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Atlas Gallery Reveal New Surrealist Photography Show

THE Atlas Gallery in London unleashes the creative power of the unconscious in a new show which explores how avant-garde photographers responded to Surrealism. The exhibition, which opens this week, traces the history of the iconic movement through five decades beginning with its launch in Paris in the 1920s by poet, André Breton.

The Psychic Lens: Surrealism and the camera displays almost 50 works by well-known photographers which include Man Ray, Florence Henri and Bill Brandt and work by lesser known artists such as Franz Roh and Vaclav Zykmund. Their work also reveals a diverse range of skills comprising photo-montage, double exposures, solarisation and combination printing.

Atlas Gallery, Surrealism, photography, exhibitionVisit in Night, 1951 © Toshiko Okanoue

The Surrealists sought to uncover the unconscious mind and merge it with reality. They created dream-like imagery by lifting objects from their familiar contexts and re-positioning them in unlikely groupings. The Japanese photographer, Toshiko Okanoue, started making photo collages as a fashion student at Bunk Gakim College during the 1950s. After the Second World War, Japanese goods were in short supply and many were imported from abroad.

Cutting scraps from fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Okanoue began to create imaginative compositions arranged from body parts, animals and architectural elements. Although having no knowledge of Surrealism at the time, she realised later that, “Without being aware of it, I have planned such delicate nuances of a woman’s heart and sown seeds of such sentiments into my works.”

Atlas Gallery, Surrealism, photography, exhibitionPortrait Composition (E), 1937 by Florence Henri © Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, Genova

Influenced by Constructivism and Cubism, the American artist Florence Henri experimented with mirrors to add greater perspective to her imagery. She overlaid reflections in shop windows and made photo-montages from photographic clippings of classical architecture. She explained

“Volumes, lines, shadows and light have to obey my will and say what I want them to say. This happens under the strict control of composition, since I do not pretend to explain the world nor to explain my thoughts.”

Apart from distorting perspective and the size of objects, Surrealist photographers sometimes used words in their imagery. The German magazine cover designed by Dutch photographer, César Domela-Niewenhuis depicts a giant signpost of painted text looming above the sprawling Port of Hamburg to reveal a cluttered scene of cranes, building and steamships parts.

Atlas Gallery, Surrealism, photography, exhibitionHamburg, 1929 by César Domela-Niewenhuis © 2014 César Domela/
Artists RightsSociety (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, The Psychic Lens: Surrealism and the camera runs from November 24 to January 28, 2017 at Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7NF
Telephone: +44 207 224 4192
Email: info@atlasgallery.com

Front page image: Ruths-Speicher, photomontage, 1928 by César Domela-Niewenhuis © 2014 César

Domela/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Jane Carr Collaborates with Piplotti Rist and Hauser & Wirth

BRITISH designer Jane Carr announces a new launch, a collaboration with award-winning Swiss artist Piplotti Rist and Hauser & Wirth gallery. The launch features two limited edition men’s and women’s scarves that feature specially commissioned artworks and a poem by Rist.

The women’s scarf embodies the whimsical and limitless spirit of Rist’s artwork. One can expect to see a vibrant print of apple blossom branches in psychedelic colours, crafted on a luxurious silk, twill square.

Jane Carr x Pipilotti Rist _ Hauser & Wirth - The Apple Blossom Scarf (women's) - silk twill - Flat(1)Women’s Scarf Jane Carr x Piplotti Rist

The men’s scarf, on the other hand, takes a darker turn and portrays an enigmatic and abstract underworld in shades of navy and royal blue, placed on a wool flannel stole. Both designs are adorned with phrases from Rist’s poem.

Jane Carr x Pipilotti Rist _ Hauser & Wirth - The Apple Blossom Scarf (men's) - wool - Folded 1Men’s Scarf Jane Carr x Piplotti Rist ©

 

by Rebecca Acres

The scarves are available for purchase here

Exhibition of Drawings by Female Lebanese Artists Opens in Beirut

AN EXHIBITION of drawings by Lebanese artists, Estel Adnan, Huguette Caland and Laure Ghorayeb is currently showing at the Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Beirut. The exhibition, entitled Doors of Perception highlights the significant role of female artists of the twentieth century and exemplifies how drawing became an effective medium for artistic expression.


art, exhibitions, Lebanese artistsEtel Adran, untitled, 2016, ink and watercolour on paper, 30 x 46cm. Photo © Galerie Janine Rubeiz

resized Laure Ghorayeb, Paten work, 1994, chinese ink on canvas, 112 x 82 cmLaure Ghorayeb, Paten Work, 1994, Chinese ink on canvas, 112 x 82cm. Photo © Galerie Janine Rubeiz

These three artists share a diversity of skills including painting, collage, writing and couture, expertise which influences their intuitive approach to drawing. Huguette Caland’s decorative motifs reveal her natural affinity with the designs of Byzantine mosaics, traditional clothing and the intricacy of hand-woven rugs.

Informed by her memories of the Lebanese Civil War, Laure Ghonayeb weaves narratives and characters within her work that, as she explains, “edge their ways in the outlines I create”. On the other hand, happy memories inspire Etel Adnan, a conceptual artist to create small canvases in bright undulating forms reflective of her love for the beauty and spirit of Lebanese and Californian landscapes.

by Miranda Charalambous

Doors of Perception runs until June 30, 2016 at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut