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Morning sunlight printed on a 7.000 € scarf: ‘Couleurs de l’ombre’ by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Posted in art, design with tags , , , , on September 26, 2012 by Utopia Parkway

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Sure, it’s Hermès, and thus we’re talking ‘extreme luxury goods’, but nevertheless, do drop by at the Hermès shop in Brussels one of these, as just looking won’t cost you anything. On display at the exhibition space (La Verrière; through September 29) is Couleurs de l’ombre/Colours of shadow, a project by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, who became known to a wider audience when U2 used one of his pictures for the cover of No line on the horizon. Often Sugimoto’s projects are related to the passing of time. Colours of shade – based on observations by Sir Isaac Newton (Opticks) and Goethe (Zur Farbenlehre) and first presented at Art Basel – is about making visible the colours of light which the eye doesn’t perceive. Sugimoto took Polaroids of the gradations of morning sunlight, using a giant crystal prism and a mirror, in his Tokyo studio. Twenty of those Polaroids were chosen and printed on silk scarves, each in a limited edition of 7: a total of 140 scarves measuring 140 cm x 140 cm. Fashion addict ánd art collector? You can buy a scarf for € 7.000 here. More about Sugimoto and this project here.

Two artists, two tables, same idea: Walead Beshty & Pierre Bismuth (Brussels)

Posted in art, design with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Funny how sometimes artists can come up with the same idea almost simultaneously and do something different with it. Take these stains on a table. Or rather: these stains on two tables. The pictures are lousy, I know, but I needed them to prove my point. During Brussels Art Days I discovered two rather similar projects, by two renowned artists, at two different galleries: two white stained tabletops. One by Walead Beshty (at Rodolphe Janssen, through October 29) and one by Pierre Bismuth (at D&A Lab, through October 10). The concept? At first the surface of the table is white, but after heavy usage the tabletop gets stained and those stains are meant to give the table its uniqueness. The difference? Beshty’s table (by the way: interesting artist, disappointing show at Janssen) becomes a work of art you can hang on your wall, Bismuth’s table is a design object. It’s meant to be used as a table. Want to know what those tables really look like? You’ll find pictures after the jump. Continue reading

BOOK OF THE MONTH (8): ‘Cutting edges’ documents the new heyday of collage (and has a cover designed by Belgian graphic designer Jelle Martens)

Posted in art, books, design with tags , , , on March 11, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

The great Joseph Cornell – unofficial godfather of this blog – was making them all the time. And I see them popping up at exhibitions everywhere (Wangechi Mutu at Wiels, Alessandro Pessoli at Xavier Hufkens, Adrian Ghenie at Tim Van Laere): collages. Those two things combined almost automatically made me curious about Cutting edges, the new book by German publisher Gestalten, ‘documenting the new heyday of collage in current art and visual culture’. And when I flipped through the pages, I noticed that a Belgian graphic designer, Jelle Martens, designed the cover. Need I say more? Book of the month. Definitely. More info, pics ánd interview with Martens after the jump.

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‘MAYBE WE’RE JUST A PAIR OF QUACKS’ (Studio Job on beauty – The Utopia Parkway Files, part 6)

Posted in art, design with tags , , , on December 12, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

‘When it comes to beauty, Nynke and I are experts. But we don’t care for that superficial aspect of beauty. We dig deeper.’  They are a fascinating pair: Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel. Studio Job. Belgo-Dutch. Designers or contemporary artists? The jury is still out on that one. But the fact is: they’ve made their mark. The first ten years of Studio Job are now collected in an impressive monograph: The Book of Job. It was presented in New York, last week, and in Antwerp, yesterday. The perfect occasion to ask Job Smeets for his views on beauty.

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Dancing candles, growing onions and walls that lock you in: don’t miss ‘Design by performance’ (Z33)

Posted in art, design, performance with tags , on March 30, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

If you’re going to Hasselt for Hannelore Knuts (see previous post), make sure you have some extra time to spend at another wonderful exhibition in the same city: Design by performance  (through May 30) at Z33. (It’s for free, so no excuse here.) It focuses on designers who try and push the envelope of the traditional applied arts disciplines in which they work. For them, the process leading to the end result becomes important too. Hence the focus on the performance part of their practice. You’ll see an impressive magical machine making candles, dipping them in barrels and doing so in a way that resembles a strange choreography (Studio Glithero). There’s a lamp that is knitting its own lampshade (Atelier NL) and a funny installation that scans a growing onion, every 24 hours, and then reproduces a plastic model, placing it on a conveyor belt (David Bowen). And on the top floor you’ll find Lawrence Malstaf’s ever-changing labyrinth: walls become doors that lock you in. And there’s much, much more to marvel at. Must-see. For more pics and videos, click here.

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