Kojo Shiraya: Trinary, 2015 at Cojhu Contemporary, Kyoto.
Ceramic artist Shiraya mixes Silica (SiO2), Alumina (Al2O3) and Lime (CaO) in different proprotions and fires them so that the chemical reactions - and hence the form resulting - vary according to the mix of the earth's crust's three main components.
I hadn't been aware that veteran abstract Anglo-Scottish painter John McLean (born 1939) had moved into sculptural equivalents, as in this 80 cm high acrylic on aluminium example, which translates - and signals in Italian - his typical geometric joy (gioia) in paint into three dimensions.
It’s indicative of the difference in quality that it would have been possible to pick various themes to follow through in five works from Photo London. Such as the body multiplied and combined...
Rudolf Koppitz: Movement Study, 1925 at Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna
Some of the iconic images on view were over-familiar, but though I’ve seen this a few times, I struggled to recall it was by Austrian secessionist Rudolf Koppitz (1884–1936). His slice of symbolist sensuality has the modern air of a replicated individual, even though it’s just uniform coiffure and drapery.
Ayana V. Jackson: "Drop your right hand / Why can't I turn around", 2012 at Gallery Badiou, Paris
This really is the American photographer herself three times, as she deconstructs the photographic conventions of rooted colonialist constructions of the primitive, titling her atmospherically tinted version of the three graces with an interactive dialogue as well as making the implied choice logically impossible.
Multi-disiciplinary artist Hans Breder set up the Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa, where Ana Mendieta was his student, lover and model in the most iconic of his mirrored semi-abstractions of the nude which end up somewhere between Hans Bellmer and Robert Smithson. This is another from his 'Body/Sculptures' photographic series from 1969-73.
Possibly the best stand was one of the smallest, combining multiple self-images by Juno Calypso and Juliana Cerqueira Leite. The Brooklyn based Brazilian brings dance – Martha Graham was an inspiration – as well as her primary medium of sculpture to bear in satisfyingly rhythmic and mysterious collage compilations of poses.
Photographer Hal: #07_Rem&Marina from 'Flesh Love', 2010 at Ibasho, Antwerp
The melding gets more literal in curiously named Japanese Star Trek fan Photographer Hal’s series of couples encased in duvet bags from which the air is then vacuumed out in pursuit of a union with the perfect closeness of mythical times. Gimmicky, true, but compelling.