R.J. Preece

Simeon Nelson interview: Lights, sound, sculpture (2012)

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R.J. Preece - 15 Nov 12 Over the past two decades, British-Australian artist Simeon Nelson has pursued a practice exploring the complexity of society, culture and the natural world through 2D ornamental cut-outs, arranged into sculptures and computer-based video projection. Over the past six years, his interest has...

Rethinking Painting toward architecture (1947-52) (2017)

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R.J. Preece - 01 Jul 17 Painting toward architecture exhibition as installed at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (January-February 1950). Courtesy the Karl Kamrath Collection, University of Texas at Austin architectural archives. Emily Hall Tremaine and her husband, Burton, the CEO and owner of the Miller...

Submerged: Jason deCaires Taylor interview (2016)

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R.J. Preece - 21 Jun 17 Jason deCaires Taylor. Lily with urchins, detail from The Silent Evolution underwater installation consisting of 420 sculptures, (2009). Cancun, Mexico. Photo courtesy the artist. Disillusioned with the rat race, sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor chose to dive into an altogether different...

Mike Bouchet interview: From psychedelic Watershed to symbol of the economic crisis (2015)

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R.J. Preece - 25 Oct 16 Sometimes installing artworks go according to plan. Sometimes artworks are left open for external factors to performatively determine how events unfold. And sometimes things go absolutely pear-shaped with comical effect—and generate new interpretations, shifting the discussion further. Such was...

Sokari Douglas Camp interview: All that glitters is not what it seems (2016)

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R.J. Preece - 24 Oct 16 Born in the Niger Delta, Sokari Douglas Camp is well aware of the harmful effects of environmental pollution in the region. She has made this subject her primary focus, combining it with other challenging issues related to Nigeria and the broader world in works made with her preferred material—...

Damián Ortega interview: The matter of energy (2016)

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R.J. Preece - 24 Oct 16 Narratives about Damián Ortega highlight his early shift from political cartoonist to artist, thereby conjoining his wit and sense of playfulness to incisive critique and intellectual rigor. Even more interesting, however, are the variety of forms and wide range of materials that Ortega uses as...

Marc Quinn interview: Focus on All of nature flows through us (2015)

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R.J. Preece - 24 Oct 16 Marc Quinn’s All nature flows through us (2011) is an innovative, 10-meter-diameter sculpture sited in a small river north of Oslo, Norway, at the sculpture park of the Kistefos-Museet. It was no easy feat to install. The river had to be temporarily diverted, and the sculpture assembled on site....

Jewel Stern interview: Modernist silver from Meriden-Wallingford (2016)

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R.J. Preece - 28 Sep 16 Specialists and enthusiasts of Modernist silver design definitely know her work. Jewel Stern, curator, writer, and collector showed the topic in its fullest form in her book Modernism in American Silver. The accompanying exhibition that she curated with the same title originated at the Dallas...

Lee Yong-woo interview: The Biennial phenomenon (2014)

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R.J. Preece - 01 Dec 15 What are we to make of the biennial phenomenon, with its rapid expansion across the globe since the 1990s? How are biennials developing, and what are the key issues they face? And why the formation of an International Biennial Association [IBA] in March 2013? To learn about these and related...

Siobhán Hapaska interview: The will to live (2015)

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R.J. Preece - 01 Dec 15 Siobhán Hapaska’s Untitled (Intifada), an installation shown at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, does what any good artwork does: sculpt a mental space for consideration and reconsideration of a subject, encouraging discussion. Over the last 20 years, Hapaska has created a large body of...

Bradley & Hubbard crisis state: Too much of their design history is missing (2016)

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R.J. Preece - 30 Nov 15 For 88 years, the Bradley & Hubbard Company manufactured several designs in the small, central Connecticut city of Meriden (1852–1940), with their products distributed across the United States and Canada. Their designs included fire tools and andirons, desk accessories, lamps and...

Deutsche Bank: A best practice for corporate art engagement? (2015)

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R.J. Preece - 01 Nov 15 The Deutsche Bank art collection, started over 30 years ago, has grown to around 60,000 artworks. Many of the works are installed in [800-900] offices in 45 of the 78 countries where the bank operates, and they are also exhibited in international museum shows. In 1997, Deutsche Bank founded the...

Salten Crematorium, Bodø, Norway; design by Lusparken Arkitekter (2003)

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R.J. Preece - 15 Dec 14 A small Norwegian city above the Arctic Circle, coastal Bodø seems a more likely place for migrating moose than innovative architecture. But not if Lusparken Arkitekter has anything to say about it. The firm’s Salten Crematorium is the product of an invitation-only competition run by the Bodø...

El Anatsui interview: Material Splendor (2014)

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R.J. Preece - 01 Nov 14 When I first interviewed El Anatsui, back in 2006, I was captivated by his use of found materials, form, and social context, but I consciously steered away from critical and art historical issues. To me, there was a more interesting story that acknowledged the heart, particularly in the...

Emily Speed interview: Bodies and buildings (2014)

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R.J. Preece - 01 Oct 14 Emily Speed: Bodies and buildings Emily Speed works between performance and sculpture, exploring the body, architecture, and their interrelationship— with surprising results. Since graduating with an MA from London’s Wimbledon College of Art in 2006, she’s been quite active, working on various...

Fiona Foley: Policy of truth (2014)

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R.J. Preece - 19 Sep 14 Fiona Foley: Policy of truth Imagine a proposed and completed public artwork recording the locations of 94 fire and flood disasters in Queensland, Australia; then imagine the unveiling of the work, as the artist reveals that the list doesn’t document natural disasters at all, but a series of...

Sebastian Freytag: Repitition as an attitude (2013)

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R.J. Preece - 19 Sep 14 Lars Breuer and Sebastian Freytag. Weltlandschaft, (2009). Digital print on outdoor foil, acrylic on wall; 800 x 7000 cm, Empty building in the harbor of Münster, Germany, 2009. Artwork part of Over & Out exhibition. All photos courtesy of the artist. Sebastian Freytag: Repitition as an...

Jens Pecho interview: Opposites attract (2014)

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R.J. Preece - 14 Sep 14 Sometimes polar opposite clearly define positions. At other times they attract and offer a mental space to consider the juxtapositions, and the in-betweenness, of the two opposites. Such is the case with the recent work of German artist Jens Pecho, who “quotes” popular culture— and other...

Centre for International Light Art, Unna, Germany (2013)

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R.J. Preece - 13 Sep 14 Centre for International Light Art In May 2001, the Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst (Centre for International Light Art) opened in the former Linden Brewery (1852-1979) in the former small industrial city of Unna, Germany, about 45 minutes by car from Dusseldorf in North Rhine-Westfalia....

Mark Manders interview: Mind, body and language (2014)

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R.J. Preece - 13 Sep 14 Mark Manders: Mind, body and language “I’ve often heard that it’s very difficult to write about my work,” [said Mark Manders after this interview. After publishing over 300 texts on art, among over 700 others, I had the same experience.] “But I think my work is very clear,” he adds. In business...

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