Archive | September, 2009

*Portfolio_ The Intrusive Eye Of Biel Capllonch

21 Sep

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Fotos by_Biel Capllonch

Barcelona based photographer Biel Capllonch , has been shooting images for nearly 15 years.  His body of work is extensive as it is diverse, he has shot campaigns for Ikea as well as covers for LeCool.  A master of composition, his work leaves you questioning what is at the periphery of his lens.  Both intense and shrouded in mystery his images are quietly chaotic and conceptually well restrained with a calm force of candor for his subjects at hand.

When looking at his images one gets the feeling of being an intruder in a world that only Biel has stumbled upon and one which only he knows what really happened that day. Are we voyeurs? Do the subjects know we are watching? Do they like it? Did we get there to late?

 His photography evokes a certain kind of awkward silence; a journey behind closed doors of the suburban, the glamorous and the elite.  It is a study in human emotion, fears, and the peeling back of veils. Nothing is what it seems. Nothing will ever be same.

TO VIEW BIEL’S WORK CLICK BELOW:
http://www.bielcapllonch.com
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The “ME” Hotel in Barcelona’s 22@ district

19 Sep

chairstowelpool ladder Photos by_David Naveira

A tower of glass and steel becomes a beacon of style in the up & coming neighborhood called 22@

Located on Diagonal the ME- Barcelona opened earlier this year, bringing effortless sophistication to an area heavy with  development.  Part of the Sol Melia group, the company has  opened only  four ME properties within the last 2 years (*Barcelona/Madrid/Cabo/Cancun) . Tailored for the young urban professional; the hotel is the perfect place to get away with a weekend with friends or for a romantic weekend.

The hotel boast an impressive Spa, Gym and most importantly a pool scene that rivals anything in Barcelona. High above the city you can enjoy the pool deck which also houses the lounge/club aptly named “ANGELS& KINGS” owned by rocker Pete Wentz , of the band Fall Out Boy.

angels The club brings a touch of  Rock & Roll edge to the hotel  by dressing up the space with embossed black latex wallpaper, louis XIV chairs,  red velvet drapes, and walls littered with mug shots of rock and roll royalty.  Unisex bathrooms are the norm and come equiped with chalkboard walls to help you pass the time -writing or drawing while you wait in line.

ME Barcelona

Take the elevator up to the 25th floor and you will be rewarded by the heavenly DOS CIELOS restaurant.  This restaurant,  has not only  managed to grab the attention of the culinary elite, but was also featured in Conde Nast Travelers 2009 HOT LIST.

Head chefs Javier and Sergio Torres ignite the palate with innovative dishes and a selection of drinks and deserts as eclectic as the city of Barcelona.

After dinner,  chill out on the patio where  with lush electronica plays softly, as the waiters keep the mojitos flowing on the moonlit terrace overlooking the mediterranean.

 In an area filled with highrise 5 star hotels the ME shines brighter than any other hotel in the area due to the stunning design and unique details.

For more information on the  ME Barcelona click below:

http://www.me-barcelona.com

The Art of Irene Bou @ ARTEVISTAS

14 Sep

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Tucked into a quiet street in the Gothic Quarter ARTEVISTAS flies under the radar of  the hundreds of tourists looking for mosaic plates, T-Shirts and mugs. The only hint of this bohemian space is the metal sculpture hanging from the entrance. A simple calling card if there ever was one. 

Representing local artists working in Barcelona,  Artevistas has represented Irene Bou since the opening of the gallery gallery two years ago.

 “People are absorbed by her paintings. Her art is very different and her body of work grabs you attention and  many times it makes you think of things that you maybe have inside and only she knows how to express, with her talent” – artevistas

SOY UN ESTADO DE ANIMO

With only 26 years of age, this young artist has already  managed to create a name for herself in Barcelona but is set to take the international art world by storm.

