Twilight Zone

FROM 15TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Twilight Zone by Arnau Blanch

Event in collaboration with Paralaxe Editions

 

Interested in the psychological effects of opium in dreams, Arnau Blanch’s research runs towards the different states of consciousness, and unconsciousness from the use of this substance.“It’s like being suspended in a twilight zone between sleep and wakefulness. Nothing matters, and everything is fine.”

This project explores the non-figurative expression of the form and materials of the photographic image and of the imagination, playing between the limits of what is pictorial and what is photography. The altered state of perception resulting from the use of analgesic and narcotic substances like opium and the use of experimental camera-less processes has allowed Arnau to make this series of complex abstract images.

This is why these large format pieces that shape the artwork are presented emulating the construction of the origin of material photography: the negative. Different translucent layers overlap over the emulsion diffracting visible light beams in different ranges of tones. This finish allows us to add a certain formal investigation over the different stratums that compose each image to the expressive abstraction of the process.

In the search of bringing my sensitive experience to a tangible and visible world. I have made a series of large format pieces where the materials, tones, forms and supports of the photographic medium gain the whole limelight.

LINKS

www.arnaublanch.com

Exactitudes

FROM 7TH JULY UNTIL 7TH SEPTEMBER 2016

This exhibition is a collaboration between Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek and WER-HAUS.

Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 21 years. Rotterdams heterogeneous, multicultural street scene remains a major source of inspiration for Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, although since 1998 they have also worked in many cities abroad.

They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and attitude. By registering their subjects in an identical framework, with similar poses and a strictly observed dress code, Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific, anthropological record of peoples attempts to distinguish themselves from others by assuming a group identity. The apparent contradiction between individuality and uniformity is, however, taken to such extremes in their arresting objective-looking photographic viewpoint and stylistic analysis that the artistic aspect clearly dominates the purely documentary element.

LINKS

www.exactitudes.com

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FROM 27TH APRIL UNTIL 27TH JUNE 2016

This exhibition is a collaboration between SALVA LPEZand WER-HAUS.

In a short period of time, Salva Lopez and his girlfriend visited several islands: Japan, Taiwan, Bali, Komodo, Mallorca and Menorca. After they broke up, he decided to travel alone to Lanzarote, another island, to shut himself away only with his thoughts, and to photograph the volcanic landscapes as a curative therapy.

Returning, both to his home and the broken relationship, Salva decided to convert this dualism in to a book: the colour photographies of their trips as a couple, mainly portraits of her, and the bleak and deserted landscapes in black and white.

To find the right form to this dialog between the colour and the black and white photographies, Salva turned to the designer Eloi Gimeno. Eloi had the brilliant idea of taking advantage of the folds leaving the original binding the way it was to catch the images of the woman and leaving visible the landscapes, turning the format of the book into a metaphor of the memory and of the co-existence of images of the past and the present.

Returning to see them in their entirety or leaving them as phantasmagorical images simply intuited through the transparency (or opacity) of the paper is left at the will of the reader.

Conceived from the outset in book format, Illa now covers the walls of Wer -Haus with the same intention : travelling through the memory of what was , what has been and what remains.

En un breve periodo de tiempo, Salva Lpez visit con su pareja varias islas: Japn, Taiwn, Bali, Komodo, Mallorca y Menorca. Y por algn motivo, tras una crisis sentimental, decidi viajar completamente solo a Lanzarote, otra isla, para recluirse en sus pensamientos, y fotografiar los paisajes volcnicos como una terapia curativa.

Al volver, tanto a su hogar como a la relacin quebrada, Salva decidi convertir en libro esta dualidad: las fotografas en color de sus viajes en pareja, principalmente retratos de ella, y los grandes paisajes en blanco y negro desoladores y desrticos.

