Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mittwoch, Haushalten & Whirlaway - 3 New Prints By Matthew Rose For Keep Calm Gallery

Lalande Digital Press is happy to be working with Keep Calm Gallery, the hip-online gallery for fine art prints in the UK. The newest works from Matthew Rose are from his A KICK IN THE KUNST series, exhibited at Galerie Rossella Junck Berlin.

Mittwoch, 2007, is German for "Wednesday," (literally middle of the week) and artist Matthew Rose's puppet-master/puppet collage. First exhibited in Berlin at Galerie Rossella Junck, Mittwoch (Limited signed and numbered edition of 21) plays with both silhouette and shadow, each exhibiting a presence but Mittwoch is oddly absent an actual protagonist. The artist says this is something of a self-portrait, and he is somewhere in the gap of here and there.

Haushalten is German for "keeping house," and in this piece, the house is not what it seems to be: constructed of 1950s advertising, the woman of the house shows off her newest gadget, a giant thingamajig, or if you like, a...dohickey, gizmo, gismo, or a thingamabob – on an ancient Roman pedestal. The surreal qualities of this good housekeeping moment – the blue sky blows through the gadget – points to terribly sunny days ahead from America's recent past. Haushalten, was produced in an edition of 19, is signed and number; it is also part of the A Kick in the Kunst series exhibited in Berlin at Galerie Rossella Junck.

Whirlaway, 2007, is one of the more complex of Matthew Rose's collage works from the A Kick in the Kunst series. The name, a feature from a mid-century Oldsmobile, purports a strange and perhaps violent future as a man hacks away at a tree. In the panel opposite, a girl and her shadow climb in a nether-space, a plate of prunes and cereal functioning as her head. The artist, who grew up in the American suburbs, reiterates the hidden and bizarre drama of the American middle-class dream. Whirlaway is produced in a limited edition of 12, each signed and numbered on high quality cotton paper.

Interested in these prints? Get in contact with Haley and Lucas at Keep Calm Gallery. Interested in making your own prints? Get in touch with Lalande Digital Art Press Paris. CLICK HERE : to discover our prices and how we can help you with your own print series. We're happy to work with you.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Carole: By Danielle Voirin

In October a calf was born on a farm in Normandy. The French family named her Carole. Danielle Voirin, the ex-pat Paris-based photographer was visiting her friends on the farm and she began photographing Carole. She learned the calf was specially bred for veal. "I met her on day two of her life, knowing she was destined to be meat," says Danielle. Carole was tethered to a rope in a small room her entire life. She drank only milk. And from her place in the small barn she could only see one view – another little barn, some bales of hay, the sliver of sky, a tree. She would be slaughtered in the spring for meat for the family.

Danielle returned many times to the farm to see her friends and to photograph Carole. "My intention was to be her witness, follow the transformation, link a life and a face to what I see on a plate, and eliminate the disconnect," she says. Then, this past March, Carole, having reached the optimum size, she was scheduled to be killed. Danielle, who had since bonded with the calf through half a dozen photo sessions, asked the abattoir if she could be there to document Carole's death. "At first they said yes, but the morning I showed up – at 5:30 am – they turned me away, telling me it was impossible." Danielle stood her ground but the bouchers closed the door and only allowed her in once Carole had been butchered and placed in boxes.

"Carole" is Danielle's one-page-book homage to the calf. Designed in an A3-format for Danielle as she makes her way to Rencontres Arles Photographie, in Arles, France (8 juillet - 14 septembre). Lalande Digital Press's unique one-page-book format provided an excellent way to tell Carole's story in a mini-catalog. Carole is also available here for free download in A4: DOWNLOAD "CAROLE" BY DANIELLE VOIRIN.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008


CAROLINE SECQ passe beaucoup de temps sur le bord de la mer, pour voir très loin à l’horizon et, evidement très près, à ses pieds ! C'est là où elle cultive son art, un art de l’assemblage et de l’art-cumulation, comme la petite sculpture à gauche, "Kucina.”

"Je joue de toutes les matières, mais uniquement celles que me fournit l’océan," explique-t-elle. "Bouts de bois, plastique, ficelle, choses, rêve, trucs bidules et machins… machouillés, triturés, déglutis par les flôts. J’amasse et ramasse des bouts, débris, brisures, fracas et carcasses, et j’utilise tout tel que." Mais dans l'atelier Caroline Secq transforme tout: "L’œil et la main butinent et voltigent sans préméditation. J’emboite, construis, superpose, juxtapose, compose…."

Ses constructions sont d’un autre monde, bien sûr, mais nous rappelent celui où l’on vit. Lalande Digital Art Press Paris avait le grand plaisir de travailler avec Caroline Secq pour son exposition à Saint Cado (12 juillet - 28 juillet). Nous avons eu la chance d'imprimer ses cartes d'exposition pour Saint Cado. Voir son site pour encore des bijoux d'assemblage et aussi toutes les informations sur l'artiste, son atelier et ses expositions à l'avenir.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Anonymous Drawings

Blütenweiss is an association headed by the wonderful Berlin artist, Anke Becker. Several times a year, Anke puts on one of the most popular and interesting exhibitions to be held anywhere in Europe, Anonyme Zeichner, or Anonymous Drawings. The concept is simple: Artists send in drawings that are roughly A3-sized, unsigned (except on the back) and then offered for sale for 150 euros. The Anonymous Drawings exhibitions have been wildly successful with nearly 1000 entries and thousands of visitors and sales.

The next Anonyme Zeichner exhibition takes place this weekend, 4 July - 6 July at Galerie in der Stadtscheune, Sackstrasse 4, 21762 Otterndorf in Germany. Opening: July 4th, 2008 / 7pm. Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 8pm. The works are from the archive and selected by Anke.

Further information about the show and previous exhibitions click here.

See the Otterndorf site, here.

Lalande Digital Press Paris loves art...of all flavors, and we're happy to have Anke Becker and Blütenweiss as friends. Interested in hosting an Anonymous Drawing exhibition in your city? Paris? London? Barcelona? Get in touch.