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CUT THE RIBBON: MARTHA GRAHAM

Posted on January 5, 2015 by Editorial Staff

Dance genius Martha Graham studied at the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts before establishing the Martha Graham Centre of Contemporary Dance in 1926. Rejecting classical European ballet, she  searched in primitive societies the inspiration for her spiritual-like naturalistic moves she interpreted bare feet. Her innovative dance had, the most long-lasting influence on contemporary performance. Deeply influenced by the political climate, she could be considered the ‘Picasso of dance’. A woman who made her modern dance popular in a country she so strongly analysed and represented, creating a unique ‘American experience’.As she used to say : ‘nothing is more revealing than a movement.’

MY SAINT LAURENT OXFORD SHOES

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Clara G

What is the aim of an unexpected cover, revealing or unrevealing the object underneath?

A fully covered platinum and diamonds skull, is it something else than a skull?
A Venetian palace covered with an oriental carpet, floors and walls, is it still a Venetian palace?  A pair of fine leather shoes covered with studs, is something else than a pair of shoes?  When you remove part of the name of a former brand, are you really becoming something different?

I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t now… a skull inside of a diamond cover must have belonged to a man and I wonder, isn’t it the real man, what is remaining from that man? Is it a piece of art only because Damien Hirst decided so?. That skull, that I have printed in one T-Shirt has a deep meaning for me. Something regarding life, death and memory, something ironic, dark, also beautiful and disturbing, I love and hate that skull. I appreciate it’s enormous influence in fashion, but don’t know if I would ever be able to live with the real piece, in case I could afford it… I had this same feeling of being haunted when visiting the Rudolf Stingel installation in Venice a couple of years ago. Mixing the beautiful palace, the heavy carpet, the medieval pieces painted on detail: saints and skeletons. Something of all that it’s  also on my new Saint Laurent shoes. I find a rare connection between all those experiences, something that goes deeper. A kind of ambivalence that goes straight to my own bones, like poison, like love.

EDEN AND AFTER, NAN GOLDIN

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

What would you expect from Nan Goldin? I would say something insane! In her constant evolving images, the brand new collection of photographs of children, is an astonishing happy-loving project, quite mesmerizing to my eyes. Being one of the world’s most influential contemporary photographers with a loyal love for intimate/provocative works, Eden and After demonstrates that flash lights can give space to real lights, that drug addicts can be switched with beautiful kids. Some photographs depict children alone, others show them in familial and social groups. From pregnancy and newborns through to teenagers, some subjects have been documented by Nan through their entire lives. The book may  look sweet from the outside, but underneath the playful photos of children runs a deeply tale about the joy and power of childhood and the inevitable end to the freedom that comes with it. Goldin seeks out the secrets children seem to hold, hoping to reveal something about children that is both deeply hidden and transparently evident.

8th BERLIN BIENNALE

Posted on May 26, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The 8th Berlin Biennale brings together a range of international artistic positions that explore the intersection between larger historical narratives and individuals’ lives. The majority of the participating artists have produced new works for the exhibition, which proposes new perspectives on the facets of and relations in history. It spans four distinct venues in western Berlin and Berlin-Mitte—Haus am Waldsee, Museen Dahlem – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Crash Pad c/o KW.The exhibition is on view from May 29 until August 3, 2014.

More: www.berlinbiennale.de

LESSONS FROM THE GEESE, GRAND FINALE!

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Rubens and Flan

This is the very last Friday of  “Lessons From The Geese”. We hope you liked it. Say goodbye to Nina & Flan’s marvel comic strip and cross your fingers, they may be back someday. The Harlow is keeping its arm wide open and waiting for these two partners in crime to come back soon with a brand new project. We already miss you… geese.

