Archive for June, 2009

RCA Show Two

June 26, 2009

Here are some snapshots from my work and the shop at Show Two, which opened yesterday.

Come along!

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Conway + Young

June 23, 2009

While studying for 6 months at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam in 2005 I met two english girls who I loosley kept in contact with ever since. Ever since they met at the univeristy in Bristol they worked together, now under the name of Conway + Young.

Their work is playful, often humorous and very charming. I love the fact that it  incorporates lots of people and places they met or have been. It also has a  very communal character and is therefore it is very engaging. Even though it might not be the classic, sleek graphic design that seems to be en vogue at the moment, I feel their work is much more lasting and flexible.

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A Valentines Card To A City

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The Unredeemed Pledge

We invite people to stay for one night and two days in the understairs closet of our house and make work in response to their experience. This intinerant residency began when we were living in an old shop in Bristol. The name, ‘The Unredeemed Pledge’, references the first occupants of the shop who ran it as a Pawnbroker in 1897. The residency will move where we move.

Have a look for yourself.

Thought of the Day

June 18, 2009

Wer nichts weiß, liebt nichts.
Wer nichts tun kann, versteht nichts.
Wer nichts versteht, ist nichts wert.
Aber wer versteht,
der liebt, bemerkt und sieht auch . . .
Je mehr Erkenntnis einem Ding innewohnt,
desto größer ist die Liebe . . .
Wer meint, alle Früchte
würden gleichzeitig mit den Erdbeeren reif,
versteht nichts von den Trauben.

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May I draw your attention to…

June 11, 2009

Flickr: The Official White House Photostream

This collection of images has been a constant source of inspiration, amusement and distraction. It provides such gems as:

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A simple plate of cheese, crackers and carrots is set for for the table setting of the meeting of closed, off-the-record lunch with President Barack Obama and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in the President’s Private Dining Room.

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President Barack Obama tours the Centre Pompidou modern art museum in Paris, June 6, 2009.

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President Barack Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Paris before returning to Washington, June 7, 2009.

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The place setting for President Barack Obama in Dresden, Germany prepared for a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Dresden Castle, June 5, 2009.

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President Barack Obama jokingly shows off the hat he was given during his tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt on June 4, 2009.

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President Barack Obama, runs away from the family dog, Bo, during a brief break from meetings on the South Lawn of the White House May 12, 2009.

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President Barack Obama whispers into First Lady Michelle Obama’s ear during the White House Cinco de Mayo celebration May 4, 2009.

Can you feel the personal relationship building up?


Collector

June 11, 2009

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Hans-Peter Feldman has been one of my favorite artists for a long time now. Maybe it´s because he likes collecting, just like me. Photographs, people, stories, history, cultural objects. I always felt that his work is easy to access but not simple. Most of the time it is quite serious, and even though I normally prefer “witty” stuff I seem to discovering interesting projects and then find out it´s done by him. I especially like when he uses photographs of everyday life/people but arranges them in a way it makes a completely different meaning. As the New York Magazine Art Review once put it Eccentric and deliberately naive, Hans-Peter Feldman turns snapshots into sharpshooting.

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For the current Art Basel one of his exhibit is an installation called 100 Years It´s 101 black-and-white portraits of friends and family aged from eight weeks to 100 years old. It is a chronology of human life within which viewers can situate themselves, glimpsing past, present, and future. When reading about it and seeing the pictures it reminded me of another project where people from all ages are asked one question: How do you see your future. (Unfortunately I can´t remember the artist) I am aware this focuses on a slightly different aspect but nevertheless I think it takes the same approach.

It proves again that making things really simple but excecuting it in a consistent way is what convinces me the most. Hopefully my work will be developing in this direction in the future.

4th June 1989

June 4, 2009

I am sure most people remember this picture.

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It is the picture of an unknown man halting the tanks near Tiananmen Square on 4th June 1989.

It was the day when students and intellectuals gathered at the square to protest against the Chinese government and to mourn the death of pro-market, pro-democracy and anti-corruption official Hu Yaobang. By the eve of Hu’s funeral, 1,000,000 people had gathered on the Tienanmen square. The protest culminated into a massacre, due to the military response from the government, with 2,600 deaths, though Chinese officials to this day deny these numbers.

Today is the 4th June 2009, and it has been 20 years since then. Still the government doesn´t seem to have gotten to terms with it. While the world remembers the horrible events Chinese officials and their helpers blocking internet sites and do everything they can to obstruct the news coverage from reporters. This video from CNN shows, how plainclothes policeman try to block out the camera by holding umbrellas in front of the lens. Another reporter speaks about censored internet sites and other obstructions.

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This is unbelievable. I can´t understand how a civilised nation can think they can get away with something like this. Nations make mistakes, they are ruled by the wrong people and have a history they should be ashamed of, but the only way to make it better is to come to terms with it, and try to improve things in the best possible way. A nation with such an (economical) power like China just can´t afford to act like this. I wonder if China will ever let go of the fear, to lose control and by that actually have a stronger position with their citizens and change the perception the world has of their country.

I Like This Work

June 3, 2009

Sander Plug and Lernert Engelberts are two dutch artists/designers whose work I find very inspiring.

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Their latest project – Revenge – is so simple but very exciting and quite funny. I like simple ideas, that are executed in a surprising way. It makes me want to do some stuff.

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Also check out the Colour Correction project – something for nerdy graphic designers.

We color corrected 1kg of discodip during the course of an average working day.

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