresh perspective. Making new discoveries in the songs made it possible for the artist to channel those delightful revelations into her triptych. The beauty and joy that surrounds the artist’s aura has been implanted into her work. Surface considers A Graceful Journey to be one of her masterpieces.

Derek Lerner’s AVEX 3 X-rays modern civilisation

In June 2016 Derek Lerner’s AVEX3 was added to our collection. It is one of a series of six panels that will be adorning MTA station at Ave. 10 in Brooklyn, NYC. To compare a satellite photograph of the bespoken area with the artwork, clearly detects parallel structures. It is a logical consequence that Derek Lerner was chosen to decorate the MTA station in New York because his artwork deconstructs the foundations of this rapid growing city.

The technique is typically Lerneresque. He uses pen and ink on paper to create semi- fictional maps or one could also say carcinogenic structures. The artist explores with his art dualities between natural growth and the destructive human overdevelopment. His artwork meanders between strong, clear lines and almost faded structures. By using this specific technique he documents both the completion and destruction of certain sites. By using the pen he is not only drawing but almost writing down the history of human civilisation, over-consumption and urban sprawl.

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Sanda Iliescu makes the rules

Last March our collection was happy to welcome a new artist in its rows. Sanda Iliescu is a Romanian born US artist, who currently lectures at the University of Virginia. Iliescu’s artwork stands out due to its joyfulness and at the same time its clarity.

Her technique reminds of James Joyce’s stream of consciousness. She lets her hand to follow its own journey and her mind to invent new rules during the creation process.

At the same time this approach unveils basic structures of our society. Nothing is guaranteed.

The contemporary sword of Damocles called ‘waste and excess’ constantly hangs above Iliescu’s creating. Thus she isn’t afraid to use smaller sizes, daily materials and basic drawing devices for her oeuvre.

The artist proves with her medium sized and captivating colourful artworks how close play and seriousness are located to each other. We are excited to have some of Iliescu’s art in our collection.

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Nadine Faraj enriches our art collection

Last March three intense works of the Montreal based artist Nadine Faraj were added to our collection. Her art leaves no one untouched. It creates “pure intimacy” as Sébastien Hudon writes.

Faraj finds her inspiration where humanity ever since fed their phantasies from: Eroticism.

She is not afraid to approach this well-discussed and this controversial theme in her very own contemporary manner. The artist therefore uses the millennial iconography of eroticism: pornography and books of erotic art. She takes this hegemonic, traditional male experience and conquers it with her sensual, feminine art.

Faraj searches for a shameless, natural approach with her technique and unites water, colour and the flesh of paper. Hudon says: “For it is understood, when used directly and without masking, watercolour infiltrates where it should not.”

The results are astonishing. Faraj’s art oscillates between form and formlessness, between provocation and closeness. We are thrilled to have her in our collection.

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“Web1” by Etty Yaniv joins our art collection

Recently we purchased Web1 by Etty Yaniv. The round, three-dimensional shape which juts out of the wall draws automatically attention to it. From further away it resembles a planet which color transcends from blue to a tender pink. The object seems alien and unknown. But if you look closer you can recognize the different layers and the people printed on the material. The artwork has its origin in the midst of our familiar society.

Etty Yaniv’s art is inspired by nature and mostly by its turbulences. She uses discarded material like synthetic gloves and plastic bags to create her objects. Thus her art hovers between nature and culture, between dream and reality, between the artificial and the organic.

Every layer of the artwork is a moment in time, a memory which hides the prior and is hidden by the following. You can see the influence of her many residences in Tel Aviv, Leipzig and New York through time.

With her art she also depicts transition and change. By using discarded material she changes the temporary aspect of the material to an almost eternal function.

As you can see Etty Yaniv’s art is full of complex ideas, paradoxes, wit and personality. We are proud to have her in our collection.

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7Q Interview with Margaret Ann Withers

In January Margaret Ann Withers had an interview with 7Q Interviews. The artist spoke about how she decided actively to move to New York and pursue her career as a professional artist. The interview shows that Withers went beyond the emotiveness of artist life by overcoming her so-called ‘Peggy Guggenheim Syndrome’.

Withers opens up about her titling techniques, the influence of her English literature degree and what role of Walter Benjamin plays in her newest projects.
Her thoughts about the narrative, self-reflection in art and time are ingenious and compelling. Margaret Ann Withers has a well-thought-out way of creating and the interview shows her interesting path…

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The Shopping Cart Inertia series by Richard Garrison lately joined our ElephanArt Collection.

The series was part of the Off the Shelf exhibition at the Robert Henry Contemporary Gallery in New York during September and October 2015. The spindly web resembling artworks were created during a performance of the artist. He placed a self-constructed wooden box which was equipped with a pen holder on ball in a shopping cart. Garrison searched with this prepared cart the products of sales circulars of the box- in mall stores he visited. The pen drew down the movement and also Garrison standstills. The ink then created a dot. The longer he stood, the bigger the spot became. At the bottom of the drawing he noted the goods in his cart.
Garrison’s method reminds of lyrical abstraction and resembles as well Franz Klein’s work, Brice Marden’s Cold Mountains or even Jackson Pollock’s art.
His strategy is very analytical. He wants to objectively dissect the scenery of the common American suburban landscape. Garrison deconstructs the quotidian objects and creates a kinaesthetic, personal, non-judgemental examination of the visual, emotional and conceptual aspects of consumerism.

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Sorcières et Singeries (right) – our latest acquisition by Alicia Paz – shown in Magdeburg exhibit

The art museum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg presents in cooperation with the art gallery Dukan Paris/Leipzig the first museum exhibition of Alicia Paz in Germany. Besides her paintings and paper reliefs the artist Alicia Paz is also showing her sculptural cut-outs for the first time in a more extensive exposition of her work.

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JPW3 enters Miami-based de la Cruz Collection

In 2015 Patrick Walsh created two major works that seem to be siblings: 4PO (image left) made it to Miami while Eckeleys Miners’ Village (image right) joined our ElephanArt collection.

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Rafael Fuchs meeting collectors in Zurich

Rafael Fuchs giving insight into Bushwicks art scene to a bunch of Swiss art collectors and sharing background information about his latest body of works – The Birds Series.

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