domenica 30 novembre 2008

Noise Berlin - Milan, 2007





Think Twice - TH Inside, 2006, Milan






Beyond the Portrait - TH Inside 2005




STATES OF MIND 2008

About the photographers

The visions of Dustin Askland tell stories of a minimal landscape where nature provides the frame for ordinary people – from workers to suburban housewives. There is no judgement or outcry: his pictures intensify the consistency of everyday life. American Icons such as the flag, the base ball pitch and glove, the big landscapes between the East and West coasts, are immortalised in his photos with a clear light which is almost unreal, as if he is attempting to stop time. As if he wants to put brief stories of ordinary intensity between brackets.

In Dylan Chatain’s images the signs of American culture get lost within big spaces, such as the tiny McDonald sign drowned in a romantic landscape at sunset or the flapping American flag swallowed in a dense and scary obscurity.

The traces of his own country are often present in his photographs but always with a light touch and with no rhetoric eg. the photograph of Kennedy placed in a corner, or the house where Ronald Regan was born.

Tim Davis’s clever eye plays with reflections of neon signs all over America. At first glance its hard to see what is hidden behind the tranquil suburban dwellings but with a second look we notice the reverberations of the neon signs on the windows. With his photographs Davis puts the anonymity of these signs in juxtaposition with the intimacy of private houses, almost as if he wanted to point a finger at the fine line which exists between social life and quiet domesticity, between a frenetic, anonymous outside world with the tranquillity and familiarity of inside.

Melanie Enzig’s eye is much more instant. She captures fragments of the American society as it grows. She has a journalistic style which focuses on the fleeting moment that provides a link between past and present, such as the portrait taken, as so many before it, in front of Mount Rushmore, or the typically American cashiers in the supermarket, crowded beaches or the New York subway.

Gus Powell portrays the life going on around him. His photographs of speedy passersby call to mind the beginning of Woody Allen’s film Manhattan. Closed visions portraying faces, expressions and bodies around New York alternate with the expansive photographs such as that of the Statue of Liberty which through the fog looks as if it is suspended in nothing.

Jonathan Quinn focuses his lens on a typical American lunch. His portraits have an expressionist angle which reveal the small details of the pulsing American way of life. As if in a film sequence, Quinn describes the anonymous but personal story of American men eating, reading, talking or simply thinking at their usual restaurant tables.

Christina Seeley’s landscapes make a distinct statement, being long range portraits of American cities. The result is a series of expansive yet personal visions. In her portraits, mostly taken at night or night fall, she seems to sum up the hopes and illusions of 1000s of Americans. Infinite visions difficult to collate if not in such a strongly poetic and suggestive manner.

Curated by Elena Bordignon


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lunedì 6 ottobre 2008

STATES OF MIND - Brussels


The exhibition, held at Cityscape - a gigantic structure of tangled wood sitting in the heart of Brussels’ luxurious district – opens to the public from October 24 continuing to November 1. The exhibition will open in collaboration with Modo Bruxella, which will host a ‘Designers Trail’ on October 24 and 25, where artists and designers open their doors for the public to peak backstage.

The inspiration behind the ‘States of Mind’ exhibition is to examine existing representations of iconic America, which is achieved through the visual expressions of seven talented, young photographers. Their interpretations of American iconography are presented through the juxtaposition of images in their work.

The photographers: Dustin Askland, Dylan Chatain, Tim Davis, Melanie Enzig, Gus Powell, Jonathan Quinn and Christina Seeley have all been exclusively selected by curator Elena Bordignon, an expert in photographic art and talent scout for young artists.

Previous TH INSIDE exhibitors have gone on to achieve international acclaim, such as Alec Soth, who is now working with the Gagosian Gallery and Magnum, Kevin Cooley, whose work has been bought by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Tanyth Berkley who had a solo exhibition at the MOMA in September ’07, Tim Barber who was appointed one of four curators of the first New York Photo Festival, Slater Bradley who had an exhibition in the project room at the Witney and Roe Ethridge who was included in the most recent Witney Biennale.

sabato 6 settembre 2008

TH Inside: Waiting for "States of Mind"

TH INSIDE was developed out of Tommy Hilfiger’s desire to support and exhibit up and coming young American photographers throughout Europe. Since its inception in 2005 TH INSIDE has grown in visibility, and is well regarded by professionals within the international photographic industry.

Since its inception in 2005, TH INSIDE has been presented in Tommy Hilfiger Europe’s art exhibition space located adjacent to its freestanding store at no. 2/A Piazza Oberdan in Milan.
Tommy Hilfiger launched the first exhibition, Beyond the Portrait, Young American Photography, with the participation of some of the most talented and emerging artists of today, including Alec Soth and Jona Frank.

The second exhibition, Think Twice, Young American Photography, determined the strength of TH INSIDE as a European benchmark for the diffusion of American photographic culture, thanks to the works of great artists such as Kevin Cooley and Dan Torop.

In April 2007, TH INSIDE returned to the Milanese art scene with its third exhibition NOISE, inspired by the concept of the perception of sound. The title of the show is an invitation to not only view the photographs, but to experience the sounds that live within them. For the first time since the project’s inception, TH INSIDE was shown in Berlin, outside of its home city of Milan.

The inspiration behind the fourth edition ‘States of Mind’ is to examine existing representations of iconic America, which is achieved through the visual expressions of seven talented, young photographers. Their interpretations of American iconography are presented through the juxtaposition of images in their work. ‘States of Mind’ will be launched in Brussels at the end of October, the show moves on to stop in Copenhagen and Miami.

All shows have been curated by Elena Bordignon, expert in photographic art and talent scout for young artists for TH INSIDE.