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STILL LIFE, QUICK HEARTBEAT: JEFF WALL

Posted on September 6, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Jeff Wall is alluring to the point of transfixion. His photography is so outright gorgeous and intensely pleasurable that you can bet to have the Stendhal syndrome when seeing it. Images link together society, art, history, and most of all the human animal. Wall’s photographs start from a sort of painting tradition: landscape, still life later evolving into street photography. Jeff Wall is basically a photo realist, and uses the communicative power of photography to pierce our eyes. Born in Vancouver, in 1946, this Canadian outstanding photographer is one of the most traditional/untraditional artists to emerged from the 1970s. His circle in Vancouver which includes camera-friendly Cindy Sherman, was created by photo prodigy and artistic bloomers. He has frequently been called a modern storyteller whose work is shaped by western art and literature. On november the 30th 2012 until may the 17th 2013 the Ian Potter Centre with National Gallery of Victoria, Australia will host a unique opportunity to see 26 photographs of the artist spanning from the 70’s till nowadays including large scale works.

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/

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OUT TONIGHT, VFNO 2012

Posted on September 6, 2012 by admin

Just a reminder, tonight’s the night. An occasion to meet people, to approach designers, to meet editors, fashion “fauna”. To see collections, to buy  you “treats”, to have a glass of champagne with your mates. The 4th edition of Vogue Fashion Night Out is tonight all over the world. Check your country’s Vogue website and discover what is going on. And on.

 

THE PAST IN THE PRESENT: SHAWN CLOVER

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Luca Andriani

Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.Clover’s work is divided into two parts, Part one, was created in 2010 and Part two was completed just last month. To create the series, Clover collected archive photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of everyday life in San Francisco.

http://shawnclover.com/

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CAMPO ADENTRO (INLAND)

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Emilia Garcia Romeu

For two months I have been collaborating with Campo Adentro [Inland]  “a cultural project in support of rural life,” comprising an international conference, a residency program, an exhibition, and a publication.

Though I am a bit suspicious of artists-working-with-the-community (the artist is generally the only one getting credit or profit while the community becomes a somehow blurry, anonymous backdrop for his/her ego-trip), I really liked Campo Adentro’s 2011 residency projects. They were, for the most part, insightful and direct, and had (thank God) no messianic goals. Despite their different in focus and character, they shared some key common notions. The main one is the fact that rural landscapes are culturally produced, that is, the result of interacting agents and activities (such as agriculture and stockbreeding) through time. Those agents and activities generate ways of living and seeing, as well as objects, words, gatherings, songs, and dances. No nature vs. culture but a hybrid of both. In this context, the function of the rural environment as a productive space is emphasized and claimed, as opposed to current policies directed at reducing it to leisure, pleasure, sight-seeing, and entertainment.

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HOLY OTHER

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Maxim Deluxe

The Manchester based producer Holy Other is out with his debut album “Held” via Tri-Angle Records. Listen Held on You Tube and follow this incredible musician on SoundCloud

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, Y’S

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Marco Maggetto

There is something about the 90ies I will never get over:  girls’ relaxed attitude.  Preppies, Punks or Business Ladies had a common denominator:  the masculine wardrobe. After years in Easter Eggs paper dresses, the liberation came. Preppies  were wearing Oxford shirts by Ralph Lauren, punks were in boyfriend’s bondage trousers and motorbike jackets,  business ladies wore nothing but a tailleur. Easy like Sunday Morning , to quote Lionel, that was the attitude.  This beginning of  century saw, instead,  a return to the classic women’s wear and the death of comfort. The pendulum that comes and goes. Have a walk on a friday night and you will see foot bleeding  girls sitting on the streets crying like sealskins. Too much “production”? Up to you, but if you are not into “cocktail looks” 24hours a day, check out the Y’s collection in stores now. It’s another girl, another planet. It’s made for a woman that likes to be casual and free (and warm when possible). A woman that is not in the mainstream and doesn’t need to show her silhouette all the time. Beautiful wool capes are coupled with baggy pants, exquisite tricots matches with the most classic of the tartans. The conceptual and modern version of “The Little Match Girl” is just marvelous and sexier than any Kardashian.

http://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/ys/

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CLOPEN!

