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William Kentridge: Breathe



Episode #091: Shot in his Johannesburg studio in South Africa, William Kentridge reveals the process behind the video work “Breathe” — a component of the larger project “(REPEAT) from the beginning / Da Capo” that debuted at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and at the nearby Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in San Barnaba, Italy.

Having witnessed first-hand one of the twentieth century’s most contentious struggles—the dissolution of apartheid—William Kentridge brings the ambiguity and subtlety of personal experience to public subjects most often framed in narrowly defined terms. Using film, drawing, sculpture, animation, and performance, he transmutes sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories. Aware of myriad ways in which we construct the world by looking, Kentridge often uses optical illusions to extend his drawings-in-time into three dimensions.

Learn more about William Kentridge: http://www.art21.org/artists/william-kentridge

VIDEO | Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Camera: Bob Elfstrom. Sound: Ray Day. Editor: Paulo Padilha & Mark Sutton. Artwork Courtesy: William Kentridge.

MATT WOODWARD : METICULOUS CHAOS

I recently had the opportunity to experience Matt Woodward’s massive, beautiful, harsh, and fragile drawings at the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition felt somber and powerful, like entering a gothic chapel or a convention for the deaf as the dust is settling from an unspeakable catastrophe. I had the sense of something larger in action, with the whisper of full accessibility only for the true believer or those of affirmed legitimacy. Yet, as one nears these works made with graphite, wood glue, putty, rain water, scorching sun, rasping wind, dust and detritus, the tangible experience commences. They are screamingly calm, violently still, requisitioning anyone who can access these emotional complexities to enter and engage.

Matt Woodward, Sullivan Imitation Installation View 1, 2012

Matt Woodward, Sullivan Imitation Panel III, 2012

Matt Woodward, Milwaukee Avenue Series, Panel 1 of 3, 2011

Matt Woodward, Western Avenue, 2011

JASON A. MAAS



Jason A. Maas
Mounted Patrol
Charcoal on paper
38″x30″
2012



Jason A. Maas
Cavalry
Charcoal on paper
30″x38″
2012



Jason A. Maas
November 14th
Charcoal on paper
30″x38″
2012

Jason A. Maas creates drawings that find the core expression in human body language by carefully removing contextual information and leaving a structure that both illuminates and challenges the content of an image. Negative spaces provide focus, silence, and an openness to allow the viewer to finish the drawing. The new body of work confronts the current understanding of how we view journalistic images of social unrest that proliferate the media, from professional photographs to low resolution cell phone photos.