CUT THE RIBBON, SUSAN SEIDELMAN

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

One of the brightest female independent film makers in the American cinema of the 80ies, if the not the sole. A director that spoke to her generation describing virtues and hysteria of the modern woman putting together different characters, make them fight, make them friends. The rich bored with her life, the independent and free girl. The beautiful successful against the ugly normal. Contrasts, every Susan Seidelman  film is a meeting of differences and a war between social classes that are supposed to not exist anymore. Born in 1952 in Philadelphia, Seidelman is maybe the only director to have the guts to cast a beautiful fresh, and almost unknown, Madonna. The success of Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) is something that goes behind expectations and set Madonna to stardom while Seidelman, who never had a commercial success before, continued working as an independent girl. And still she is, in her own way. After being the director of Sex And The City pilot, she focused on the aging of her 80ies beautiful women. Latest Seidelman’s projects are on them so check out link below.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0782384/

SPENCER FINCH

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

He is one of our favorites. His work can be seen in some of the greatest galleries around the world: James Cohan, Rhona Offman, Lisson, Yvon Lambert and Nordenhacke. Finch produces his works  in a wide variety of mediums including watercolor, photography, glass, electronics, video and fluorescent lights. But it’s in those “strange” neon lights that we feel like breathtaking and all this candid simplicity, is not only spectacular but also very intimate. These light sculptures  can’t pass unnoticed, whatever is a museum, a gallery or an art fair. Finch produces this light installations after measuring with a colorimeter the natural light in a specific time and place and reconstruct it exactly as it is with hundreds shades of neon. The moment and its light: fixed and taken into another time and space. Like a minimalistic kind of radiating photography, like a memory. So the Sun of Sahara can be found in a Gallery in New York or in any other places far, very far, from it’s original place. And the romanticism in it, it’s overflowing.

Spencer Finch is born in 1962 in New Heaven. He is a graduated of Hamilton College and and M.F.A. in sculpture at the Rhode Island School Of Design.

Photo from internet. “Sun Over Sahara Desert 01/02/2011”

http://www.spencerfinch.com/

LESSONS FROM THE GEESE #1

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Rubens and Flan

Rubens and Flan met in kindergarten. Rubens had long blond hair and a passion for sorting things according to shades of colors. Flan had denim overalls and a passion for untying knots. One afternoon while they were lying on the grass looking for shamrocks, they started to invent characters and stories. They haven’t stopped since.

For the next three weeks, The Harlow will host their serie ‘Lessons from the Geese’. It’s always good to never stop learning!

UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS, FRED CRAY

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Born 1957 in Illinois, Fread Cray is a Brooklyn based artist included in many collections ( The Museum of City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, California Museum of Photography). Surrealist, impressionist with a narrative soul, Cray travels with his mind around an imaginary world made of multiple images and layered texts. “Unique Photographs” is his current exhibition at Janet Borden New York. At the gallery you will find also two separated limited edition books called “Unique” and “Changing the Guard”. Each copy comes with three unique photographs enclosed. Stop by.

http://janetbordeninc.com/artists/fred-cray/

SWEET LIFE, SWEET GALLERY, DOLCE VITA

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Luca Andriani

There is a unique place in the center of Rome, a one of a kind corner, which will probably become one of the most fascinating places and destination for those who have loved and still love La Dolce Vita, The Sweet Life, the Roman historical period (the 50’s and 60’s) characterized mostly by joy, happiness, entertainment. Let’s talk about LA DOLCE VITA GALLERY, a space that collects shots of great photographer Marcello Geppetti. To many of you this name would sound new but in reality, it has nothing to envy to other photographers of la Dolce Vita like Secchiaroli or Barillari. Geppetti  was, indeed, the first example of modern reportage photography. He can be considered the first Italian photographer to have told facts with a capturing eye, highlighting an event triggered within an event itself. His photographic archive is immense and collects photographs ranging from 1958 to 1998; telling the story of Italy within forty years, from the Dolce Vita to the entire First Republic. Thanks to his family, nowadays represented by his son Marco (photographer as well) and three other people’s passion (Andrea, Hilde and Camilla), the gallery has taken shape and substance. As soon as you enter you will immediately be thrown into those years and start a very special journey, punctuated by every single photo that hides stories and anecdotes that Andrea will be pleasured to tell you. This is not a simple photo gallery but a visual experience, also supported  by  great furnishing and original clothes that flank photoshots all the way. I assure you that once the visit is finished, Rome will appear with less secrets. La Dolce Vita Gallery organizes ad hoc projections drawing on its photographic archive. DOLCEVITAGALLERY, the pleasure of living is always here.

