Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Garden of unearthly delights

DIESEL DENIM GALLERY ART EXHIBITION #9, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Timothy Saccenti from Caroline Celis on Vimeo.

THE DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA is presenting the first solo exhibition of Timothy Saccenti: "Garden of unearthly delights".

Tim is a notable new talent making photography and videos for people like Battles, Erykah Badu and the Animal collective. In this exhibition he will create a new series of moving images and print exclusively for the DIESEL GALLERY AOYAMA.

Here is a description of the project:

"A genesis story of meaning, existence and purpose, "Garden of unearthly delights", follows a simple creature meandering through life in darkness, believing itself to be the only in existence. When the creature sees a mask lying in the darkness, it gains knowledge of time and space. Experiencing a moment that is different from the last sets one event apart from the next. Sensing a figure independent from its own movement allows the creature to understand its size in relation tothe world and to other things. Putting the mask on, the creature loses its blindness an sees a symbol in the sky representing purpose. The creature follows a path reminiscent of life toward the symbol in the sky. In a clearing below the light, a tree sits making an allusion to the tree of Life. In its branches hangs a starnge pod: a seed of life. A pregnant creature emerges from the darkness and performs a mating ritual with the first creature. A child is born from the creature's realization of a perfect counterpart and an affinity towards the tree and the fruit. The desire of the creatures and the need to fulfill a pirpose begets the image of new life. As the child is born, the creatures become immune to gravity representing a contented resolution to their life and purpose."

Some of Tim's work:

For this exhibition as for some previous works, Tim uses objects design and developed by our friends at commonwealth, check Tim's website clicking here

Friday, July 17, 2009

Marc Jacobs, through the lens by Juergen Teller

You probably remember these low-fi style ads for Marc Jacobs, featuring many of movie, fashion or music 'icons'. Signed by Juergen Teller they have been collected and put together first time in a book, and published by Steidl.

Lisa Marie photographed by Juergen Teller for Marc Jacobs Shoes

As Wallpaper puts is: Starting out with a shoot featuring Sofia Coppola in a snowy Central Park - the Juergen Teller meets Marc Jacobs story, is one of pure fashion perfection. Teaming up in the late 1990s, Teller has gone on to produce campaigns for every facet of the Jacobs empire over the past decade - helping to affirm Marc Jacobs as one of the leading creative figures in fashion.

Chloe, Tasha, Valerie and Maria Carla, photographed by Juergen Teller.

With the ads featuring the likes of Charlotte Rampling, Cindy Sherman, William Eggleston and even an angular Victoria Beckham crawling out of a Marc Jacobs carrier – friends, family and followers of the pair were all conscripted to get involved.

Asia Argento and Anna Lou, photographed by Juergen Teller

Merging celebrity, reportage, fashion and art in a heady aesthetic mix, the combination of Tellers’s intimate, low-fi style with his contrastingly hi-brow subjects is undoubtedly the key to the success of the campaigns.

Michele Hicks (left) and Jarvis Cocker (right), photographed by Juergen Teller

Winona Ryder, photographed by Juergen Teller

Self portrait with Charlotte Rampling, by Juergen Teller

Collection of ads featuring Sofia Coppola, photographed by Juergen Teller.

Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998 – 2009 by Juergen Teller Book.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The World of 100

The World of 100 is a project by Toby Ng Kwong To, based on the scenario – If the world were a village of 100 people. There are a few different versions of his text in circulation about the world’s statistics.

Toby mentions: "I found the data very striking and neatly summarises the world that we live in".

He used information graphics to re-tell the story in another creative way. Designing a set of 20 posters, which contain most of the information, using simple vector graphics that related to a statistic in order to present the information in the simplest and most accessible way.

Toby Ng Kwong To is a graduated in graphic design from Central St. Martins, (London, 2008). He has exhibited photography and illustration work in the National Portrait Gallery London (2008 & 2004). He is currently based in Hong Kong.

visit the project website clicking here

Sunday, July 12, 2009

China censors Ai Weiwei

Leading Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s activism has finally provoked the Chinese authorities to act against him. His studio is being staked out by plainclothes police, and last month the artist’s popular blog on Sina.com was deleted, as well as his commentaries on China’s version of Twitter.

Ai Weiwei has been running a campaign documenting the death of schoolchildren in the Sichuan earthquake of May 2008, alleging that the number of fatalities was due to local officials siphoning money from school building costs.

Ai Weiwei told The Art Newspaper that he was recently involved in two other worrying incidents: in the first, unknown persons visited his mother’s house; when Ai Weiwei asked them for identification they refused to provide any, nor would they leave, leading him to call the local police.

Ai Weiwei said: “Two days later an undercover guy was following me, I asked him, ‘Why are you following me?’ Another came, and I kicked his car door to get him to report it, but he wouldn’t. So I went to the police station to make a complaint.” There are people posted outside his studio every day, the artist claimed.

The artist has launched another blog (blog.aiweiwei.com), and will republish his investigations into the Sichuan disaster on this. “I don’t know how long it will last before it is blocked,” he said, “but the server is in the US, so the content will remain.” No-one from Sina.com would comment on the issue of the deletion of Ai Weiwei’s blog.

via the Art Newspaper

Thursday, July 2, 2009


If you are bored of your old doorbell, here a couple of fun options from the chinese designer Li Jianye who is a product design consultant at Philips Design Hong Kong...

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