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Fabre, Jan
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012
"Lightness?" january - march 2012 

Born in Belgium in 1958, he lives and works in Belgium.

Fabre occupies a pioneering position as an artist, theatre-maker and author, and is internationally renowned for his innovative and multi-faceted practice. Between 1976 and 1980 he discovered himself as a playwright and theatre performer. In his sculptures, Fabre uses various materials, from bronze to insects, especially beetles, to explore the notions of metamorphosis and the effects of the passing time.


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Faitakis, Stelios
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Greece in 1976, he lives and works in Athens.

Trained as a painter, Stelios Faitakis, also known as Bizare, is a pioneer figure in the street art movement in Athens since the 1990s. Faitakis creates large-scale political and social allegories (e.g. images of political activism, corruption, or manifestos for the freedom of speech) in a highly personal style which mixes ancient Byzantine iconography, German expressionism, Italian Quattrocento and Mexican muralist art. Aside from Athens, he has created in situ murals in Denmark, Italy, Kiev and the United States.

 

 
Fakhim, Shirin
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1973 in Iran. Lives and works in Tehran.

With Tehran Prostitutes (2008), Shirin Fakhim uses absurd and sympathetic humor to address issues surrounding the Persian prostitution circuit. Her sculptures, made from ordinary objects and items of clothing, are grotesque and exaggerated stereotypes. The artist approaches the naked body as a source of taboo. The discomfort of looking at her sculptures reveals more about public attitudes and ignorance than about prostitutes themselves. Issues such as female genital mutilation, transgender orientation, homosexuality and cross dressing are all presented in her work.

 


 
Faldbakken, Matias
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1973 in Denmark. Lives and works in Oslo.

Matias Faldbakken’s practice holds in perpetual tension the forces of proposition and cancellation, vandalism and erasure, aesthetic generosity and conceptual restraint. He explores the possibilities of language, using it often as a starting point to make his images, obscuring, suppressing and destroying letters, phrases and sentences in order to create visual abstractions. Distinctive in his work is the use of poor materials, like garbage bags, bottles, newspapers, and cardboard boxes. Faldbakken’s creations are grounded in popular culture and systems of social order, employing them both as conceptual starting point and artistic tool.

 


 
Falls, Sam
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1984 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Multifaceted artist, Sam Falls explores, in a body or one at a time, different media such as sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking. Intrigued by the processes of deterioration, his artworks question the effects of time: decomposition, oxidation, rust, erosion, etc. This way, not only the final creations are compelling, but the whole process of production as well. Actually, some of his pieces are never really finished, even when they are exhibited to the public.

 


 
Farhi, Jean-Claude
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1940, he died in 2012.

While born in France, Jean-Claude Farhi spent his childhood in Colombia before returning to France in 1957 to study at the Fine Arts Academy of Nice. He created his first sculptures, titled “Chromplexes”, in 1966 with discarded motor pieces. Farhi was close to the New Realists, among whom Ben, Arman, Claude Viallat and César; he even became the latter’s assistant in 1968, helping him creating his famous polyurethane Expansions. He also collaborated with Roy Lichtenstein. From the 1970s onwards, Farhi experimented with different kinds of plastics and developed a real passion for this material. Towards the end of his life, he turned to metal and steel to create giant outdoor sculptures. Pierre Restany, the famous critic and defender of the New Realists, called Farhi “a great cabinetmaker-poet.”


 

 
Farmanfarmaian, Shahroudy Monir
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Iran in 1924, she lives and works in Tehran.

Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian studied at Parsons The New School for Design, New York. She started her career as a fashion illustrator. While in New York, she became interested in the American art scene and became friends with Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol. In 1957, she returned to Iran, where she developed a passion for Iranian folk artistic tradition. At around the same time, she started creating her famous mirror mosaic artworks, inspired by the design of Iranian mosques. With these works, Farmanfarmaian brings together Iranian traditions and craftsmanship (the cut-glass mosaic technique is a craft that is passed on from father to son) and geometric abstraction. After another long stay in New York, during which she was unable to return to Iran because of the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she returned to Iran in 1992. Aside from her mirror mosaic sculptures, Farmanfarmaian also creates paintings, drawings and textile designs. She is also a noted collector of Iranian folk and tribal art.

 

 
Fassianos, Alekos
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Greece in 1935, he lives and works in Paris.