http://www.dolcevita-gallery.com/

http://www.marcellogeppetti.com/

 

photo courtesy of Luca Andriani

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DAN CRETU

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Luca Andriani

When a good photographic eye and a strong imagination get together, you can probably be considered a creative of respect. Dan Cretu, to me, definitely is a beautiful mind. His last works deserves particular attention as it pertains to the creation of shots of everyday objects using fruits and vegetables. Note that each composition is the result of an assembly of real elements without the use of post-production. Each object is composed and shot. Inside his tumblr you can also see other compositions that testify his absolute imagination and creativeness . Enjoy!

http://dancretu.tumblr.com/

 

ZACK SECKLER

Posted on October 8, 2013 by Luca Andriani

There are many ways of expressing love for life; this photographer, artist from Brooklyn has his own: he’s talented, simple, ironic. His shots show a joyful vision towards life and he gives the viewer a jolly good smile.

http://www.zackseckler.com

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THOMS

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Luca Andriani

His name recalls the sound a ball makes when it bounces on the ground. A constant sound, rhythmical, free, bouncing – thoms, thoms, thoms – always maintaining a steady pace bouncing from one place to another and becoming an almost hypnotic sound. Mr. Thoms is the artist I’m talking about. Firstly writer, painter then set designer, graphic designer, illustrator. He is today  among the people who began to decorate rooms, dusty and decaying areas of the world, of Rome, mainly with a scathing and ironic use of colors. It is well established that some environments, urban places for instance, can become for artists such as Mr. Thoms an immense sheets to vent the imagination and allow a new life. He has ever since participated in events and exhibitions in Italy and abroad and is published on several magazines of writing and graffiti. From today on, you can look at the city gazing upwards … who knows maybe you have the chance to find Mr.Thoms’ work.

www.thoms.it

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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, CHRISTOPHER STRIBLEY

Posted on September 6, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Third work by Christopher Stribley. Title: When Mamma Was Moth.

 

GUTS AND GUILE: THE BERLIN GEEKETTES’ JESS ERICKSON

Posted on September 2, 2013 by Kimberly L. Bryant

Geekettes is about encouraging women to have the guts to speak up and say I’m not satisfied with the status quo and I want things to change and I deserve it.” – Jess Erickson

Smart n’ savvy, The Berlin Geekettes  are a group of female change-makers out to conquer the tech world one code at a time. For women who love technology and big-thinking, the Geekettes serves as a healthy support system of friendly ladies who know their stuff and want to help their fellow peers succeed in the business and tech industries. Founder Jess Erickson  is a globe-trotting entrepreneur who saw a glaring need to encourage more women into leadership roles. The Geekettes are changing Berlin’s young, male-dominated start-up scene into the new hot-spot for female techies to flourish.  The Geekettes not only offer a strong support system of like-minded women, but also organize events, conferences, and mentorship programs . The group’s spread is wide and with Jess at the helm there’s no doubt they’re going to continue shaking things up for the tech startup scene. Jess’s passion for women entrepreneurs has even caught the attention of people like Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Skyping from Betahaus, one of Berlin’s many start-up hubs, Jess took some time to talk with me about Sheryl, The Geekettes, and the art of public speaking.

 KB: What is your intention with Berlin Geekettes?

