Category Archives: Art

Art, Design, Nature

Elkebana: the first botanical wall trophy

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Elkebana is the first wall trophy suitable for the veganist lifestyle. Inspired by ‘ikebana’, the ancient art of harmonious floral compositions that originated in Japan, Elkebana challenges the idea of traditional wall mounts. Designed by Fabio Milito and developed by Paula Studio, Elkebana was inspired by the idea to make personalised wall arrangements for botanical enthusiasts. After the concept photos of the project went viral with over 10.000 likes, the collaborative team decided to make it a reality and put it into production. “Elkebana is the first trophy for plant lovers. You just need flowers and imagination,” explains designer Fabio Milito. Read More »

Art, Literature, People

Downton LA Lovers by Vanessa Matic

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Vanessa Matic is back with a new, sultry poem set in downtown Los Angeles. Read her previous work here and read her new poem ‘Downtown LA Lovers’ below. Read More »

Art, Music, Photography, Video

Martín Gutierrez’s second solo exhibition at Ryan Lee Gallery

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Multi-disciplinary and fashion infused artist Martín Gutierrez (born 1989, Berkeley, CA) will be exhibiting at Ryan Lee Gallery in New York between April 9 and May 9. Titled ‘Can She Hear You!’, the exhibition will feature music videos, site-specific installation, and two new photos series that explore spaces, relationships and nebulous concepts. It’s the artist’s second solo show at the gallery and continues his quest to investigate identity across gender, both collectiva and personal, by transforming the self and physical space. Gutierrez takes himself as center point as he stars, writes, directs, produces, styles and shoots himself alongside with bringing his own original music – which has been featured in videos by Saint Laurent Paris, Christian Dior, and Acne.

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Art, Ballet, Culture, Design, Jewellery

The sparkling trilogy Jewels by the Dutch National Ballet

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The sparkling trilogy ‘Jewels’ from choreographer George Balanchine premiered last week. For this ballet Balanchine got inspired by the beauty of the jewels that were displayed in the windows of New York’s finest jewelers back in the days. ‘Jewels’ is completely abstract, even called the first full-length abstract ballet. The masterpiece features three independent acts that are linked by the common theme of gemstones ‘Emeralds’, ‘Rubies’ and ‘Diamonds’. While ‘Emeralds’ is all about romance in Paris, ‘Rubies’ has passion, intensity, and playfulness energy. The “wow factor” of this part makes Rubies the most successful one out of three. No wonder why it is often performed independently. The final part, ‘Diamonds’, feels like a white fairy tale.

After the premiere we sat down with Edo Wijnen, one of the dancers of the Dutch National Ballet. Edo started at the young age of 10 and got admitted to the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp where he studied for more than 6 years. When he joined the Prix de Lausenne competition in 2009 he met Ted Brandsen, artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet. Ted convinced him to join the National Ballet and so he did 5 years ago. Edo told us more about ‘Jewels’ and his career as a ballet dancer.

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Art, Culture

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen questions the human condition with ‘La La La Human Steps’

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The large spring exhibition ‘La La La Human Steps‘ in Museum Boijnmans van Beuningen showcases hundred works from the own collection. From recently purchased video and film installations to popular classics from the 20th century, classical modern and old masters from the collection: the museum shows work from different eras and all disciplines. All works focus on the human condition: the human deficit. Four top choreographers will be creating a unique duet for the exhibition, which will be performed only once, but recorded to film to be showcased during the exhibition.

The 1500m2 measuring Bodon halls will feature the large museum collection: from classical masters to young talent, from immense installations to small paintings, from refuting pessimism to entertaining absurdity. The curators, director Sjarel Ex and education curator Els Hoek, explain the exhibition as follows: “Looking at the collection, you’ll see that artists from all eras and all disciplines have made very personal images of the world. In a way these images are connected to each other at a deeper level.”