A multitalented artist, Alekos Fassianos studied the violin at the Athens Conservatory, painting at the Athens School of Fine Art and lithography at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Fassianos’ art is characterized by the influence of Greek mythology as well as Christian iconography. He creates godlike figures who live in modern decors. Fassianos has also illustrated several poetry books by famous Greek poets like Yannis Ritsos and Vassilis Vassilikos and created several theater designs for both modern and classic plays. About his art, Jacques Lacarrière has written: "As in ancient pottery, Fassianos' modern figures are captured in an eternal contre-jour which renders them both precise and timeless. These figures inhabit a land which might well be Greece, a totally luminous and airy land, an Aeolian land. The wind which tosses the hair of Fassianos' figures is the same wind which pervades Homer's epics and fills Odysseus's sails on his way to meet the Sirens."


 

 
Fatmi, Mounir
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1970 in Morocco. Lives and works in Paris.

Mounir Fatmi’s multimedia practice encompasses video, installation, drawing, painting and sculpture. He said his work concerns the importance of building at a time when society is faced with constant images and acts of destruction – when to build is loaded with the probability of its own undoing. Fatmi focuses on material or imagistic acts of creation – thus the art-historical references in his frequent claims to Michelangelo, Jackson Pollock and others. While we may have doubts regarding main issues like Religion, Family, and History, what Fatmi’s work accomplishes is: to create within this state of uncertainty; to show that building is still possible even as our edifices must question their own foundations.

 

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Favelli, Flavio
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in Italy in 1967. Lives and works in Savigno (Bologna).

Flavio Favelli has developed his artistic practice from an intimate and very personal concept of time and space. By assembling gates, benches, doors, railings, balconies, chairs, tables, beds, mirrors, carpets and chandeliers the artist creates works of functional appearance that transform the atmosphere of the places that contain them while charging them with emotions. His installations focus on the aesthetic and poetic value of everyday objects that surround us. Favelli’s work is a continuous attempt at reworking his own sense of disorientation. The mosaic of mirrors in an ancient frame, instead of reflecting, fragments the mirror image, and seems to register the arbitrary nature of our relationship with the world through this bizarre synthesis.

 


 
Feldmann, Hans-Peter
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015
"States of Mind" january - march 2014


Born in Germany in 1941, he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Hans-Peter Feldmann considers himself more a compulsive collector and appropriator of found images and ordinary objects than an artist. His interventions on pictures or objects are minimal, but yet enough to give them a new life thus challenging the viewers’ perception and drawing their attention to the details of modern life that would have gone unnoticed. Not attached to any specific subject matter, his art has an almost encyclopedic character. News, advertising, pornography, documentary, public relations, science, anthropology, tourism, film, fashion, or politics, nothing escapes his interest. Feldmann is also a prolific producer of artist books and his publications have been instrumental to establish the genre as a recognizable form of artistic practice.

 


 
Filomeno, Angelo
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1963 in Italy. Lives and works in New York.

Angelo Filomeno promotes textile tradition to the level of artistic creation. His works consist of beautiful machine-sewn embroidery on pieces of silk stretched over canvas, with details on crystal, glass, and semiprecious gemstones. The result of a great eye for detail, his embroidered paintings combine luxurious materials, intricate design and dark subject matters. He has a preference for themes such as mortality, isolation, compulsion, and fragility. In Filomeno’s work, fantastical and allegorical characters make their appearance in narrative scenes full of symbolism.

 


 
Firman, Daniel
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1966, he lives and works in New York.

Daniel Firman is a French sculptor and performance artist whose work revolves around the themes of weight, force, volume and density. The body, in any case, is always at the center of his works whether it is directly represented or not. His sculptures defy gravity, as it is the case with his most famous sculpture that is undoubtedly Nasutamanus, an elephant standing on its trunk. Firman also finds inspiration in daily objects and daily gestures or motions. When he represents humans, the artist always hides their face, rendering them anonymous and even ordinary; in his work Grey Matters, Firman thus represents himself with his head caught in the eye of a cyclone made of industrial and domestic objects.

 

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Fischer, Wayne
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) in 1953, he lives and works in Le Revest-les-Eaux (France).

