Les Artistes

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Sabatier, Benjamin
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1977, he lives and works in France.

Benjamin Sabatier is known for his installations, performances, sculptures, video works, and collages; he works with both everyday objects and raw substances such as concrete, brick, metal, beer cans and barrels. The artist presents the « aesthetic labor » as a way of reinventing and re-materializing the real world through playing with the notion of « Do it yourself. » An artist of action, Sabatier insists on the importance of materials and the involvement of the viewer; he invites the audience to participate in the process of creating artworks that question economic, social, and artistic concepts linked to the context in which art operates.



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Sachs, Tom
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1966 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Sculptor, installation artist and painter, Tom Sachs is known for his innovative renaming, his examining and questioning of the icons of capitalist culture and of the daily life. His embraces completely different techniques such as design, assemblage and ‘bricolage’ that places his work in the middle between a craft object, a commercial and reproducible one. He appropriates elements from American popular culture, including fast food, skateboarding and hip-hop music, and mixes them with overt references to luxury fashion labels, as well as icons of Modernist art and design. Even if Sachs' work maintains an evident antagonism toward consumerism and globalization, it also reveals an inherent idealism, by championing transparency of production and homespun craftsmanship.

 

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Sack, Stephen
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in the USA in 1955, he lives and works in Brussels.

Photographer and alchemist Stephen Sack has built an oeuvre around the themes of time and memory. He is interested in photographing objects and their evolution, or metamorphosis, over time. He has, for example, photographed the natural transformations undergone by coins, gargoyles, tombstones or bird droppings. His use of photography is a way to fix these objects in time, to leave a permanent trace of their change. About his art, Sack has said: “I do not create images, I discover them.”

 

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Sakiyama, Takayuki
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

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

Sakiyama’s carved and rippling surface patterns reinforce the spiraling nature of his double-walled vessels. Form and surface work together to yield objects, which are sensuous, bold and seamless. Some vessels appear as if made from sand on the beach, simply created by the current of the receding water; others appear to undulate and twist in space as if in perpetual motion. Intricately carved and finished with his unique sand glaze developed, his works remain true to their origins as functional vessels while conveying a highly sculptural quality.



 
Samore, Sam
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1963 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Sam Samore is considered one of the pioneers of large-scale conceptual photograph. His creations explore ideas of privacy and myth in contemporary society. According to Art historian Britany Salsbury, “Samore’s photographs are characterized by open-ended and evocative narrative compositions that are reminiscent of film stills. Through the contrast between the straightforwardness of their artifice and the impossibility of explaining the situations they portray, Samore’s photographs reveal a fragmented and constructed subject that invites interrogation of gender, popular culture, and identity.”

 


 
Samyn, Fabrice
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017,
"Icon(s)" April - July 2015,
"Young Collectors"
 September - December 2013,
"Inner Journeys" April - June 2013

Born in Belgium in 1981, he lives and works in Brussels.

Fabrice Samyn’s body of work stands out thanks to its singular combination of classicism, innovation and poetry. His conceptual work mirrors the artist’s engagement with themes such as life, death and creation, as well as his questioning of the visible and perceptible. Whether making sculptures, photographic series or paintings, his technique is one of collecting, gathering, selecting and erasing. He uses found images or classic pieces from ancient paintings to focus on their essence, contrasting them with one another while developing a reduced and clear aesthetic.

About his interest in historical art, the artist explains that he is mostly attracted by the idea of the sacred and the question of time. “The act of painting corresponds to a carefree moment ... often preceded by the exacerbation of an inner struggle” says Samyn. “The magic of painting occurs in the happy medium between the task of realizing an inspiration, and a fortunate accident. It is a sort of metaphor in the relationship that one can have with one's own destiny.”

 

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Sandison, Charles
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017, "Pair(s)" September - December 2015, "Inner Journeys" April - June 2013

Born in Haltwhistle (Northumberland) in 1969, he lives and works in Tampere (Finland).

Charles Sandison taught himself to code on his computer when he was merely twelve years old. After graduating with a master in Fine Arts from the Glasgow School of Art he taught at the school for several more years, until he decided to move to Finland. Much of Sandison’s oeuvre involves computer generated video projections that create immersive data installations, placing the viewer at the center of a changing universe of words, signs, and characters. The goal is to incorporate the viewer into the piece, so that the computer and human mind can work together. Drawing inspiration from nature and his surroundings, the artist attempts to capture elements of human life and the current world that we live in. His videos have been projected on major monuments, such as the Catacombs of Paris and the Forum Romano.


 

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Santissimi
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Sara Renzetti born in Italy in 1978, Antonello Serra born in Italy in 1977; they live and work in Cagliari.

