What I particularly liked in the ‘Moving Textiles’ exhibition in Ronse (Belgium) is the exploration of how artists challenged each other by cross-border collaboration.
Each work of art went through several interventions, carried out by 3 to 4 artists from Belgium and/or UK. Everything in the process took place anonymously. The participants did not know who would carry out an intervention before or after them. Everything was carefully registered by means of codes.
In the works you recognize specific textile techniques such as knitting, weaving, lace, sewing, cutting, cut-offs, felt, tufting, digital printing, embroidering, etc… Interesting!
Oh, and there’s some lovely clothes inspiration for grabs too.
If you want to find out more, please check the website of Moving Textiles -Crysalis and the Metamorphosis blog.
While strolling through Paris, the works of Alberto Guzman pulled my eye to a gallery window. Striking black with white patterns scratched in cardboard. While admiring his works and chatting with the gallery owner, Mr Guzman himself walked in.
Alberto Guzman, Partition N° 6 (Acryl on carton, 2013, 140 x 100 cm)
Born in 1927 in Peru, Guzman completed his studies at the School of Fine Arts in Lima. He exhibited abstract, soldered iron sculptures as of 1953. It did not take long for him to orient his research towards marble and bronze. In 1959, a scholarship from the French Government allowed him to come to Paris where he held his first exhibition at the Galerie du Fleuve. Others followed every year, all over the world. One can see his monumental works in public places from the place Jeanne d’Arc in Paris to the Olympic Park in Seoul. Sculpture is not his only form of expression. As he could not work marble for a time, he turned towards graphic art with large format inks, as well as to small, refined drawings combining ink, gouache and black lead. He also created stage sets, jewelry and furniture.
Alberto Guzman, Partition N° 4 (Acryl on carton, 2013, 140 x 100 cm)
A truly remarkable artist who continues to produce powerful works at the age of 86!
When a hobby becomes a passion project something powerful happens.
Take Bill Gekas, a portrait photographer from Melbourne. He is entirely self taught.
Since 2010, Bill has been creating a series of portraits of his beautiful five-year-old daughter Athena, inspired by Dutch masters’ classic paintings. What was originally intended to be just a few personal portraits, became an ongoing art-project for Bill and his family. Mastering the intricacies of studio lighting, combined with a huge amount of preparation painstakingly undertaken by the photographer and his wife in their spare time, has allowed Bill to capture these incredible images.
To see more of Bill Gekas’ work, visit his website and blog.