Wayne Fischer studied art at the University of Wisconsin at Waukesha and Milwaukee. When he arrived in Paris in 1986, he had no more than a table in a collective workshop in the suburbs. Yet Fischer’s pieces didn’t go unnoticed, his vessels and figurative forms seemingly closer to sculpture than decorative art. Fisher has always been interested in physics and astronomy, collecting stones and fossils, and had a fascination with the signs of the origins and representations of life. “The forms I enjoy most in nature are the beginnings. There is a softness to the colors, subtlety in the form. Beginnings are somehow more essential, so simple and basic.” It comes therefore as no surprise that the female body is a central theme of Fischer’s oeuvre, as it holds the becoming of life. His works are at once reminiscent of ancient idols, as well as clearly inspired by the sexual characteristics of fertile organ forms.

 

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Fischl, Eric
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

 

Born in 1948 in New York, he lives and works in Sag Harbor.

Eric Fischl emerged in the 80’s as one of America’s most influential figurative painters. He paints the decline of the American way of life, along with its taboos and contradictions. Growing up in the suburbs of Long Island provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture, which obsessed with image over content. Consequently, his early work focused on the rift between what is experienced and what cannot be said. Fischl lets himself be inspired by photographs and images, his memories and art history, which he often refers to. Narrative, morality, sexuality, and psychology are preeminent in his oeuvre. The compositions of his paintings are extremely elaborate and the colors are carefully chosen. His work is part of numerous museums and collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Centre Georges Pompidou, The Museum of Moderm Art (MoMA) and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

 

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Fleury, Sylvie
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 

Born in Switzerland in 1961, she lives and works in Geneva.

Sylvie Fleury deals with themes relative to consumerism and brands, exploring the paradoxes and the ambiguities of an apparent futility. “I show things as they are,” says the artist. “And so, I also expose the instruments and mechanisms that make them what they are.” Her objects, wall pieces, pictures, and installations speak to the worlds of fashion, luxury and Formula 1. By blurring in a subversive way the codes and by crisscrossing one sphere to another, Fleury's work reflects while anticipating her epoch.

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Fliri, Michael
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1978 in Italy. Lives and works between Tubre and Vienna.

The work of Michael Fliri stands between performance, sculpture and video. His creations are both ironic and melancholic. Repetition, interruption (“natural limit that must be accepted”), disguise and dressing up are persistent elements in his artworks as animal, athlete, cinema or cartoon character and costumes are a very important part of his poetics.

 

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Foerster, Ryan
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013 
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1983 in Canada. Lives and works in New York.

A former darkroom technician, Ryan Foerster masters like no other the chemical methods involved in his photographic creations. His process takes place both inside the black room and out in the countryside. He uses nature in his own quirky way: creating images from it, placing photosensitive paper outdoors on the ground and covering it with dirt, leaves or food scraps. Missteps and accidents are valued, and much is left to chance: Foerster lets the elements destroy, alter and/or improve his pictures. In this way, it is neither entirely him nor entirely nature that completes the works, but a balance of the two. His nearly abstract photographs explores ideas such as presence, absence, love, longing and dates of expiry and of birth.

 

 
Fogli, Andrea
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Rome in 1959, he lives and works in Milan.

Andrea Fogli obtained a degree in Philosophy from ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. He had his first exhibitions in Italy and abroad two years later. Fogli is a multidisciplinary artist, his talents ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture, photography and performance art. Over the last fifteen years, he has had several solo exhibitions, including ‘Il Diario delle Ombre’ at MARTa (curated by Jan Hoet, 2006), as well as numerous Italian and international group shows. Additionally, Fogli is a writer, poet and journalist. He has written several books and writes since 2010 for the weekly Gli Altri.

 

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Fontaine, Claire
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Founded in 2004, the collective is based in Paris.

Behind Claire Fontaine, there is a Paris-based collective who “founded” the “readymade artist” in 2004. The artist’s name is taken from a well-known French brand of school supplies, while the idea of a “readymade artist” comes from Duchamp’s famous readymade objects, among which Fountain (1917) is the most famous example. Fontaine works with neon, video, sculpture, painting and text to create neo-conceptual art “that looks like other people’s work.” Recurring themes in Fontaine’s work are the crisis of singularity in contemporary art and the questioning of the notions of authorship and private property.

 

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Fontana, Franco
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1933 in Italy. Lives and works in Modena.

