It has been love at first sight. Anne ten Donkelaar was born in 1979 in The Netherlands and she tell visual stories about being broken and fixed, about drama and beauty and life and death. The whole sense of life is condensed in her art. It is easy and complicated at the same time. Check her website out and more images after the cut.
Ashley was born in Johannesburg in 1984 and is currently living in Scotland. She is a no boundaries artist, rushes between performance, sculpture and drawing and between the the animal that is inside human nature and the homo sapiens sapiens. She likes the bizarre and the ritual metamorphosis. Check her out here and watch some more images after the cut.
I’m a bit late on this, but E-Volo Magazine Skyscraper annual competition always deserves a look. 2012 winner project is Himalaya Water Tower, designed to store water and regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains’ natural supplies dry up. It is not a positive way to look at the future by chinese winners architects Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao, Dongbai Song so let’s all take care of our glaciers. More detailed images after the CUT.
Fernanda‘s detritus forest – honey saver – bee reservoir heart!
[Remember, the show is in favor of “Ein Herz für Kinder“, Strychnin Gallery and The New English launched the project in in cooperation with Gallery Geuer&Breckner, UF6 Projects and me. Artists were given a bone china heart to customize. These one of a kind artworks will be displayed in a traveling exhibition, which will kick off at Strychnin Gallery Berlin on March 16th.]
Here we go! For all the people that could not make it to the my Selva Obscura project at Officine dell’Immagine: after the cut all the setting images! Enjoy! Soon opening pics!
[from right: Chris Berens, Skeleton Heart]
Michael was born in 1979, lives and works in San Francisco. His painting is ever-moving, from the first scenarios that remind the Thirties ghost stories told in the woods, to the kaleidoscopic explosion of primordial fluid that wraps animals, humans and towns. Always used in every culture, nature and its powerful symbols, horses and trees (for example), remain focused in Michael’s imagination, a third millennium’s “Maestro”.
Marcus (New York, 1974) is a storyteller. He collects the city rubble to build cases and simulacra and uses the little, but important, things we lose to put a soul inside it. Keys, watches, locks… cold metal that contrasts with the wood’s soothed vitality; gentleness and strength are fused together. The opposites that, as usual, attract and the secrets are explored and brought to new life.
Tessa was born in Birmingham in 1978 and lives in London. Since 2007 her unique sculptures and her stop motion videos have attracted worldwide attention. They’ve been shown in England, in various locations in Oceania and at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The apparent spectrality of her work is actually a representation of a fairy world, a hymn to the natural cycle of life and death.
Squp was born in Castelfranco Veneto in 1967 and is Professor of Digital Image Processing. The aquatic world, its mythology, its originating process of life is the focus of her research. The alternation of attraction to the past (the monsters, meaning “miracles” according to the Latin etymology) and references to a possible future (women mutated, queens of the primordial elements) bring us in an evocative run into other planes of reality. Read the Selva Obscura show press release in english HERE and in italian HERE.
Nunzio (Bologna, Italy, 1977) is one of the 19 artists I have involved in the Selva Obscura show (read press release in english HERE and in italian HERE). He draws like an archeologist, using stratifications and revealing the fossils of our lives and soul and working with ancient materials, like bitumen.
I love Regan‘s paintings. She lives in the heart of the mountains of Eastern Tennessee and it is almost possible to touch her love for nature in her multi_layered creations. At first sight they are very delicate, if you go deeper you see she uses bones, feathers, insects, found objects.. fragile and strong at the same time, a feminine compendium. More after the cut!
So, I’ve been quiet for a while, a bit of holiday and a bit of future planning. Here you can see the preview of my upcoming show: Selva Obscura at Officine dell’Immagine; it will open on Feb 23rd, deep in the heart of Milan’s Fashion Week. Look at the amazing painting by Chris Berens! And then.. there will be a new logo soon and a limited edition printed Woodenleg fanzine too! And a tribute to Philip K Dick with a ot lof italian photografers and a project about Ufos.. look at the news section every now and then and stay tuned!
[photo by Boudewijn Bollmann]
[photo by Boudewijn Bollmann]
JAILmake are Liam Healy and Jamie Elliott, they are based in South East London. I love them because they makes simple but strong projects. They like to play and to make mistakes learning new solutions. They love human beings that interact with each other and with nature too. This is the future.
Martin has an imaginario so strong that hurts. In Martin’s paintings humans disappeared leaving an heritage of pain and misery on our brothers animals shoulders. They carry our burden, while their innocence disappear. Only nature can save them. And us. His new serie will be at Lyons Wier Gallery, October 13th, New York.
a Giovanni Cervi project
in joint with Res Pira
Opening June Tuesday 21st
Via Celentano 39, Bari
the show runs ’till July 22nd 2011
Angie Mason § Aurélien Police § Alessia Cocca § Bethany Marchman § Bombo § Cesko § Ciou § Cliff Wallace § Comoseta § Elena Rapa § Fernanda Veron § Giada Woodenboxes § Jennibird § Karin Andersen § Kokomoo § Lina Stigsson § Lisa Mei Ling Fong § Lostfish § Marco Cazzato § Nicoz Balboa § Mimi’s § Morg § Peggy Van Reeth § Ryan Meyers § Zoe Lacchei.
part of the proceeds will be donated to Tethys Research Institute
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 080/5236319
THE ENCHANTED FOREST
Curated by Giovanni Cervi & Yasha Young
Musei Civici 17 Giugno – 31 Agosto
Palazzo S. Francesco, via Spallanzani 1
Every single minute a surface equal to 36 football fields disappear from our planet Earth. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. Deforested regions typically incur significant adverse soil erosion and frequently degrade into wasteland. Deforestation accounts for up to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, with the effects on climate changing that we’re watching almost every day in the news.
In occasion of the United Nation’s International Year of Forests, Musei Civici present THE ENCHANTED FOREST, an international charity group show dedicated to the forests and their inhabitants. Some rooms of the Museum will be turned into a magic garden by delicate, innocent, mutating to survive creatures.
We cannot survive in a habitat made of our own waste.
Luke Chueh – Mia Araujo – Caitlin Hackett – Travis Lampe – Bethany Marchman – Mimi S. – Seymour – Skeleton Heart – Daniel Van Nes – Christina Graf – Miraschi – Raf Veulemans – Lisa Black – Lisa Mei Ling Fong – Annie Bertram – Wee Flowers – Tamara Ferioli – Squp – Fernanda Veron – Angela Singer – David Hochbaum – Auriea Harvey & Micheal Samyn (Tale of Tales) – Sage Vaughn – Suzanne Moxhay – Yumiko Kayukawa – Lucy Mclauchlan – Lindsey Carr
A percentage of the proceeds will go to Survival International (Italia)
info: Giovanni Cervi: email@example.com
Daniel van Nes
Suzanne Lee’s Biocouture project investigates the use of microbial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. This is a bio biker jacket!
Seymour‘s Cockoo Compendium for The Enchanted Forest, with lights on and off! Seymour is New Zeland born and Berlin based.
This is me treehugging. We have the trees and (almost) all the pieces: ready to hang up.
Skeleton Heart’s amazing Traveller from Afar for the Enchanted Forest exhibition at Strychnin Gallery
And this is Luke‘s piece for the Enchanted Forest..
David‘s tree for the Encanted Forest show.
Another Enchanted Forest preview, this Mandala is by Argentina born photographer Fernanda Veron
Miraschi and Raf together for the Enchanted Forest: Passeriformes experiment 2.
And Lindsey‘s Ortus..
Forest again: Caitlin‘s Disenchanted # 2
Enchanted Forest again, this is Miraschi‘s “The bare tree of hearts (ayo technology)”.
Another piece is on it’s way to Berlin for my Enchanted Forest show at Strychnin Gallery. This is Memorie by Francois. Some people have the power to change the world, often they just mind about their own business. We are all witness, our choice is to take action or not. I wait for you at the opening on may 13th!
Another artwork my Enchanted Forest exhibition, Spiny Roots by Squp.
This is Daniël‘s piece for my forthcoming project Enchanted Forest. It’s Relic (the last tree on Earth) with an illuminated engraving technique. Amazing.