JE: I’m trying to create a healthy, natural, organic way of encouraging women to get into leadership roles, to found their own companies, to master code, to do things that are typically male-dominated, and do it based on their own volition and their own desire to want to be a part of it. As long as the women appreciate it and there are more and more women joining, I think that’s valid enough reason for  me to continue doing this and really pushing the initiative. Continue Reading →

WHEN IN DOUBT, CLICK! GARRY WINOGRAND

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Looking back in photography history I brushed up and re-discovered those prolific avant guardists shooters, and I thought about  Garry Winogrand, to me, the father of American street photography. He surely left so many magnificent images and is one of my favorite shooters. I consider him one of those who make you gain a photographic insight, wisdom. He was passionate, true. I never understood a lot of the things that he said about photography like why you should wait a year or two before developing your shots, why photographs don’t tell stories, and how photographers mistake emotion for what makes great photographs. Although I didn’t really get what he was saying, I was intrigued. His philosophy in photography was treasure. He would walk out of the building, with his Leica’s leather strap wrapped around his hand, check the light, adjust the shutter and snap. Constantly looking around. His unfortunate early-death (at age 56) left behind 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film, 6,500 rolls of developed but not proofed exposures (not made into contact sheets), and contact sheets made from about 3,000 rolls. However I think one thing that we can learn from Winogrand is to follow our instincts and our guts, and go for our shots. If a person is too far away, we should either run or walk to them and go for the shot. Photography is also, touching, tasting, being there, I see therefore I click. 

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ARTIST INTERVIEW: SANE

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Kimberly L. Bryant

To create, for me, is to be part of a meaningful, useful human existence. – SANE

One of Uganda’s burgeoning contemporary artists breaking moulds left, right, and center is Buganda-born painter Eria Solomon Nsubuga (34), who goes by the artist name of SANE. While taking a break from applying brushstrokes on the canvas of his most recent large-scale socio-political collage work, the easygoing artist talked with me about social change and the challenges of making art in Uganda.

KB: Have you found it possible to use your art to create social change in Uganda?

SANE: Social change always starts with a change of mindset… art offers a way for the community to see itself. In our case, however, Ugandans have tried to stifle the incredible power of art by ignoring its potential to effect change. They have not given art sanctity as a discipline, nor as a part of daily life. If we could get the society to recognize, appreciate and celebrate visual art in particular and art (creativity) in general, then that mindset change will be the springboard to using art to deal with other fundamental social issues.

What are some personal challenges you encounter as a Ugandan artist?

 Not being fully recognized, appreciated, and celebrated in my own society, even while I may be appreciated outside Uganda’s borders. As such, funding for project based artwork can be hard to find; the private sector is not yet interested in working with visual artists. Our lack of a cultural agenda or development strategy has left us without sound art institutions like galleries, museums, libraries, and cultural centers that promote the relevance of art. In effect there are little, if any, books written about Ugandan art(ists). In general, our society doesn’t understand our art because there is little literary record of it.

Can you tell me about insecurity you experience as an artist?

 Many times I have to stop and ask myself, is being an artist a worthwhile way to live? Being an artist is not really recognized or accepted as a useful profession in Ugandan society. For example, to be a doctor and lawyer are much more respected. Things are changing, but the fundamental shift towards full acceptance, celebration, and patronage by the Ugandan people and government is yet to come. As of now we remain high and dry, unfunded, expected to participate as part of the informal sector of society, as self-employed freelancers, without formal structures to support our growth.

How do you deal with the financial aspects of the business vs. your personal creativity?

I have to teach to make extra money to live. In recent years, it has been difficult making a decent living off fine art alone. We have to embrace more techniques and technology to diversify the art products we offer. But this is symptomatic of the underlying industry deficits. Many other professionals also have to struggle to subsist. Many people take up more than one job in order to make ends meet.

Who are some artists who have inspired your work?