“The work of the Santissimi looks at the art as an operational machine in which to cross, staying, the forms more or less accomplices of the knowledge that reflected in the definition: ‘philosophical empiricism in the art.’ Philosophical empiricism means putting into practice the knowledge, to perform an operation of thought, or to be more precise, translate into visual terms, the scientific and philosophical thought. As the philosopher analyses the knowledge in its most theoretical, describing and analyzing the more purely 'technical-intellectuals’ forms, in the poetic of Santissimi the appearance of that knowledge is put on stage in the work of art, practiced in the work of art (a collection of potency and act), crossing the words and games that are hidden behind the shapes of knowledge. The poetic itself is never a poetic declared, but it emerges digging the poetics of the wait, the attention, the fear and the mystery ‘beyond the borders of the knowledge.’ The process that you live in the work of the Santissimi, it manifests through the sign of the revelation, so that: the expected is defeated by the unexpected, take action corresponds to "be acted" and the joys of childbirth are finally the creation of the work.” – Sara Renzetti and Antonella Serra


 

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Sarkis
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Istanbul in 1938, he lives and works in Paris.

Sarkis Zabunyan, better known by his artist name, Sarkis, studied French, painting and architecture in Turkey before moving to Paris in 1964. A multidisciplinary artist, he creates installations, video art, films, photographs and stained glass works. Two of his biggest influences are artist Joseph Beuys and film director Andreï Tarkovski. Music, history and literature are also important influences, and Sarkis excels in bringing all these artistic fields together to create conceptual yet poetic works. His work has been exhibited all over the world; he participated in Harald Szeemann’s seminal exhibition When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and represented Turkey at the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015.


 

 
Sasnal, Wilhelm
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1972 in Poland. Lives and works in Tarnow.

Wilhelm Sasnal is an artist of an exceptional sensitivity to the images that surround us and, at the same time, their expert critic - both on the painterly and the political level. Paintings and films by Sasnal reflect an intense observation of the surrounding world and simultaneously form a peculiar image-dictionary of cultural fascinations and experiences from the beginning of the 21st century extending from music to history. The list of genres for which the artist reaches is long: from paintings, comic books, drawings, posters, photographs to video clips, structural films and ‘amateur’ recordings on an 8 mm tape yet. He developed an individual formula of contemporary painting. "I am a realist painter," he says, because everything he paints has its roots in particular situations, events, images and views, or is taken from books, the Internet, newspapers or the street. At the same time, his paintings - almost like a television ‘replay’ - happen in slow motion, ‘in close-up’, deforming the reality, so as to feel its meaning better and recreate the emotions that accompany the perception. These images - physically ‘oil on canvas’ - really take place in the deepest recesses of consciousness, between the visible and the visual memory. Sasnal's art always stands on the side of the weaker, recognizing the creative potential of impairment and vagueness, and seeing sad paintings and amateur films shot from the hand, as a critical counterpart to the incessantly and dangerously developing world.

 


 
Saurer, Benjamin
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1977 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Using paint and batik, Benjamin Saurer creates small-size canvases depicting curious figures that seem to be engaging in ideologies or spiritualism. He seeks to explore dichotomies like cynicism and sincerity, ignorance and knowledge. His minutely crafted works alternate between near-empty canvases framing detailed vignettes, or richly decorative paintings in which exotic fabrics become part of the composition. Saurer often borrows subjects and titles from pedagogical tracts, local newspapers, or Lutheran catechisms, reinterpreting them with his typical satire.

 


 
Scheibitz, Thomas
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1968 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Thomas Scheibitz’s pictorial and sculptural works portray with energy the contemporary era and its anxieties, through busy and complex forms that sometimes might even disorient the viewer. His creations are the result of an ongoing exploration of the boundaries between abstraction and figuration, and of the meaning of painting nowadays. Scheibitz’s canvasses are made of layered forms and colours, permeated with different references to Art History and images coming from our collective visual culture. In his sculptures, he follows a process similar to what he does with his paintings, transposing and turning well-known images into playful plastic forms. The appropriation for him always implies re-invention.

 

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Schlegel, Eva
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1960 in Austria. Lives and works in Wien.

Over the past years, Eva Schlegel has developed a keen interest in the perception of art and has been creating photographs, objects and installations that reflect this preoccupation. She investigates structures of desire and comprehensibility that are immanent to the image. Her preference for contradictory states (presence/absence, focus/blurriness, exterior/interior, stasis/motion) represents an important point of departure in Schelegel’s work. An example is the artist’s choice for physical materials, such as lead and glass, contrasting with subject matters approaching the ephemeral, like images of clouds and of people flying.

 

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

Born in France in 1960, he lives and works in Strasbourg.

French painter Daniel Schlier creates artworks on canvas, glass, cork and copper. His art, though figurative, is not narrative and is, in fact, quite mysterious to the onlooker. His paintings always feature people or objects standing in front of a plain background. His portraits, vanities or still lives, which often feature allegories or elements of mythology, clearly reference art history and ancient iconography, like medieval icons. His enigmatic scenes leave us with many questions but no answers.


 

 

 
Schmied, Mathias
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1976 in Switzerland. Lives and works in Montreuil.

The use of paper, sketches, photos and richly colored illustrations are a central part of Mathias Schmied’s artistic practice. His universe draws on graffiti, pin-ups and super-heroes. While manipulating comic strips and magazine images he creates wall installations, paintings and drawings. Schmied ‘empties’ the images, cutting and removing everything that would make them explicit, thus creating complex graphic objects. In most of his works, reckless gesture and calculated destruction coexist.

 

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Schoeller, Martin
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013, "Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1968 in Germany. Lives and works in New York.

Photographer Martin Schoeller is mostly known for his portraits of actors, politicians, musicians and anonymous people. They are all photographed with the same equipment and from similar angles, resulting in an unflinching close-up that all at once decontextualizes and sharpens its contents. Schoeller’s photographs challenge the viewer to identify the qualities that may, under varying circumstances, either distinguish individuals or link them together.

 

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Schöffer, Nicolas
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Hungary in 1912, he died in 1992.

Nicolas Schöffer was a multidisciplinary artist who was active in the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, urbanism, film, TV and music. His first paintings are very geometric in shape and style. Moving on to sculpture, he was highly influenced by Russian Constructivism, Cubism and Futurism, and particularly by the works of László Moholy-Nagy and Anton Pevsner. He is considered as the father of cybernetic art (also known as interactive art), meaning art that reacts to its environment. His sculptures use electronic computations as well as highly developed electronic mechanisms that react to variations of sound or light around them. Schöffer believed an artist should live with his time, which explains his use of high tech materials. One of his cybernetic sculptures, Cybernetic Tower, is on show in the city of Liège; the tower is 52 meters high and is accompanied by a “light wall.”

 

 
Schoolwerth, Pieter
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in the USA in 1970, he lives and works in New York.

Pieter Schoolwerth is an American painter famous for reworking and reinterpreting classical paintings ranging from the Renaissance to the 19th century. He always uses the same modus operandi, which the artist defines as ‘mechanical pointillism’: he scans a reproduction of an artwork, augments its size, selects and rearranges certain parts, then prints it on a canvas and partially covers it with paint. The result is a series of artworks between cubism and expressionism, between Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon. The artist himself talks about ‘inverted cubism’: “Picasso or Braque painted one character from different points of view, while I paint several characters from one point of view.”


 

 
Schulenburg, Andreas
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1975 in Germany. Lives and works in Copenhagen.

Andreas Schulenburg works approach different genres and media such as ceramic, drawing, film and sculpture. Nevertheless, his favorite material remains the felt – a thick cloth made from wool packed tightly together - which he both uses for small objects and large sculptures as well as two-dimensional pictures. These works hold a rather poetic sensibility, where the soft expression of the felt always covers serious problematics frequently referring to human existence and threats. While Schulenburg’s works concentrate on the relationship between nature and culture and deal with the issues of our time, he approaches them with humor, essential in his creations.

 

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Schulnik, Allison
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1978 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Allison Schulnik’s work includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos. Her creations focus on darkly romantic and mysterious subjects such as classical elements, netherworld character or forces, flora, fauna and mythological creatures. Schulnik explains that her "fixation on these characters is not intended to exploit deficiencies, but to find valour in adversity. Hobo clowns, misshapen animals or alien beasts, they are typically built upon a human frame, drawing from film and dance. I like to blend earthly fact, blatant fiction and lots of oil paint to form a stage of tragedy, farce, and raw, ominous beauty." Her sculptural use of oil paint refers to her clay-animation background, like a motion-like sensibility which gives her paintings unparalleled depth and energy.

 

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Schütte, Thomas
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1954 in Germany. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Thomas Schütte uses a broad range of techniques and has built a large body of work: watercolors, drawings, scale models, sculptures and installations. Central in his work is the questioning about the positions of both artworks and artists in society. In some of his creations he refers to the consumer society or to the role of museums and accessibility to art. Schütte’s work is often humorous or ironic, but it also has a melancholic aspect.

