The work of Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi is as dramatic as it is mysterious. Like her previous work, Kooi’s latest set of photographs, “Out of Sight,” is set in a variety of natural landscapes in the Netherlands. These images are over-saturated and hyperreal, often highlighting the struggle between man and nature. A small group of people pick their way across bleak terrain or a solitary figure fights with or acquiesces to the mysterious forces of nature. She favors highly stylized scenes with a single child or adolescent, always in a desolate landscape – a forest, a swamp, a prairie.
Robin Williams (no relation to the actor) is one of those rare artists who is enjoying her youth as well as a fair amount of recognition, especially when you consider the fact that she had her first solo exhibition just three years ago and is only 26-years-old. Her latest solo exhibition, “Rescue Party” is technicolor bright and dreamy and strange, and it’s on view now at PPOW’s new location in NY.
Julia Oldham’s “Fundamental Constants”
It’s always nice when the people behind the scenes get their moment in the spotlight, and that’s precisely what “Young Curators, New Ideas III” aims to do. Opening tonight at PPOW Gallery in Chelsea, the exhibition takes a look at contemporary art from the perspective of six up-and-coming curators. The result is six very different “multi-faceted and dynamic micro-exhibitions” that range from the banal senior art show variety and the requisite, been-there-done-that minimalist work to some honest-to-goodness promising unknowns, like Victor Vaughn and his cheeky take on illustration that combines humor and an outsider/folk art element. Most exciting is probably Julia Oldham’s video “Fundamental Constants,” which she collaborated with a physicist on to explore her perception of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Her previous work draws on other elements from the natural world, like her 2009 video “Churr-Churr Ziz Ziz Ziz” in which she convincingly (and charmingly) enacts the movements of various insects.