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The Art Of {THS}_Sex, Canvas and Rock & Roll:

24 Nov

{THS} FOR ALL IS VANITY  

Nov 24, 2009 – Dec 18, 2009 

  “To Study Design Is To Be Brainwashed”    -{THS}

The pursuit of truth, absurdity of morality and irony of inhibition is the content of   {THS} ‘s new show titled:  ‘FOR ALL IS VANITY’  which follows his ‘Trash urban warfare porn dirrty pop’ style. His new canvases are the continuation of his ‘Gluebooks’, a selection of sketchbooks containing collage and filled with handwriting, rawness, dirt & pornographic images. His new work feels like a gigantic resized version of his Gluebooks from paper to canvas. An enlargement both in size and insanity.

Thomas Schostok aka {ths} was born in 1972 and started his career as a salesman for bathroom tiles. In 1999 he founded and represented himself as ‘{ths}’, working in his own studio as a designer/artist for international and national clients. He never studies design because he always thought, to study design is to be brainwashed. {ths} released three monographs/books: ‘Hard Blow’ (Rojo Editions, 2008), a book about the pornographic artwork in his so called ‘Gluebooks’ (Sketchbooks); ‘Mr. Trash’ (self published), volume one of his art and design works during the last 10 years of his career.

{ths} had exhibitions in the USA, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany and Taiwan. His love for typography can always admired in his art and design work. In 2002 he founded ‘The Cape Arcona Type Foundry’, a type foundry that produces and distributes digital typefaces. {ths} is without anger or hate, because it’s fondness for Elvis Presley and Barry White records, that continuous playing during working, make him nice and merry. – Hail to the King, Baby.

[Special Thanks to Aprile @ Notpaper]

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Jordi Estivill: The Keeper Of Discarded Objects

22 Nov

Friday night, I was sitting at a local bar on la Rambla del Raval, when I came across a series of collages on the wall. Hung side by side, I scanned the series and instantly fell in love with every piece hanging on the dimly lit walls. Arranged using  colored construction paper, cardboard and newspaper each of his abstract figures became increasingly interesting. That is when I became a fan of Jordi Estivill.

 Jordi, originally born in Barcelona- is a mix media artist who uses sculptures, wood, clay, recycled materials, and random objects as his medium. His eye for detail make his pieces so captivating and original that any one of his pieces will leave you wanting more. Impressive by themselves- his true genius is evident when taking in his work as a whole.  The themes in his compositions hints towards carnival performers, circus clowns, actors, exotic women from the far east and surreal characters that look at you with watchful eyes and complicated hearts. While his work has  an air of familiarity, it still manages to exude his personal style and highlight his unique ability to combine color and textures.

The pieces below are part of a series named:  Compositions. Made up entirely of  materials found in the flea markets of Barcelona and Beijing- Jordi uses materials such as paper, cardboard, old magazine clippings to stimulate the plastic representation of different portraits of characters.

 

 

 

In his series  “JOINTS” – Mr. Estivill has gone a step further creating art with pieces of wood found on remote beaches on the islands of  Menorca and Formentera. With its worn out textures and muted tones the magic is present  by the remains of  fragments of the objects original colors- eroded by the sun, sea and sand. A combination that becomes visible when the pieces are  inserted, combined and engaged under the direction of the artist- revealing unexpected qualities in ordinary objects. 

Composición con guitarra
Ensamblaje maderas
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“Figures al jardí”

 

For more on JORDI ESTIVILL click on the picture below.

Porrait of an ARTIST’S STUDIO

Barcelona Hotel_Chic & Basic: The Cure For The Common Hotel

20 Oct

 

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Today I spent the day on a hotel hunt, checking out new places throughout Barcelona and doing some research on a few places which will be posted later this week. One of my favorite finds was CHIC & BASIC a hotel that is housed in a  beautiful old building in EL BORN.

This place opened 5 years ago and is currently in the process of remodeling it´s fantastic bar simply called the “WHITE BAR”

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This place breaks all the rules of what a basic hotel should be, done up in white washed halls over the top furniture and  sexy lighting it is impossible not to relax upon entering this space. The service at the counter was excellent and the place is filled with hipsters. If you are in Barcelona and spending the weekend shopping with friends, this  is the place to ditch you bags and head out for a night on the town .

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In fact while trying to scope out the place without getting thrown out for loitering I witnessed a fashion shoot  taking place in the of the rooms. This is the sort of place where art directors linger in the hallway twittering on their iphone,  and hip young international travelers mingle in the common areas.  This place definitely attracts a younger more stylish crowd so if your idea of  hotel is tea time rather than happy hour you might want to curb your enthusiasm.

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The hallways, resemble space ships, with white lacquered walls, soft lighting and chilled out electronica humming in the background. The rooms are like the title suggests “basic” but the common areas more than make up for it.

Amenities include Gym, reading room, kitchen area,  internet center and a spacious living room with lots of natural light.

