Sonntag, 20. April 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY / erin o'keefe

erin o'keefe, photoshop gradient, image, photography

Space and light are the most important facts in photography. Ironically space becomes always flat when you try to fix it in photography. The NY based photographer Erin O’Keefe use this fact for her images which are simple, bright and intriguing at the same time. 
“My work operates in the terrain between two dimensional representation and three dimensional space. My photographs examine space and place. I understand space as an objective formal construct; a phenomenon of light and vision. I understand place as a site of memory and desire, informed by history and culture.”
O’Keefe create still-life based on strong composition of colors, light and sometimes fictional space. Educated as an architect and driven by the strong compositional character of this field, chose the self-tough art photograph simple compositions for her images which blur the line between reality and imagination. Her work remind to a lot of modern influences: Josef Albers, Le Corbusier, Peter Zumthor, Marc Rothko or Donald Judd, but O’Keefe create an individual essence about all that architecture and art references in a single photography.

Donnerstag, 10. April 2014

FASHION / ucon acrobatics

Look Book, campaign, Patrick Debrosses

As I said in the introduction text of this blog: Fashion forms a node in the network between the interacting disciplines design, art, architecture and media. An outfit can be constructed in the same way like a layout or a photography. The Berlin based lifestyle brand Ucon Acrobatics is an amazing example for this: Founders Jochen Smuda and Martin Fussenegger collaborate with designers, photographers and artists to create a special universe around their brand.

Sonntag, 30. März 2014

DESIGN / droog in milan 2014

deJongeKalff for Rijksmuseum

"Seeing is knowing is making“ was a sentence which the American art historian Svetlana Alpers wrote once in her book "The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century“. With this sentence she summarizes what Dutch creativity is all about, until today: The observing of the everyday surroundings, followed by the transforming of the resulting knowledge into something new. The collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam display the results of this special way of working: Artworks which are inspired by the everyday life, like portraits, still life’s of food and objects, paintings about the dutch landscape or the work life of everyday people and present it next to everyday objects which illustrate the dutch history. Next to Dutch art has Dutch design also a long tradition in the reflection of the everyday. The dutch design collective Droog which is well known for the same reflective way of working mentioned by Alpers (read an older article here), present during the Milan Design week 2014 a special collection which is inspired by the collection of the Rijksmusuem.

Mittwoch, 12. März 2014

FASHION / the spaghetti handjob by henrik vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Fashion is more than just a beautiful or functional piece of garment. Fashion is a creative gesture with multiple cultural connections to art, music, design, architecture or mundane things like everyday practices. Fashion never stands alone, it's embedded in this system of small things which create a bigger story which will be told to the public. To make fashion interesting in a way beyond beauty you have to tell a story around it and if you are a designer you are naturally a story teller. It is unimportant if you create fashion, books, furniture or an exhibition. The most important thing is to translate your story into a visual output, a system of colors, materials and forms. The master of story telling is danish designer Henrik Vibskov.

Sonntag, 2. März 2014

DESIGN / david derksen

David Derksen

Some products are based on practical solutions, to fulfill a simple purpose. But some objects do more than that, they tell a story about their production process, their intend of inspiration or something the designer behind will to tell. David Derksen is this kind of story-teller. The dutch designer is fascinated by nature and the processes and principals behind it and try to translate this into his furniture and objects. David graduated in 2009 from the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven and received a master degree from the TU Delft in 2011. Based in Rotterdam he is specialized in creating objects which are able to surprise and fascinate with unconventional details and properties.

Mittwoch, 26. Februar 2014

ART / laurie kang

Laurie Kang

Paper got a lot of properties, which are able to visualize a narrative structure. It's fragile, massive, heavy, lightweight, practical and poetic. The Canadian artist Laurie Kang uses paper as main element to create artworks which move on the boarder between collage and installation. 

Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

DESIGN / mel nguyen

Mel Nguyen

If you're a graphic designer you have many decisions to take. One is about specialization. Are you a book designer? Or a graphic and interaction designer? Do you like to work in an advertising agency? One of the best things seem to be just a good designer, with a visual handwriting which is present in every thing you produce. During the last weeks I stumble upon the work of Mel Nguyen, a designer and sometimes artist, which is not specialized in one discipline, but owns a very special style, which is characterized by a bold use of colors, analog and digital effects.

Montag, 3. Februar 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY / rosa rendl


The view of Austrian-born photographer Rosa Rendl is attentive and focussed on details. It doesn't matter if she shows a women's face in a close up, smoking accessories on a cupboard or strange close ups from colorfull interiors: The images of the photographer are every time characterized by a well chosen minimalistic composition of light, form and color.