Born in Shanghai, in 1984, Jacky Tsai came to London after completing a BA at the China Academy of Art to study at Central St Martins, quickly making an impact on the fashion world with his iconic Floral Skull design made for Alexander McQueen.
Didier Fiuza Faustino works reciprocally summons up art from architecture and architecture from art, indistinctly using genres in a way that summarises an ethical and political attitude about the conditions for constructing a place in the socio-cultural fabric of the city.
ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution (fiberglass, polyester resin)
Winner of MA Design Award, University of Arts London, 2012 and the Accessories Collection of the Year at ITS (International Talent Support) 2012 in Trieste, Italy.
"Humans are Playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard."
Christian Ernest Marclay (born 11 January 1955) is a Swiss and American visual artist and composer.Marclay's work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. A pioneer of using gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages, Marclay is, in the words of critic Thom Jurek, perhaps the "unwitting inventor of turntablism." His own use of turntables and records, beginning in the late 1970s, was developed independently of but roughly parallel to hip hop's use of the instrument.
Music by Keaton Henson
Directed by David Wilson and Sam Potter
Shot by Brian Fawcett
Art Directed by Arthur de Borman
Edited by James Rose
Telecine by James Bamford at The Mill
Telecine Producer - Cath Short
For Benga's new video for I Will Never Change, 960 separate pieces of vinyl were carefully measured, cut, and then finally animated. The result is a real-life waveform. Directed by Us, which consists of Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor, the first task for the pair was calculating exactly how many records per second would be needed.
Lorenzo Nanni is a textile artist living and working in Paris. His handmade fiber sculptures are inspired by organic matter and living forms. He reinterprets images of botany and anatomy through traditional embroidery and haute couture techniques, using natural materials and minerals. His work combines traditional knowledge with high quality contemporary art, design, and a modern, personal universe. Creatures and hybrid plants, skins, organs, landscapes, and symbols are transformed into a visceral and fantastic universe. The sculptures are scientifically pinned in glass displays or suspended under glass globes like the anatomical ecorchés or entomological trophies.
"Frontera" reflects on the dramatic scale of drug trafficking in Mexican society. The artist has used basic but very striking elements to create the works in "Frontera", and despite their minimalist style, they reveal great emotional depth and tragedy. The works go beyond the specific context that gave rise to them, with a universal value that explores our mechanisms of denial and the taboos still surrounding death and violence in contemporary society. The Museion exhibition features walls where executions took place, that the artist took down in Mexico and rebuilt in Bolzano—Muro Baleado (Culiacán), 2009, and Muro Ciudad Juárez, 2010—along with the works Plancha, 2010 and Cubo, 2010, a minimalist cube weighing a ton made out of iron from reinforced concrete taken from demolished buildings. The Bolzano exhibition will also be the first opportunity to see the filmed action Camiseta, created specially for "Frontera" and shot in the cities of Juarez, Kassel and Bolzano.
Boris Tellegen aka Deltainc was born in 1968, in the Netherlands.
He became one of the pioneers of the European graffiti movement, in 1984, when he made his tag DELTA for the first time. His work shows the hallmark of his time at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University Delft, from where he graduated with a degree in Industrial Design Engineering in 1994.
The first DELTA tag appeared on the streets in 1984: through the years this Netherlands based artist has developed a complex and unique style that resembles isometric plans and plays with ideas of architecture and high tech futuristic vehicles. Boris introduced an alien and idiosyncratic aesthetic into graffiti art that escapes the common logo-like word IDs. He influenced writers all over the world for decades with his 3D letter style.
The series Broken houses is based on photographs of abandoned structures neglected by man and destroyed by the weather. The photos are found in the web while pursuing an amateur photographer from North Dakota who obsessively documents the decaying process of these houses. His photographs are used to create small scale models. Afterward, in the studio, the models are photographed again, omitted from their background and placed in gray.
In the speed of the daily impulsions of life develops Pim Palsgraaf his creative urge.
His ‘Multiscape’ sculptures are city scenes literally carried by preserved dead animals or other objects found along the side of the road. With this subject matter, Pim Palsgraaf shows us contradictions between culture and nature. The urban city is seen to overtake nature. One gets the feeling that urbanism is a process which grows like a tumor.
Lara Almarcegui is interested in taking a closer look at the architectures and spaces that surround us and are among the least enhanced, for the potential freedom that they represent.
In her projects, the Spanish-born artist Lara Almarcegui, who lives in Rotterdam, examines processes of urban transformation brought on by political, social, and economic change. Since the mid-1990s, she has studied urban features that are not usually the focus of attention: wastelands, construction materials, invisible elements. In her first solo show in Austria, Lara Almarcegui has created three new works for the Secession that relate closely to the city of Vienna and to the historic exhibition house while also recurring to earlier works the artist developed in various cities all over the world.
