Folkert de Jong is a dutch artist who makes the most beautiful artworks using styrofoam and polyurethane. Can be seen at the Saatchi gallery for now. And had a big exhibition in the Groninger Museum last year. Very impressive and innovative. The beautiful colours and harsh subjects make it all the more interesting.
The Moon Life Concept Store creates its own futuristic world in which visitors can explore and test or experience the products and concepts that represent future human life in space.
The Moon Life Concept Store is a pop up shop and art exhibition which will travel around the world, with larger contribution by the Moon Academy. 20 international professionals architects, designers, fashion designers and musicians are personally invited to propose a contribution to Moon Life.
With designs from: Alicia Framis, Atelier van Lieshout, Edhv, Marina Toeters, Paula Ampuero etc.
The concept store opens its doors from 18 september to 15 october,
at the Nieuwezijde Voorburgwal in Amsterdam
The fullmoon symposium is 8 october, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam
Such a simple, elegant idea: make abandoned rusted bikes into public furniture by spraypainting them and planting flowers in the baskets. That's exactly what Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas did and they called it The Good Bike Project. Would be a nice project to do here in Utrecht, where bike wrecks are a dime a dozen...
found via notcot, images via visuall.net At the latter you can also read a nice interview with these artists.
Luzinterruptus (Latin for 'interrupted light') is a Spanish art collective that makes eerily beautiful light installations. For their most recent work 'Under nuclear threat' they made an army of scarecrow-like nuclear figures. Their ghostly appearance, a threatening death march upon their surroundings, appeals to the modern fear of what events such as occurred in Japan might do to our world.
found via fecalface.com, images via luzinterruptus' website: luzinterruptus.com
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This exhibition titled 'Savage Beauty' at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York just closed, and how I wished NYC was closer by so I could have seen it. Late Mr McQueen's famous creature-like clothing is visually stunning, technologically superb and conceptually sound. If you're familiar with his work (and you probably are), there's probably nothing explicitly new to see here, but it's still awesome eyecandy.
Also, do you remember that projection of Kate Moss on the catwalk?
images via the Met website
Great mural drawings by David Shillinglaw. He made one in Arnhem as well at Subwalk. Browse throught the images on his website.
An interesting research you should really check out!
The most recent usual unusual stuff from Banksy. Witty, funny, but at the same time sharp-tongued and sarcastic. One piece was posted next to a Bristol highway, until it was taken down by cops of the UK Highways Agency - who assure the BBC it wasn't because they felt ridiculed by the Banksy sign. Check out the BBC article about it here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-14574419
Banksy has also been featured on 'Street Summer', an initiative by UK TV Channel 4 to offer a space on air for urban artists to make unmediated short pieces for the screen. A compilation of his ad breaks you can see in the video above.
The works by Anne Wölk are like a cinematic scenery. I can't keep my eyes of the paintings and drawings. The abstractness, the details, the colours and the composition pulls you in her cosmos.
As Marloes Pijfers explains on her website, Reputation 2.0 'is not an ordinary management book (...) but an illustrated introduction into the world of 'online reputation management'. Quite unlike a lot of the management books out there, it explains strategies of online representation in short, clear, unpretentious verbal and visual language.
The work of John von Bergen is kind of cryptic. Hs website shows no explanation except the titles of the works. And even those are not telling us anything about the work itself. However, if you take a moment the drawings, sculptures and installation he makes are rather fascinating. It takes a moment but they will get you, intrigue you. Have a look at his website here. Give it a try!
A magazine about photography, design and subculture is made twice a year by one-man, Calin Kruse.
When I unpacked this magazine it was obvious I had some kind of special magazine in my hands. A small-size magazine, with semi-glossy paper that shoots the cover images in your face. The review copies are issues 8 and 9. And the cover images are just right in your face! Nailed to the ground you just want to keep staring at them, but curiosity wins and I start flipping the pages.
The biggest thumbs up for DieNacht magazine is that it has a very strong editorial content. The featured content is very well chosen and is intriguing, fascinating. Each item has a got the space in the magazine to be explain itself and be fully understood.
The graphic design and typography is well done, simple but effective. Not completely my cup of tea, but the projects and images are so strong that the design is just right. It supports images and text.
