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Cherry Pick no.23

1 Feb

COUTURE CHERRY

Debut show by Iris van Herpen caught my attention while flipping through images from this year’s Paris Haute Couture  shows.Young dutch designer worked for Victor and Rolf  and Alexander McQueen, and so far had five collections at Amsterdam and Tokyo Fashion week.

Her clothes are highly influenced by digitalization , so its quite interesting to know that all of her clothes are printed in 3d, without sewing. This unique technique is developed in collaboration with an architect Daniel Widrig.

Her aesthetics stands somewhere in between Gareth Pugh and Hussein Chalayan. She’s constantly referring to new technology and incorporating it in her designs. She collaborated with Stephen Jones on collection of hats. They used technological leftovers (parts of computer and speakers) and turned them into hats. I love the unbelievable op-art like textures of the dresses that resemble Naum Gabo or Antoine Pevsner sculptures. I can’t wait to see more from Iris in the future!

Lea

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Closure

3 Jan

2010 was full of good art, no doubt. Nevertheless, I’m not going to make a complete overview of all that has happened so far – Time Out, among others,  had surely done  it better … instead, I want to share  my thoughts about the closing art event of the past year in which I attended last Thursday – the launch of Picnic magazine’s issue No. 5 at old Tel Aviv city hall.

Unlike most magazines, the main thing about Picnic is that is does not contain any text. Generaly, this idea may sound strange, a bit like maybe an aquarium without fish (…), but given the fact that art is primarily a visual language, it should not be such a far-fetched idea. So why is there a feeling that something is missing?

We’re so accustomed to think that a piece of art lacking an accompaniment of an analysis, philosophy,or even criticism, is probably not worth much, since it does not make us think. But.  Who says that we do need to think all the time? What about just having a pure pleasure of  something beautiful? Oh, now I touche the apple of the art world’s eye. After all, You can not appreciate something just because it is beautiful, there must be a deeper meaning.

This perception, I think, sometimes impairs our ability to enjoy the main characteristic of  the visual language – observation. Although I agree that this Picnic platform can not exist per se, but only as a supplement to textual magazines, it does offer inimitable art viewing and somehow, it works.

Since this post was supposed to engage in the exhibition and not just the magazine, I can say that it looked like as if the renewed city hall was created just for it; the combination of graphical forms made by Dan Riesinger, the beautiful posters  taken from the magazine and the well-designed structure in which every corner is handled carefully, made the exhibition especially enjoyable. Like the magazine itself, the exhibition didn’t offer any  innovation or an unusual, significant statement, but… Visual pleasure. That’s the whole story indeed.

On that matter, here are my 2010 selected Picnic sights…

Maya

Top Cherries 2010

2 Jan

I decided to pick five things that first come to my mind when I think of the past year. I’ve selected them in five categories: art, music, dance, film and photography.

#1 The museum of broken relationships

The opening of the most unusual museum in Zagreb this fall. The museum of broken relationships was started as a traveling exhibition around the world collecting personal belongings connected to failed relationships. The museum is actually a world of personal love stories, awkward objects and breakups. The museum functions as a kind of a therapy for broken hearts, helping you recover through the process of giving away things that remind you of your past love. So if you still suffer try donating an object and as the initiators of the project say: take part in the creation of collective emotional history.


# 2 The Hundred in the Hands

It’s been already more then four months and I’m still obsessed with a Brooklyn duo The Hundred in the Hands. Light electro meets pop rock and soft/sweet vocals. Favorite songs to listen: Dressed in  Dresden, Killing it, Lovesick (once again) and a cool video for the song Pigeons.

# 3 Sans objet

Man and machines, choreographed together as one, in a contemporary dance performance called Sans Objet by Compagnie 111, were an absolute highlight of the last year. It was one of the most visually appealing dance performance I have ever seen. Human is confronted with a robot (similar to the one used in car industry), challenged to try communicating with the artificial. The body becomes the tool of understanding the mechanical other. (Video)

# 4 Lift

Lift, is a short documentary by Marc Isaacs taking place in a average elevator in an average appartmant building. People are being filmed in their everyday environment, only now the transitory space of the lift is invaded by a stranger. An ordinary place is all of a sudden transformed, people using the lift are being singled out and their personal stories come out. The film is available online too, featured in Future shorts.

# 4 Bernd and Hilla Becher

Working on several papers dealing with industrial architecture and photography I started researching the life and work of the pioneers in that field, Bernd and Hilla Becher. Their appreciation of the industrial architecture, that has been artistically neglected and the need to understand it made their work truly valuable. The aesthetic side of their photography is in a way secondary. What comes first is the need to document and capture it, in an almost archaeological sense before it is completely devastated.

Lea

Friend or Foe?

27 Nov

Yesterday I watched the controversial film Guest of Cindy Sherman, at the International Art Film Festival in Tel Aviv. The film was first released in 2008, but… Better late than never.

Although it revolved around the director, Paul H.O‘s frustration of being Cindy Sherman‘s former partner, the movie presented  her image in a way I’ve never been exposed to before.

Despite of Paul’s clear dissatisfaction of his role in the relationship (“a guest of”), Sherman was introduced as a particularly charming and positive charachter, quite an unusual image in light of the staggering success she gained. I take into account the almost inevitable fabrication capabilities of movie-making process, but something about Sherman’s behavior was very human, reliabe and captivating. I fell in love completely.

