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Hafner House

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A modern house in Büschelhof, Germany located in the countryside next to a forest which allows for an open living configuration and a high level of privacy. The residential building is designed for a couple with an independent area for guests and is divided into two parts: one introverted area, articulated by an arrangement of smaller openings following the surrounding typology of the neighborhood; its counterpart is an extroverted zone facing the forest and the beautiful view of the valley. The exterior space is interpreted as an extension of the open living area. The abstracted shape of the gabled roof draws an analogy to the surrounding roof typologies, which is common in Southern Germany. The transformation to an open cubic design made a maximum size of openings possible, as well as the visual merging of living and nature. Link.

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CRAJES

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” We got together as a team on 2009, we began our wanderings with experimental animation shorts, with time our bonding has increased giving place to a more consistent line of work. We are self taught, we came from Psychology and Philosophy studies which became very handy on our later work. Our style could be considered Lowbrow or Surrealistic Pop and our artistic philosophy always come from a concept that might be shown or neglected at the final shape of our work. We consider ourselves multidisciplinary, we came to think that because we have done projects that include very different media and we have covered pretty much the whole spectrum of techniques including animation, video art, digital art, fineart, illustration, wall painting and sculpture. We have been influenced by many things, movies, comic books, music … and social aspects that concern us and try to give expression to manifest ourselves through our work using imagination to disseminate our thoughts.” – CRAJES (Carla Rendón and Jessica Ruiz)

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180 Canvases by Instant Hutong

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180 Canvases is a site specific installation designed to fill the space of Arrow Factory gallery in JianChang Hutong, Beijing. Arrow Factory is a 15 m² independently run alternative art space founded by artists Rania Ho and Wang Wei, which occupies a former vegetable stand and which is now hosting exhibitions on a monthly base. We played with the original concept of the space, a shop-like show window facing the hutong lane, inserting an element of surprise to catch attention of passing-by viewers. The contrast of a colourful Wunderkammer featuring 180 canvases painted by hand strikes with the grey colour of surrounding walls, bringing some reminder to local tradition of chinese colourful paper cutting and the common habit of people to hang up wires on which they put clothes to dry on the public lanes. On the other hand, the installation will continue the research project called Theory of Moments, undertaken by Marcella Campa and Stefano Avesani, on investigating and reshaping the not defined, abandoned or under-used spaces in downtown Beijing.

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Alexandra Levasseur

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” My objective is to explore the spontaneity and inspiration that every morning gives me, either by environmental or emotional circumstances – states of mind, energy, desires, etc. This is a one-year project actually in process since October 2011. So far, it has shown my impressions and perceptions of autumn and winter in Quebec leading me to illustrate, the evolution of the hibernation and laziness phenomenas that characterise my mood during these dark and cold months. When the fall comes, the body is looking for physical comfort. The feminines figures represented find themselves surrounded with wool clothes, blankets and pillows. “Duvets” and walls are covered with colorful flower patterns, simulating spring and summer life and the warmth of the nest where to hide until the sun comes again. In the winter days, the bathtub hot water remains the best way to console the skin and bones from this unkind climate.” – Alexandra Levasseur

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Afarin Sajedi

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Afarin Sajedi <-- Born 1979 Shiraz Iran; Education: Arts and architecture faculty of Tehran Azad University (Central branch); Bachelor of Arts in Graphics Sep. 2000 – May 2004

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Xu Zhen

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Xu Zhen (Born 1977 Shanghai, China; Lives in Shanghai) As a prolific and controversial artist, Xu Zhen’s conceptually-driven practice encompasses a vast range of media and often employs humour, irony and sophisticated trickery. For In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005, presented in 13 Rooms, a breathing body floats mysteriously in mid-air, frozen in time and space as if defying the constraints of physics. The work engages with the materiality of the body, testing the limits of physical and cognitive possibilities as we try to comprehend what we see. – See more at: http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/13rooms/xu-zhen#sthash.gHiTDDm5.dpuf

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Paul Grassino

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Paul Grassino (Turin, 1967) lives and works in Turin, with his work offers a reflection on the drift of the current society, suspended on the ridge between the natural and the artificial, between instability and mutation. His work is mainly a search that retrieves the full sense of the manual: working with synthetic rubber, wood, wax and polystyrene, but also with more advanced techniques such as cast aluminum or cement casts, brings his sculptural works with a high degree of showmanship.

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Luís Troufa

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You are looking at the work of Luís Troufa…. nothing but goodness here.

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Kevin Cooley

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Kevin Cooley: In Controlled Burns, swirling and imposing clouds of smoke contend with one another in a physical battle between diametrically opposing explosions of black and white. From a structuralist point of view, this imagery serves as metaphor for binary opposition, e.g. good vs. evil or day vs. night, yet this is not the sole line of inquiry. Inspired by the smoke signals of the recent Papal conclave which uses smoke as form of basic communication, this series is apart of a larger artistic pratice focusing on human relationships to nature. Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good, and it is the only Classical element, that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction. Contolled burns, is a visual representation of an inherit duality in how we interact with nature, symbolizing our desire to conquere and control nature, reminding us that sometimes we must fight fire with fire.

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Richard James Oliver

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” Though the subject of my work has no direct relation with the music my band creates, I believe it is born of the same crop and has the same underlying themes and drive. My work was a response to the difficulty of self identification in a post industrial Wales. It reflected the problem of self value and worth in a new non self sufficient country where every corner and horizon echoed the past yet every TV and computer pointed forward. The youth of my generation were born into the void left over in a post industrial country and patriotic pride was hard to come by. So even though my images were not relevant to the lyrical and musical content of the band, the core inspiration was, e.g. drive to achieve, stepping above and beyond, waking up to your own potential, and doing something with your life were all lostprophets anthem calls. To summarise, my work didn’t directly or visually represent the underground hardcore metal scene of the day but it was born out of the same rebellion against complacency and apathy that was inbred being brought up in a very grey poor town.” – Richard James Oliver

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