Foam Amsterdam: Grant Willing + Nicholas Gottlund

Some amazing talent showed at Foam Amsterdam this year, including Grant Willing and Nicholas Gottlund, who are also part of the 01 Magazine Group Exhibition. The exhibition will be having its final showing at The Interurban Gallery on July 8th to pay homage to our city of Vancouver. We will be posting the exhibition details this week and will also let you know the new talents that we added to the roster.


Here is some photos/ info from Foam:

Capricious presents: Continuity of Chaos

3_mother01_topcaroussellandscapeConfetti During The Summer California Fires, 2008 Luke Gilford


the-n-of-all-equations-2009-c-sarah-palmer_topcaroussellandscapeThe N of All Equations, 2009 Sarah Palmer


a-ruled-surface-2009-c-sarah-palmer_topcarousselportraitA  ruled Surface, 2009 Sarah Palmer


oil-stain-01-nebula-or-pillars-of-creation-c-luke-gilford_topcaroussellandscapeoil stain 01 Nubala or Pillars of Creation Luke Gilford


untitled-new-mexico-2008-a-nicholas-gottlund_topcarousselportrait(Untitled), 2008 Nicholas Gottlund




Untitled (1), From a Series Traces, 2010 Aaron McElroy

UntitledUntitled (2), From a Series Traces, 2010 Aaron McElroy

9 june – 4 september 2011


At the invitation of Foam, Sophie Mörner, photographer and founder of Capricious Magazine, has created an exhibition of young (emerging) photographic talent from the United States. Capricious is a major innovative platform for contemporary photography.


The exhibition Continuity of Chaos shows the work of Luke Gilford, Nicholas Gottlund, Aaron McElroy and Sarah Palmer. These young (emerging) photographers have all been inspired by the concept of ‘chaos’. Chaos is often considered as an anarchistic lack of order, not as an independent, harmonious phenomenon. But it is precisely because that lack of order is constant that it is considered within some philosophies as a state of unity and stability. Furthermore, the permanent unrest that is characteristic of chaos is necessary to allow new ideas to germinate – like the singing of the Muses. The works which are part of Continuity of Chaos show chaos as the basis of serenity, but also emphasise the impulse which is characteristic of chaos to distance itself from the natural order.


Grant Willing-Svart Metall


untitled-claw-2009-c-grant-willing_topcarousselportraitUntitled(Claw), 2oo9 Grant Willing


untitled-dark-forest-2009-c-grant-willing_topcarousselportraitUntitled (Dark Forest), 2009 Grant Willing


untitled-fenrir-i-2008-c-grant-willing_topcarousselportrait-1Untitled( Fenrir I), 2008 Grant Willing


13 May – 29 June 2011

The Svart Metall series by Grant Willing (United States, 1987) is the result of an investigation into the Scandinavian ‘Black Metal’ subculture. This subculture, inspired by Pagan and Satanic ideologies, was mainly associated with violence, murder and church burnings in the 1990s – although much of this was unjustified. This is not, however, what Willing shows us in Svart Metall; instead he mostly depicts the shadowy, rebellious, and occult world which is at the heart of Scandinavian Black Metal.

In his graduate work, Svart Metall, Willing focuses on the primary themes of the Black Metal culture such as Norse mythology, rugged nature, winter and the occult. Willing translated these themes into a series of carefully constructed images: a knife stuck into a cold, bare wall, a white tree against a pitch-black sky, a dark silhouette against a light, nondescript landscape. With this body of work, Willing has succeeded in placing the obvious association with violence in the background and returned to the subculture’s tenebrous origin.


Grant Willing graduated from the Parsons New School for Design in New York in 2009. He has taken part in exhibitions including The Show Must Go On in the Capricious Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2011) and Self Publish, Be Happy in the Photographers’ Gallery in London (2010). Willing recently co-curated an exhibition, Finished, in New York City and has worked on several projects with Fjord and Humble Arts Foundation. In 2009, he published his book Svart Metall.

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