Geometric composition and a remarkable chromatic sensibility are at the core of Franco Fontana’s work. He began photographing in 1961, already in color, and became best known for his abstract color landscapes. Through his singular perception of nature he is capable of “organizing” elements in an apparently chaotic and disharmonic landscape. “I try to isolate in space and time all that is normally mixed up with an infinity of details. Extracting a few essential elements from the entirety that presents itself to the human eye is one of my inner requirements,” explains the artist. In Fontana’s images, the simplicity of the compositions contrasts with the lushness of the colors.

 


 
Ford, Laura
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in the United Kingdom in 1961, she lives and works in the United Kingdom.

A part of the New British Sculpture movement, Laura Ford produces over-life size sculptures mostly depicting wild and domesticated four-legged animals, some of which have humanly features or attributes. Her creatures are faithful representations of fantasy and, at times, a nightmarish imagination. With their bittersweet, menacing and endearing qualities, her stuffed animals and dolls appeal to childhood memories and inhabit a world we immediately recognize as somewhat familiar. She thinks of her animal sculptures as “sculptures dressed up as animals which are dressed up as people.” Covered in fabrics, the sculptures have a deceptively soft, stuffed appearance.

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Förster, Gerald
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Germany in 1946, he lives and works in New York. 

German-born Gerald Förster is a photographer and film director. As a photographer, Förster has worked for magazines like Vogue, Newsweek and Premiere, taking pictures of some of the most famous celebrities today. He has also worked in advertising and directed music videos. His most famous photographic series include black and white portraits of footballers in action, portraits of DJ’s, and portraits of indigenous American and African people wearing traditional clothing. For his latest project, The New Yorkers, he photographed New Yorkers in their homes.


 

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Fosse, Nathalie
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1969 in France. Lives and works in the north of France

Nathalie Fosse conceptualizes and carves functional and ornamental furniture, with no other purpose than to arouse curiosity, fantasy and sensation. To this end, she uses both traditional and modern techniques. Fosse can make good use of the most varied and unusual materials that she harmonizes with precious wood, leather, metal or fabric. With their pure timeless lines, her creations are largely inspired by nature, giving perfectly accomplished shapes, beautifully crafted, which make them particularly refined and original.

 

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Fowler, Tom
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1951 in the USA and died in 2005.

Tom Fowler is mostly known for his colorful canvasses with images of words repeated thousands of times, creating unusual patterns. In 2000, Fowler's work included paintings of coffee cups and of his travels along the California coast. "I like to pace around, I like to work nervously, sometimes I chain smoke, sometimes I drink too much coffee," he said. "Maybe I've found a good way to live." That year, he created "Mud," a series of 50 pictures of coffee cups that was exhibited at several San Francisco coffee houses. "I wanted to do something just kind of mindless," he said at the time. Beside his series of repetitive-text, he also created portraits, still lives and sports scenes.

 


 
Framis, Alicia
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1967 in Spain. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Alicia Framis’ interdisciplinary work combines architecture, design, fashion, and performance. She often collaborates with creative people from different fields, producing interactive projects that seek to bridge the gap between viewers and artists, as wells as to provide unexpected encounters and experiences. Mixing fictional constructs with social critique, she raises questions about the way society is organized, both architecturally, socially and economically. Framis proposes alternative strategies and solutions for some modern-day issues.

 

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François, Michel
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


Born in Sint-Truiden in 1956, he lives and works in Brussels.

Michel François graduated at the École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels. Over the last thirty-five years he has built up a comprehensive body of work that is arranged in a number of thematic clusters. One sculpture or different variations of the same sculpture can be a part of several groups. The underlying idea is the variable ‘meaning’ of each sculpture depending on its confrontation with other sculptures and in accordance with the space in which it is displayed, and the way in which it relates to that space. François uses materials and elements he finds in order to create very heterogeneous works that cannot be placed in a certain style. The artist also explores a variety of other media including installation, video, and photography. In 1992, François’s work was included in Documenta 9 and, together with contemporary visual artist Ann Veronica Janssens, he represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 1999. More recently, he exhibited at the Site du Grand Hornu’s MAC’s and the SMAK in Ghent. Since 2009 he teaches at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

 

 
Frank, Maxim
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1985 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Franquin, André
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1924, he died in 1997.

