For the first time in the Netherlands, Atelier Van Lieshout will present the entire Blast Furnace during Art Rotterdam from February 5 through 8. The Blast Furnace is a steel installation that measures 11 meters in height and that is powered by manual labor and simple mechanics. The 16th edition of Art Rotterdam aims at showing the latest developments within the world of the visual arts. With different approaches to young art in diverse exhibition concepts, Art Rotterdam has become an alternative to large international fairs. In the ‘Projections’ space, video art is shown in an open and interactive setting, while the youngest talent is exhibited in the spectacular hall of the old distribution centre of the Van Nellefabriek (which was recently put on the UNESCO World Heritage list). New this year is a section for non-profit spaces and artist initiatives. In the old workshops of the factory, they present a combination of video, installation and performance art.
Last night we were present at SPRMRKT, one of our favourite clothing stores in Amsterdam, for the launch of the Jean Paul Gaultier x Eastpak collaborative collection. The collab is part of the Eastpak Artist Studio in support of Designers Against AIDS (DAA) and is the fourth edition in this series. “I think the condom is the greatest piece of clothing ever invented,” explains legendary designer Jean Paul Gaultier. “My message to everyone is PROTECT YOURSELF. I have been involved in the fight against AIDS for many years now and will continue to do so for as long as I am needed.” The collaboration started with a single bag and has naturally grown into a complete backpack collection. The collection features three limited edition designs that combine Jean Paul Gaultier’s iconic corsetry with Eastpak’s military heritage, shown in the detailed leather lacing that is inspired by jet pilot uniforms. The main collection merges functionality and vision, interpreting Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature denim and bomber jack styles in backpack form. All of the bags features his archetypical Breton stripes on the back, with part of the sales going to DAA who raise awareness for HIV/AIDS worldwide.
If You Leave Magazine is a spanking new biannual publication that coincides with the annual If You Leave Showcase. Over the course of a year, the two printed issues form the complete exhibition catalogue, while featuring essays, interviews, photo series, complemented with prints from the winning photographers. Issue 1 features photographs by Anna Marcell, Richard Gaston, Marta Berens, Katie Pankowski, Alison Scarpulla, Kamila K. Stanley, Jonas Loiske, Veronika Gilková, Lieke Romeijn, Káska Maniak. As well as Aëlla Labbé, Robert Moses Joyce, Paul Phung, Libraryman and more.
If You Leave originally came into existence as Laurence Von Thomas’ own personal visual diary. What started out as a blog four years ago, has become a source for the best emerging contemporary photography around. The blog and magazine are platforms for the brightest young artists, presenting each photographer’s work separately and not as a body of work, allowing it to speak for itself and to be heard on its own terms. The magazine can be bought here. Read More »
Amsterdam based label Daily Paper constantly reminds us of its broad and diverse palette of inspirations. Emphasizing identity as one of the defining factors, the label consistently finds a way to incorporate the founders’ Dutch and African heritage into their garments. For the first chapter of their Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook, the brand ventured to Morocco as they translated traditional Morocco prints into vibrant graphics as a homage to the North African Berber culture. Familiar silhouettes such as button-ups, crewnecks, linen shorts and long-sleeved tees are juxtaposed with a more formal interpretation of the line with joggers and shirts that feature crisp embroidery. One of our absolute favourites are the white printed chinos.
The collection will be available for purchase on Saturday the 31st of January through Daily Paper’s online store and selected retailers.
Actress Dakota Johnson – who will play the role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey – is seen in another film about sex and love. Titled ‘In a Relationship’, it’s a nineteen minute short film that takes a look into the private lives of two couples. Directed by Sam Boyd, it explores two relationship phases: the early stages of a romance vs. two lovers stuck in a rut – shot in a mockumentary style. Featuring other high-profile actors (Nicholas Braun, and Peter Gallagher), this so-called mockumentary is an impressively accurate representation of two kinds of relationships—the casual fling/hook-up that has the potential to turn into more and the five-year relationship that is slowly becoming stale.
Inspired by Woody Allen’s ‘Husbands and Wives’ and a frustration with the lack of depth in contemporary romantic comedies, the director set out to create a film that is an honest depiction of young love today: “I thought it was funny that romantic comedies were always about these made-up problems. ‘I met the perfect guy but, oh no, it turns out he’s a ghost! How is this ever going to work?’ The idea with In a Relationship was to dig deep into the things that really hinder romantic happiness,” Boyd said to Vogue.com. Watch it after the break. Read More »