Unlike what’s been told in the movie, I think that Poul’s show, Gallery Beat, was actually a very good item. Even though it failed in practice , it showed the real, devoid-of-poses-and-mannerisms face of the art world, perhaps because it captured an era in which it really was. BUT. It was nothing compared to Sherman’s success.

The movie raised, in it’s own amateur-like, in-your-face way,  some interesting questions about relationships- can two people from the same domain maintain a long-term relationship? After all, in any case, one will be better than the other. Can a successful person have a contented relationship with someone who suffers a failure after failure?

Paul and Cindy’s case ended in a separation (which according to the film, was initiated by her) shortly after the incident that gave the film its name – at a VIP event Sherman was invited to, she was led to her sit at the main table while  Paul was led to  the other side of the room where his placing card said: “Guest of Cindy Sherman”. That, pretty much, sums everything up…

Eventually, without noticing, Paul got his 15 minutes of fame through this film which, ironically,was based on his life in the shadow of Cindy Sherman. I find this fact a small but quite a sweet victory…

Guest of Cindy Sherman, 2008

Doll Clothes, 1975

Maya

MOVE!

15 Nov

Since there is a definite connection between art and fashion, it’s a bit strange that an event like the one I’m writing about, never happened earlier …

MOVE! is a  two-days event organized by V Magazine, Cecilia Dean and David Colman, that took place a couple of weeks ago at MoMA PS1. The purpose was to create a visual link between art and fashion through collaborations of 12 paired artists and fashion designers,  in order to generate a renewed meeting point between the two.

The artist/designer pairs got a 125,000 sq.ft exhibition space which they used  for fashion shows, dance parts, visual art , and performance. With or without noticing, this project also produced a collection of creative videos which are broadcast on V magazine at the moment. I love how so many artists from different artistic fields could express their individual qualities and at the same time create something innovative and exciting.

CHERYL & AMERICAN APPAREL presented a bizarre show- weird combination between tribal dance and the Venetian masks festival:

 

I only found the rehearsal video of JONAH BOKAER & NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, but from the short segment I saw, looks like it was an outstanding show…

TERENCE KOH & ITALO ZUCCHELLI went for the alien look, using sophisticated make up and light effects:

And finally, OLAF BREUNING & CYNTHIA ROWLEY broke all the rules through a colorful connection between fashion design, art, lots of paint and a childish atmosphere:

Maya

Floating Wires

29 Oct

This year’s Venice Biennale of architecture is entitled People meet in architecture, and Croatia was supposed to present a floating pavillion in Arsenale. The pavillion is actually a barge with an extremly high wire construction (there are around 32 tones of wire spread in 40 layers). The story behind the construction is connected to the biggest croatian shipyard in Kraljevica (near Rijeka) that is currently facing financial problems. In order to draw attention to that problem architects working on the idea for the pavillion decided to build the pavillion in the mentioned shipyard.

Unfortunately visitors won’t be able to see our floating pavillion, due to the damage it suffered in transport to Venice. It has been quite a shock and also embaresment for the architects to realise that the construction is not that solid. Pavillion was transported back to Croatia and will hopefully be fixed and exhibited one day somewhere in Croatia (probably Rijeka).

Wire construction of the pavillion was supposed to be filled with cardboard boxes containing the pictures and sounds of the process of buliding the pavillion. The barge is going to travel from the buliding site all the way to Venice, and the journey will be filmed too and put inside the pavillion. What I love most about pavillion, and now is impossible to experience,  is the visual aspect, it is a kind of op-art sculpture. The view is constantly changing as you move around or through the pavillion. So at least enjoy some nice shots and videos of the construction.

Lea

Live and Let Die

21 Oct

I am starting to realize that spirituality is the “new black” in terms of fashion. I guess that derives from the fact that besides accommodations on the moon or finding a cure for AIDS, we discovered that fostering a new, more deep point of view on life is a necessity. What better way is there  to express these spiritual insights than art?

Two outstanding films I have watched lately deals with the most challenging aspect of life – death. Both of them bring a magical, captivating observation on death and, amazingly, leave you with a speck of optimism.

The German Cherry Blossoms  tells the story of an elderly couple whose true profound love is being revealed only after the wife’s death. The first part of the film shows the materialistic world where family values are pushed aside due to poor communication and isolation. The second part shows the husband’s way to fulfilling  his wife’s biggest dream, a trip to  Fuji mount in Japan.  The most touching part, is his acquaintance with an exceptional young Butoh  dancer that changes his whole perception of life and death. I find the last scene a very sensitive, extraordinary visual experience, a small piece of art in a cinematic cover: 

The Tree is an Australian film that also deals with death and lose, hold and release. The film is based on the belief that when we die our spirit remains in the atmosphere and in objects that surround us. In this case,  a little girl that loses her father, believes that his spirit is present  in a huge Ficus tree outside of her house. I loved the way the tree was going through an  anthropomorphic process during the film to the point where I actually started to become emotionally attached to it.

Both the message and the visual aspect are very simple but genuine; it is devoid of sophistication, but this is the  the source of its magic. And… obviously, I can not refrain from mentioning the excellent opening song – Weak  by Asaf Avidan & The Mojos– RESPECT.

*The Storyboard of the video clip by Elyashiv Levine

Maya