The magazine is written in German, but in the back are English translations of some main articles. Sometimes the accompanying texts are in English too, there's no clear line in that. Should be fun if the magazine will be in English to get a wider audience which it deserves. For now, learn German or just be amazed by the good content of the magazines. You won;t see the famous artists but the ones that are making awesome work. Which is, in my opinion as we also do with O.K. Periodicals, the most interesting. You get in contact with people who still really want to rock the world.
Also nice to know is that DieNacht organizes photography exhibition.
Be sure to get a copy!
I stumbled upon the work of Pim Palsgraaf. He makes sculptures, paintings and drawings which are sometimes surreal, but very fascinating. Especially the taxidermy animals with found objects are very strange and intriguing.
The artists statement:
The studio of Pim Palsgraaf (1979) is located in the industrial section of Rotterdam.
His love-hate relationship to this environment is fundamental for his art work.
In the “Multiscape” sculptures he shows the outgrowths of urban architecture.
Comparable to tumours of urban growing he drapes found objects on taxidermy animals to symbolize the contrary of culture and nature.
The city seems to overcome the animal and to bring it to its knees. His paintings reveals us the clandestine interior of cities. Deserted rooms, damp corridors and ceilings in danger to collapse at any time show his weakness for urban decline, for the natural environment of men slowly sinking into oblivion.
Sun Boxes are an environment to enter and exit at will. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.
The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.
The work of artist David Bowen is all about mechanical systems. The system showed in this post uses lasers to scan an union plant from one or three angles. As the plant is scanned a fuse deposition modeler in real-time creates a plastic model based on the information collected. The device repeats this process every 24 hours, scanning from a different angle. The result is a series of models illustrating the growth of a plant from varying angles.
Some are nice, some are famous, some are dull, some are funny ans some you've seen to often already. And I can't read anything on this website. But plenty images for some good scrolling.
Pina is a tribute to German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died unexpectedly in the spring of 2009. It feels like both a dance film, a piece of fiction and a documentary at the same time. The dances express all kinds of emotion, from the depths of physical and mental pain to the most light-hearted moments of joy and humour. Visually, it is one of the most stunningly beautiful I have ever seen. Even if you're not especially into dance - I'm not -, I highly recommend that you go see it.
Watch this presentation at poptech and find out what great work the Australian choreograhper and director Gideon Obarzanek is making. I really love how he works with new interactive techniques and dance. Won't say more, just watch the video.
Graphic designer, photographer and artist Dorian Gourg chose the name Adahy for this project - the Cherokee word for Living in the Woods. It is the synthesis of two trips; one to New York City, one to South America. The geometric patterns in urban NYC reminded him of Native American art, which in turn reminded him of his trip to the south and quite controversely the wide open landscapes he saw there. As he puts it much more eloquently:
"...This serie of images contains and conveys the notion of time and aesthetic sense which are proper to a specific place throughout the ages, from its simplest mystic expression, to one of the most complex in applied arts, architecture."
"...It’s funny to think that mordern man reproduced what he destroyed in a «modern way», sometimes clearly on purpose, sometimes subconscously."
In the statement for her series "Experimental Relationship," Yijun Liao writes, "As a woman, I used to think I can only fall in love with someone that I adore, who is maturer than me, older than me, a protector, a mentor. Then I met my boyfriend, Moro, who is five years younger.... I have always doubted the stereotype of a man-woman relationship. Why does man have to be a certain way? Why should woman be a certain way?"
Only one of the images of Pixy's beautiful serie is featured in the last O.K. Periodicals magazine. In the Morning News is an interview and a more complete view on the serie "Experimental Relationship" I really love it!
Anne Knispel's graduation project Four legs good, two legs bad explores two interesting worlds by bringing them together in unexpected ways. In colorful, vibrant illustrations she connects human phobias with animals that have remarkable features or abilities that arm them against those very fears. Her imagination stretches yours as she protects the chiraptophobic (fearful of being touched) with a hedgehog's spikes and presents a marabou stork's throat sac as an ideal solution to chase away the enemies of those who are catagelophobic (fearful of being embarrassed).
Everybody knows that gangs reign in their own certain neighbourhood and that they will defend it with bloody battles. What I didn't know yet is that these gangs had their own business cards! At least they had them in the 70's - early 80's as these pictures show. Creative talents those dirty ol' bastards!
We had a super releaseparty of O.K. Periodicals #6 / BORING Issue. Jaap Blonk started the night with a soundpoetry performance. After that Joost and I went up the stage to give a very boring presentation. We explained how to fill in the form to become a subscriber (hello and thanks to al new subscribers!). And we made a slide for each and every single contributor in the magazine and thanking them. Well, you had to be there in the crowded venue.