 

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Schwarz, Margaux
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1986 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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Scianna, Ferdinando
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1943 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

“A photograph is not created by a photographer. What they do is just to open a little window and capture it. The world then writes itself on the film. The act of the photographer is closer to reading than it is to writing. They are the readers of the world.” This statement perfectly summarizes Ferdinando Scianna’s artistic practice. He started photographing in the 1960’s, already with a documentary approach. The powerful traditions and religious culture of his native Sicily have been a recurrent theme in his body of work. Scianna’s style is marked by the use of a dramatic, baroque light and dark shadows.

 


 
Scott, Gregory
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1957 in the USA. Lives and works in Evanston, Illinois.

Painter and photographer, Gregory Scott often combines both mediums. Some issues the artist explores are: dimensional perception, photographic truth and the demarcations lines between photography and painting. "My work explores humor, play, desire, loneliness and melancholy. In most cases the titles are an integral part of the communication and have been carefully considered to add meaning without constricting interpretation." Having successfully merged his love of painting and photographs, Scott’s interest turned to video and its ability to move and manipulate still images. Using himself as the model, he creates narrative pieces which explore illusion and, surprise to challenge the definitions placed on photography, painting and video, expanding its discourse.

 

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Scott-Douglas, Hugh
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1988 in England. Lives and works in New York.

Hugh Scott-Douglas’ body of work takes shape through various photographic methods. His process starts with designing motifs through computer algorithms. The pattern is then printed on transparent film and exposed on canvas, creating a cyan-blue print through ultraviolet light action. Next step, he takes a photograph of the print, scans it and exports the content to a laser-cut machine that will create works with infrared light. Not only the final result – a laser-cut linen canvas - compounds Scott-Douglas’ artworks, but the relationship between these different creation stages does: the ‘cyanotype’ (ultraviolet) and the laser-cut (infrared) can be at the opposite end of the light spectrum, but they still have the same DNA.

 

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Séchas, Alain
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1955 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Surprising, subversive and full of humor, Alain Séchas' works attract and intrigue with their folding and unfolding. Known for his cats and martians characters, Séchas practices an art in contact with topicality. Séchas desires to offer artworks to a broad range of people, to break the discursive and exclusive relationship which is normally restricted to the sphere of art, to awaken and to disturb viewers and to question people about their ability to see. Until 2008, Séchas’ cats were the focus of his art, by which he interpreted social behaviors, anxieties and human desires. More recent works consist of abstract paintings that show a great dynamic and very expressive colours.

 

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Segal, George
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Spain in 1951, he lives and works in Ordis.

Alfonso Alzamora is a painter and sculptor who lives in the Catalan countryside. Alzamora likes to work with basic geometric shapes, like squares and circles, which he explores both in his paintings and in his sculptures. He’s also heavily influenced by the history and geography of northern Spain: “I believe that my work is strongly influenced by the place where I live, which is close to where I was born. This little corner of the Mediterranean has a very special type of light which fills everywhere with sensual, and peculiarly beautiful, colors and shapes. It is a place where I can be myself.”

 

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Serrano, Andres
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014,
"
States of Mind" january - march 2014,

"Red" september - december 2012,
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in the USA in 1950, he lives and works in New York.

From Honduran and Afro-Cuban origins, Andres Serrano received a strict catholic education. He has said Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Pedro Almodóvar and Marcel Duchamp inspire him. Sex, death, religion and social identity are recurring themes in Serrano’s work. In front of the controversy regarding his work, media specialist Louise Charbonnier wrote: “There is no forbidden image. One can only forbid oneself to see. (...) There is no forbidden image because photography forces us to see a piece of reality as it is. Each image is a confrontation. Each attempt to censor is cowardice. Some of those confrontations are majors. Andres Serrano photographs are one of those kind.”

 


 

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Sherman, Cindy
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Red" september - december 2012,

"
Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

 Born in the USA in 1954, she lives and works in New York.

Cindy Sherman particularly likes incongruous and ambiguous compositions, which makes her work deliberately open to interpretation. Through her many series of photographic images (mostly self-portraits), she raises important questions about the role and representations of women in our society. More generally, her work explores the concepts of identity and representation, inspired by images seen on TV, in magazines or on the Internet, and by the history of art.

 


 
Shiota, Chiharu
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017,
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016,  "Obsession" January - March 2015
"Inner Journeys" April - June 2013


Born in Osaka (Japan) in 1972, she lives and works in Berlin.

Chiharu Shiota combines performance, body art and installations in a process that places the body at the center of her sculptural work. She is famed for her vast structures in black and red wool thread that imprison various evocative objects, such as musical instruments, dolls’ dresses, shoes and beds. The graphic network that connects the elements invokes the power of interpersonal bonds, the subject’s inevitable dependency on her or his roots, the very relationships that are harmed by the individualism of modern Western culture. «The threads are woven together. They become entangled. They tear. They unravel. They are like a mirror of the emotions» writes Shiota.

