ABOUT THE FAIR
At this years UNTITLED, Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents the latest works by three international acclaimed artists: ISAAC JULIEN (UK, 1960), KRIŜTOF KINTERA (CZ, 1973) and INTI HERNANDEZ (CU, 1976).
Isaac Julien, who works and lives in London, will show his newest photo series from his latest work Stones Against Diamonds. Previously presented as a video installation film at this year’s Venice Biennale and Art Basel, the work draws inspiration from a letter written by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Stones Against Diamonds examines themes within her letter, where she praises the beauty of natural elements over preferred precious stones. Filming the work in remote Vatnajökull region in South East Iceland, using the breathtaking scenery of glistening ice caves as a set for the film, Julien portrays some of the most beautiful objects as the least precious in a conventional sense. The shoot took place over five days with the crew enduring sub-zero temperatures deep in the heart of spectacular glacial caves, formed in ice over thousands of years and accessible for only a few days a year due to the harsh climate. Signature elements of Bo Bardi’s work have been incorporated into Julien’s work, creating an exhilarating combination of highly aesthetically pleasing images within the framework of critically modernist thinking.
Kristof Kintera, who is probably today’s most challenging and respected artist working in the Czech Republic and recently celebrated large solo shows at de Kunsthal in Rotterdam and Museum Tinguely in Basel, will present a series of new drawings. Being highly inspired by the Belgium artist Tinguely, he is much interested in techniques and the limits of sculpturing. There to be said that his drawings can take on different forms and shapes, and do not always hold a classic ‘pen on paper’ identity. Being born in a former communist East-European country, Kintera’s work always deals with main topics of our current times, while at the same time keeping in mind his past. What makes his work special is that he, despite an obvious catchiness which is always emphasized by a great deal of humor, is able to make sharp, often intuitive decisions that produce a far more multi-layered experience. This results in poetic images which hold a certain ambiguity because of their engagement with main topics of our times.
Inti Hernandez divides his time between his home country Cuba and Amsterdam. Being presented at UNTITLED is an important step in the artist’ career. Coming from a country which has been in a critical struggle with its neighbors for many decades, it was not easy for Hernandez to present his work in the US. He takes on this notable opportunity to presents his latest, handmade wooden sculptures. Hernandez sees art as a medium to create conversation and dialogue. The very nature of his work embodies collaboration. He explores meanings and triggers reflection through his artistic process and through the interaction with those who engage with his work. Architecture and Industrial design are both disciplines very much interconnected with daily life. In his work Hernandez plays with their language and with their multidisciplinary habits.