But we finished with the flipthrough video you can see here as well.
We hope you will become a subscriber too, so we can make future issues of this wonderfull magazine. It has a limited run of copies (500) and we already sent 250 to pre-orders and so.
Issue 6 is, again, the best issue so far!
Artists duo Lernert & Sander (featured before on O.K. Periodicals, they keep making inspiring work) have collected found clothing from as many darkrooms they could all over the world. How does the visitor of a sex site manage to lose their pants or shoes, and even more, how do they manage to get back home without all of it is a mystery. Together the clothes represent an interesting collection.
Read more in this special blog on the Blend website
For her graduation project, Marleen Wellen researched the role of personal, sensitive information in today's society. Her conclusion is that, though these confidentialities are extra vulnerable in the information age, people should still be able to tell each other secrets. Her solution is to give responsibility to the listeners rather than the sharers for keeping secrets safe In her final work "I want to be the tin you keep your secrets in", she illustrates the secrets people told her. These people are also present in the illustration, their face hidden only by a thin layer of film that could easily be scratched off.
Fourteen people were asked to create self-portraits, using a police Photofit kit from the 1970s, without referring to photographs or mirror images of themselves. They were then interviewed by Philip Oltermann on the subjects of identity and the self.
The project was made by Matt Willey (project link as well) and Giles Revell.
This is the direct download of the Photofit PDF.
Introduction from the book:
There are no photos in circulation of Jacques Penry, the man who
invented the Photofit, but from what he wrote in his books, you would
guess that he might have looked a bit suspicious. A photographer by
trade, the Frenchman had been fascinated by facial topography as
early as the 1930s, when he published his magnus opus The Face of
Man. There was, Penry claimed in it, a direct link between any human’s
physique and their personality: philosophers, for example, would show
a marked development of the lower cheek muscles, while idiots and
simpletons would invariably possess a markedly receding forehead.
Following the Penry-method of facial classification, he claimed, one
could cleanse society of “criminals, mental deficits, neurasthenics
and vocational misfits.”
Perhaps unaware of the supremacist overtones of it’s creator’s
early musings, Scotland Yard gave the Photofit kit a go in 1970. The
kits come in wooden boxes, containing narrow paper strips with
various facial features and an index listing the contents: eyes, noses,
mouths, haircuts, chins, roughly 40 in each category. There are
transparencies for add-ons, such as glasses, facial hairs or wrinkles,
and a frame on which the individual parts can be assembled.
The first Photofit portrait of a British suspect was broadcast
on 22nd of October 1970, in connection with the murder of James
Cameron in Islington, London. Surprisingly, it came up with the goods:
the image jogged a shop assistant’s memory and led to the arrest
of John Earnest Bennett in Nottingham. Soon though, policemen
found that Photofit portraits of suspects often looked nothing like
the criminals that were eventually caught: the Penry-method clearly
had its limits. In 1988, the Met introduced computer programmes
for facial profiling (“E-fits”) and Photofit kits across the country were
hurled onto rubbish heaps.
Penry’s system might have been inaccurate and ideologically
dubious, but it has qualities that appealed to us when we came up with
this project. Photofit is tactile: you can touch the individual parts with
your own hands and move them about until things click into place – it’s
like creating a puzzle. And it is immediate: there is no person standing
between you and the final picture. We managed to track down a male
and female kit from a Police Museum in Kent and invited a number
of people to assemble their own Photofit self-portrait in Giles’ studio
in Clerkenwell. The end result, we think, is curious. Each portrait tells
a story: it speaks of the hang-ups, insecurities and vanities we all have
about our own appearance. They hint at how deceptive our relationship
with our self-image can be. Jacques Penry claimed that he could deduce
a person’s character from their face in an instant. If nothing else, we
hope that this project shows how the connection between persona
and personality is a lot more complex than that.
A while ago Little White Lies made a video about how their magazine is made. The very awesome VNA (Very Nearly Almost) street art magazine have released a videointerview with them. Which gives a nice insight how it started and developed to become what it is today. The video interview is made by itdrewitself (which made other cool stuff as well, worth checking out)
People in Pakistan make such beautiful decorations on their trucks, can you imagine something like this driving around Europe? There's a nice article in Items (dutch design magazine) this month, and I have some nice websites to go with that. Dude Craft has also some very nice other posts to check out.
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