For the 15th time the museums of Amsterdam will open up their doors with special activities and exhibitions for the annual Museumnacht on the 1st of November. From 19.00 to 02.00 art lovers and culture fanatics are invited to make their way to 50 participating museums. With music performances, special exhibitions, tours and DIY projects you have a sea of opportunities to go and experience the art Amsterdam has to offer. BLEND has selected the best Musuemnacht has on offer.
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France based, Korean born artist Min Jung-Yeon has recently come up with a series of India ink paintings meditating on those rare moments of quiet stillness. Her body of work emerged during the artist’s move from the French capitol to the countryside. The nostalgic setting reminded her of her childhood and youth spent in Korea. Jung-Yeon’s work communicates less through grandiose vistas and more through a subtle placement of suggestive elements. Her geological formations are stylized and textured, with pine trees showing up as dreamlike motifs that invite the audience to imagine an undisturbed, uninhabited paradise. The artist will be showing with Galerie Maria Lund for the upcoming Young International Artists Art Fair, taling place in Paris October 23 through 26.
Fabiano Rodrigues is a Sao-Paulo based skateboarder and photographer with a fantastic eye for composition – especially in his self portraits. The thirty year old first stood in front of the camera before choosing to stand behind it. During his tours of Europe and Brazil as a professional skateboarder, he was regularly seen photographing other doing tricks. Soon he became interested in motion, composition and architecture. His Tumblr features brilliant shots of other athletes doing their thing, next to a series of self portraits that show him doing tricks and catching airtime in locations with astonishing architecture. Rodrigues shoots with a medium format Hasselblad and wireless remote control. After framing the scene, Rodrigues grabs his board, performs a trick, and then uses the remote to trip the camera’s shutter at the apex. Note the framing of the images, the play of light and shadow and the architectural beauty of its surroundings. Each photo is printed just once. His work is available from the Logo Gallery in Sao Paulo. More images after the break.
Seattle based artist Carol Milne has come up with a technique to create sculptures in glass that look as if they were knit. She starts out by making a model in wax which she then places in a mould, exposing it to high temperatures. Next, she melts part of the wax and inserts glass into the mould. Subsequently, she places all of it in a ceramic oven and lets it sit there at temperatures of 1400-1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, she lets the sculptures cool off for a couple of weeks. The result is an astonishing collection of knitted glassware.
Mister Blick is an artist from France who takes found black and white photography and replaces the guns and weapons by colourful floral illustrations. The images in monochrome show men at war, but instead of carrying guns, Blick has seamlessly provided them with lush blossoms.
“I make work about the desire to form connections with others and how difficult it can sometimes be to actually do that. For the ‘I Throw Myself at Men’ series I was thinking about romantic connections and how awkward, painful, and wonderful it can be to try and form an attachment to another person,” according to Lilly McElroy in an interview with the Huffington Post two years ago. The L.A. based artist first started the project with the use of Craigslist, but later learned that directly approaching men at bars was more efficient and enjoyable. In all of these pictures only the bartender, the photographer, and the man playing the human catcher were in on the project.
From October 30 to November 2, the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-North will host the ninth version of the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam. The collections exhibited during this international renowned art fair consist of works from 65 national and international galleries with accessible purchase prices from €100 to a maximum of €6000. The diverse works, made by international emerging talents, cater to both experienced art buyers and art newbies. Under the theme ‘Take Art Home’ the Affordable Art Fair aims to speak to a new generation of art fanatics and inspire them to buy art in an informal atmosphere. Next to buying art, you can enjoy the LAB project space where young talent straight out of the art academy can present themselves in a creative space full of interactive installations and video art.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro transform the Fondation Cartier’s iconic glass building into a piece of art
Created specifically for the Fondation Cartier on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, design and architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro will transform the Foundation’s iconic glass building in Paris into a piece of art called ‘Musings on a Glass Box’. The work is a complex and immersive environment occupying the entire ground floor of Jean Nouvel’s building, challenging the existing architecture and raising questions about transparency, perception and space. An integrated acoustic component will be provided by American composer David Lang in collaboration with sound designer Jody Elff whose music works together with the structure to raise questions with regard to transparency and perception.
British artist Damien Hirst recently opened a new exhibition at the Paul Stolper Gallery, but the art critics are not feeling it. The Independent thinks that the “Wunderkid of the Brit-Art Nineties” is going backwards as he reaches his half century. Hirst is no stranger to working around the seductive allure of pharmaceuticals as it plays into a few of his favourite themes: mortality and death for one. In the past he has displayed entire walls of metal cabinets filled with pills and syringes, but those were only replicas. For ‘Schizophrenogenesis’ he provides us with scaled up, ‘sculptural’ editions of the same objects. Schizophrenogenesis is the technical name for an inception state of schizophrenia when a person first starts showing signs of the disease. Other art critics call his art watered down, aimed at ensuring the cash flow instead of being original. Decide for yourself after viewing the images below.
Painter Seth Armstrong was born and raised in L.A., studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and returned to his roots after spending a few years in Oakland. He is mainly known for his work for Mr Porter, through a travel and literary interactive guide he created for the journal. Edward Hopper springs to mind, but also 1950s Hollywood, thanks to the beaches and countryside moments, views of buildings, voyeurism and nudity he brings to the canvas.
Armstrong’s work goes deep, not just aesthetically with his rich tones and shading, but also in the narrative as we wonder how his characters arrived in the same place together and what will happen next.