Posted on September 4, 2012 by admin

Clopen is the new shelf conceived by the Japanese studio Torafu Architects. Even if at first it looks like a standard floating shelf, Clopen hides a slim secret drawer that can be opened with magnets comprising ash veneer over aluminium. The drawer mechanism is a hiding place that can be opened using magnetic keys. When pulled, the secret drawer appears and the shelf doubles. The design allows the storage of compact and precious belongings becoming safe for valuables. Clopen has been through the design phase and is now entering into production. No details have yet been released concerning availability or pricing but I’m so willing of having it!

http://torafu.com/

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GUERLAIN MAKE UP FALL 2012

Posted on September 3, 2012 by admin

The package, just unloaded by the courier. The unpacking, the arrive on the counter of our perfumery shop. Same old curiosity and excitement for novelties, season by season. Same old, same old. The 3 of  us eployees approaching the new coming in; this time it’s Guerlain make up for fall 2012. What a day we had. Above there were brand new “platines” to update the general tester, at the bottom were samples. The magic box was open. Just a rapid glance at it, and we are all getting enthusiastic! Horray, someone different! Against other houses trends, Dior and YSL on top,  Guerlain surprises everyone purposing the warm and harmonious tones of  bronze and  coral. The new series of two colour blushes (dark to carve, clear to illuminate) replaces in a excellent way those gone out of sell. Beautiful colours, soft dusts are points of strength of this collection  but I’m in love with it mainly for the new mat lipstick with gloss applicator. It has the consistence of velvet and the 24 hours long lasting we need to ambrace autumn. Mysterious, sensual:  lips get attention with such an intense colour palette. Calm tones are paired with young and amusing pinks and oranges, to be chic no matter the shade you choose, to be elegant as Guerlain always professes.

Photo: the up to dated counter.

http://www.guerlain.com

NINA LEEN, MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted on September 3, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

There are many images that come to my mind when I think of masters of Photography. I don’t know why, but I always look back in times. I adore contemporary photography but to me, master is equal to past. What can I say about Nina Leen then? To start I can say that she was one of the first women photographers at Life Magazine. She was Russian-born who lived in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and lately US. Through her career as photographer she has been reporting  a surprising amount of insight into the post world war period. Housewives, working girls, fashion, Upper East Side socialites, glamorous women, mannequins.  Her work has been an interesting study on femininity,and photojournalism. A research of public versus private. When in 1945, Leen  joined LIFE, she started producing magnificent pieces of art, producing over 40 covers for the magazine. Along with her portraits of American life Leen’s photographed animals too with a unique ability to see details of the natural world in unexpected ways. Leen was modern, perfect in shooting, true and most of all ageless. Nina Leen’s  pictures portray the elegant days, the stunning glamour of a unique eye. The real beauty being captured on women in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

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THE BEAUTY INSIDE

Posted on September 3, 2012 by Anna Torossi

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we say that the look doesn’t matter, that what actually matter is on the inside. But in reality we all give importance to our looks, we are concerned about what we show to other people. So, what would happen if we could change appearance every day? This is what “The Beauty Inside” explores. “The Beauty Inside” is a “social film” developed on Facebook, where the audience can create the story and also star in the lead role. Every thursday since August 16th, an episode of the story is published  online and we get a look at Alex’s life, a life haunted by a peculiar condition: every day he wakes up as a different person with all the consequences that this can imply. The story will develop in six episodes, three were already  published. Needless to say I’m already enchanted by this story. Directed by Drake Doremus, you can find “The Beauty Inside” on Facebook and Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBeautyInsideFilm