Katie Paterson, All the Dead Stars, 2009
laser etched, anodized aluminum; 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 in
Installation view at The Renaissance Society, 2013
Some shots of the gallery during the construction of Suicide Narcissus.
Suicide Narcissus currently on view. Open Tues-Fri from 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun from noon-5pm.
Selections from The Infinite Library, a project by Daniel Gustav Cramer and Haris Epaminonda, to be featured in the group exhibition Suicide Narcissus opening Sept 15 at the Renaissance Society.
In the artists words, The Infinite Library is ”primarily an expanding archive of books, each created out of pages of one or more found books and bound anew.” You can view more documentation of the library at http://www.theinfinitelibrary.com/
Join us for the opening reception of Suicide Narcissus on Sunday, September 15 from 4-7pm. RSVP via Facebook.
REN BEN 2013 ITEM: Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
The Ren Ben 2013 art auction features two photographs by Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys - Objekte als Freunde 59 (top) and Objekte als Freunde 17 (bottom). Collaborating since 1987, the then-video/film students began producing performative works, eventually filling galleries with not just moving-image pieces, but equally uncanny sculptures and prints, as well. De Gruyter & Thys will have a solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in the fall of 2015. You can bid on these works today - http://bit.ly/141YqRo. Advance bids now being accepted. All proceeds benefit The Renaissance Society 2013-2014 exhibition season.
[Image, top to bottom: Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Objekte als Freunde 59, 2011; color print mounted on MDF; 18.9 x 23.6 inches, edition of 2 + 2AP; Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp. Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Objekte als Freunde 17, 2011; color print mounted on MDF; 18.9 x 23.6 inches, edition of 2 + 2AP; Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp]
REN BEN 2013 ITEM: John Neff
Coated archival inkjet print, Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper
16.25 x 13.25 inches (framed size), AP
Courtesy of the artist
You can bid on this piece today. John Neff had a solo exhibition at The Renaissance Society early this year. He was very generous in donating a piece for this year’s Ren Ben. All proceeds benefit the 2013-2014 exhibition season. You can see all the items up for auction this year here. Currently accepting advance bids through Friday, September 6, 12pm CST.
REN BEN 2013 ITEM: Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda
Studie (sorry Mathias), 2013
mixed media, 12.6 x 15 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
You can bid on this work today. To see a full list of items up for auction in this year’s benefit, visit our auction preview. Currently accepting advance bids through Friday, Sept 6, 12pm CST. All proceeds benefit the Renaissance Society 2013-2014 exhibition season.
Daniel Steegman Mangrané, 16 mm, 16mm film, color, synchronized 5.1 digital sound; 5’26” (projection size: 230 x 172,5 cm); 2009-2011
From Mangrané’s website:
"This movie was shot in 16 mm film in the southwestern Brazilian rainforest, the Mata Atlântica. Following strategies of structural film making, 16mm plays with the footage roll used to film it as constitutive base of its form and content. A 16 mm film standard roll of 200 feet (60.96 meters) gives an approximate length of 5’ 33” (333”). That means 1 meter of film is consumed every 5.46 seconds or 18.3 cm. every second.
To make this work I modified a 16mm film camera with the help of the engineer Stefan Knauer: we built a special traveling car, replaced the camera engine and built a transmission system that allows the camera to move along a tensioned steel cable as a traveling rail while shooting the film. The special thing of this modification is that a single engine runs, simultaneously and to the same speed, the film on the reel and the camera along the cable. That is, the same engine runs and moves the camera along the dolly at a time, so that the two movements and the two “distances” are directly, mechanically and indivisibly connected to each other because of the mechanism:
each meter of shot film correspond exactly to a meter advanced through the woods, and the speed of this movement corresponds to the speed the film achieved inside the camera.”
For more information on all of his projects, visit www.danielsteegmann.info. His website is packed with documentation and insight - a valuable resource. Info on this project, specifically, can be found here.