Bertien van Manen – Gluckauf

Coal mining is a very peculiar enterprise. The 19th and 20th Centuries committed untold heaves of labor to its extraction. It fuels communities, yet its extraction suggests a disemboweling of the land where these communities settle. The prospect of coal mining is one of capital and capitalism. The very human clay that mines these enterprises […]

Bernhard Fuchs Autos: A Forensic Realism, A Forensic Melancholy

The Full article can be found on Patreon   “The sadness that overwhelms us, the retardation that paralyzes us, are also a shield—sometimes the last one—against madness” ― Julia Kristeva, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia   “On my bicycle tours, time and again, I saw passenger cars, buses, and trucks that just stood around. I […]

Knowledge of Nazi Terror Fueling Pictorial Banality

  Leafing through Van Der Weijde’s Third Reich (part one of his Bavarian trilogy) one is confronted with Nazi Housing constructed in Bavaria during the National Socialist tenancy of German between 1933-1945.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, January 2015 The Dutch Man of Brazil Erik Van Der Weijde’s seeming pre-occupation with architecture and warfare has […]

Thomas Struth at Marian Goodman Gallery (2014)

Mountain, Anaheim, California, 2013 courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery Thomas Struth at Marian Goodman By Lauren Weinberg for ASX, February 2014 “How should we judge what we see?” It’s a question posed to dramatic effect by a series of mostly large-scale photographs created by the iconic 59 year-old German photographer Thomas Struth, now on view […]

Thomas Ruff: Aesthetic of the Pixel

Ruff has done a great deal to introduce into photographic art what we might call an ‘art of the pixel’, allowing us to contemplate at an aesthetic and philosophical level the basic condition of the electronic image.   By David Campany, originally published in IANN magazine No.2, 2008 The photographic art of Thomas Ruff makes […]

Thomas Ruff – “photograms and ma.r.s.” (2013)

Almost always working in series, Ruff frequently develops new technologies to facilitate concepts that are at the edge of visual and technical vanguards.   By Vladimir Gintoff, ASX, April 2013 The German photographer Thomas Ruff is the anomalous schoolchild of the Dusseldorf Art Academy and Bernd and Hilla Becher’s tutelage. Breaking and reinventing the rules […]

Gerry Johansson – “Deutschland” (2013)

Kommingen, 2007 Gerry Johansson “Deutschland” at Swedish Photography, 2013 By Sören Schuhmacher, ASX Germany, April 2013 In 1993 and 2005 to 2012 Gerry Johansson drove through the German countryside, visiting 176 places like Alt Horsbüll, Gelsenkirchen or Solingen. He divided Germany into nine sectors, which he then traveled systematically. Rather than visiting only major cities, […]

Hans-Peter Feldmann (2006)

All the Clothes of a Woman, 1970’s By Roy Arden, This curator’s text was originally published for the exhibition ‘Hans-Peter Feldmann’ at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, June 9 – August 20, 2006. Hans-Peter Feldmann’s oeuvre includes works in many media, from painting to sculpture, installation, photography, collage, bookworks, archives or collections of images, objects, […]