Irene Bou’s work has been often compared to the  globally recognized Neo-expressionist  Jean-Michel Basquiat however, her work and style is definitely her own.  Her work  has recently caught the attention of one of the most prestigious galleries in Paris;  Galerie Lisette Alibert, a gallery specializing in contemporary primitivism. The gallery will host her first solo show in Paris this coming spring.http://www.lisettealibert.com/

CUANDO YA NADA IMPORTA

Like any great artist, her latest work has been inspired by her constant questioning of the world around us.  Her unique point of view and manner in which she chooses to express herself is what makes this city tick with creative energy.

Irene Bou’s newest exposition will open  September 17,  is simply titled:

” Conversaciones con Dios y con el Diablo (un clásico) “

“Like  everybody  in this time and space  I have often wondered about the existence of an infinite being, creator of all this paranoia that we fail to understand.  Curiously,  a literary classic” The Devil and God “by Jean Paul Sartre appeared in my hands; obviously it did not bring the answers to this ancient riddle but  it created in my mind a thousand and one image of a God who speaks through men and existing or imaginary creatures, from an eye that sees us with  a mute voice and other troubling eye that haunts us. “

– Irene Bou

ARTEVISTAS- Passatge del crèdit nº4 08002 Barcelona
Tel/Fax (+34) 93 513 04 65 

info@artevistas.com www.artevistas.com

Shout Out- “Dr. Sativo”

13 Sep

…And now a word from Dr. Sativo,  Barcelona’s King of Latin Reggae/Jazz 

 

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La Foto Del Dia

12 Sep
Parque de Horta

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Barcelona Fashion Week 2009 _ Miriam Ponsa

9 Sep

BCN FASHION WeekBarcelona Fashion Week, drew to a close on Friday, after a week of star studded front rows, gift bags, air kisses, and after-parties. The glitterati turned out in full force to support 080 BCN Fashion Week. After the announcement earlier this year to pack up the now infamous Bread & Butter show, and take it back to Berlin, Fashion junkies were in a desperate need for a quick fix. Picking up where Bread & Butter left off BCN Fashion Week is shaping to be a force to reckon with. With the city supporting it’s latest addition to the international scene, 080 has now become the ugly step sister that’s name is on everybody lips. Taking over Pavilion 8, designers for all over Europe showed at the years fashion week all vying for attention in a market dominated by Madrid. One of the most original Catalan designers that Showed this year was Miriam Ponsa. Showing an incredibly minimal and chic collection, her muted tones and ethereal music reflected her collection simply titled :”Les Trementinaires” Inspired by the traveling healers who wandered Europe in the mid 19th Century, these traveling pharmacies became the way to bring medicinal plants to the far corners of the continent. With mint and lavender placed on the first few rows the smell tinted the air already thick in excitement for the latest of Catalan designers whose work as already permeated Japan, Norway, Italy and Saudi Arabia

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In continuing with my coverage of up and coming designers, Miriam will be answering some questions next week about her collection and inspiration. So stay tuned.

After a week of wild parties and the stress of designers vying for the public eye one image seemed to sum up the feeling at yesterdays closing.

 

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Style and Substance meet at LA XINA

9 Sep

SalaIn 2008 Tomas Tarruella and his partner Rosa Maria Esteva packed their bags and took 16 of their employees on a trip of a lifetime through the Orient on a journey to inspire them recreate the mystery and elegance of the Cantonese culture and cuisine.

After packing up four land rovers and traveling over 3000 miles from Peking to Shanghai, the out come of this voyage through China ended in the creation of LA XINA, a modern take on the tradition Cantonese Dim Sum Restaurant. 

Grupo Tragaluz teamed up once again with the designers of the critically acclaimed Hotel OMM-  Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez, to breathe life and sensuality to this bi level space overlooking the  world famous Ramblas at the entrance to former Barrio Xino. Over looking the dining room, the huge paper dragon watches silently over diners reflecting the strength and mystery of far east in a more intimate setting in Barcelona.

 

La Xina- Pintor Fortuny 3 Barcelona, Spain

Metro: Liceu <L3>

http://www.laxinaderamblas.es/Enter the dragon