Badab-e Surt, Iran
“Badab-e Surt is a natural site in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. It compromises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations that have been created over thousands of years as flowing water from two mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.”
John Foster - Sparkle Palace Cocktail Table (2012)
Jurgen Albrecht - Orte (2011) - Softly colored, minimalistic “light rooms” within rectangles cut into darkened gallery walls
For over thirty years renown fashion photographer Nick Knight has been bringing us iconic images that represent multiple generations of pop culture and challenge conventional notions of beauty. Last year Knight released 15 images from his acclaimed publication Flora which were exhibited along side his new photographs featuring flowers pouring out their colors. This idyllic exhibition took place at the SHOW studio in London in the Fall of 2012. His new works are a hybrid between photography and painting that have stunning aesthetic qualities. His work is brings to mind both the delicacy of 17th and 18th century still life paintings, such as Jan Brueghel’s the Elder, and classic Romanticism and the timeless interest of an artist to capture the fragility of the moment. Knight made these images using his own technique in which he introduces heat and water into the printing process. The images seen in this exhibition took Knight over 10 years of experimentation to perfect.
Damien Hirst - Medicine Cabinets (1988-94)
1. Installation view
2. Nothing to Fear
3. My Way
5. Enemy (detail)
6. Sinner (detail)
“Hirst started his series of ‘Medicine Cabinets’ whilst in his second year at Goldsmiths. In their arrangement of objects the cabinets link Hirst’s earlier collages to his later work. The used packages that fill the cabinets, described by Hirst as ‘empty fucking vessels’, were originally arranged as if the cabinet were itself a body, with each item positioned according to the organs it medically related to. However, this system did not last and the ‘minimalist delicious colours’ of the designs swiftly became the most important criterion for their arrangement within each cabinet. The works explore the distinction between life and death, myth and medicine.
Sinner is Hirst’s portrait of his grandmother, Eileen Brennan, taken through the drug packaging she left to him, on his request, on her death.
Eileen played an important role in Hirst’s upbringing. He recalls: ‘She’d tell me that Father Christmas didn’t exist when I was really young, and was really kind of logical with me […] She promised that if ghosts exist she’d come back and haunt me. So I thought, after she died of lung cancer, obviously they don’t. And then, recently, I kind of thought, well, maybe they do, and she came back in a way that I don’t quite understand.’”