Amsterdam- and Vienna-based artist Sonja Bäumel‘s works combine science, fashion, and design into a tangible visualization of the many invisible processes of our physiology and the biological scientific method. Basing many of her works of scientific data and using the aesthetic tropes of scientific experiments, like sterile plastic and boiling-0ver petri dish cultures, she creates Frankenstein-ian living prints, fragile synthetic skins, and crystal bodies to show the potential of science and its powerful yet haunting implications. After all, from where does a compulsive desire to prolong life stem, if not from a fear of death?
Bäumel’s obsession with skin surfaces through many of her works. She states on her website that skin is, “the layer between the outside and the inside…It is a layer full of life, which serves as a membrane for exchange.” Her project Crocheted Membrane (2008-2009) explored how to combine bacterial growth and fashion to create a textile with potential to thicken and thin depending on the wearer’s body temperature: “What happens if we make the micro world of the human body perceivable? I want to confront people with the fact that our body is a large host of bacteria and that a balanced perception of the body is closely linked with a balanced perception of the self.” Despite their fragile beauty, in her images, the membranes seem to sneak up their wearers’ arms, slowly engulfing the bodies they caress.
Her works also address the sinister potential of scientific advancement. As society devotes more and more money and resources to synthesizing medications and creating artificial limbs, we develop our obsession with biological “progress.” Encasing glowing crystal hands in vitrines and fashioning gleaming crystal bodies, immune to decay, Bäumel evokes the magic of the scientific experiment, the seeming creation of an object [...]
Documentation of Cottweiler’s A/W14 collection presented at Sang Bleu London by Luis Artemio De Los Santos
PHOTOGRAPHY: LUIS ARTEMIO DE LOS SANTOS
HAIR: SOPHIE HARRIS, ASSISTANT: PONT SMITH
MAKE-UP: THOM WALKER USING REVLON, ASSISTANT: LO MOORCROFT
CASTING: MISCHA NOTCUTT, SANTA VON SANTA
MODELS: JOHAN, OSCAR, TIM, ROBBIE, CHARLIE, HARRY, FIN, JACK
SET: LEVI KIRBY, RICHARD EDMUND WHITTLE
SOUND: PETER PIXZEL
ASSISTANTS: RYAN MULLIGAN, RAEL STONE
From this weekend thousands of original prints by artist and director Larry Clark are available to purchase at New York’s hilariously named Home Alone 2 Gallery (yes, that is actually it’s name – I checked) run by Leo Fitzpatrick, star of Clark’s genre defining portrait of nihilistic H.I.V. spreading Telly, as a thank you to fans that have made his graphic portraits of of teen debauchery cult classics; from Kids, a one-day world wind of teen sex that saw indie starlet Chloe Sevigny shoot to fame, and boundary pushing erotic teen picture Ken Park that verges on pornographic and skates the line of consent-age scandal, to 2012′s award winning Marfa Girl living in the culturally dichotomous West Texas town of Marfa near the US border, released only on the director’s website. “This is a payback to all the skate rats and collectors who would like a souvenir, so I can die happy.”
The candid works, some of which have been exhibited in the world’s leading galleries and can fetch sales of up to five figures, are being sold for $100 apiece, making accessible the to the works ordinarily attained only by removed dealers to the same youth generation the provocateur has captured for decades.
Home Alone 2 Gallery
Forsyth Street, New York
Russian Lubok is a term described for 16th Century engravings or prints received on paper with a wooden cliche. Initially these prints were pictures in black-and-white, but later they went into more mass production and started to use colour.
Black-and-white prints were painted with hare pads by women in workshops near Moscow and Vladimir. Often such popular prints resembled childs drawing, inept, hasty, illogical on colour. However a man could already find among them many examples, which scientists consider especially valuable, arguing on innate colour sense of handicraftsmen, that allowed them to create absolutely unexpected, fresh combinations.
Why these images were named “lubok” is unknown however it is thought that it may have something to do with German popular prints cuted out on lime boards (and at that time the lime was called a bast), or maybe the reason was bast boxes, in which boards were sold, or, according to Moscows hearings of that time, everything begun on Lubyanka – the street , where lubok-masters lived.
Comic national pictures that were still sold at various marketplaces in the 17th century up to the beginning of 20th were considered as the most mass type of the fine arts of Russia. The attitude towards them wasn’t serious, as the upper class flatly refused to recognise Lubok images as important artworks but they thought that they was created by commoners, self-educated persons, often on gray paper, for the joy of peasant people. Certainly, then only a few people cared for cautious preservation of basten sheets.
Censorship also took place, proceedfrom both the clergy and the state authorities. Moscow Patriarch Joachim in 1674 forbade to buy sheets, that were printed by German heretics, Luther and Calvin “in theirs own accursed opinion.” According to the representatives of Church faces [...]
James McKenna is the Australian tattooer whose work is going from strength to strength with its gorgeously rich colours, clever patterns and characterful animals and women. Tattooing from WA Ink Tattoo in Freemantle Western Australia, Sang Bleu have asked him a couple of questions about his work, what the elusive SOOS is and what inspires him.
How did you start tattooing?
I knew I wanted to get into tattooing once I’d got my first tattoo in 2008. I loved everything about it, the studio, choosing a design, booking an appointment, getting the tattoo and the satisfaction once it was finished. It was a simple thought process from there, i enjoyed drawing, painting, getting tattooed and wanted as many tattoos as I could get so becoming a tattooist seemed like a great idea.
Once finishing school I went to study fine arts at university, after 3 days I dropped out knowing it wasn’t the right place for me to be. I got an apprenticeship in a street shop through a mate’s older brother in 2008 and have been there ever since, it was definitely a right-place right-time situation for me. Looking at my drawings from then I don’t know how I got the job but I’ll always be grateful to them for the opportunity.What is the tattoo scene like in Australia? What is good about it and what is not so good?
Tattooing in australia at the moment is really exciting. The artists are ambitious and I think theres of a lot of talent here. Working at some of the shops and conventions around Australia, I’m inspired. There are so many local and international artists that I’ve met, who’s experience has taught me a lot, and have made me feel like there is a real sense of [...]
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“When I was a child, I was very restless and never wanted to sleep. To have a little rest my parents would tie me to the bed, but I was able to escape running around with a mattress and half the bed tied to me…As an adult my life goal is all about preserving my stuff, bringing it from A to B and back again and dropping some of the things in C in between. If I look at the objects maintaining my life as a condensation of material energy, I often wonder how long I could live free and happy from the gain I get out of that pure energy…I don’t actually own so much stuff, but often I dream of burning everything I have.”
[Melanie Bonajo is an artist based in The Netherlands. Her photographs, depicting female bodies fused with domestic objects, turn women into cyborgs, eaten alive by their tools. The idealized bodies of Bonajo's models create tension in the word "bondage"; stripped here of sexuality, the women are literally bound in awkward and darkly amusing configurations. She also runs Genital International, which examines human relationships and explores the concept of "reality." Quotation via]