‘The Tetrarc agency has put its name to the Hub Créatic in Nantes, a building dedicated to young companies developing new digital applications. Behind its lively yellow walls, the building assembles seventy of these start-ups businesses. It has affirmed their presence in the town and offers them a scalable work space at a reduced rent where they can finalise their creations, live out the first moments of their existence and recognise their early development. It gathers them around a vast swirling atrium, a spatial design favourable to communication and the synergy of projects. Here architecture and innovation work in harmony.’ Link here.
” Inspired by the works of Alberto Seveso, I created my own series of paint in water sculptures. The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself. ” – Chris Slabber
Thierry Carrier (Born in 1973 in Corrèze) works with sensitive art more than with perceivable art. His painting is the reflection of his own aspiration to silence. Indeed, his figures (which are often a representation of himself) are not established in a recognizable geographical space. His painting are willingly untitled. These unusual codes made of him an artist different from the others portraitists. In front of several arrangements, the spectator can discover a world of silence, an uncluttured representation of humains, an impenetrable figure with an inexpressible poetry. (via Twentytwo Gallery)
Markus Leitsch explores the complex relationship between cultivation and domestication. What is the source and the motor of human creation transforming our environment? There is a desire for perfection and immortality humans project on technology, but what are the consequences and the monstrosities resulting from it? His at times deft and morbid installations, videos and photographs using stuffed animals and explicit sexual imagery are somewhat related to the tradition of the art movement ‘Wiener Aktionismus’, while he develops his very personal adaptation of it.
Alex Prager (born November 1, 1979) is an American art photographer and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. Her photographs primarily use staged sets and models to create “film-like” images that invite a myriad references, not only to the history of Hollywood and photography, but also the cinematic image in art contexts. The subjects of her works, exaggerated and costumed, some times “hyper-real” speak to the ambiguity of seduction and spectacle.
” I create my paintings by dissecting my images into multiple digital layers, creating an accumulated image over time. The process always begins with a black silhouette of the portrait and finalizes with small white transparent marks. My subject is my surface and the process is a silent performance. The Paintings I make are derived from the documentation of the silent performances I perform with my subjects. The layered paint on my subject’s face develops into a mask which represents the projected layered personal history of the subject. When my subject discards their painted mask, it represents a self supporting individual growth, a release of the self, a shedding of self-projections and a reclamation of the self.” – Karen Ösp Pálsdóttir
The soothing ‘Volcano Light’ has a calming effect and is inspired by a volcano erupting with light. It lights up when a suitably sized glass bottle or glass cup is placed on the crater creating a warm ambiance. This elegant design can be used as a night light or for mood lighting and can also make a great gift.
Markus Linnenbrink was born in Germany in 1961. He attended Gesamthochschule in Kassel as well as the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Hague Ministry of Culture, the Hague, Netherlands; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA; Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Museum Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and the West Collection, Oaks, PA, among others.
” At the formal level, the round is a key concept. I hope that one is attracted to my pieces, that one has wanted to touch them. It is a form that welcomes the hand and calls for contact: feminine and soothing. The circle is the symbol of all, the basic form which includes all others, and therefore, the basic theme that includes all the others. ” – Sandra David
Born 1980 Broumov, Czech Republic, Hynek Martinec graduated in 2005 from the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. During his studies he spent one term as an exchange student at Middlesex University, London (2002), and another at The Cooper Union, New York (2004). Martinec’s work has been exhibited in both national and international venues including National Portrait Gallery in London, The Prague Biennale (Flash Art) and The British Painting “Beyond Reality” (Galerie Rudolfinum). He is represented in numerous private collections in Europe, including the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London and at the National Gallery, Prague. In 2007 he won the BP Young Artist Award. After his graduation at AVU 2005 he lived in Paris for 2 years. Since 2007 Hynek Martinec lives and works in London.