André Franquin is considered as one of the founding fathers of the Franco-Belgian comics tradition. He was part of the so-called “School of Marcinelle,” a group of artists that worked for the magazine Spirou in the 1950s and 1960s. Franquin started his career by creating illustrations for magazines like Le Moustique and Bonnes Soirées. From 1946 onwards, he took over the roles of writer and artist for the popular series Spirou et Fantasio, a job which he took over from his mentor, Jijé. He is the creator of the Marsupilami, a yellow animal living in the fictive country of Palombia, and of Gaston Lagaffe (“Gaston the blunder”), the lazy employee of the fictive Spirou offices. Franquin was also known for his dark humor, which he displayed in a series called Idées noires (“Dark thoughts”).


 

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Friberg, Maria
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1966 in Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.

Challenging preconceived notions about identity, gender and social hierarchies, the work of Maria Friberg revolves around the themes of power, masculinity and man’s relationship to nature.  Even though the artist focuses mainly on the subject of men in her art, it is also an exploration dealing with her own identity as a woman. In our times of constant change, as well as in contemporary art, questions of identity construction are highly discussed issues. Thus, her most recent pieces look both, outwards, to the challenges in contemporary society, and inwards, to a meditative state of mind. The artist does not moralize or judge social behaviour. Her multi-layered visual allegories offer instead new readings of social stereotypes and codes. Friberg’s photographs and videos are mostly staged and carefully arranged; her protagonists are often placed in environments where they are not in control anymore, as in almost there or in blown out.

 

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Fridfinnsson, Hreinn
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Baer Dölum (Iceland) in 1943, he lives and works in Amsterdam.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson is a sculptor, photographer and conceptual artist who is most famous for his installations, which often include sound, texts and found objects. His poetical works are influenced both by the landscapes of his home country and by conceptual artists like Marcel Duchamp. Fridfinnsson was a key figure in the Icelandic avant-garde movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Some of his most famous works include gates for the South Wind, which he installed on the southern coast of Iceland, and his “inside-out” house, built on the outskirts of Reykjavik. The artist is a great source of inspiration for the Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson, who wrote: “If I were a language, I would like to be the one spoken by Hreinn’s works.”

 

 
Friedmann, Gloria
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1950 in Germany. Lives and works in Aignay-le-Duc and Paris.

Since the 1980’s, Gloria Friedmann has been creating photographs, sculptures and installations where the relationship between mankind and its environment plays an important role. The artist’s main concern is the interaction between nature, political and economical powers thus exploring their contradictions. She combines materials taken from nature, adopting of a minimal language to create her pieces. Beyond ‘green activism’, Friedmann’s work is not limited to defend nature and condemn the destructive actions of men; she questions the evolution of humanity, addressing metaphysical issue. She shows apprehension regarding the uncertainty of the future.

 


 
Fuchs, Daniel & Geo
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1966 (Daniel) and 1969 (Geo) in Germany. Live and work in Neuberg.

Artist couple Daniel and Geo Fuchs has been working together for more than 15 years, creating photographic conceptual projects. Their interest in the world of science led them to produce in 1996 the Conserving series, for which they photographed specimens from natural history museums and anatomical collections, many of which have never been before on public display. In this series they explored themes of mortality, life and death. The virtuosic use of lighting and the beauty of the colors in these images recall the enigmatic paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. More recently, in their series Toygiants (2005-2007), with images of action figures, they raise questions about the power of mass media and the cult of personality.

 

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Fujiwara, Simon
"ta.bu" january - march 2016 
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012


  Fujiwara, born in 1982 in England, lives and works in Berlin.

Simon Fujiwara’s work blurs the dividing line between fact and fiction whilst revealing the falsity of such divisions. He explores the possibility of manipulating the collective memory through fictional stories often relating to his own life. Fujiwara presents his biography as fiction, altering facts and fusing personal events with the socio-political and historical background. His work takes many different forms, but always centers on real places - ranging from a reconstruction of a reading room, a workplace or an archaeological excavation to the bar of his parents’ hotel - all of which are used as sets for Fujiwara’s performances.

 


 
Fuss, Adam
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"
Struggle(s)" april - june 2012
"Lightness?" january - march 2012
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


 Born in 1961 in London, he lives and works in New York City.

Adam Fuss liked to photograph nature in his youth, but eventually trained as an advertising photographer. Disliking the mass-production of generic images, he decided to eradicate modern technology from the photographic process. Fuss now works with early photographic techniques, in particularly camera-less methods such as the daguerreotype and the photogram. Both have previously been explored by artists such as Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy but Fuss’ unusual choice of subject matter – such as his life size photograms of water – make for mysterious images that speak of controlled chance and craftsmanship. His work is present in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.