This is not the Ritz or the W this is just a place for people who spend their vacation exploring the city and when they finally come back to the room they are greeted with a warm sense of style and a vibe that many a hotel rarely get right.

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For more info on the hotel  click it HERE

Subtravelling-The Barcelona Subway Short Film Festival- For People On The Go.

16 Oct

 

 

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No Time for movies? Barcelona kicks off the weekend with the 1st ever Subway Short Film Festival.

The Wizard of Oz in 30 secs

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An impromptu movie theatre has been set up at the Plaza Universidad Metro Station which allows viewers to catch a SHORT film while transferring lines.

The SUBTRAVELLING film festival <October 15-October 18> has generated quite a bit of buzz this week with locals and tourists alike.  This film festival which has already been quite the hit in Berlin has now stopped at Barcelona thanks to the help of the city.

Passengers can see the films at the Metro stations or in the train on the over head screens. Voting has already begun on the best Short Film online. As part of the campaign once you vote- you also enter the chance to win a trip to LA to tour the WB movie studio.

The rules of the festival are  simple: Short films could be  NO longer than 2 minutes.  Hundreds of entries were received  and so far the animated romantic comedy OKTOPODI  is in the lead. 

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For more information on the Film Festival or to watch more of the shorts click HERE
 

Will we still have prostitutes in BCN in 2159?

14 Oct

future--city-1969What will Barcelona be like in 2159?

Will we still have people selling Agua, Coca Cola , Cerveza in liquid form? Will we have intergalactic  prostitutes on Las Ramblas? Will the Sagrada Familia be finished?

A new time capsule project has been launched via the internet, for the citizens of Barcelona in 2009 to communicate with the barceloneces of 2159

The BARCELONA2159 project has taken shape and hundreds of people from ages 7 to 67 have populated the site. With the several different categories, participants can leave their theory on what the city of Barcelona will be like in 150 years.

Part of the ANY CERDA, a year devoted to the celebration of the man, whose ambition to tear down the gothic walls and expand the city was revolutionary 150 years ago. An ambitious plan that turned the city into the sprawling grid-like mass it is today.

The Project, which will runs until June 2010, will mark the beginning of the future of Barcelona.  Developed as  marketing tool for the exposition as well as  an opportunity for the people to leave their mark in  Barcelona’s history. You can leave written messages as well as  videos in the online time capsule intended for future viewers.

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But who is the “New Cerda”? While they rip apart the Poble Nou area for the 22@ is it progress or greed? One thing is for sure if the future is managed by Zaha Hadid count me in.

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The new Spiral Tower by Zaha Hadid  in Barcelona.

  To see some of the messages click below.

http://barcelona2159.org/

 

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Waiter Or Coke Dealer?

14 Oct

I asked the waiter how big was the portion… he answered 130 grams. Either he’s a coke dealer or I need to start carrying around a scale…

Barcelona goes GLOBAL for the battle of design @ Cut&Paste 2009

13 Oct

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 October 16th the battle for the hottest illustrator goes global at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

48 artists representing 16 Countries will go against each other for a timed design competition as the world watches. Each artist will have only 15 min to create a work in one of the three areas of competition(2D, 3D and Motion Design) while an audience of hipsters and  industry leaders watch on from the sidelines. It is a sort of  “DESIGN OLYMPICS” only with cooler sneakers and slicker music.   

The contest will be live on www.cutandpaste.com  and  the godfather of cool Josh Rubin from COOLHUNTING will be judging the 3D portion of the contest.

Lets Meet the Boys from Barcelona…

REPRESENTING BCN in 2D DESIGN_ 

   MARCO GONZALEZ –  http://www.ilustracionpublicitaria.com/

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After a life time of painting, drawing and spray painting  on any surface he could find Marco, opened up his own studio bringing together over 10 years of experience in “Urban Artistic Expression”.  The design challenge was to come up with a shirt from a prisoner’s uniform  with the theme being : Taboo.  This was his wining piece.

REPRESENTING BCN in 3D DESIGN_

BERNAT FORTET www.bernatfortet.com 

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Bernat is a digital student here in Barcelona, his passion is 3D images which as you can imagine take a lot of time and concentration in order to put these images together. Bernat is currently working for Kotoc – a major computer graphics firm here in Barcelona.  His design challenge which allowed the artists 20 mins to create a piece work inspired by the word: “CARTHARSIS”

 

REPRESENTING BCN in  MOTION  DESIGN_

SEBASTIAN BAPTISTA- www.sebastianbap.com

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Originally from Uruguay,  Sebastian  now resides in Barcelona where he works as a freelancer  with his partner in crime Robokid.  His website features his new work as well  has  spots for FORD as well as SEAT.

The theme of his competition was the Crisis.

 

We will publish the results of the CUT & PASTE compition on Sat, hoping that the guys will be among those winners.

For the rundown of how Cut &Paste started- here you go:

“Laptop to Laptop , Mano a Mano”

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