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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, KRISTINA G FENDER

Posted on July 19, 2013 by admin

Last week’s Hold It With Regard with Kristina G Fender. Thank you to the artist for sharing with us her beautiful images.

kristinafender.com

 

AGNES OBEL

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel is a singer, songwriter and danish musician. Watch the little teaser of her next album ‘ Aventine’ on YOU TUBE out the 30.09.2013. Agnes Obel is on Tour in Italy in these days, save the dates and follow her at AGNES OBEL.

PHOTO-ESSAY OF NANTWALA, BUIKWE DISTRICT, CENTRAL UGANDA

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Kimberly L. Bryant

Introduction to our new column “Arts & Aboard”

Kimberly L Bryant is a visual artist traveling around Europe and Africa. Arts & Abroad is her column for The Harlow. Kimberly was born in Canada 29 years ago and she is in love with visual language, colors, sounds and sights on offer around the world. 

Arriving at 5am in the village of Nantwala, Buikwe District, Central Uganda, after twelve hours in transit from Europe is a shock to the senses. Stumbling blurrily into the bedroom, I unfurl my tired body on the mattress, outfitted with a pink mosquito net, to sleep. In the weeks following, the outgoing children and their families engage candidly with me, welcoming me into their homes. Students at one of the local schools sit on wooden benches listening to their teachers as sun streams into the open-air classrooms. Most of the village is without power or plumbing; food is cooked atop fiery hot coals, early days start upon sunrise… Late-night chatter goes on long after the sun drops back while fireflies sparkle against the darkened backdrop of vast fields, mirroring the multitude of stars above.

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SVENSKA SOUNDS? THE GoTEBORG SUMMER FESTIVAL

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Editorial Staff

For over 100 years, Slottsskogen has been a park where the people of Gothenburg have gone to relax and for exercise and recreation. The extensive grassed areas for picnics and playing, the only zoo in Sweden that has free admission, jogging tracks and activities for visitors of all ages. Summertime in Sweden is a special time of the year. The light is out till late and people are ready for the sound of music. If you haven’t done it yet, northen Europe is the best place for summer festivals. Gothenburgh’s festival from august the 8th till the 10th will host one of the richest and best list of artists and music makers. Fancy a ride?We’re going!

 

THE LIGHTHOUSE, ODEEH

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

If  fashion is boring you, go to Germany. There you can find a whole bunch of new designers that can satisfy your fantasies. In the last 10 years this country has turned from the place where Birkenstock were produced into a lighthouse of ideas where fashion is done, produced and delighted. Among local names,  Odeeh is quite representative and for sure one our favorites. A project founded by Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich, Odeeh reminds us of a great period of Italian fashion in the mid nineties. The very first Marnis and  Pradas, those clothes imagined for a different kind of woman and to break some rules. The two Milan based houses were producing their best pieces in that happy period when there wasn’t even the idea of  being fused or sold to a bigger group nor  the pressure of opening 12 shops per year in some remote corners of the world. They were small, small like Odeeh is now. Small and enthusiast with a  great styling, a reasonable production, best fabrics and best workshops and a business department that was not yet aggressive. A fashion romanticism you will now find on a german brand called Odeeh.

Discover Pre-Fall 2013 at Odeeh’s website.

GRANADA, LIMITED EDITION FOUNTAIN PEN BY OMAS

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Writing, the fabulous language in textual medium, the use of sign, of set,of symbols. The pen, the writing implement used to apply ink to the surface. Omas, the Italian leading brand for writing is proud to unveil its first 2013 limited edition and second of le città collection: Granada. A tribute to Granada which, with its famous Alhambra palace, encapsulates the essence and history of the whole Andalusia, the region which marked the Spanish history, is a tribute to centuries of multi-cultural influence. Handcrafted in vermeil sterling silver, enamels and cotton resin, the Granada barrel features an exact reproduction of an azulejo design from the Alhambra in Moorish-style colors with an Arabic arch-shaped knob. MUST HAVE!

CUT THE RIBBON, ARTORIA GIBBONS

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Editorial Staff

What a ribbon! A Tattoo attraction that worked for 35 years in circus and carnival sideshows! Artoria Gibbons was the stage name for Mrs. Anne Gibbons. Born in Wisconsin from poor parents, by the age of 14 she decided to leave home and while hanging around a local carnival sideshow she met Red Gibbons, tattoo artist and joined him in his ramblings. Artoria’s tattoos were amazing: magnificent reproductions of paintings by Raphael and Michelangelo and a few patriotic designs. Charles “Red” Gibbons was one of the best tattooists of his generation and there was no better example of his skill than his beautiful wife Anne (who used the stage name Artoria). Carrying on in the grand tradition that goes back to the 1800’s, a tattooist would tattoo his wife thus making her “his calling card” for his tattooing ability. The tattoo art on Artoria’s body was so beautiful and she was such a looker  to receive a lot of attention in sideshows. Red Gibbons died on June 18, 1964, Artoria in 1985. Their daughter Charlene is now in the process of writing a book about her famous parents, a tribute to the ‘finest in tattooing’ and show-business life. In fact, little has been written on the lives and careers of many tattooists and tattooed attractions of the past. 

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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, KRISTINA G FENDER

Posted on July 12, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Today we are publishing Kristina G Fender’s third work. Enjoy it!

kristinafender dot com

PORTRAITS IN THE TIME OF AIDS, ROSALIND SOLOMON

Posted on July 11, 2013 by Editorial Staff

We know people doesn’t like to talk about bad periods and more than ever of this one. A veil has been set down on it and few people tend to remember it. We’d like to think,  now that all gay prides of the world are over, that this is a document that many of its participants should see before getting naked and heading the next year float. A sort of gay consciousness everybody should have and that new generations need to know. The  exhibition “Rosalind Solomon: portraits in the time of Aids” at New York’s Bruce Silverstein Gallery is an incredible document, an historical one to be added to the files of our culture. This exhibition won’t make anyone happier, off course, but those 75 over sized portraits tacked to the wall at or above the viewer’s height of people, are there to talk. Literally. Talk about dealing with a new illness that was stigmatizing the late 80ies gay community . Talk about a future that was troubled and unsure. Rosalind Salomon, born in 1930, decided to become a photographer in 1968, at age 38 she went on to study with master photography teacher Lisette Model in the early 1970s. Portraits in the time of Aids is a rendition of a 1988 exhibition that was held at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery at the height of the Aids epidemic.  Solomon’s project is then 25 years old but remains, along with guys and girls who gave the permission to be photographed in such difficult moments, immortal and more alive than ever.

Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Untill 2nd of August

STILL CORNERS

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Still Corners  is the musical project of songwriter/producer Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray. The London-based duo signed with record label Sub Pop  is out now after  their first full-length debut ‘Creatures of  an hour’ with their second album ‘Strange Pleasures’ a mixture of melancholic, dreamy and electronic music.

Still Corners on Tumblr

 

FROM EAST WITH LOVE, MIYAZAKI CHAIR FACTORY

Posted on July 9, 2013 by Editorial Staff

No no no, not the Miyazaki you can think of..but the other Miyazaki, yes the Masahiro one! Fabulous, luxurious, pieces of furniture of the Miyazaki Chair Factory. Materials that have quality and a captivating Japanese design. Lines are simple but impressively craftworked. The best quality of timbers are used to be bent and twisted in curves. The wood characteristics are respected, improved with special waxes and a profound knowledge of design and structure. The factory is a real everyday workshop where artisans share their knowledge in order to create unique pieces. If you surf the webpage you’ll discover a sea of pieces with whom you will surely fall in love. Sit and stare, the adventure has just begun!

 

ANDREW LYMAN

Posted on July 9, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Records of life and records of reality. Little is written about Andrew Lyman, an artist, a student, a photographer, a multi-faced human being. Surely, his pictures were magnets to my eyes. His shots are colourful and the tones seem flashy, subjects are cut into parts: heads, legs, fingers dunking in milk, as if he would drive attention to the importance of details. His photography is captivating and intriguing. His shots are beautifully edited, like in the picture perfect series ‘Together Alone’. Images communicate with each other, intimacy and solitude get linked with the mundane and reality seems bizzarre. Daily life is just this: the surrounding sensations of our senses while interacting with people. Alone together, all alone, together all alone.

andrewlymanart dot com

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CUT THE RIBBON, ISABELLA ROSSELLINI

Posted on July 8, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Isabella is a cut the ribbon for many reasons.For being a model with a different attitude and a normal body. For being the best, and long lived, cosmetic ambassador. For being a famous surname that established her personality no matter what they had been saying. For being loyal with her roots and history. For being involved in so many good causes, from animals to sexual education. For being the image of a different Italian in New York and for loving,truly loving, photography. For this picture by photographer James Balog that she commented in her book “Looking At Me” . “In the pictures Balog wanted to do a photographic essay on the differences and similarities between man (me) and our closest relative, the chimpanzee…Yet in these photographs I seem to come across as a contemporary woman. I wonder how that was possible when I was naked and wearing no make up. I really don’t know what betrays my attempt to be timeless – maybe it’s just that stupid haircut”.

 

HONESTLY IN FASHION

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

The more I get older, the more I understand fashion is just an art mirror. The more I visit museums and exhibitions, the more I see fashion interns taking photos to be brainstormed and used by creatives of any genre. I like when they  get inspired by art, I feel sick when they copy it entirely. With Gaga taken to the court by French artist Orlane ( and her stylist Formichetti finally unmasked as a non original) I’d like to think fashion is going through a more honest period. Not that Gaga was fashionable in any way, but her stylist was treated like a fashion god…and the truth is, he just invented hot water as we say here in Italy. Balenciaga was a fashion god, he was taking inspiration from Velazques off course, but the result was never plagiarism. Au contrair, his clothes were considered, and still are, avant garde.  What is the point of replicating if you cannot make it better? Being commercial is vital but taking something conceptual or abstract and turn it into an object to be sold in million of pieces, that is really sad. Take the picture I post above. It was taken by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, an American guy born in Wisconsin in 1910. He lived his life doing the most different kind of jobs but at the same time he was making “things”. Photos of his wife Marie as a pin-up, thousands, colorful apocalyptic landscape paintings, sculptures made from chicken bones, ceramic and cast cement. Von Bruenchenhein was a natural artist, he didn’t know he was one  and lived his life as a normal person untill a curator, or art lover, found his impressive body of work and decided it was deserving some attention. And some time passed and Massimilano Gioni included him into “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” (Biennale di Venezia). But as I was standing there in front of his pictures, I noticed the same old  fashion intern taking pictures non stop. He wasn’t even reading why those pictures were there, nor was trying to feel them. He was there just to rob. And I prayed, and I begged . Who really want to see this marvelous artist to be outraged for a 9.99  dollars skirt? Not an art lover, for sure.

 

 

AUTUMN WITH DESIGN? VIENNA DESIGN WEEK!

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The aim of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is to show and enable people to experience the many-faceted creative work in the fields of product, furniture and industrial design as well as experimental design. After six successful festivals yet another exquisite and colourful programme of events will be awaiting the visitors in October 2013. Design has been and is an important field in the production of culture: it shapes our material culture, our everyday life and our consumer world, it influences our lifestyles and fashions and most fundamentally our aesthetic sense and judgements. This wide-ranging impact is a reason both to celebrate design and to examine it critically, and VIENNA DESIGN WEEK has made both of these its mission.

http://www.viennadesignweek.at/

 

ROMA CAPUT DIVINA!

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Editorial Staff

A.I., Artisanal Intelligence, (curated ever since by Alessio de Navasques and Clara Tosi Pamphili),  is a platform which aims to unite Art, Craftmanship and Fashion in the name of Made in Italy. The new realities of Italian Craftmanship promoted by Altaroma combine to create an archive that will be continually updated. With an itinerary that will unfold among galleries, places of art and fashion houses, the city will unveil its strength with manual skills. A.I. Fair and A.I. Gallery will thus be a living wunderkammer that celebrates the mind and spirit between craftmanship and modern art. This season’edition, A.I. Racconta will show the creativity that Roma has always inspired, as part of a Fellinian film. Artists and fashionmakers will be capable of evoking subconscious worlds with solid cultural archetypes. Rome’s Fashion is daughter of performance and spectacle, and has always been closer to the cinema than to the catwalk: a Neocouture of unique pieces, bespoke works of art, inspired by the millennial culture, from the palaces and the churches and the sound of the fountains. Roma Caput Divina celebrates this new creativity, and A.I.Fair and A.I. Gallery will exhibit a selection of Artists and FashionMakers that have elaborated the same concept: a sort of Company of Knights that have gathered to open up new ways to solve the crisis. Fashion Collections and contemporary accessories, created by young people capable to express a search for content and materials, mixed with the work of artists that create images and products: the ability to demonstrate the power of the breaking down the walls of creative confinement.  

A.I.Fair and A.I.Gallery ROMA CAPUT DIVINA 8th and 9th of July 2013

above picture by Mustafa Sabbagh

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF

Posted on July 3, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Anna Von Hausswolff  is a swedish singer, pianist and songwriter. She supported many artists on tour like Tindersticks, Taken by Trees and Lykke Li. Anna Von Hausswolff  is famous for her expressive voice, her live performances and often is compared to Kate Bush.

Anna Von Hausswolff

BETH GALTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted on July 2, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

If you visit her web page, you will immediately want to try and taste and eat food. Beth Galton is a professional studio photographer based in New York. Her specialty is food photography. She has a supreme attention to detail and a strong sense of composition. These elements has allowed her to acquire a noteworthy client list and she has been published in many cookbooks. With her photography she has offered a whole new perspective on the idea of food. Cut Food is, for instance,  an amazing photo series that draws attention on food that has been literally sawed in half. The results is surprising, with unique geometric patterns and a stunning conceptual food photography. I still ask myself how she did shoot the Cappuccino’s image..

http://bethgalton.com

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DIFFERENT DISTANCES, FIVE FEMALE SWEDISH PHOTOGRAPHERS

Posted on July 2, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Different Distances is an exhibition on display untill the 20th of July at The Swedish Photography in Berlin. Denise Grünstein, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Julia Peirone, Elisabeth Toll and Julia Hetta were selected like ambassadors of a new generation of photographers that can play with fashion and photography with a result that can be as close as possible  to art. Greger Ulf Nilson, curator of this exhibition, describes it in few lines: “Beyond our borders, a new generation of Swedish fashion photographers has been making a reputation for itself, spotted by international magazines, institutions and art galleries. These photographers explore and displace limits, create atmospheres that bewitch us.This collection of strong personalities masters the difference between the intimate and the distant. Their art is a game of balance between fashion and artistic photography, plunging its roots in art history and personal experiences”.

Photo above by Julia Peirone.

Swedish Photography
Karl-Marx-Allee 62
10243 Berlin

CUT THE RIBBON GUNPEI YOKOI

Posted on July 1, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Gunpei Yokoi began working at Nintendo in 1965, right after he graduated from Doshisha University with a degree in electronics. Yokoi spent many years developing toys and once the company shifted its focus to video-games development, he was asked to develop new ideas for the market. After seeing a businessman playing with his calculator, Yokoi conceived the Game and Watch handheld concept. The Game & Watch product line went on to feature 59 different titles, including classics like Mario Bros or Donkey Kong. Ever since he has been known as a legendary and highly influential figure not just in Nintendo history, but in the history of the video games industry as a whole.

His, was a life dedicated to inventions,his most famous one was the revolutionary Game Boy, a portable video game station. People who worked with him would describe him as an astonishing personality of humble origins, pioneer in inventions that changed the face of the video game industry. At Nintendo, Gunpei Yokoi was one of the company’s most beloved and respected employees. A jovial, easy-going guy who loved British cars. He died of a car crash in 1997 in an unfortunate accident just outside the Nintendo headquarters.