Henri Matisse (Fauvist), Andre Derain (Fauvist), Joan Miro (Surrealist), Picasso (Cubist), and Willem de Kooning (Abstract Expressionist) Continue Reading →

32° EAST/UGANDAN ARTS TRUST, IAN MWESIGA

Posted on August 19, 2013 by Kimberly L. Bryant

 

This past March saw the opening of 32° East |Ugandan Arts Trust, a space for the creation and exploration of contemporary Ugandan art located in the country’s capital city of Kampala. Co-founded by Brits Rocca Gutteridge and Nicola Elphinstone, the trust has so far played host to a series of acclaimed African artists such as – Harandane Dicko (Mali), Daudi Karungi (Uganda), Vita Malulu (Tanzania), and Kevo Stero (Kenya). One of the trust’s current artists-in-residence, Ian Mwesiga (24), is a graduate of the historically revered art school at Makerere University, who strives to create social change through his colorful, texture-based abstract work. As Ugandan artists begin pushing boundaries beyond the current cultural status-quo, the Kampala art scene is one to watch in the coming years.

32 East – http://ugandanartstrust.org/

Ian Mwesiga –https://mwehtsigaian.see.me/

All images © Kimberly Lauren Bryant / All Rights Reserved

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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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MY PISTACHIO MERINGUES WITH SUMMER BERRIES

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Francesca Lanni

Hello.. I’m back! This is a gorgeous fruity dessert I made, hoping you will forgive my absence once you try this..

Ingredients: 85g shelled pistachios,1tsp cornflour,1tsp white wine vinegar,4 egg whites,200g golden caster sugar

Heat the oven to 140C. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and place the pistachio nuts into a shallow roasting tin and toast in the oven for about 7-10 mins until golden. Place in a food processor and blitz until coarsely ground. Blend the cornflour and vinegar to a paste. In a large clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then gradually add the sugar a tbsp at a time until it forms a stiff glossy mixture. Fold most of the pistachios into the meringue, reserving about 2 tbsp. Finally stir through the cornflour mixture. Spoon the mixture onto the baking tray to make four large meringue nests, using the back of the spoon to hollow out the centres. Sprinkle with the reserved pistachios and bake for about 45 mins until firm and crisp on the outside. Turn off the oven, but leave the meringues in to dry out in the warmth until completely cold. To serve, place a meringue on each plate and spoon a little crème fraîche into the middle. Sprinkle over the seasonal berries and serve. Isn’t it delicious?

 

TAKE A BREAK SUPER HERO!

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Luca Andriani

What do heroes do when they are not committed in saving us? In his two collection of illustrations, called The secret life of Superheroes part I and II, Gregoire Guillemin  shows the heroes of the Marvel Universe and DC in their daily lives. In the first series Guillemin deals and portrays everyday superheroes committed in routine without being outrageous or racy, they eat a burger or have a sip from a beer bootle, in the second one, heroes are more and more hot and let’s say, original. I found this very funny and the illustrations absolutely gorgeous. It reminds of Lichtestein or of general Pop Culture of course, but.. isn’t it just…big time? Enjoy!!

http://www.greg-guillemin.com

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BADURA, SOPHIE

Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

Last week it was launched online at the Badura website. It’s a small film by Silvia Morani that is entitled “Sophie”. Silvia Morani is a genius video artist that loves fashion and it’s particularly skilled in portraying the figure of contemporary woman. With strong references to the golden Hollywood era, the video is the story of Sophie, a young fresh woman that adores her accessories. Commissioned by luxury handbang brand Badura Roma, this video is a small window on special made jewel-purses and features pieces that are worked by wise and expert Italian crafters . The concept of  Badura collection is sewn to measure on an eccentric, elegant and cultured woman that is not scared about quality leather,  precious stones and geometric cuts. Inside and out, the “Badruas” are produced with the maximum care and a spasmodic devotion for details. Watch the story of “Sophie” and discover a true original luxury Italian brand.

http://www.badura.it/index.html

CUT THE RIBBON: PORFIRIO RUBIROSA

Posted on April 22, 2013 by admin

Porfirio, the ruthless, the chief at cutting ribbons. The gorgeous man, the diplomat, the playboy, the polo player, the car racer. Born in the Dominican Republic, he later became a diplomat being the Chief of the Dominican Embassy to Paris. Rubirosa was married five times, but never had any children. His wives were: Flor de Oro Trujillo, Danielle Darrieux, Doris Duke, Barbara Hutton, Odile Rodin.  Even the rumors of his sexual prowess, inspired Parisian waiters to name gigantic pepper mills “Rubirosas”. What else could a woman want? After World War II, Rubirosa became engaged in two major passions, polo and car racing, both expensive sports that would be supported in years to come by his American wives. Much has been written, speculated and whispered about this man, but one thing is sure, he led a life that few can imagine and let alone rivals. His life was better and more interesting than fiction. He was a tireless presence at chic nightspots, a keen race driver and polo player, a friend to the rich and infamous, a relentless pursuer of women with huge bank accounts. In the last few years it has been rumored that a movie will be released on his life starring Antonio Banderas. But the real Porfirio worked hard at having fun.  In the 50s when meeting  Sammy Davis he would introduce himself by saying : “Your profession is being an entertainer, mine is being a playboy.”*In fact He bedded thousands of women, including legendary beauties as Ava Gardner, Jayne Mansfield, Eva Peron and Zsa Zsa Gabor.In the Forties and Fifties no high-society party or jet-set gathering was complete without him. He never did a proper day’s work in his life yet his success with women enabled him to mix with royalty and film stars. His mesmerising charm ended in 1965,at the Parisian Bois de Boulogne. After drinking all night at the nightclub Jimmy’s in celebration of a polo win. Rubi, as friends would call him drove home at 7am and crashed his Ferrari into a tree. He was 56. He had lived and died fast.

PETER GIBSON’S ROADSWORTH

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Luca Andriani

In 2001 artist Peter Gibson began a guerrilla street art campaign to encourage the city of Montreal to build more bike lanes. What began as a project borne of activism eventually became an art project that continues to this day. Assuming the name Roadsworth stating, “where Wordsworth is a poet of words, Roadsworth is a poet of roads,” the artist has cleverly modified roads, sidewalks, parking lots and any other publicly visible asphalt surface he can transform with paint. If you want to learn more, the artist recently took a moment to share some thoughts with My Modern Met and you can see much more of his work on his website.

http://roadsworth.com/home/

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A STARK VISUAL MESSAGE, WWF BRAZIL

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Luca Andriani

Here’s another good initiative! The only regret is that such a thing is not done in most contexts with high resonance. In Brazil every 4 minutes an area as large as a football field gets deforested. To show viewers of a women’s football match between Brazil and Denmark the effects of this environmental tragedy, the WWF has changed field color from green to brown, to dark brown. Starting from minute four of the second half of the match, people sitting on the couch in front of the tv start to see the field changing. A symbolic gesture which ends with a banner ad that informs the public about the reason of this initiative.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myvXKwlQgs8&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

FEEL YOUR…CARMA!

Posted on April 8, 2013 by Luca Andriani

Can a bike erase everything that a car has done? Leo Burnett Lisbon decided to find out the answer to this challenging question with its new project CARMA for B-Bicycle Culture Magazine, a quarterly magazine about the passion for cycling. For this project, Rcicla Bicletas built a bicycle out of the scrap of a retired Mercedes hoping that the heavy karma of the car could be rebalanced by riding the same number of kilometres in a greener way: just by cycling. Everything started on a junkyard, where hundreds of old cars after a long life of burning fossil fuels, lay in wait  in piles of junk and steel. An old Mercedes was waiting for Vitor and Kiko, the founders of Rcicla Bicletas to sacrifice its body to compensate for its long dirty past. Taking apart the pieces of the car was true surgery where the two colleagues managed to recycle as many parts as possible; from the door handle to the rooftop upholstery, all the way to the engine sprocket and rear light reflectors. Continue Reading →

JKITS MOBILE CIRCUS

Posted on April 2, 2013 by admin

Speaking of mobiles, look at this one! It is an unique piece by Jkits and it’s sold on line at United Bamboo. Willing to entertain your kid, your cat, your fishes? This is a cute item also to be played outside now that the season is opening up. Meet the strong-man, green tiger jumping through a ring of fire, Dainty trapeze- girl and baby blue elephant balancing on a geo ball. Aren’t they lovely? This mobile is hand- made of papier mache, twigs, twine and water based soy prints. See the circus rolling on your heads.

A RETROSPECTIVE OF 30 WILD YEARS

Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

‘A Humanist Gaze’ is the very first European retrospective by Joseph Rodriguez held until the 6th of April at The Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne. Joseph Rodriguez is a documentary photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography in the School of Visual Arts and in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. From prostitutes in Mexico, to jailbirds in Zambia, to pilgrims in Romania, he always present genuine extracts from his life with a poetic realism and sincere eye.

“The camera saved my life. Photography became my addiction and replaced the other one”, says Joseph Rodriguez, who was released from jail in 1960s Brooklyn for the second time at just 20 years of age. The people he photographed weren’t strangers to him.

The Hardhitta Gallery was founded in 2010 by Bene Taschen, ‘A Humanist Gaze’ is their fourth exhibition.

http://www.hardhittagallery.com/

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SNACK KIND WITH YOURSELF

Posted on March 26, 2013 by admin

The Snack, a national sport no matter where you live. We love it, we do it, we need it and  doctors say it’s good to break starve, off course it just depends on what you eat. Plenty of opportunities to gulp down something healthy. Plenty of snack bars here in Europe, but you know what, they all taste like bird seeds when the intent is to be good to your body. Just try one of the all American KIND bars and you will be conscious of the fact that in the old continent there is something missing: a great, magnificent in taste, healthy snack bar like that. Take the KIND Pomegranate Blueberry Pistacho + Antioxidants for example with its bold and delicious taste, it contains 50% of the daily intake of Vitamins A, C and E, which fight free radicals and help maintain the immune system and a fabulous skin. All KIND products are gluten free, good source of fiber, cholesterol free, low in sodium and also Kosher. Sold in American airports, supermarkets, delis, the occasion to break starve with the KIND philosophy is always easy across the ocean. We at The Harlow are just waiting for our continent to be conquered by its healthy deliciousness.

http://www.kindsnacks.com/

 

THE PICK AT THE NEW BEAT CORNER, PRPS GOODS & CO.

Posted on March 12, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

You know when you go shopping in big department stores, there is someone tending to  “new beat” zones while there is someone who says, if you want my money, you have to be known. Of course I’m a new beat kind of person. I adore new comers, and I like to experiment, I like to take the risks and I adore the never ending research of  big department store’s buyers. They are genius. They sometimes order things that have never been featured in any fashion magazine nor fashion blog risking quite a lot in these difficult times. Anyway, the new beat corner this year was full of surprises and among them I picked up this wonderful cotton t shirt that says “PRPS TOKYO NEW YORK”. I was quite surprised and curios about the association. A country, a city, one here the other there. I bought the t-shirt as a reminder, it fit perfectly btw, with the intent of researching more about the brand and here is the story. PRPS is short for Purpose. Every collection is designed by Donwan Harrell that founded the brand in New York in 2002. Harrell is a passionate about denim-wear and a painstaking researcher of  use and traditions of work-wear, military wear, hunting apparel, navy clothing. The result is jeans and casual garments that are created from top quality African cottons, and finished with expert Japanese construction techniques. The free and easy wear, the culture inside the classics of male’s wardrobe, the nostalgic vision of the American life-style with a Japanese luxury finish. All this is PRPS and yes, it was a very good pick.

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BATTENBERG CAKE

Posted on March 11, 2013 by Francesca Lanni

No cake is more British than a frivolous Battenberg cake. At any afternoon tea, in fact at any occasion bring out a Battenberg cake and watch smiles all round. There is something cheering about the distinctive pink and yellow squares tightly wrapped in a thick layer of marzipan that no other cake seems able to achieve. Battenberg Cake is believed to have been named in honor of the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884. Though today many buy a Battenberg cake they are actually no more difficult to make than any other sponge cake as you can see in this Battenberg Cake recipe. Continue Reading →