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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Vytautas Kumza - TRICKS AND TRADE SECRETS, 2017

Mar 07, 2018

The project “ TRICKS AND TRADE SECRETS“ presents an attractive collage of photographs, which – seen from a distance – appear like suggestions for full-page reproduction in glossy magazines. The collage style fragments the whole, a device also used by Kumža in the individual photographs they consist of. Inspired by the approaches of commercial photography, he creates enigmatic constructs which both deceive our eyes and invite us to decipher their meaning. The message is here less important than the form. Kumža places obstacles in front of the viewer’s gaze, and nothing in the photographs is shown “properly”. Although often the images represent spatial constellations, some sort of sculptures or installations, they take place across two dimensions, and even the most basic shift of the camera’s perspective would shatter their fragile construction. These analogue puzzles offer a range of associations, from contemporary fashion photography to a Surrealist touch inspired by the inter-war avant-garde.

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Don’t fall in love with the prop

Mar 12, 2018 - Vytautas Kumza

I would like to finish my posts with a teaser of my latest work, which is called “Don’t fall in love with the prop”. The whole series will be shown for the first time during Unfair 2018 which will be held on 29th March – 2nd April in Amsterdam.

Bernard Voïta

Mar 11, 2018 - Vytautas Kumza

There is very little information about Bernard Voïta, but I think his works speaks it for it self. Very sculptural, formal and complex.


“…Over the past years Bernard Voïta has worked almost exclusively in the medium of photography, although the way he does so is often compared to sculpture. In his work he challenges the medium’s boundaries and its imputations and sounds out its potential as well as questions of perception. Out of simple found objects, Voïta constructs three-dimensional models in his atelier, which he, in a second step, records with his camera. His works do not picture an out-there reality, but an arranged-by-the-artist, complex sculptural design that finds culmination in its photographic depiction. Thus images arise that allude to modernist architecture and city landscapes, or to arrangements and patterns that border on abstraction.These, via the composition, utilize the medium’s own effects, such as depth of field and the loss of real dimensions. The perspectivally arranged objects together conform to one plane.Which objects and arrangements are represented behind the images is no longer discernible to the eyes of the beholder. It is in the photograph itself that a meaningful dimension of the installation first gets composed into something new…” – Gallery Bob Van Orsouw

The difficulties of nonsense

Mar 10, 2018 - Vytautas Kumza

When, for the first time I’ve was introduced with Robert Cumming work, I flipped it trough, I thought “nothing special”. Second time, I’ve checked his book “The difficulties of nonsense”  and got blown away by his sculptural approach towards photography.


Perception, language, and the nuances of photographic vision are common themes in the work of Robert Cumming (American, b. 1943). His method of portraying the physically impossible so that it appears visually accurate has its roots in his early career as a painter, sculptor, performance artist, and mail artist.

In his photographic work—the majority of which he made in Southern California during the 1970s—Cumming embraced the illusion and reality of the medium: that photographs can spin artifice regardless of how true they appear. By intentionally including studio lighting, wires, and messy elements of construction, or “a means by which one can unravel the fabrication,” he creates visual narratives that unfold over time.

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Mar 09, 2018 - Vytautas Kumza

With a second post, I would like to introduce you with a book “The good, the bad, and the ugly” of Vincent Fecteau.  It is one of my inspiration sources.


San Francisco based American artist Vincent Fecteau (b. 1969) has, over the last two decades, forged a singular aesthetic that mixes homespun materials Popsicle sticks, champagne corks, string and the like meticulous craftwork and a curious formal grammar. By turns wonky, erotic, extraterrestrial or baroque, and sometimes all of these at once, his sculptures are built from small, slow accumulations in which layering, texture and the work of the hand are all visible. His work takes a new direction with this new publication produced by Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, in which the artist presents a large collection of magazine pages (mostly from architecture and interiors magazines) that he amassed and then spent months arranging until formal and narrative relationships were revealed. Originally presented as part of The Backroom project in Los Angeles, this book is a reproduction of his selection. Fecteau s work is exhibited and collected by MoMA, NY; SF MOMA; Art Institute of Chicago, among others.


Mar 08, 2018 - Vytautas Kumza

I thought that it would be great to start my blog with the most important space for an artist – a studio. Here I present a video of Tom Sachs “Ten Bullets”. It is an instruction how to navigate and use his work space for the visitors, it’s an homage to corporate instruction videos.


Tom Sachs is one of my favorite artists and he engages with high art, disposable consumer culture, and everything in between. Critiquing the speed and regularity with which a materialistic society replaces commodities, Sachs uses both a profusion of commercial icons in his work and builds his own functioning versions of consumer goods using re-purposed items, such as the glossy, black Prada Toilet (1997), a workable toilet constructed out of Prada’s up-market packaging, with the company’s logo prominently displayed on the sculpture. Sachs’s works are emphatically process-oriented, an expression of the artist’s DIY spirit, divulging even the flaws of his complex and labor-intensive projects. On ongoing theme in Sachs’ work is outer space. He has said that “NASA is the ultimate status symbol in technology, the highest technology.”