Tag: artist

Ana de Fontecha. Outside space

Uncategorized December 18, 2016

I remember how much I liked her Oxford shoes. I also remember the way she used to keep some tiny pieces of paper with geometrical motifs around her desk. It’s funny how those small details about a person can stick in your head for such a long time. I’m talking about the artist Ana de Fontecha, whom I met during our Masters in History of Contemporary Art, around three years ago now. I want to share her work here today.

Ana de Fontecha (1990) is a Spanish artist based in Madrid and a member of ‘Estudio Mendoza. Her work is mainly focused on the concept of space. She is interested in the relationship between the subject and the outside, and on how this contextual demarcation helps to define us. We can think of natural, domestic, or urban spaces, and how we are always connected to one or another. Ana reflects not only on how we are shaped by our surroundings but also how we give meaning to them by our presence.

These thoughts are translated into a very elegant artistic language, infused with a minimal art influence. Materials like wood and paper, the colors blue, green, and pink, geometrical repetitions, or constructions like boxes or roof beams, are the elements that form part of Ana de Fontecha’s powerful artistic universe.

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Ana H. del Amo. Colours between the lines

Uncategorized December 4, 2016

Ana H. del Amo is a Spanish artist (Cáceres, 1977) interested in the study of form, movement, and texture. Her wooden and metal pieces could be described as sensorial sculptural paintings because of the vividness they express through colour. Her artworks breathe life. We feel their corporality due to their liberation from the flatness of the canvas. Ana H. del Amo’s work is an invitation to experience art in a ludic way, pleasing the eye, but at the same time asking for reflection and time.

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Interview with Annekatrin Lemke: “Art encourages us to think and rethink about life”

Uncategorized November 8, 2016

Annekatrin Lemke (1980) is a German freelance artist known for her colorful ‘sculptural paintings‘ made out of wood. Abstraction, geometry, and powerful colors usually combined by a neutral white, meet in a three dimensional space of wooden relief. She studied wood design at the Academy Of Applied Art in Schneeberg, and currently she lectures at sculpting workshops and teaches future “master” wood-carvers. Her creations have been exhibited in Brussels, Karlsruhe, Liechtenstein, Erfurt and Suhl.

 I contacted Annekatrin to ask her some questions about her work and the meaning of art, here is what she told me. Hope you enjoy her words and her beautiful pieces!

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How much can we learn from ourselves through art?

Art encourages the viewer as well as the artist to think and rethink about life at all, about memories as well as future plans, about how to live, how to communicate and how to see. Yes, by dealing with art you get a more complex and precise view of what surrounds us.

 

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Where do you find beauty?

Beauty is everywhere around us. I find beauty in the nature as well as in the city and especially in art, architecture, music, literature, fashion and human relationships.

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What kind of feelings do you wish to communicate with your artworks?

I think this is open to the personality of the viewer. I like the different perceptions and the discussion about the artworks!

 

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A fictional character that inspires you.

Honestly, I’m more inspired by other artists- sculptors, painters and photographers-, as well as musicians and actors. There’s such a great amount of inspiring artists to focus on! I like for example Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, Imi Knoebel, Giorgio Morandi and Rachel Whiteread.

You can find more of Annekatrin’s work here!

All photos belong to the artist.

Abstract tape. Rebecca Ward

Uncategorized September 19, 2016

Rebecca Ward (1984) is my new art obssesion. I have been following her work for a while and I think is time to share her powerful but at the same time delicate universe. She is an artist from Texas based in Brooklyn. She studied Fine Arts in the University of Texas and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her light color geometrical paintings and her crafty site-specific installations made with tape are strongly influenced by minimalism, abstraction, and arte povera. Frank Stella, Daniel Buren, an Carl Andre are some of the artists that I hear echo in this beautiful work engaged with the exploration of space and color. Also she has one of the best artist statements I have ever read!

She is represented by The Ronchini Gallery.

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Interview with Paula Robles: “Nostalgia has shaped the way I approach aesthetics”

Uncategorized June 5, 2016

There is something magical in the internet, not only it makes us feel less alone but it has the power to connect you with people that you secretly admire and that you wish you had met in your school playground. I’ve been following Paula Robles‘s work for a while. She writes, she styles, she takes photos, and she has something difficult to describe which made me want to know her better. From her images I could deduce she loved fashion and that she had a very peculiar sensibility inspired by the ‘teen universe’ that we find in movies or books. Lately I’ve been interested in the relation between fashion and emotions, how fashion expresses certain emotions, nostalgia in particular. And Paula seemed like a perfect match for my latest concerns. I’m very grateful for her answers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love this conversation!

Who is Paula Robles?

I studied fashion design at IED Madrid. I knew back then that I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, but I always had been fascinated by costume design and fashion, mainly by seeing it in the movies. Watching films where clothes played a central character made me eager to learn more about the subject. After studying fashion design I also studied some other fashion courses abroad. And I’m currently majoring in philosophy, which may sound odd to some, but I think that the greatest thing about fashion is that it merges with art, consumerism, social issues, and many other things. Philosophy gives you a way to think from different perspectives, and fashion is all about the perspectives.

I work as a freelance fashion stylist and also write about culture and fashion in magazines like Glamour or Vanidad. I run a small publishing company named Pettirosso Press  along with Jorge de Cascante, we publish zines and art books. Right now I’m also starting a personal project that I’m really excited about, but I’m quite supersticious so I’d rather say no more.

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 What kind of emotions do you wish to communicate with your editorial stylings?

