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.

From Sidewalk To Catwalk

“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” is the first major exhibition devoted to the one and only celebrated French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.  With his avant-garde fashion creations and cutting-edge designs, Gaultier has shaped the look of fashion over the last 40 years. So when I received these pictures on my WhatsApp I was first depressed, because why do people in London and shit have the chance to see such great things and I have to wait for shit to happen in my city. But the feeling of being really impressed was the one that lasted. This is the moment when you realize that fashion turned into art and being epic and you are witnessing it.
In case you are in London you can see the exhibition till the 25th August in Barbican Art Gallery in London.

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The Artist

I noticed every time I really like a topic I decided to write about, the blog post always ends up being shitty. And when I just write shit it just seems to be become a good blog post. Like wt actual f is wrong with me? So I want to apologize in advance, because I feel like this one not going to be the best post ever. But it is one I really like to talk about.

The artist Christopher Mudgetand his work. Seeing his black and white paintings made me think: Is that Picasso? No, seriously, is this Picasso? Like this is so Picasso without being Picasso. I was confused for a couple of seconds until I realized that Christopher pays homage with putting his own artsy handwriting into strictly black and white paintings.
Mr. Mudgget explains his work:  “Constraining my work to monochromatic renderings allows me to portray my subjects with a universality that transcends the limits, as it were, of both color and shape. Not allowing color to determine form, nor form to define essence, I bring an existentialist quality to my work that many artists only achieve through abstraction.”

And he continues:
“I play with my subjects, but respect their humanity. Perfection is an abstraction; imperfect existence is an art. I bend, but do not distort, I bruise, but do not break. Through careful choice of subject, color and technique, I am able to paint an exciting and insightful portrait of universal humanity that is race-less but not faceless.”

I am super bad at describing art, but I know what I like and I like these paintings. So good work, Mr. Mudgett!

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Andy Dixon

It’s finally Friday and call me nuts, but not going to uni for a couple of days is cool, but then again I get bored way too easily.  Wait…did I just say I miss uni? I know I am going to regret this sentence on Monday. But I need at least some kind of food for my brain and thank God I have this blog. So I figured I am going to stimulate my lobus occipitalis with some art. So I came across following createur de peinture:

Currently working out of Vancouver, Canada, Andy Dixon‘s work contrasts refined subject matter with a coarse application of his materials. Although his subjects are often romantic, Dixon’s approach and use of colour remove their idealism, accenting an alternative beauty found within the imperfection and humanity of both the subject and the artist simultaneously.Evoking an era of modernist painting, Andy Dixon’s work is both expressive and contemporary in form and aesthetic.

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Pictures via AndyDixon.net

The Rap Quotes

During my childhood the streets were my playground. Like I literally played soccer on the streets. That was actually the time when my brother got his first car and I always knew when his car is turning into my street, because the speakers in his Mercedes were turned up all the way: from Jay-Z to The Fugess, the hip hop beats were bumping in the streets.

This childhood memory was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard about Jay Shells “Rap Quotes” project, where he post famous rap quotes around New York and Los Angeles for this clever street art installations.  So he literally puts hip hop into the streets. The signs display quotes from famous hip hop artists like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Nas or Notorious B.I.G. and are appropriately placed in the exact location the lyric calls out.
Dope as fuck:

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Moss The Boss

“There are many celebrities nowadays, but few become legends”.

And that’s why Beautiful Crime and Imitate Modern presents “40″; a retrospective of Kate Moss by artist Russell Marshall, to coincide with her 40th birthday and celebrate the legend that she has become during the last decades. Marshall’s work has focused on subjects who are ‘legendary’, as opposed to ‘famous’; “celebrity can be so short-lived these days, but not so with Kate. While other celebrities have come and gone, Kate has stayed. Kate’s not just a survivor and she’s not hanging onto fame. She grows bigger, brighter and more iconic each year”. So it is with much anticipation that this collection is launched on 17th January, her 40th birthday and the eve of her 3rd decade at the top.
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Featuring ten photographs spanning her career, the art gallery in London reminded of Kate Moss newly emerging into the fashion industry to her present day career heights. Marshall has taken these photographs and created ten canvases, in ten different colour combinations, to give a stunning visual tour through Kate Moss’s career as a model. Each image is available in the ten colour combinations, producing 100 unique screen-printed images, original, stamped and signed by the artist.

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