Tag Archives: Art

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

The Original Mash-Up Artist_RAY JOHNSON invades the MACBA

2 Nov

YEAH …BUT IS IT ART?…..

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Ray Johnson will be rolling in his grave next week when the MACBA presents a retrospective on the ART World’s most  famously unknown artist: RAY JOHNSON

I came across his work 6 months ago when reading The Accidental Masterpiece: On The Art Of Life And Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman, a book written about  the most staggering geniuses the world never knew.

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Ray Johnson was the first to revel in POP ART. The original Andy Warhol, he manipulated his public image as an artist/celebrity, no one really ever knew the man behind the artist. The fact that he died with 400,000 in a bank account when most people thought he didn’t have a dime, is a true tesitimony to his secrecy. He increasingly became hell-bent on blurring the line between what could be considered art. The ANTI ARTIST, his specialty was mind games, puzzles and clues.

One of my favorite Johnson anecdotes is the one where a bargin-hunting art collector offered him 1/4 of the price of the canvas. Johnson then took his check and cut out 1/4 of the canvas.

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The grandfather of mashup and sampling, he became interested in MAIL ART, a project in which he would mail unfinished pieces of his art to other famous people, friends, and strangers with the simple instructions to: “Please ADD to and RETURN”. 

His Final OPUS was an art performance he called NOTHINGS inspired by the number 13. On a cold winter’s day he checked into a hotel, room 247 (2+4+7=13) to be exact. He then drove up the highway to the bridge where he completed his final work by jumping off a bridge into the freezing waters of Sag Harbour in New York on JAN 13th the day of his birthday. No coincidence then that he was found dead at age 67 (6+7=13).

ray_johnsonThe exhibit in Barcelona curated by Alex Sainsbury in collaboration with Chus Martinez  is simply called: “Ray Johnson. Please Add to & Return” and opens at the MACBA on November6th. This retrospective of Johnson’s collages and mailings will mark the first time that an exhibition dedicated to the artist will take place in Spain.

The exhibitions Ray Johnson: Please Add to & Return and John Cage and Experimental Art: The Anarchy of Silence will be simultaneously on view at the MACBA, affording an opportunity to explore the relations between the work of  both artists.  Ray Johnson, frequent reference is made to the figure and work of John Cage. His work reflects an in-depth interest in the idea of chance applied to the artistic approach developed by Cage.

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For more information on the Johnson exhibit @ the MACBA click {HERE}

*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

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 

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