I try to create images that go beyond fashion. To achieve this images that exist in your mind, it’s necessary to share a good connection with the photographer. It’s not about showing the latest dress or trend, it’s about telling a story or at least insinuate one, as it happens in the photos of Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton or Corinne Day, the artists who made me fall in love with fashion photography. I like photographs that make you want to know more about the people in them, like wanting to read a whole novel with those characters, photographs that intrigue you. But if someone likes any of my images, that would be enough for me.

What means nostalgia to you?

It’s a feeling that I experienced during my teenage (and pre-teenage) years. I used to think about it as something bad, something that makes you suffer, but now I see it differently, I don’t think it’s bad at all. Somehow, nostalgia has shaped the way I approach aesthetics, it includes memories, stories, far beyond the material world, deep into something much more profound. I work from there, or at least I try, when I deal with the —apparently— superficial field of aesthetics.

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 How did the idea for “Cast a Shadow” came up?

Cast a Shadow came up from the urge that Jorge and I had of collaborating with each other. We feel very comfortable using language and images, and making a zine seemed perfect for that. We choose to make something about plaster casts because I always felt casts were cool when I was little there was always some kid with a cast in his arm or in his leg, but it never happened to me, so I probably developed some weird survivors guilt. Jorge liked the idea, and we made it happen.

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 How does cinema, and particularly certain “teen films”, inspire you?

As I said, cinema had always been a constant source of inspiration for me. Teen films were a revelation when I discovered them. Most people don’t take the genre seriously, but they’re wrong, a teen film can tell any story, the possibilities are endless, you have classics such as Splendor in the Grass, apparently  bland comedies such as Pretty in Pink, or cult little-known movies such as À nos amours, somehow it covers the whole arch. I don’t know the exact reason why I’m fascinated by them, I’ve thought about it many times and I can’t find an exact answer, but I guess it has something to do with nostalgia (again). You see the film, you remember your own teen years, you think about the life you wish you had back then, or just how your life was back in the day. Also, the look and feel of the films tend to be especially original and beautiful.

As a matter of fact, one of the films that most recently made a mark on my mind is La pistola de mi hermano, a spanish flick that can be put in the genre “teen films”. It’s a perfect example of everything I like in those kinds of films: characters and dialogue that makes you think, and a combination of cinematography and music that you don’t easily forget.

 A fictional character that you would like to style

Most of the fictional characters that comes to my mind are from the movies (the main characters of The last days of disco, Geraldine Chaplin in any of her movies with Carlos Saura, Ali McGraw in Love Story, Shirley Knight in The Rain People, Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek in 3 Women or Carrie, and Isabelle Adjani in any of her 80’s films, among many many others) and one of the main reasons why I like them so much is because of the costume design of those movies, so I probably should leave that alone.

Years ago, I thought that someone should produce a remake of Clueless with Elle Fanning in the role of Alicia Silverstone; I would have loved to work on that. I also would have liked to dress Rebecca, the ghost character from the Hitchcock film.

Oh! And Esther .

The colours of Luckey Remington

Uncategorized May 22, 2016

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Luckey Remington (1978) is an abstract artist and musician living in sunny LA with a strong aesthetic eye. His colorful and geometrical artworks are based on a study of repetition and form, an artistic methodology that is shared with his musical background. He creates harmonic structural atmospheres inviting us to wander around his attractive wooden large-scale figures as a way of investigating our relation with space, the presence behind the abscence. He has also collaborated and played the bass with Devendra Banhart. He is definitely one of my favorite arty discoveries!

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My methodology is rooted in a systemic, series-driven process that enables me to reduce a visual statement to its most essential form through means of repetition. The compositions fluctuate between organic rounded shapes, and straight-edged angles. Negative space is equally, if not more important than the anchor form itself.  Once I arrive at a pictorial arrangement fit for further investigation, I am fueled by an obsessive need to address and record every subtle variation it reveals as I work.

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You can get to know more of his work in his website.

All photos belong to the artist.

The Universe of Alejandra Freymann

Uncategorized February 1, 2016

I could be the red fox or that cat sitting next to the sleeping girl

keeping a secret in a foreign language

silently waiting for her to wake up

afraid that I could never show her the way back home.

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Most of the characters we find in your artworks look very little. There is a concern for detail against the vastness of space. Why are you interested in the representation of small things?

Alejandra Freymann: I suppose it has to do with how I feel the human presence in the universe. The relationship between the micro and the macro has been something I have been always bothered about. I’m worried because we are very small and the world is huge and I feel that this idea has left opened the possibility to all kinds of stories in the human imagination. I think this is one of the scariest things I can think of.

Podría ser el zorro rojo o ese gato junto a la chica que duerme.

guardando un secreto en una lengua extranjera

esperando en silencio a que ella despertara

con miedo de que nunca pudiera nombrarle el camino de vuelta a casa.

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En tus obras la mayoría de los personajes se muestran diminutos. Hay una preocupación por el detalle frente a la inmensidad del espacio. ¿Por qué ese interés por lo micro?

Alejandra Freymann: Me imagino que tiene que ver con cómo siento la presencia humana en el universo. La relación entre lo micro y lo macro ha sido algo que desde que tengo conciencia me ha preocupado. Me preocupa porque somos súper pequeños y el mundo es enorme, y siento que eso ha abierto el campo a todo tipo de historias en la imaginación del humano. Creo que esta es una de las cosas que más miedo dan.

All images by Alejandra Freymann

Interview originally published in Nokton Magazine

Find  more about her work here