Para encontrar la forma adecuada a este dilogo entre las imgenes en color y en blanco y negro, Salva acudi al joven diseador Eloi Gimeno. Eloi tuvo la brillante idea de aprovechar los pliegues sin cortar de la encuadernacin para atrapar las imgenes de la mujer y dejar a la vista los paisajes, convirtiendo el propio formato del libro en una metfora del recuerdo y de la convivencia de imgenes del pasado y el presente.Volver a verlas en su totalidad o dejarlas como imgenes fantasmagricas slo intuibles a travs de la transparencia (u opacidad) del papel queda a la voluntad del lector.

Ideado desde un principio en formato libro, Illa recorre ahora las paredes de Wer-Haus con la misma intencin: viajar a travs del recuerdo de aquello que fue, lo que ha sido y lo que permanece.

LINKS

BUY BOOK

www.salvalopez.com

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FROM 22ND JANUARY UNTIL 27TH MARCH 2016

This exhibition is a collaboration between IMA CONCEPT TOKYO and WER-HAUS.

Portrait has long developed as a means to display the likeliness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing or photograph. This exhibition presents works by two Japanese artists who use photography as a means to go beyond the traditional nature of portrait.

Ishikawa (b.1983)s Humanity appear as colorful abstract paintings depicting the silhouettes of various people. In reality, they are compositions formed by printing numerous photographs of a single subject onto a plastic sheet which does not soak up the ink and then placing a sheet of paper on top before the ink has dried. While physical features are eroded and subject cannot be identified in Ishikawas work, it attempts to make visible what is normally invisible, and explore how information is linked to the representation of individuality.

The subjects in Fujiwara (b. 1984)s Code Unknown are complete strangers who are unaware that they are being watched. As a homage to film director Michael Haneke, who directed Code Unknown, Fujiwara shot his photographs in the Berlin U-Bahn secretly without his subjects permission. The result is a work that tackles the modern problem of privacy rights by limiting the amount of available codes through meticulous framing, close-ups and digital tricks in a way that barely prevents his subjects from being identifiable.

The anonymous subjects in Ishikawa and Fujiwaras work invite us to imagine what is absent or exists beyond the picture instead of engaging us directly with what is depicted. Exploring the relationship between information, identity, and visual representation, New Portrait searches what is out there for photography to capture in the so called Information Age.

 

KAZUTO ISHIKAWA

Ishikawa was born in 1983 in Saitama Prefecture. He graduated from Tokyo Visual Arts in 2008. He has exhibited in numerous group shows including The Emerging Photography Artist 2012, Tokyo Photo 2013, Flower Power 2013, and STEP OUT! New Japanese Photographers (2015). End of 2015, he published his first photokooks, Humanity, through IMA Photobooks.

 

SATOSHI FUJIWARA

Fujiwara was born in 1984 in Hyogo Prefecture. He graduated in 2007 from Osaka University of Arts, after which he began working as a graphic designer in Tokyo. In 2012, he moved to Berlin to start working as a photographer. In 2014, he was an award recipient at Japan Photo Award and a participant in the Wi (e) dersehen group exhibition in Berlin. That exhibition marked the first of many Berlin-based group exhibitions that Fujiwaras works have been featured in, including IN VITRO GARDEN (2015) and LEBENSMITTELpunktKUNST (2015). In July, he held a special exhibition at the ISSEY MIYAKE MEN Ginza Store, in collaboration with the brand. In 2015, he published his first photokooks, Code Unknown, through IMA Phorobooks.

LINKS

www.ishikawakazuto.com

www.satoshi-fujiwara.com

www.imaconceptstore.jp

Cuadro

UNTIL MARCH 2016

Wer-Haus is thrilled to collaborate with Boys by Girls as part of the Issue 9 Magazine.

The Issue 9 Print Collection includes eight photographs from our Boys By Girls last issue with works by Cecilie Harris, Sophie Mayanne, Olivia Rose, Dani Brubaker and Lauren Withrow.

The prints will be available to buy at Wer-Haus for the next eight weeks.

The photography exhibition takes place in our Menswear Storefrom 10:00h until 21:00h.

LINKS

www.boysbygirls.co.uk

www.facebook.com/boysbygirls