The Potemkin Village

Arts - 27.08.2019

The Potemkin Village Gregor Sailer

For two years Sailer photographed about twenty ‘Potemkin villages’ in countries like the United States, Sweden, or France, exploring the features that define these simulated towns that are only facades. The work of the Austrian photographer and designer Gregor Sailer (Schwaz, 1980) has reflected an interest in architecture from the beginning of his career. Between 2015 and 2017 he completed ‘The Potemkin Village’ series, a research on this concept inspired in the Russian myth according to which marshal Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin built fake settlements to conceal the ruinous state of the newly annexed Crimea from the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. The result is a showcase of counterfeit architecture that includes vehicle test cities or combat training centers. The chromatic uniformity and the geometric balance of the photographs in ‘The Potemkin Village’ series together create an oneiric atmosphere that underscores the ambiguity between reality and appearance.In his projects, the Austrian photographer Gregor Sailer documents unusual places like Tiefort City, where more than 500 buildings recreate an Iraqi city that US troops use as combat training grou

Arts - 14.01.2019

Six N. Five

3D Illustration

Six N. Five is a graphic and design studio based in Barcelona, directed by Ezequiel Pini, that seeks to capture viewers' attention quickly through striking 3D-modeled images. Six N. Five's specialty is representing still life visuals in illustrations and videos with a painstaking, clean, modern aesthetic. The firm works in advertising, publishing, and video jobs, finding time, too, for experimental creations.It has made a name for itself through the pureness of its style of elegant, poetic compositions. Six N. Five has collaborated with companies like Massimo Dutti and Fedrigoni.The Massimo Dutti commission for the project named The Gift Hotel involved showcasing five prominent articles of the fashion house's new collection. For this the studio came up with five short videos, each one tellilng a story behind the item in question. The concept of The Gift Hotel was thought out as a place in which to enjoy a walk through small spaces, restyled large old buildings, and artificial shopping sets, with each article finding its special spot. Contracted through the agency Aktiva, Six N. Five created the imagery for part of the paper catalog of Fedrigoni's E

Arts - 10.01.2019

George Stoyanov

3d Illustration Huawei and Pull and Bear

Since 3D illustration burst upon the current artistic and architectural outlook, lots of professional designers and clients have committed to this fresh and innovative art form of projects communication, corporate identity and branding issues. George Stoyanov is a freelance artist and graphic designer specialised in branding, advertising campaigns and corporate identity through abstract images created with digital software. His imagery covers a wide range of volumetric compositions and dynamic sceneries in which different elements interact with one another. His work has a very distinct use of colourful elements, curvy shapes and a rich spatiality. Amongst other international brands, some of his latest clients have been Huawei, Pull&Bear, Nike, IBM, Lemon Graphis or Asia Digital Mojo.

Coastal Geometries

Arts - 11.06.2018

Coastal Geometries Tugo Cheng

The series titled ‘Coastal Geometries’ is included in the book Discovering China, where the Hong Kong-based photographer explores and portrays the fragility of natural landscapes altered by human beings. Architect and photographer, Tugo Cheng captures the underlying geometric patterns of traditional aquaculture on the coast of Fujian, southeast China. The rhythmic positioning of fishing nets, shellfish pens, and bamboo poles creates a unique and minimalist landscape, intensified by light. Only the presence of a boat and a fisherman gives the abstract image a sense of reality, through the addition of a human scale. Aside from pursuing aesthetic quality, through his photographs Cheng also works to support the conservation of traditional Chinese fishing culture, threatened by overexploitation. Each photograph focuses on a specific type of geometric pattern — circles, polygons, diagonal or parallel lines —, drawing attention to the repetitive logic of fishing farms.