Vincent Ganivet creates works from raw materials, from everyday objects and phenomena diverted from their initial function: the domestic water damage becomes a fountain, a firecracker giving brith to a mural painting... Just as in a magic trick, the objects reveal their secret lives: the banal becomes beautiful and the accidental poetic. A 2003 graduate of the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Vincent Ganivet regularly exhibits his monumental works in France, in the Modules at Palais de Tokyo in 2007 and 2009 amongst other places, and abroad. His work recently entered the collections of the Fnac as well as the Frac Ile-de-France and Frac Poitou-Charentes. With the Palais de Tokyo’s support, he notably participated in the last edition of “Platform”, an artistic event of great scope at Seoul.
Yoan Capote is a Cuban sculptor who was born in 1977 in Pinar del Río.
Yoan Capote lives and works in Havana where he studied arts at the Superior Institute of Art from 1991 to 1995. Even if he first specialized in painting, he finally decided to improve his sculpture skills, considering the latter as a way of developing three-dimensional and multi-sensory possibilities.
The work of the German educated graphic designer Jens Reinert offers some new perspectives on our architectural surroundings. Instead of complete buildings Reinert models their fragments or visualises the volumes of subterranean spaces – it seems he builds “negatives” of architecture we ususally only perceive from the inside.
"The exhibition, entitled “Let it bleed“, is a series of life-size sculptures, as well as a series of fragments, such as heads or hands, all made of paper. The works depict young women and young girls. The female figures impress with the naturalness of their features and poses, the perfection of modelling and the beauty of volume.
Sam Burford creates objects and films that explore the temporal and transformative nature of meaning and language. Burford's work is an investigation into how cinematic language affects the way we attribute meaning to what we experience through our prior experiences of cinema. By adapting populist media Burford seeks to alter the viewers engagement and perception of this material.
What a Doll: the Human Object as Toy, 2010 by Christina West
Work made at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. In conjunction with funds from the Southeastern College Art Conference.
Glazed ceramic and stuffed fabric.
Buddy Nestor was born and raised in Collingswood, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a Latch-Key Kid during the birth of cable TV. This led to endless hours in front of the television, watching movies and drawing. He gravitated toward strange cult and horror films. As a skateboarder in the late 80’s and early 90’s, he was exposed to Punk, Indie, and Heavy Metal music. In 1997, after the birth of his son, Buddy decided to teach himself to paint. In 1999, he traveled around the world on an aircraft carrier and painted every day. This was critical in his development as an artist. Presently, he drinks beer and paints in his basement.
Robert Montgomery’s pieces follow the Situationist tradition of detournement, which is basically the hijacking of advertising space to replace it with poetry. Through its anonymous presence in a public space, Montgomery’s art is a very personal challenge to the barriage of ads that usually fill up mental space with restelessness, insecurity, and the desire for things we wouldn’t otherwise get into debt for, or an ideal body type it would be necessary to stop eating/go under the knife for. A simple phrase or thought can be enough to challenge a psychological landscape that is otherwise so easy to take for granted.
Bill Durgin’s photographs reflect his fascination with the figure as a sculptural entity. His complex arrangements of the body require extreme contortion to achieve an austere effect, as if the figures have been abstracted. The gestures examine his own corporal boundaries as well as those of the performers he works with and are impressive in their ability to seemingly defy physical limitations. Transforming the body into an amorphic object, Durgin uses a large format camera and film to capture the figures so that they appear to be without appendages. Recognizable as bodies, they remain detached from common perceptions of the human form.
Jia-Jen Lin is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Taiwan, New York, and various locations. Her work integrates sculpture and installation art with performance, video, and photography. Jia-Jen's practice investigates the psychological distance between artificial life and our physical sensations. By way of collecting, modifying, and representing information and materials from everyday experiences, she would like to draw the attention to the initial stage: to investigate the possibilities between the material world and our physical selves. The readily available products of our society become her palette for representing the forms of the natural and for investigating relationships between people and between people and the technologica.
London-based graphic designer Joseph Egan together with his colleagues from Chelsea College of Art & Design created this eye-deceiving anamorphic typography installation as part of the assessment for his Foundation Degree course.
Brooklyn-based artist Graham Caldwell creates glass-based installations which explore issues about surveillance, threat and self-obsession. Using many separate glass parts, usually mounted to a wall by metal fastenings, Caldwell arranges the glass objects so that they reflect off each other and mirror the space in the gallery as well as the viewer looking at them.
Marc Swanson works in diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, video, and installation. Given this diversity, the artist employs a surprisingly refined range of materials, relying on a concentrated vocabulary of wood, glass, textile, naturally shed animal antlers, and precious metals. He often juxtaposes “high” and “low” materials in the same work: rhinestones, gold and silver chain, and black mirrored panels meet lumberyard two-by-fours and white cotton t-shirts coated in latex. In these juxtapositions, the former adorns the latter in a way that is transformative for both.
Senda Gallery presents a new series 'Cubs' by Oleg Dou (Moscow, 1984), his second solo exhibition in Spain.
For the first time, the artist abandons the square format and the zoom on faces and photographs his models from three quarters. The Cubs series offers children portraits of a grim perfection, pale complexion and lifeless look.