Melancholia is the last movie directed by Danish director Lars Von Trier. Well-known to be a master of the unexpected and great casting, Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg (who have already collaborated with him on Antichrist), Charlotte Rampling, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt, Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin, Funny Games Us), the True Blood’ star Alexander Skarsgård, and his fetish actor Udo Kier (Epidemic, Europa, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville). His latest movie’s plot centers around two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) finding their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth. Melancholia should be shown during the next Cannes film Festival, which has been a prominent support since the beginning of his career and must be his last project before the third opus named Washington which will conclude his American trilogy (Dogville, Manderlay). Text Pierre-Alexandre Mateos
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Working in painting, sculpture, installation, textiles, performance and film, the german artist Cosima von Bonin has created three new sculptures for the show: a Pinocchio on a high chair, a street lamp smoking a cigarette, and a lazy rabbit on a table. Her work is often a matter of collaboration with others artists, this time she has chosen to work with Moritz von Oswald (half of Basic Channel) who has composed a soundtrack accompanying the show. The Juxtaposition of nothings by Cosima von Bonin and Moritz von Oswald is on view until April 30th at Friedrich Petzel gallery, 535 W 22nd St # 1, New York. Text and Photo Pierre-Alexandre Mateos
The Gladstone gallery currently shows a new exhibition of works by Gary Hill, combining video, sound, and installation. In Of surf, death, tropes & tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment he experiments the material and sonic properties of language on his public. From a 3D video, where he explains his project in a crypted language, to a torture room where the viewer is confronted to a strong flashlight, Gary Hill takes the play of the mad scientist who explores the process of perception and his malleability. Of surf, death, tropes & tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment by Gary Hill is on view until April 23th at Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street, New York. Text and Photo Pierre-Alexandre Mateos
Steven Sebring has captured on Polaroid some of the most legendary rock stars such as Neil Young, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe or Richard Hell, digitally altering these in large-scale portraits. In Illumination, he used digital technology, not to be satisfied by its perfect smoothness but to transform the pictures in an abstract manner. His close friend Patti Smith performed poetry for the opening, accompanied by her daughter, Jesse Smith on piano and Michael Stipe for a stunning duo of the cult REM song Everybody Hurts. Illumination by Steven Sebring is on view until 17th April at Milk Studio, 450 West 15th St #800, New York. Photo and Text Pierre-Alexandre Mateos
Balançoires (2010) are two glass swings with the map of Beirut carved onto the seats and are parts of the Mona Hatoum’s New York exhibition Bourj. With distance and coldness, the artist works with common objects to reveal the power mechanisms, but also interrogating more specifically the notion of control of violence by states and institutions (symbolic or effective). This work could be an insidious echo to the current situation in middle-east, in the grip of movement, instability and precariousness. Bourj by Mona Hatoum is on view until April 28 at Alexander and Bonin, 132 Tenth Avenue, New York. Photo and Text Pierre-Alexandre Mateos