Public Art

Paper animation about Alzheimer

Post by Meltem Akturk

Suus Hessling made this stop motion video about Alzheimer’s disease for her graduation at the School of Arts in Utrecht, Netherlands.

It’s a really good paper animation, great details on her models. Very appropriate technique and materials selected to tell the story. This makes it so much easier to understand the context in comparison to text.


Marcel Wanders – Pinned up

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Marcel Wanders (Boxtel, 1963) is a product/interior designer and art director in the Powerhouse studio in Amsterdam. He became internationally known for its furniture, interiors and original art direction. He is recognized as one of the most distinguished designers working today.

The exhibition  ‘Pinned up’ at the Stedelijk Museum presents designs from Wanders’ entire oeuvre, ranging from the late 1980s to the present. I think everybody will enjoy his original designs.

The piece highlights Wanders’ focus on sustainability and joyfulness, creating products, he says, that aim to ‘serve you for the rest of your life’.

 

 


Identifying art

Post by iSiZ

When I visit a museum, certainly some works of art touch me more than others. When that happens, ‘Wow, this is good, I want to spend some time here!’, I somehow seem to identify myself to that piece of art.

Why do some works of art touch me more than others? Where does that ‘Wow, this is good!’ come from? There may be many subconscious or conscious reasons for this. The artwork might be touching a topic that has played an important role in my life or I recognize a feeling I’ve had. Or it might summarize a personal characteristic, like order or neatness in an abstract painting. I even can get angry when I see a shitty work of art hanging in an established gallery, ‘How the f… did this come here!’

Contemporary art is a reflection of the society we live in, that is why we sometimes can identify ourselves to a piece of art, in a moment of recognition.

Phil Toledano has even made it his topic in his photography. His 2004 ‘Hope&Fear’ photograph series represents of what he believes the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society. What are we afraid of? What do we love? How does our society function, and what does it worship?

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In, British writers and philosophers, Alain de Botton & John Armstrong latest book ‘Art as Therapy’ they claim art can self-help us with the problems of the soul. They introduce a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy, providing powerful solutions to many of life’s problems.

From 25 April 2014, Alain de Botton & John Armstrong will be showing in the Rijksmuseum what art can mean to visitors.

Watch this interesting introduction, a 45 minute lecture by Alain de Botton about ‘Art as Therapy’:

 

 


From everyday objects into something extraordinary

post by Meltem Akturk

Kazuki Guzmán is an Chilean/Japanese artist. He takes everyday objects and turns them into something extraordinary. From his chili sauce portrait on japanese rice delicate, banana illustrations using thousands of delicately placed needle piercings to a miniature chewing gum sculpture, his works are embedded with a delightful sense of humor. Via his web site:
‘My father is a macho Chilean and my mother is a delicate lady from Japan. Because of them, my work reflects not only the things I love, but also my most essential character traits…My artworks are often the accidental outcome of playful interactions between the materials and myself.’

http://videos.huffingtonpost.com/artist-uses-everyday-items-to-create-sculptures-517874972

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Wrapping of landscape or buildings

Post by Meltem

Christo (Javacheff) and Jeanne-Claude (de Guillebon) are husband and wife and were born on the same day in 1935, he in Bulgaria and she in Morocco. Christo studied art in Sofia and in Prague. Jeanne-Claude studied Latin and philosophy in Tunis. They met in Paris in 1958. Since that time they have collaborated on an impressive oeuvre of artistic work. The wrapping of the Reichstag in the summer of 1995 once again placed the Christos in the spotlight of the international art world, a center stage position they have held several times before: in 1991 during the installation of The Umbrellas, Japan-U.S.A., 1984-91; in 1985, with The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-1985; in 1976, with the installation of the Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76; and so on back to their first collaborations in 1961 on the docks of the Cologne harbor.


Special crowdfunding project: Stories from Southeast

Post by iSiZ

Blue Dress Pictures has launched a new and exciting project that is to be realized through crowdfunding. The documentary is about the much discussed Southeast district of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In this documentary we will portray an almost unknown image of Southeast Amsterdam: an honest and personal image about its real life.

In four personal portraits of people who work or live there, we show how the district Amsterdam Southeast affects their lives. The trailer of the movie introduces one of the four persons, Gerard, a photographer. It moves him as he notices that his grandson, who has dark skin, sometimes experiences this as something negative.

Watch the trailer:

 

The subject of the film, cultural differences, can be used as an instrument for polarization, intolerance and destruction. By reducing culture back to its essence, the individual man, the film attempts to paint a clear picture in an otherwise clouded subject.

For the first time we are attempting to have a project financed through crowdfunding. Therefore we have placed the documentary on the online crowdfunding platform voordekunst.

We have until the 21st of october 2012 to get the full funding of 18.150 euro. We still need to raise 68% of the total fund before this beautiful project can see the light.

You can help us make history by donating to this project. For every donation we will send you a reward. Check the rewards and how you can donate should you not be a resident in Holland by going to the information page on this blog.

For people backing the project from abroad, you’ll receive your reward by post and a private link to preview the English version of the documentary online. All the sponsors will be welcome to see the film on a big screen coming January. The film will be featured in a special preview movie night in Amsterdam Southeast. After which it will be send to various film festival around the world.

You can also support our project by sharing this project with your friends on facebook, twitter, wordpress or other social media platforms you’re connected to. We really hope you’ll find this project worth-while and hope to welcome you as a sponsor and friend!

Kind Regard,
iSiZ

 


Three beautiful giant fishes in Rio de Janeiro

Post by iSiZ

Three beautiful giant fishes are made from discarded plastic bottles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next to it the slogan ‘recycle your attitude’. This public art installation was especially made for the Rio+20 Conference, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in june 2012. To raise awareness for a more sustainable world.

Photo credit: Victor R. Caivano / AP, Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters