What’s better, beauty or spontaneity? The Romanian designers of Twins Studio reply with “Biutiful” (spelling mistakes are a must), atypical English pub in the historic center of Bucharest, where the melting pot of cultures and styles meets a beauty made of spontaneity and imperfections.
Characteristics that are also shared by the places that made the history of human sociality, such as the traditional English pub or the Roman tavern. Twins Studio re-elaborates the concept in 3252 square feet with 120 seating places that provide a warm and friendly atmosphere that can welcome cultural events of various types, not only gastronomic.
Until August 28th, solo exhibition “Lived & Laughed & Loved & Left” by Guy Yanai at La Montagne Gallery in Boston puts on display a particular kind of relationship between the world observed from digital screens and painting.
Imagine you’re using a microscope to observe a digital image forming on the screen of your pc. Orderly grids of pixels with different colors and luminosity. As automatic as a printer and as imprecise as a muscle, Guy tries to reproduce by hand the digital visualization, re-interpreting photographic material with a single horizontal stroke of the paintbrush.
One look at collection “Mirage” by Ladies & Gentlemen and the visual game begins: mirrors, contrasts, illusions and ambiguity delight and test our perceptive system with their minimal lines.
The objects to be displayed on our furniture signed Dylan Davis and Jean Lee in fact seem to multiply, elevate or modify their appearance, thanks to tricks, mimicry and kaleidoscopic optical effects.
The inspiration comes from Optical Art, a method that uses color, light and geometric shapes to create three-dimensional optical illusions.
Feminine and ethereal, yet deep down with a dark side, the woman young fashion designer Angeline Oei imagines in her collection “Aesthetic Compositions” speaks of the various undertones of our lives, increasingly dominated and homogenized by an image-based society.
Born and raised in Singapore, Angeline Oei studied at National University of Singapore and recently graduated from Amsterdam Fashion Institute where she presented a final series at the Graduation Show 2013.
Like a surfboard designed to tame the most undisciplined waves into soft caresses. Plinth House, a villa designed by LAND Arquitectos on the Chilean coast, does exactly the same with the most powerful invisible element of the area: wind.
Commissioned by a passionate surfer, the concept of the house is that of rediscovering the traditional local architecture but adding a contemporary touch, protecting it from the winds of the south while allowing it to be embnraced by the sun, without ruining the splendid view of Punta de Lobos, a surfing destination.
Since his first exhibition in 1983 dedicated to actress Isabelle Adjani, photographer Jean-François Lepage (born in 1960) has shot spreads for the most important fashion magazines, collaborated for renowned couture houses and portrayed various top models. Distancing himself from the homologated glamor of fashion, Lepage’s photographs speak of surreal landscapes and enigmatic, solitary and meditative characters. His language marked a great change in fashion photography. Closer to plastic arts, his rigorously analogic works blend drawing, painting and collage. Following his solo show “Memories from the Future” (2013), Lepage tell us about his creative process, his method and his imagery, while dispensing advice for those taking the first steps in this field, which is increasingly lacking in originality and courage.
What is artistic photography if not an illusion? Series “Variable Constant” by Julia Shiller speaks of the photographical flow of consciousness of a fixed frame, with small external variables that change and completely modify the image. The result? What we see is pure illusion.
Julia Shiller captures exactly these sensations. So what appears to be the façade of a building portrayed from the same point of view – in different moments – becomes a chameleon’s mask, indifferent to the world changing around it.
Astrid Tolnov Larsen is a student of interior and furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and her work is already surprising for both quantity and variety in her approach to projects.
One of her latest works, a bench in wood and fabric called “ÆD” and presented as part of exhibition “Metamorphosis” at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013, tells a story of biological mutation. Inspired by the shape of a knot of worms or guts and by the organic proliferation over what is man-made, the project balances what is aesthetically pleasing with what is repugnant.
In Weidingen, western Germany, in a green garden populated by sculptures, rises a small boutique hotel designed by German studio Trier AXT Architekten.
A minimalist building in the structure and shape, that unequivocally evokes the archetypal lines of the home, enveloped in a dark skin of oxidized copper, that re-interprets the architectural codes of the surrounding houses.
Stephen Gill (1971), is one of the most interesting emerging photographers of the British scene. Photojournalist, visual poet, anthropologist, sociologist, alchemist, his series hybrid conceptual and documentary photos through obsessive explorations of different themes.
After depicting the London district of Hackney, the photographer born in Bristol but now based in London experimented more creative methods with the documentary approach.
The confusion is plain to see. But the pieces to be recomposed, perhaps, are less than expected. In his paintings, installations and conceptual assemblages, American artist Ron Ewert evokes the idea of a fragmented life, where negative space provides the playground in which to give meaning to his creations and perhaps to himself.
In his compositions and installations Ron juxtaposes objects in a non-linear way, playing with spatial ambiguity, with the physical and conceptual negation of the elements used and with dislocated semiotic associations.
Genetic engineering and artificial intelligence first made their appearance between the 80s and the 90s. Becoming great sources of inspiration for all forms of art, but also for designers who have since begun to hybrid different disciplines of design.
This is the spirit – updated for the present – of Parisian trio Numero 111, composed of Sophie Francon, Jennifer Julien and Gregory Peyrache, who propose an approach to design on a large scale, using various methods and disciplines.
Mareel is the northernmost cultural center in the entire United Kingdom, on the Eastern coast of Shetland Islands. Studio Garreth Hoskins equipped it with a simple but robust shape, that reflects the architecture and materials used in the local fish industry.
Situated in the historic dock of Hay, overlooking Bressay Sound, and sheltered from water by the dry land between the Shetlands and the island of Bressay, Marell hosts a multifunctional auditorium, two cinemas, a recording studio and one for multimedia production, rehearsal rooms, teaching spaces and a bar.
Until September 15th, at the MACRO in Rome you can visit solo exhibition “Ombre Verdi” which celebrates the career of Japanese artist Hidetoshi Nagasawa (born in 1940), who has been based in Italy for more than 45 years. He was only 26 years old when he arrived for the first time to Sesto S. Giovanni (Milan), following a year on the road, travelling aboard his bicycle, that brought him to discover art. It was here, among the political, social and cultural turmoil of 1968, that he met young Enrico Castellani, Mario Nigro and Antonio Trotta, with whom he formed deep intellectual and artistic bonds.
Photographic series “Delayed in Strain” (part of digital art project “Hidden Shine”) by Nat Urazmetova, portrays ruins of monuments without a name that acquire a universal meaning. The past becomes the rubble of once granitic monuments, now impressed on a digital canvas destined for eternity.
“Hidden Shine” is a pseudonym for “web”, an emblematic element in the artistic research of this artist of Russian origin now based in London. It refers to the synthesis of concepts such as light and dark, the fusion of contradictory impulses and compulsions, that Nat wants to explore.