Aerial Abstraction

Arts - 18.05.2020

Aerial Abstraction Tom Hegen

After an intensive process of research on the concept of Anthropocene, the Munich-based photographer Tom Hegen has flown over different regions to document the human impact on the Earth’s natural landscapes.  The shine of the colors, the geometries of the landscapes, and the almost tactile textures make the images of Tom Hegen (Königsbrunn, 1991) look like impressive abstract paintings, when they are actually objective documents of reality. Through aerial images the photographer and designer shows the human impact on Earth, searching for artificially transformed territories and inviting the observer to discover the world from a different perspective, placing them face to face with the dimension of their interventions and making them aware of their responsibility in the preservation of our planet.  ‘The Salt Series’ is an abstract collection of images that explore human intervention in the production of salt. The presence of microorganisms and salinity change the color of the ponds. ‘The River Veins Series’ reflects the patterns left when the glaciers melt on black volcanic sand in Iceland, and ‘The Iceberg Series II’ captures the shapes&

Calder Stories

Arts - 19.11.2019

Calder Stories

Centro Botín Exhibition

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, designed by Renzo Piano, and organized in collaboration with the Calder Foundation in New York, the exhibition ‘Calder Stories’ throws light on fascinating but heretofore little known stories about the celebrated American artist. The methodology of the unrealized in the history of art is something that Obrist has pursued for almost thirty years now. Unfortunately it is no longer possible to ask the artist about this, but the curator has gathered information about Calder projects forgotten, directly or indirectly censored, misunderstood, repressed, lost, or impossible to execute… Some of Calder’s most famous works were fruits of collaboration with leading architects, choreographers, and composers of his time, but their backstories have to date gone largely unexamined. Most of these projects were carried out, but some were not. ‘Calder Stories’ initiates an exploration of what the artist left behind, adding nuances and complexities to our knowledge of someone considered a fundamental pillar of 20th-century art.

Arts - 21.10.2019

TOTEMY

Alicja Biala and Iwo Borkowicz

The artist Alicja Biala and architect Iwo Borkowicz have inaugurated TOTEMY in Poznan (Poland), a series of giant sculptures expressing the current state of the environmental crisis.  Located in the heart of Poznan (Poland) and each standing 9 meters, they all visualize something about the relationship between humanity and nature. Their shapes, colors, and textures correspond with different statistics, in such a way that they offer an immersive architectural experience through vibrant direct confrontation on a daily basis. With as much precision as possible they try to reflect data provided by environmental studies. Local carpenters, politicians, students, activists, and other community members helped in the project, raising the columns artisanally.  The sculptures are under MVRDV’s Baltyk building, in a public space instead of in museums or galleries. In this way, they have a larger audience.  The pieces each have a QR code explaining their seemingly merely abstract forms. One of them, for example, gives information about deforestation through its two large volumes, one of these representing the size of the world’s annua

Hunky-dunky

Arts - 21.01.2019

Hunky-dunky 3D Illustration

In recent years, the artists of the studio Hunky-dunky have seen their works featured in art and design magazines all over the world. After several years of working separately for international clients, 3D artist Yonito Tanu and art director Jessica Chapiness have together set up the studio Hunky-dunky, based in Spain, and created colorful 3D illustrations for companies such as Maxibon, Cruzcampo, Burger King or Bankia.Among their projects is ‘This Isn’t Paris,’ the result of a commission they received from the town hall of quiet Llombai, which wanted a book cover for its annual festival that expressed the joy of a small and timeless village rich in nature, traditions, and people. These festivals are held in summer and no resident misses it. Age does not matter and it’s a must to dance umtil daylight on the main square.  Other interesting images are those of the ‘Summer Diary’ project, which proposes reminiscing on the highlights of summer through a graphic diary because, in the words of Tanu and Chapiness: “Summer may be over, but its hot fun memories will last forever”