I’ll admit, the magpie in me came out when I saw the images of Rosemarie Trockel’s current show at Gladstone Gallery in New York. Bold, shiny stripes hung in a crisp white space, it’s a modernist’s wet dream. However, looking closer I became intrigued by the leather sofa sitting in the middle of the room. At first, I thought it was gallery furniture, but then realised that this too was part of the show. How odd in comparison to the bold, masculine stripes on display?
That sofa is a sculpture by Trockel titled Copy Me and is an original mid century piece on one side, and an exact Trockel replica on the other. Shrouded in clear plastic like a murder victim, the sofa talks of Trockels interest in replication and presentation within the art world. Reading more, you learn that even the stripes are following this path, but feminized by Trockels signature wool. Her stripes are actually precisely laid horizontal lengths of wool, presented to us as masculine 20th century abstract paintings. Here brushstrokes are in fact yarn, challenging not only the role of female identity in abstract painting but also the disjunction between fine art and craftsmanship.
The whole exhibition is art referencing art. The wall sculptures made of perspex and acrylic casts of meat do the same thing as they wryly reference the unconventional materials of 21st century art practice. However this isn’t a giant art high-five, rather she’s subtly and cheekily undermining these art historical contexts at every turn, pointing the finger, and in some ways, making fun of them all. Suddenly these stark authoritative images become humorous, cheeky, playful and devoid of the seriousness they usually encompass.
I just love it… and loved the discovery that took place, the trickery and the fun. Rosemarie Trockel has been in the art world for years and is currently exhibiting at the Venice Biennale so she’s obviously a goodie. Take the time to look through her work, you might enjoy it as much as I did.
We are bringing you a fascinating student story from Media Design School today. Mathew Monro is sharing his journey of transitioning from a traditional visual artist in to a digital 3D artist. He is providing some excellent insights in to the differences and similarities to these disciplines and what is the best way to gain skills as a digital artist.
This is a story of success and achievement as his beautifully crafted 3D still (see above) has been chosen as one of the best at the Animago Awards in Berlin. CLICK here to read about it all here!
Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace, currently showing at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) in London, is an interesting example of an exhibition emerging from inter-disciplinary conversation. Dubbed a “walk-in book”, the exhibition consists of a number of commissioned works from illustrators, graphic designers and typographers created in response to British Indian novelist Hari Kunzru’s new work of fiction. The story is set in a dystopian London, where a new rendition of the dark ages has befallen the earth, rendering the population illiterate and without memories. Memory Palace is comprised from fragmented passages, in which the imprisoned narrator attempts to recall pieces of the past – an outlawed activity.
The participating practitioners each respond to a passage from the story in their chosen medium. The results are varied and offer multifaceted interpretations of the narrative, indefinitely expanding the space of the book by creating work that functions both on its own terms, and as part of the greater context of the complete piece of writing. The overall exhibition may lack cohesion, and the corresponding text which is installed next to each work can feel visually overwhelming in some cases. However, it does make a contribution to the ongoing discussion of the potentialities of what a book can be, and explores reading in post-Web 2.0 age. And it offers a framework that can be adapted to smaller-scale personal projects.
More collaboration I say!
There are 20 participants on display, including Francesco Franchi, Henning Wagenbreth, Na Kim, Hansje van Halem and Isabel Greenber. You can get an insight into the creative process of several of the contributors from these short interviews:
The exhibition is on until the 20th October, so get in there if you’re in the neighbourhood.
It’s time I shared 5 Fruits with you all. I’ve been a major fan of this for some time after a friend and I simultaneously discovered them and frantically emailed each other about it’s goodness.
5 Fruits is the Tumblr page of Le Creative Sweatshop. Before then it had it’s own website and I remember then it describing itself as the space where Le Creative could daily create something new, fresh and inspiring. An expressive challenge of some sort. Le Creative Sweatshop is a creative agency based in Paris whose main focus is the handmade. Straddling fashion, design, contemporary art and architecture, they are a studio that is, in my mind, creating some truly beautiful, original and surreal imagery. There has been a noticeable shift in the photographs produced of late, where as earlier other worldly still life’s were the focus, now a leaning to odd set ups involving a human subject matter have become the focal point. But the over arching aesthetic of beautiful gradients, a penchant for gelatin, odd combinations and fantastic photography means that whatever these guys touch turns into some serious hot art directed action. They truly look at their subject differently to most.
If you like this then you must check out their Tumblr page, I can’t stress that enough! What I have here is only the tip of the iceberg! So much goodness awaits if you’ll just click here.
WOW, it’s time again to see who has won a life changing opportunity, who gets to travel to new places and gain new experiences, conquer new frontiers …
In our latest scholarship competition we offered a full scholarship to a brand new three month long Start-up Program at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. The winner gets the chance to get coaching from renowned industry experts and will be immersed in the cutting edge international design entrepreneurial culture in Milan.
On top of the FULL scholarship worth 6,000 Euros (US$ 7,805) for this program, Frontier will also give the winner a brand new MacBook Pro to help with starting up.
So … the winner of the Frontier Design Startup Scholarship is …
Pablo Gustavo Inclán Solís from Mexico!!
Pablo has been chosen by the course leader of the program. We were all impressed by his talent.
Pablo is an industrial designer who stated in his submission a commitment to conquering the challenges of urban transport. He is not a fan of unsustainable motor vehicles and would prefer a compact transport solution that fits in a small backpack. He took the idea of a folding bike and improved it significantly to create a super light-weight and ultra-compact solution that blew our socks off. Have a look …
Congratulations Pablo, we will follow your journey to Milan and look forward to seeing what you design next after this great opportunity!