Art on Silk – Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hermès has recently collaborated with Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, who designed a capsule collection of the legendary silk scarves. Sugimoto, who is a master of light, was discovered by Hermes’ artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas, during a studio visit in Tokyo.

© Hiroshi Sugimoto

© Hiroshi Sugimoto

Finally twenty photos have been selected to be printed on blank silk scarves, and published in seven limited  copies. Baptized Colors of Shadow, these pieces will be available from 11 June 2012 on the website, for the project Hermes Editeur.

At the same time, the works will be exhibited at the Museum of World Cultures in Basel, from 12 to 21 June 2012. After collaborating with artists like Joseph Albers, Daniel Buren, Hermès confirms his promiscuity with the world of art.

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Beyond the design – Manuel Graf

In its almost educational presentations and in his photos, Manuel Graf create an active relationship between model and theory, in which the meanings of the illustration themselves become dynamic theoretical examples.

© Manuel Graf

A model in the classical American Apparel pose, wear a total look from the brand, except for a pair of shoes with wedge heels with a rainbow pattern and thin colorful laces. These are not simple objects, we are told. Each has a function: a shoe, a dress a written message, a pose.

© Manuel Graf

Manuel Graf objects are not only products on display, or a result of good craft work in terms of quality of design (although they are undoubtedly also this), but an illustrations of a broader theoretical debate on the work as social investment, where the personal commitment becomes a social act.

© Manuel Graf

Manuel Graf (born 1978, DE) – combines social philosophy, popular fashion, and art, represented by  Johann König, he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

© Manuel Graf

Is tattoo a form of art?

Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez aka Dr Lakra, born 1972, Mexico, is an artist and tattooist based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Apart from tattooing, he makes some art which has been defined by Saatchi curators “carnival of the grotesque, kitschy erotica, ancient ritual,”. He involves embellishing found images of pin-up girls, wrestlers, dolls, but also old medical illustrations, and pictures in 1950s Mexican magazines, with various tattoo-style designs.

© Dr Lakra

He has shown his works internationally in many exhibitions including Stolen Bike at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York, Los Dos Amigos at MACO in Mexico, Pin Up at Tate Modern and Pierced Hearts and True Love at The Drawing Center in New York.

© Dr Lakra

In 2007, he co-produced the book Los Dos Amigos with artist Abraham Cruzvillegas. In 2008 he participated in the “Goth: Reality of the Departed World” exhibition at the Yokohama Museum, curated by Eriko Kimura. His works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum and the Walker Art Center.

Free Voina!

© Mustikka

Warning: This Post Contains Adult Content, Not Suitable For Children and Kids

Voina is a Russian street collective of actionist artists who engage in political protest art. Founded by Vor and Kozlenok in Saint Petersburg, in October 2005, the group was named after Vor (“War”). Initially, Voina actions were clandestine and anonymous, and were called “training” or “practice”. Voina has enjoyed public recognition since 2008.

Today, over 200 activists have participated in Voina actions. The youngest activist is Kasper, Voina member since birth (he was born April 19th, 2009 on a ship in Moscow). Stateless Kasper participated in every Voina action since May 2009. At least 20 criminal investigations into the group’s activities have been initiated, some of them still ongoing.

Natalia Sokol & Kasper

“In order to properly define art, it is necessary, first, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure,”(1) wrote Leo Tolstoy in 1897. And the last performance by Voina collective use these writings function as a symbolic script for their provocations, creating the party of fuck in the honor of Dimitri Medvedev, at National Museum of Natural Sciences in Moscow.

Moreover, after the national price for artistic innovation 2011, Voina has several sympathizers all over Europe, here in Zurich, who like to show their sustain by installing Voina-Wanted manifesto around the cities.

“Art group VOINA’ is a left-wing radical anarchist collective whose central goal is to carry out PR actions directed against the authorities, and specifically against law enforcement officials with the aim of discrediting them in the eyes of the public. Branches of VOINA exist in all major Russian cities. The group’s sympatizers number approximately 3000. VOINA members maintain contacts with anarchist groups and individuals from all around the world holding left-wing radical views on art and on the world order (Italy, Slovakia, France, USA, South Africa, Greece)”.


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Compulsion, Alex Prager’s new exhibition

New great exhibition for Alex PragerCompulsion. The exhibition will feature a selection of color photographs from the series, as well as the artist’s new short film, La Petite Mort, with accompanying film stills. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in London at Michael Hoppen Gallery, in New York  at Yancey Richardson Gallery, and in Los Angeles at M + B.

© Alex Prager

MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci has described Prager’s work as “intentionally loaded,” saying “it reminds me of silent movies – there is something pregnant, about to happen, a mix of desire and angst.” Prager’s new work furthers her exploration of subversive narratives through the construction of “scenes” inspired by media tragedies and paired with emotive close-ups of eyes.  The eyes, whether interpreted as belonging to the viewer or the subject, operate as a mode of investigation—an aid to decoding the scenes and implicating the viewer by provoking an emotional response.

© Alex Prager

In her new short film, La Petite Mort, starring French actress Judith Godrèche, Prager navigates the mystery of death through a woman experiencing the boundaries of her body and those of this world. Prager’s La Petite Mort declares that “the act of dying, and the act of transcendent love, are two experiences cut from the same cloth – the former a grand exit, and the latter a slow escape. Indeed, many of the world’s greatest poets have long considered a passionate interlude as man’s closest moment to seeing god.” The film features music by composer Ali Helnwein and Director of Photography Matthew Libatique (Black SwanIron ManRequiem for a Dream).

Born in 1979, Alex Prager is a self-taught photographer who lives in Los Angeles, California.  Featured in MoMA’s New Photography 2010, Prager’s work has been exhibited at institutions worldwide. Additionally, her photographs are in the permanent collection of several major museums, including MoMA, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Her work has featured in publications such as the New York Times MagazineVogueW Magazine, and Art in America.

Yancey Richardson NY

Michael Hoppen London

M + B LA

Flashback: Roman Ondák 2007

In Measuring the Universe (2007), over the course of the exhibition, attendants marked museum visitors’ heights, first names, and date of the measurement on the gallery walls. Beginning as an empty white space, over time the walls gradually accumulates the traces of thousands of people. Measuring the Universe turns the domestic custom of recording children’s heights on door frames into a public event, referring through its title to humankind’s age-old desire to gauge the scale of the world.

I remember that attending this great happening at MoMA, signed Roman Ondák has been really exciting for me, measuring my height at the Projects Gallery in July, 2009, together with hundred people that i actually didn’t know, but to which i’ll be linked for ever for art’s sake. Can you see my name?

© Mustikka

Deutsche Bank has now introduced him as “Artist of the Year 2012” so this year, Ondak will play an important role in Deutsche Bank’s art program. The Deutsche Guggenheim will present a major solo exhibition of his work that will subsequently travel to additional international institutions. Accompanying the show are an extensive catalogue and an exclusive artist’s edition. In addition, the bank will acquire a selection of works on paper for its collection. Following Wangechi Mutu in 2010 and Yto Barrada in 2011, with Roman Ondak the council chose an artist whose work emphasizes the draft character and conceptual approach of this medium. “It will be exciting to see how he will challenge the medium of drawing and the material of paper in the future,” said Udo Kittelmann.

© Roman Ondák


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