The museum will experiment by commissioning four choreographers to make a duet inspired by the exhibition. In the middle of the exhibition, there will be a dance floor for the dancers. This way dance will be a link in the exhibition through which the artworks’ environment will alter four times.

The exhibition in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Museum-Boijmans-van-Beuningen-la-human-stepsruns through May 17.

Art, Culture, People, Photography

A New Exhibition in The V&A Reflects On The Black British Experience

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The Victoria & Albert Museum in London presents their latest exhibition: ‘Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s’ that runs from February 16 until May 24. The exhibition focuses on the lives of black Britons from the early 1950s until the late 1990s with work from photographers Al Vandenberg, Dennis Morris, Gavin Watson, Normski, etc.. A seven-year collaboration with the Black Cultural Archives inspired the exhibition that features an intriguing and diverse selection of photographs, predominantly shot by black photographers from their own point of view. Read More »

Art, Culture, Design, Fashion, Literature, People

Fontanel launches Dutch Design Talents 14 at MENDO

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Launched at Amsterdam book boutique MENDO, online magazine Fontanel‘s new collection of Dutch Design Talents is now available for sale. The book is the definitive showcase of the best design talent in the Netherlands last year. In 208 pages, the hardcover packs 19 talents, studio visits, columns and an inspiring dialogue with leading creatives on “the gap” between work and education. The book features 19 talents that graduated from renowned art schools in the Netherlands, from Design Academy Eindhoven and Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam to The Hague’s Royal Academy of the Arts. Each of these creatives are remarkably distinct although they share something special: a combination of unadulterated creative thinking and an auspicious attitude.

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Art, Photography

Jaime Travezan and David Tortora present ‘Galatea’

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A fashion shoot has helped Jaime Travezan to flee the repression in his homeland Peru in the 1980s and embark on a career filled with wards, such as the International Photography (IPA) Award for Advertising for his Galatea series. Galatea is a homage to artist Tom Wesselmann who was mainly associated with the Pop Art movement. The art direction for the colourful series was done by David Tortora with whom Jaime Travezan often works together. The series also won the 2014 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Fine Arts, and the Second Prize at the 2014 MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards), Beauty Category. Read More »

Architecture, Art, Design

FCB Studios installs mobile ‘observatory’ residences aimed at artists

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British architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have commissioned four of their graduate students to design mobile artists’ residences titled ‘The Observatory’. Installed on the chalk hills of South Downs, the residences are built on portable foundations and are set to visit three other locations over the next two years. The first two are called the ‘Study’ and ‘Workshop’. The project combines architecture, art and lanscape through functionality and design. Two small timber structures – that are designed to fit a flat-bed truck – sit on prefabricated pivoting bases that allow the residents to create their own view, while also determining the relationship to one another based on their orientation. The residences are built with sustainable materials, such as locally grown and harvested Siberian larch and Shou Sugi Ban that is used to create a naturally protected exterior cladding. On the inside we find durable and virtually maintenance-less Accoya wood. Each structure is also designed to produce or harness energy: the ‘Study’ produces and stores electricity by use of a solar roof panel while the ‘Workshop’ stores rainwater for consumption and cleaning the artists’ supplies. Read More »

Art, Music, Nightlife, People

Magnetron Music kicks off its ten-year anniversary with a club tour

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Dutch label Magnetron Music has been around for 10 years now and that’s a good opportunity to celebrate with a club tour that starts in their hometown. During the first stop of their ‘MagnetronMusic 10 Years, Now We’re Talking’ the label will take over Tolhuistuin Amsterdam on February 20 with all of their signed artists: Faberyayo, Vjeze Fur and Willie Wartaal of De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Sofie Winterson, Vic Crezée, etc. etc.. The first edition will also have a few firsts: the youngest member of the Magnetron family, Donnie, who was signed only recently will play his latest tracks, while founder Bas Bron and DJ 618 will present the new Footwork/Juke project Belmer.  Read More »