In Hamburg, Shiota joined Marina Abramovic’s class in the 1990s. Her artistic language was influenced by pioneering artists Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Ana Mendieta, both in terms of the physical experimentation and focus on the unconscious, and the choice of delicate materials like fabrics and thread, traditionally associated with femininity. In recent years, Shiota performed and exhibited in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including the Rochester Art Center, the Walsall New Art Gallery, and the Museum of Art, Kochi. She also created site-specific installations at La Sucrière in Lyon and Carré d’Art Saint-Anne in Montpellier.

In 2014, Shiota represented Japan at the 56th Venice Bienniale with The Key in the Hand, an immersive labyrinth made out of 150,000 keys and red yarn, strung to the ceiling above three boats. The artist also designed the set for Matsukaze, a Japanese Nõ dramas directed by German choreographer, opera director and dancer Sasha Waltz, which performed at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and at the Staatsoper, as well as designed the stage settings for Tristan und Isolde at the Kiel Opera.

 

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Sicilia, José María
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Red" september - december 2012


Born in Spain in 1954, he lives and works in Majorca and Paris.

José María Sicilia’s early work consisted of paintings of everyday objects, as well as landscapes and flowers. He became famous for his use of unusual techniques, which included oil painting on beeswax. From 1985 onwards, the artist turned away from the subject, retaining only the color, the title and the dynamic of lines, and developing a work that can be described as abstract. More recently, the artist started experimenting with plaques of bronze and marble, on which he inscribes texts or drawings. His work talks to the mind, and is inspired by the intangible, the fleeting moment.

 


 
Sieff, Jeanloup
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1933, he died in 2000.

Jeanloup Sieff was a French photographer. He began his career as a freelance reporter, before switching to fashion photography. During the 1960s, he lived and worked in New York. He became a famous photographer in the United States of America thanks to his photo shoots for magazines like Esquire, Glamour, Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar. Sieff essentially works in black and white. Aside from fashion photography, he also gained fame with his nude photographs. He has photographed many celebrities, among which Jane Birkin, Alfred Hitchock or the fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, who Sieff photographed in the nude in 1970, causing a huge scandal.

 

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Sierra, Santiago
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Spain in 1966, he lives and works in Madrid.

Santiago Sierra’s work examines the relationship between power, money and freedom in modern society. He has exposed the way people are exploited in capitalist society by hiring poor people to do pointless, menial tasks like sitting in a box for hours on end, live behind a brick wall, have their hair dyed, or hold up a block of wood. “You have to be conscious that we all work for a machine (…) and of course extreme labor relations shed much more light on how the labor system actually works.” Sierra’s work also contains a strong criticism of the art world and its institutions. When, in 2003, Sierra was chosen to represent Spain at the Venice Biennale, he blocked the entrance to non-Spanish citizens, denouncing the nationalism at heart of the event. This way, the artist questions the building of artificial barriers and frontiers in the world.

 

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Silverthorne, Jeffrey
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1946 in the USA. Lives and works in Cranston.

Photographer Jeffrey Silverthorne explores in his work questions of sex and death, as well as notions of boundary, transformation and transgression. Since the end of the 1960’s, he has been creating series on extreme subjects like: a slaughterhouse, a morgue, a brothel and a community of transvestites and transsexuals. Each series is both a physical and a psychical experience. Silverthorne holds a preference for subjective documentaries instead of objective photography that would not translate the intensity of his experiences.

 


 
Smith, Eugene
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1918 in USA and died in 1978.

Photographer Eugene Smith is internationally known for his war pictures and visual narrative reportages. He was drawn to photojournalism at the age of 15. Smith worked as a war correspondent for Flying magazine (1943-44), and a year later for Life. He realized, early in his career, that photography had the power to raise social consciousness and provoke changes. Smith always wanted to be close to action, which end up causing him serious injuries. His was fanatically dedicated to his mission as a photographer. Because of this dedication, editors often regarded him as ‘troublesome’. His aim was to raise awareness about wars and conflicts, but also about issues such as pollution, which he considered to be a worldwide problem.

 


 
Smith, Kiki
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Femininity 0.1" September - December 2011

Born in Nuremberg in 1954, she lives and works in New York.

From her early years growing up as, in Kiki Smith’s words, a ‘girl-child’, to her later years of maneuvering through the professional art world as a female artist, Smith strongly identified with her gender. While rarely presented as a polemical agenda, much of her work revolves around feminine forms and subjects that could only have been made by a woman. The artist reflects on a woman's life cycle, from birth to death, and its relation with the creative cycle: growing up, sources of inspiration, achievement and the end of the road. Through her work she endeavors to express universal concerns from a distinctly female perspective, often reinterpreting and recontextualizing stories as characters from the domains of literature, myth, history and religion. Smith’s feminine subjects have ranged from Egyptian goddesses and classical Greek nymphs to biblical figures and heroines from fairy tales, reflecting her voracious study of art and culture across continents and epochs. The artist’s ideas are expressed through various genres and media: sculptures made from porcelain, plaster and bronze are combined with large-format drawings, prints, stained glass, transformed pieces of furniture, painting on mirrors and mural paintings.

 

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Smits, Rik
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"States of Mind" january - march 2014
 

Born in The Netherlands in 1982, he lives and works in The Hague.

Interested in the relation between religion and capitalism, Rik Smits’ black pen or pencil drawings depict architectural sceneries. “These landscapes show the contours of an imaginary city,” explains the artist. “A city which breathes the human ambition towards power and status. Its large scale buildings remind us of the industrial utopia’s which prevailed in the human mind, but failed to shine or provide peace and humanity in the real world.” He deals with question of power, status and disappointments through architectural structures, which carry metaphorical and symbolical roles.

 

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Smolders, Sarah
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.
Studied at KASK.

 

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Snow, Dash
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013


Born in the USA in 1981, he died in 2009.

Dash Snow’s photographs, sculptures, graffiti, installations, and collages picture his troubled life and that of the urban American youth. Born into an important family of art collectors (his great-grandparents founded the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas), he rebelled against his parents at a young age and left to live on the streets, where he experienced delinquency, sex, violence and drugs. A self-taught artist, Snow first turned to graffiti and hip-hop culture as a way to express himself, creating provocative pieces that illustrated a marginalized lifestyle. Encouraged by his friends he began to explore other art practices, such as installations and sculptures. For a long time he refused to call himself an artist.

 


 
Sokolsky, Melvin
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in New York in 1933, he lives and works there.

At the age of twenty-one, Melvin Sokolsky joined the staff of Harper's Bazaar. Soon he became a major contributor to prestigious magazines including Esquire, McCall's Newsweek and Show. His photographs of internationally famous personalities have appeared in major museums and magazines worldwide. In 1972, Sokolsky was charged with photographing the entire editorial content of McCall’s Magazine, a first in the world of photography. From 1969 onwards, Sokolsky worked on a second career as director and cameraman of television commercials. He won every major TV commercial award, including twenty-five Clio Awards and a Directors Guilt nomination. Many of his commercials are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He designed a computerized zoom lens for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a system which was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award in special effects and cinematography.


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Sone, Yutaka
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1965 in Japan. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Working in a wide range of media — predominantly sculpture but also painting, drawing, photography, video, and performance — Yutaka Sone revolves around a tension between realism and perfection. The artist, originally trained as an architect, has an almost obsessive attention to detail. Whether architectural or natural, landscapes occur throughout his oeuvre, and he frequently picks his subjects from actual locations, recreating them to scale with different materials.

 


 
Sottsass, Ettore
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015


Born in Austria in 1917, he died in 2007. 

Ettore Sottsas started his career as an architect before turning to design. He opened his first design agency in Milan in 1947. After briefly working for a New York design agency, Sottsass returned to Italy in 1957 to become the creative director of Poltronova, a contemporary furniture designer. A year later he started working for the company Olivetti. There, he participated in the creation of the first Italian computer, Elea 9003; he also created the writing machine Valentine, considered today to be a major work in 20th-century-design. Sottsass was an active member of the Antidesign group, a group of architects and designers who questioned consumerist society. During the eighties, he collaborated with young and upcoming designers, and in 1985 he founded Sottsass Associati, his own design agency. Sottsass has worked for big brands like Apple, Alessi, Fiat and Phillips, and his designs are present in major museum collections around the world.

 

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Spengler, Christine
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in France in 1945, he lives and works in France.

Christine Spengler was on a trip to Tchad in her early twenties when she realized she wanted to become a war photographer. Spengler has photographed conflicts in Cambodia, Irak, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Kosovo. She was in Iran during the 1979 revolution, and was later taken hostage in Lebanon. Her black and white photos were published in renowned magazines like Paris Match, Time or Newsweek. From 1988 onwards, Spengler started taking color photographs in France and started working for, among others, Yves Saint Laurent: “For every picture of mourning that I have taken in my life, I now want to create its counterpoint in beauty.”

