zondag 31 oktober 2010

‘ultreia’ by Jorge Manes, 2010

london-based spanish designer Jorge Manes recently spent 2 weeks cycling the el camino de santiago route in spain. responding to the ancient path’s recent commercialization, manes built a portable and self-sustainable factory that he towed along to make objects that took advantage of the specific locations, industries and people encountered on the route. ultreia, as the project was called, utilized a rotational moulding machine powered by the movement of the bike to create the designs. manes also towed along a tent and a solar panel to allow him to become completely self-sustainable for the journey. here is a selection of picture from the project and some of the objects manes created. the whole project is currently on display at the royal college of art in london.

‘ultreia’ by Jorge Manes, 2010 (14:57)
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* I biked el camino with my family from Holland to Santiago in 3 holidays ('97,'98,'99)

zaterdag 30 oktober 2010

Where do Websites go to Die?

In 1998 google was created. 12 years ago there were no blogs. 6 years ago YouTube did not exist, neither Facebook. Twitter was created 4 years ago and the iPhone was born at the same time.* In the year 3¤¤¤ there will be the Dead Website Archive at the Munižaba cave [Croatia].

Dead Website Archive proposed by David Garcia Studio, will convert what was once virtual and plural while in use, to a physical and single reality when it has been removed from the Web. The archive will be located over Europe’s largest cave in Croatia and it’s task is to select the relevant shut-down-websites, and proceed to laser cut the contents of the full site into thin polycarbonate A4 sheets.

vrijdag 29 oktober 2010

Nathan Birchenough

Nathan Birchenough's many works, employs an aesthetic based on practical and technical decisions, in a way a pragmatic aesthetic in which he utilises the simplest design and least material required in order to achieve a goal. At first glance, and in keeping with the pragmatism that perpetuates Birchenough's practice his goal is to achieve a function, mimicking the machines and technology that inspires him, however Birchenough employs these motifs as a means to investigate the emotional motivation behind science and engineering, and the psychological dimension of machines.
JT Gallery - Between a Hole and a Home

Viking Boat - A viking boat made entirely from tape and cardboard. I sailed in it on the canal for over 5min before it became unmanageable (but I left no litter - I lifted the whole thing out afterwards). A collaboration with Mark Pinchin.(03:15)
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Viking Boat

donderdag 28 oktober 2010

Laura Lancaster

Located firmly within a tradition of figurative painting and portraiture Lancaster's subject matter consists of images sourced from an archive of found anonymous photographs and family albums bought at charity shops, car boot sales and flea markets. Laura Lancaster transposes these forgotten, lost or discarded moments of strangers' lives into vivid, fluid impressions that, through their painterly application, thwart any definitive understanding of their context or history. With an immediate and adept handling of paint, Lancaster's figures bleed into their surrounding scenes, moving towards an abstraction and ambiguity that divorces the subjects within her works from their specific identity and individuality, enabling their significance to relocate to a place of collective memory and experience that resonates with our own.

woensdag 27 oktober 2010

Claude Closky - Michael Jackson

Curators Mike Ruiz and Ben Aqua have selected a group of talented, emerging as well as established artists to investigate their unique observations and aesthetic decisions surrounding the complex being that is Michael Jackson. The resulting works are insightful and sincere, varying across several mediums -- from works on paper to multimedia installation.

In March 2008, through chance and circumstance, we found ourselves rekindled with the greatness of Michael Jackson. We endlessly wandered the streets of Berlin and Stockholm singing his songs and mimicking his dance moves, completely overwhelmed at the brilliance and mystifying energy these playful actions seemed to bring us. We realized that Michael Jackson was more than simply a phenomenon for us; he became an outright obsession, and interestingly, a source for our own creative investigations.

Claude Closky - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Doesn’t Quit

dinsdag 26 oktober 2010

Christina Mazzalupo

We’re lucky, you and I. We have access to a material and cultural abundance that previous generations couldn’t even dream of (they didn’t have the words, you see), and all it requires of us is a lifetime of stress, anxiety, sickness, and sadness. Ta da! Christina Mazzalupos flat, wordy paintings do a fine job recording her ailments, which, in turn, chronicle the handfuls of shiny pills, the deepening cold, the sprawling disarray, the advanced anxiety that is our birthright, our inheritance for having been born in this place we built. Be afraid.
harpandaltar - Michael Newton



Am I just lazy (04:24)
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maandag 25 oktober 2010

Thomas Palme

»Es ist ein euphorisches Gefühl, wenn man als Maschine funktionieren darf.«

Der Künstler
Thomas Palme lebt in Immenstadt/Allgäu und zeichnet – so gut wie immer. Sein permanentes Schaffen hat für ihn nicht nur etwas Selbstverständliches, er folgt nach eigener Aussage einem Ruf: »Alle Zeichnungen, die ich mache, sind schon lange da, ich bin nur derjenige, der sie umsetzen darf…und das löst absolute Euphorie aus.« Störungen durch moderne Zivilisation und Fortschrittsgläubigkeit vermeidet er. Stattdessen geht er regelmäßig auf die Berge.

