Illustrations for Flow Festival 2011 by Santtu Mustonen
From Finland, Santtu Mustonen brings together illustration and animation in a wonderfully bizarre manner. He’s also got some really clever animated GIFs and some beautiful 3D type that looks like brush strokes floating. It’s just amazing that he’s bridging this idea between handmade and digital, recreating the subtleties of craft and trying to make them seem as real as possible.
DURAMEN SERIES - Handmade Wooden Sculptures by Bonsoir Paris
Fortune by Mark Braun
On December 13th the Berlin-based designer Mark Braun will present, at Gallery Libby Sellers, Fortune, a series of 22 water carafes handcrafted by the Austrian glass company J. & L. Lobmey, engraved with glaciers, lakes and rivers from across the globe.
Lobmeyr’s emphasis on the handmade goes beyond venerating the traditions established by the company’s founders over 200 years ago, to encompass a contemporary take on luxury. By striving for integrity, quality and beauty in even the most humble of objects, Lobmeyr imbue their glass and crystal with intrinsic characteristics that encourage longevity and loyalty. These carafes are to be enjoyed and emloyed daily as an essential object, just as the water that they are designed to contain is an essential resource for life.
In this context, ‘Fortune’ takes on a different connotation: water is the luxury here, as while these international waterways cover 70 per cent of the planet’s surface, they are a threatened resource. With climate change, pollution and an increasing population these waters are altering at an alarming rate. Braun’s documentation is a frozen moment in this torrent of change. For example, Fortune: Lake Baikal has a connection to one of the largest freshwater sources; Fortune: Lambert Glacier shows the largest glacier in the Antarctic, which is slowly melting; Fortune: River Euphrates depicts an important lifeline for several surrounding countries; while Fortune: River Thames celebrates the pivotal role the river has played as a thoroughfare to London’s prosperity. As Braun has said, ‘We all know that this water will be the new gold.’
The numbered series, and exclusive River Thames carafe, make the perfect gift as each are signed and detail the name of the body of water, its size and the time the carafe took to engrave. A range of postcard images by graphic designer Anna Sartorius accompanies the series. The Fortune series was initiated as part of Vienna Design Week.
Fortune - Mark Braun with J. & L. Lobmeyr
Gallery Libby Sellers
13th December – 26th January
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm. Saturday 11am – 4pm
Closed for the holidays: 23 December – 3 January 2012
Tele-Present Water by David Bowen
I rarely use the phrase ‘mind blown’, but this is one of those rare occurrences.
An art installation which combines real-time data, mechanical puppetry, and a physical grid representation usually employed virtually with computers:
This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy station 46246, 49.985 N 145.089 W (49°59’7” N 145°5’20” W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure resulting in a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from halfway around the world.
Link to the artist’s website for this work can be found here
Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm
Blommers/Schumm play with the conventions of fashion and photography and refuse to treat fashion as a fixed format. Blommers and Schumm have worked for a variety of people, including graphic designer Jop van Bennekom and several fashion designers, among them Viktor & Rolf. Their photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as Re-Magazine, Another magazine, Self Service, Purple, Interview, Dazed & Confused, i-D, Japanese Vogue, and Fantastic Man, while their work has been exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, the Groninger Museum, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, and the ICA in Boston.
Feed Me Spoons by David Clarke
David Clarke takes zinc, pewter and lead to old Sheffield plate spoons, creating unusual modern hybrid cutlery and artistic utensils.
Map Sculptures of Matthew Picton
From collages made with maps, to maps made with paper, some of them anyway. British artist Matthew Picton, who presently lives and works in Oregon, creates map sculptures. His most recent works are made of paper; not just any paper, but texts or sheet music that is significant to each city in some way. A few examples include: Jerusalem created from The New Testament, The Torah, The Armenian Bible and The Koran; Las Vegas in 1972 created from texts from Hunter S Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (and luminescent paint); Dresden in 1945 using sheet music of the score of “The Ring” by Wagner; and Lower Manhattan created from headlines that accompanied the 2001 World Trade center bombing and DVD covers of the film “Towering Inferno” also book covers of the novel “The Plot Against America” by Philip Roth, just to name a few.
Picton’s earlier city map sculptures are mostly made from duralar, enamel paint, and pins with several layers depicting streets and roads at the micro level in addition to the city’s evolution over time. Each layer showing a layer of history in the city’s transformation. Beautiful on “multiple levels”: cartographically, artistically, and textually.
Flower Constructions #3 - Anne Ten Donkelaar
Collages with cutouts from flower pictures and pressed flowers. (2011)
“Thirty Six” is a site specific installation made by Nils Völker. It’s 36 bags which are inflated and deflated by fans, in a controlled rhythm. You can still go and see it at the Art Lab in Gnesta in Sweden, till December 11th.
via today and tomorrow
In the summer of 2012, Oranienbaum Palace will be hosting an exhibition of contemporary Dutch Design and fashion in combination with historical artefacts from the Dutch Royal Archives. Built for Henriette Catharina, Princess of Anhalt-Dessau, Oranienbaum is part of the heritage of the House of Orange-Nassau. With a major conservation and refurbishment process nearing completion, the palace and its park have been restored to their former grandeur.
Some 50 rooms in the palace feature examples of contemporary excellence in craftsmanship – furniture, jewellery, glass and ceramics, hand-sewn fashion items and accessories – set off with examples of china and other decorative arts. Care has been taken to reflect the original function of each room.
Ephemera #1245, 2008 - Mark Laita
Color, form and movement captured in a vessel of water after drops of colored dyes are introduced.
Edited by Robert Violette, Contribution by Judith Clark, Susannah Frankel, Emily King and Sarah Mower
The comprehensive book on the visionary Hussein Chalayan, one of the most innovative, experimental, and conceptual fashion designers working today. Internationally acclaimed, Hussein Chalayan is known for his inventive use of materials and integration of new technology into his designs. He is also celebrated for putting the creative process itself on view. Some of his best-known designs include a paper dress that can be folded into an envelope and airmailed, armchair covers that transform into dresses, and a coffee table that reveals itself to be a wooden skirt. Original and groundbreaking, his designs are also pretty and modern, and this book explores that continuum. Featuring Chalayan’s complete body of fashion and creative work—including his installations, videos, and photographs—this unique and beautiful volume is as thought-provoking as it is stunning and is sure to be coveted by fashion, art, and design connoisseurs.
Hussein Chalayan lives in London and shows his collections in Paris. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including “Radical Fashion,” at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, “Fashion‚” at the Kyoto Costume Institute in Japan, “Airmail Clothing” at the Musée de la Mode Palais du Louvre in Paris, and “Goddess: The Classical Mode” at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has twice been named the British Designer of the Year and in 2006 was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire). Judith Clark is a fashion writer and curated “Radical Fashion” at the V&A and “The Art of Fashion: Installing Allusions” at the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum. Susannah Frankel is a fashion writer and the fashion editor of The Independent in London. Emily King is an author, curator, and design historian. She is a design editor for Frieze magazine and a regular contributor to Print and Fantastic Man.Robert Violette is an editor and publisher in London. He edited You Can Find Inspiration in Everything by Paul Smith, as well as the first major books on Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Sophie Calle.
Most of Ingmar Swalue’s pictures combine well-balanced composition with sensitivity for ambience, some reveal a dreamy, melancholic poetry. Image construction and atmosphere all attest to the enormous care he devotes to his work. There are no rough edges, there is nothing but precisely placed, almost cinematic stills. The dynamics of Ingmar’s work come into being through the contrast between solid properties such as walls and furniture, the soft language of form, and the atmospheric effects of light, color, transparency, and soft focus.