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Warm Leatherette and the Aesthetics of Crash Culture. An Event with Ewa Axelrad (26 Jun 2013)

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From 6,30pm.

Ewa Axelrad in conversation with Huw Hallam and Eszter Steierhoffer.

Warm Leatherette is an artist book by Ewa Axelrad, focusing on the fetishistic potency and a sculptural dimension of speed and a crash. Through juxtaposing the intimate with the cool representation of a crash, the project addresses the sense of confusion between the solid and the precarious present in our relationship with technology and its aesthetics. The conversation at DRAF will evolve around Ewa Axelrad’s project and the aesthetics of a crash culture by exploring issues such as speed at the moment of an economical impotence, an accident as culture’s punctuation mark, the unwanted idea of a democratic death and the control over a machine as a commodity.

The book has been published in a limited and numbered edition by Museum in Gliwice and includes two texts by Huw Hallam and Tomasz Plata.

Ewa Axelrad (b. 1984) is an artist based in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and works primarily with photographic image and architectural installation, through which she often examines violence present in architectural configurations and trivial interpersonal gestures. The reoccurring theme in her practice is hygiene,  its social and political implications and aesthetics. She is represented by BWA Warszawa gallery in Poland.  http://ewa-axelrad.com/

Huw Hallam is a writer and a musician. He has recently submitted a doctoral thesis in musicology at King’s College, London, examining the political significance of sound in National Socialist Germany and experimental musical practices in its wake. Also studied art history and cultural theory at the University of Melbourne (Australia). Lives and works in Oxford.

Eszter Steierhoffer is an art historian and curator based in London. Her research focuses on contemporary practices inbetween art and architecture and the recent developments and debates around contemporary exhibition making.  She is a regular contributor to a variety of international arts publications and led a number of research seminars and workshops. Currently she is undertaking PhD research at the Royal College of Art.

This event is free but booking is strongly recommended as space is limited. Please email: info@davidrobertsartfoundation.com

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  • Top: Ewa Axelrad Chłonna / The Absorbent 2012, installation, photo courtesy of Ewa Axelrad and BWA Warszawa gallery.

Below: Ewa Axelrad Warm Leatherette book published by Museum in Gliwice, 2013
    1/1Top: Ewa Axelrad Chłonna / The Absorbent 2012, installation, photo courtesy of Ewa Axelrad and BWA Warszawa gallery. Below: Ewa Axelrad Warm Leatherette book published by Museum in Gliwice, 2013