Sein Werk umfasst inzwischen Tausende von Zeichnungen und wächst weiterhin ohne Unterlass. Aufgrund dieses immensen Umfangs haben wir uns entschieden, keine einzelnen Arbeiten im Rahmen des Interviews zu zeigen.



zondag 24 oktober 2010

William Burroughs - Do Easy by Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant - Part of me believes in anonymous art. I got that from a writer named Jamake Highwater, who wrote about painting before the Renaissance. The way people related to art in, say, ancient Greece. How it was about the community for the community and not the self-expression of the artist. I thought of 'Good Will Hunting' and 'Finding Forrester' as doing it for the people, and wanted to speak without the hindrance of my own style. I'm not sure if that's possible, but it was my rationale.

William Burroughs - Do Easy by Gus Van Sant (09:01)
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The art of 'Do Easy' - William S Burroughs Essay.

zaterdag 23 oktober 2010

Greta Alfaro - In Ictu Oculi

In Spain, major social get-togethers (such as weddings or holiday family meals, for example) can start shortly after noon and carry on way after dusk. In this long intermezzo, the table is refilled with an incessant succession of hors d'oeuvres, seafood, roasted lamb, pork, salads, abundant wine, seasonal sweets, liquor, and cigars. To ease digestion, the meal is often spiced up with juicy gossip and the laundering of family secrets, unsolicited medical updates, bad jokes, ill-intentioned puns and eventually blatant insults that in the worst cases leads to drama (domestic violence indeed spikes during the holiday season). The vibrant atmosphere at such social gatherings, which amateur photography has enabled us to shamelessly share with others, is the favorite subject of Greta Alfaro (born 1977, Pamplona, Spain)
source: artinamericamagazine


In ictu oculi (10:36)
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vrijdag 22 oktober 2010

Michelle-Marie Letelier

El paisaje, uno de los motivos pictóricos tradicionales en la historia del arte, es sustituido en el trabajo de Michelle Letelier, por el territorio leído como fuente de recursos minerales. En su trabajo la artista documenta los cambios topográficos y sociales que la minería va dejando a su paso. En una serie anterior abordó el proceso de entierro, que duró seis años, del campamento de Chuquicamata (la mina de cobre a tajo abierto más grande del mundo ubicada en el norte de Chile) mediante el registro en video, fotografía, instalación y objetos encontrados que representaban el impacto que tuvo el proyecto de traslado de sus habitantes, debido al crecimiento de la mina y a las aplicaciones de normativas sobre contaminación medioambiental.
Michelle-Marie Letelier

Hospital - Video Digital8 02 min
Camera and realization: Michelle Letelier
Sound arragements: Cuti Aste
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Michelle-Marie Letelier

donderdag 21 oktober 2010

Tony Just

“The ways in which people see and how they then interpret what they see are themes I think about when working.

Using elements of abstraction, representation, illustration and duplication I try to produce paintings which show the infinite possibilities of interpretation. The magic of seeing images revealed or dissolved. To move the viewer just a little bit closer to seeing something they may have missed.“
Tony Just
source: contemporaryartdaily


woensdag 20 oktober 2010

Nikola Tamindzic - Home of the Vain

“I like to bring people to a point of vulnerability and then meet their gaze,” Nikola Tamindzic explained earlier in the evening about his portraits. “That creates compassion, which hopefully is reflected in the image. If you get vulnerability out of them and then look away, that’s the cruelest thing you can do. To flinch at that point and not take the picture, the subject will throw the wall up faster than you can say — well, faster than you can say a very short word.”
Eric Konigsberg NYT

dinsdag 19 oktober 2010

Johannes Wohnseifer

Johannes Wohnseifer's paintings hijack ready-made cultural signifiers and reassemble them as invented logos. Both comically absurd and ideologically threatening, his paintings infuse the frivolity of advertising with an underlying propaganda and cultural hierarchy. Packaging subversive messages with high art impunity, Wohnseifer uses the language of consumerism as a means to signpost personal identification within a contemporary zeitgeist. Remastering their aesthetic properties, his slick images implicate corporate culture, national identity and contemporary art in his cleverly coded conspiracy theories.
source: Johannes Wohnseifer selected artwork and Paintings


Skateboarding in Art Museum - documentation Cheryl Dunn - skateboarder Mark Gonzales (03:44)
In 1998, Johannes Wohnseifer produced an exhibition at the Abteiberg Museum in Germany. He came up with the idea of exhibiting minimal artworks and having a professional skate boarder skate between them. His approach to incorporating street culture directly into artistic context has been highly successful.
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The Thin Commandments


maandag 18 oktober 2010

Julie Rrap

Laura Castagnini: You worked and lived through the Feminist movement of the 1970’s. How has this experience impacted upon your work?

Julie Rrap: Well firstly I wobvuldn’t say I was part of the Feminist movement in the 1970’s, my thoughts on the subject were something I came to quite independently. When I was at University, which was the late 1960s, early 1970s, I first started thinking about the ideas of ‘feminism’ which stemmed from reading Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex”, which is in a very philosophical framework and about the ideas of the ‘other’. She wrote about the ‘other’ in terms of the position of women in our society. It was profound to me. It made a big impact on me because it made me think about something I knew was occuring but couldn’t put to words. So feminism was something I was drawn to in a philosophical way. I read a lot of feminist material but I like to think of it as something that is absorbed through the pores of the skin rather than something I directly illustrated in my work.
source: Julie Rrap: an interview with Laura Castagnini


[PDF] the Julie Rrap: Body - Education Kit

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