 

 
Stallaerts, Helmut
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"States of Mind" january - march 2014,

"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in Belgium in 1982, he lives and works in Lennik.

The relationship between individuals and ideology – embodied and reproduced in a series of social practices such as family, work and education – is an important subject in Helmut Stallaerts’ work. References to art history are not uncommon in his creations, as well as reflections on the position of artists in the society and the possibilities of artistic expression. “The history of art is as old as the human story. What preoccupies my mind is how I position myself within this large context. It is very complex and often I feel as if I am creating my own identity,” says Stallaerts. Although primarily a painter, Stallaerts also makes drawings, photographs, films, and installations, that all share the same painterly approach.

 


 
Stämpfli, Peter
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Switzerland in 1937, he lives and works in Paris.

Peter Stämpfli is a Swiss painter, filmmaker, animator and sculptor. After discovering American art – and, more precisely, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline – at the Basel Kunsthalle in 1958, Stämpfli moved to Paris, where he has been living ever since. He is one of the key artists of the European Pop Art movement. A central theme in his work is daily life, its objects and its gestures, which he places in front of white backgrounds. His choice of subjects and use of bright colors are influenced by and echo advertising and posters, as well as the works of Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman. In 2011, the artist founded the Stämpfli Foundation in Barcelona, which shows his work among works by contemporary artists like Jacques Villeglé, Niele Toroni and Jean-Pierre Raynaud.

 

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Sterling Ruby
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013,
"Red" september - december 2012


Born in Germany in 1972, he lives and works in Los Angeles.

Sterling Ruby works prolifically in a wide range of mediums, from glazed biomorphic ceramics and poured urethane sculptures, to large-scale spray-painted canvases, nail polish drawings, collages, and videos. Through his varied practice he conducts an assault on materials and social structures, referencing subjects that include marginalized societies, maximum-security prisons, modernist architecture, artifacts and antiquities, graffiti, bodybuilders, the mechanisms of warfare, cults and urban gangs. His work makes references to unrevealed stories from real life; he romanticizes his objects even though they might seem very distant from both the artist and the viewer.



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Stessel, Lore
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1987 in Belgium. Live and works in Brussels.
Studied at LUCA.


 

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Stewart, John
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016", Femininity 0.1" September - December 2011

Born in the London in 1919, he lives and works in Paris.

Though born in London, John Stewart grew up in Paris. After fighting on the British side during the Second World War - he was held captive in a Japanese prison camp, which inspired the novel and film The Bridge on the River Kwai – Stewart met Henri Cartier Bresson in Venice in 1951 and consequently discovered photography. He established himself in New York where he worked for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Life, Esquire and Fortune. Stewart’s photographs are mainly about fashion and beauty, but he also shot remarkable portraits. In the mid-seventies he abandoned editorial and advertising work to focus solely on his photographs of still life, producing series like Draperies, Entropies and Flowers. Although Stewart works wherever he finds a subject, he favors his studio with its set space and controllable light.

 


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Stingel, Rudolf
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1956 in Italy. Lives and works in New York and Merano.

Rudolf Stingel questions the role of the artist’s hand in the creative process. With an ironic and cryptic attitude, he pushes the limits of painting thus disrupting the viewer’s understanding and experience of an art object. He uses a wide variety of materials, ranging from the classic oil on canvas to industrial products like aluminum sheets or Styrofoam. A recurring element in Stingel’s work is the decorative aspect, the purely aesthetic dimension that he analyzes with criticism. “I wanted to be against a certain way of painting. Artists have always been accused of being decorative. I just went to the extreme,” he explains.

 


 
Struth, Thomas
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Germany in 1954, he lives and works in Berlin.

Thomas Struth studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1973 to 1980. Though he first enrolled to study painting with Gerhard Richter, his teacher quickly encouraged Struth to join in Bernd and Hilla Becher’s new photography class. The Becher’s students, among which we can cite Struth, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff, have since been known as the Düsseldorf School of Photography. Struth is known for his monumental photographs showing cityscapes, industrial landscapes and factories, as well as for his pictures depicting tourists in museums and his large family portraits. His photographs offer an analytical view of our society. Struth: “Many people think that the impulse to take a photograph comes from the subject matter. But, for me, it comes from a wish to talk about certain things that fascinate or bother me, politically or socially. And then I choose the subject that will enable me to address that subject.”

 

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Studio Job
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Founded in 2000, the studio is located in Antwerp and The Netherlands.

