Marco Battaglini

These paintings by Marco Battaglini are perhaps the best example of classical meeting modern that I know of:
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Battaglini invites us to think that in today’s global village, with the ‘democratization’ of culture, the evolution of knowledge, information immediacy, immersed in the heterogeneity, the Patchwork Culture forces us to confront with a need understanding beyond our geographical boundaries of time. Probably the uniqueness of the Italian artist Marco Battaglini is to conceptualize the possible coexistence of the ideals of classical beauty with the anti-aesthetic, the combination of the divine and refined with the vulgar, through a composition that can complement different realities in an eternal instant. His research of multidimensionality leads him to overlap different temporal, spatial and cultural realities, where everything seems to make sense… This is ultimately the Battaglini’s purpose: remove barriers that distort the perception of reality.
You can see more of the experly painted works below:
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Pictures via Saatchiart.com

 

Donaldson Sackey

Donaldson Sackey, a Togolese international football player, who is not only into running after balls on the football field, but made his debut as model in the fashion scene a couple of months ago. From playing football to modelling, with an extremely eye-catching style, I had to sit down with this fellow and ask him a couple of questions: Donaldson sackey
The Shit I’m Talking: Let’s start this interview with a question that makes a lot of sense for this blog: What’s the shit you like to talk about?

Donaldson: I like to talk about football, fashion and music.

The Shit I’m Talking: Which makes a lot of sense! As professional football player, football made you travel the world. So you lived in countries like the UK, Netherlands, Spain and Germany and played for local teams. But which country influenced you most from a fashion point of view and why?
Donaldson: London is a city that influenced me the most. It’s full of inspiration. You can be whoever you want to be and wear whatever you want to wear without being judged that fast. The whole vibe is different…it’s a fashion city and you can feel it with all its streetstyles coming from punk, to the funk scene, up to hip hop and so on.

The Shit I’m Talking: Talking about football. Which one is your proudest moment in your career as a footballer?
Donaldson: My first game as a player on the national team of Togo.
Donaldson sackey Donaldson sackeyThe Shit I’m Talking: The one question that I have to ask as footballer getting into modelling. How the fuck did that happen?
Donaldson: I ask myself the same question (laugh). I never wanted to become a model, but it turned out that way. Actually I was about to buy football shoes and was discovered by a model scout. That’s how it all started and I am trying to make the best out of it. Kind of like David Beckham does (laugh).

The Shit I’m Talking: What’s more fun though: playing together on a football field or being alone in front of a camera?
Donaldson: It’s both fun, but being on a football field is a special feeling for me.

The Shit I’m Talking: I made the experience that the fashion business is full of people that have no idea about fashion (it’s true!). So do you think that a model that has no clue about fashion is a good model?
Donaldson: (Laugh) That’s a mean question! Let me put it this way: for a model it’s just about presenting yourself in front of the camera.
Donaldson sackeyThe Shit I’m Talking: If you could be on one cover which one would it be?
Donaldson: Definitely the GQ cover!

The Shit I’m Talking: Which fashion piece is on your wishlist right now?
Donaldson: The Raf Simons holographic sneakers.

The Shit I’m Talking: Good choice! I should put them on my wishlist, too! I think a playlist reveals a lot of someone’s personality. So what’s the last song you played on your Iphone or Ipod?
Donaldson: Can’t Stop by Theophilus London feat. Kanye West.

The Shit I’m Talking: These two are just da shit! Both of them being trendsetters and having their own style: how would you define style?And describe yours with three words!
Donaldson: Style is making things work together that wouldn’t look good together at first glance. And I would say my style is a classy mix of 80s and 90s fashion.
Donaldson sackey The Shit I’m Talking: And last but not least a little HONY (Humans of New York) moment. If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Donaldson: Everything starts with a Dream, so dream big and work hard for it.

The Shit I’m Talking: Thank you for this interview, Donaldson!
Donaldson: My pleasure!

Make sure you follow Donaldson on Instagram: @donaldsonsackey!

Pictures via Martina Cyman

10 Minutes To Go

It was the day before I went to NYC and I was waiting for a friend who was kinda late. So I had like 10 minutes to go and I was already done with checking all the social media on my phone, I texted back everybody and I didn’t know what to do. So I was like: Does it make sense to see an art exhibition although you only have 10 minutes? And then I just started walking fast to Hamburg’s Bucerius Kunst Forum showing the exhibition”Kirchner. The Expressionist Experiment”

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) is one of the most avant-garde painters of the 20th century who found artistic expression in printmaking. For this co-founder of the artists group “Brücke” (Bridge), woodcuts were the main experimental field of the new Expressionist style.

Nudes, bathers, and dance and street scenes in the vibrant metropolis of Berlin before the First World War, and a new view of people in portraits were the innovative subjects of Brücke whose work was characterized by sharp contours, and strong contrasts between black and white. In his woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs and etchings, Kirchner experimented with long neglected techniques and created a distinctive, expressive body of work. He printed each sheet himself and every print is unique due to the varied coloring. Some series contain only a few prints.

Kirchner’s printed oeuvre is the most extensive in German Expressionism. The Bucerius Kunst Forum shows an overview of these works from the world famous collection of the Brücke-Museum in Berlin, which has one of the largest holdings of Kirchner’s works.

Foto 1 (1) Foto 3 Foto 4I ended up being late for like 5 minutes, but I realized that I learned a lot in only 10 minutes.

Aiko Tezuka

Back at home, I thought it was time to do some gallery hopping. And the reason why I visited Mikko Sato Gallery is because of artist Aiko Tezuka, who’s work is often composed of fabrics that she either finds or designs, and involves both making and destroying as she and her helpers unpick portions of the fabric revealing the warp and the weft of the original looming process.

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Aiko Tezuka came to Europe from her native Japan in 2010, first to London and then to Berlin, on a Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency. She now lives and works in a flat in the fashionable Neukölln area in southeast Berlin.

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“Over the years I have become increasingly fixated on fabrics, especially those preceding the 17th century and the ancient eras. When visiting fabric museums, I often wonder how the early textile artists made such exquisite pieces without electricity. It is apparently now impossible to remake 8th century Japanese fabrics, even if we were to use the latest technology, because the techniques have since been lost.  I am interested in loosening up these invisible narratives to unravel forgotten histories or discover new plotlines. Pervading my creative processes are techniques and rules that I have developed over time: untying and unwinding fabric, revealing its structure, juxtaposing time and place, to name but a few. I do not cut or paste, or add or subtract matter. By unravelling and recomposing the structures and stories hidden within the material, I try to capture overflowing time and the continuous process of metamorphosis.” Foto 2

“I endeavor to weave the fabric of our time into my fabric with both a sense of timelessness and temporariness. Therefore, though it may seem transient and ephemeral, I hope the presence of my piece to be felt far beyond our time.” Foto 3 Foto 4 Foto 5

And she deserves so much more than just a few pieces being showed in this small gallery. Like this shit is for museums. One day when I have mucho dinero one of her art pieces will be hanging on my walls. I swear.