Studio Job was founded by designers Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets, graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their designs combine modern and traditional techniques to create objects that are a crossover from art and design. Studio Jobs puts the accent on craftsmanship, and employs a lot of craftsmen whose talents range from bronze casting to laser-cut marquetry. Tynagel and Smeets define their style as “Neo Gothic.” Smeets: “Unlike most, we are probably not coming from Modernism. Studio Job’s contribution is that we have rediscovered a lost path. Consciously and carefully, we are positioning decorative arts in the twenty-first century. Is that design? Whatever. Is that art? Whatever, really.”

 

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Suciu, Mircea
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1978 in Romania. Lives and works in Bucharest.

Mircea Suciu’s technique hovers between abstraction and representation. He depicts realistic figures in backgrounds that are mostly empty voids. The artist borrows compositions, figures and elements from 1940’s and 1950’s American advertisements, creating a personal language to explore questions of: identity and isolation; different cultures and borders. Born in a geographical nexus of historical conflict and in a place of rich cultural hybridity, these issues keep coming back naturally in Suciu’s body of work. Concerned with social critique, he employs irony and (black) humor to reveal the most bizarre of coincidences and turns of events, showing to the viewers that there is comedy even in tragedy.

 


 
Sugimoto, Hiroshi
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 Born in 1948 in Japan. Lives and works between Tokyo and New York.

As a photographer, Hiroshi Sugimoto produced a great number of series, each having a distinct theme and similar attributes. He uses his camera in a myriad of ways to create images that seem to convey his subjects’ essence, whether architectural, sculptural, painterly or of the natural world. He places extraordinary value on craftsmanship, printing his photographs with meticulous attention and a keen understanding of the nuances of silver-print making and its potential for tonal richness in his seemingly infinite palette of blacks, whites and greys.


 

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Sultan, Larry
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in the USA in 1946, he died in 2009.

Larry Sultan grew up in the San Fernando Valley in California, a region that became the central subject of his photographic practice. Sultan specialized in photographing the suburban neighborhoods he grew up in. Exploring themes like domesticity, fantasy, family and reality, his images reflect the utopia of the American Dream. Apart from photographing strangers, he has also photographed his own family for his series Pictures From Home (1992), which shows his ageing parents in their own suburban home. His final series, Homeland (2009), shows the hidden side of the American dream: the series pictures Hispanic workers in California, building the homes and roads for the American middle-class.


 

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Sunna, Mari
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Finland in 1972, he lives and works in London.

Finnish painter Mari Sunna creates very expressive paintings which are filled with anonymous, sometimes etheral characters. A key theme in her work is the condition of the human soul in its extreme states. The people in her paintings express a certain strangeness or grotesqueness, but also joy or exuberance. The absence of a background makes them look like they are floating

 

 
Superflex
"Red" september - december 2012

Live and work in Copenhagen.

Superflex is a group of Danish artists founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. Committed to social and economic change, they describe their projects as "Tools." A tool is a model or proposal that can be actively used and further utilised and modified by the user. Superflex projects take place in Europe, South America and Asia; they are often assisted by experts who bring in their special interest and knowhow. The artists are not necessarily opposed to commercialism and globalisation, they are engaged with alternative models for the creation, dissemination and maintenance of social and economic organisations.

 

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Susplugas, Jeanne
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011, "Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 Born in 1974 in France. Lives and works between Paris and Berlin.

After her studies in art history, Jeanne Susplugas began to expose her creations worldwide. With videos, photographs, installations or drawings, her works reflect a constant hesitation between seduction and anxiety. She creates spaces that question the viewer on social and intimate behaviors.

 

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Süssmayr, Florian
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1963 in Germany. Lives and works in Munich.

Florian Süssmayr is a history painter working with oil paints often within a spectrum of brown dried blood. He translates print images onto canvas either by eye to hand reproduction, or with the help of a projector. He is influenced by his roots in the German leftist political scene of the 1980s - having been part of the punk movement Freizeit 81 and the band Lorenz Lorenz. Süssmayr’s work tackles topics such as social marginalization and civil disobedience. Scenes of large social gatherings like Oktoberfest or punk rock concerts are juxtaposed with scenes of social unrest and police intervention.

 

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Sylvander, Michèle
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1944 in France. Lives and works in Marseille.

Both in her photographic works and in her videos, Michèle Sylvander deals with the idea of repetition. She focuses mostly on self-portraits, her body ideally symbolizing the possible answer to her identity issues. Thus, she formulates questions regarding society and political sexual codes. Furthermore, in this relation to the “other”, family holds a central place in order to interrogate personal histories. Sylvander’s work takes into account an interest in composition and the need to give form to experiences that are either personal and intimate, or generic and ordinary. The personal adventures of the artist act as a gateway to the universal. And, beyond the apparent simplicity of her works, mostly economical in terms of means, there is a great complexity of meanings.