Natalia Arbelaez is a 2nd generation Colombian immigrant, born and raised in Miami, FL. She received her B.F.A. from Florida International University. She is currently receiving her M.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics and sculpture from The Ohio State University. Arbelaez currently works in ceramic, sculpture, and fiber. She is a storyteller who explores themes of reproduction, sexual differentiation, feminism, spirituality, and nature, all while treating her subject matter with a sense of humor, pride, and divinity.
Chris Stone is an artist practicing his craft through every means possible. From writing, painting, illustration and sculpture to filming, editing, and photography. Believing the idea that creativity should not be limited to a single expression. He has been commissioned by such companies and agencies as Nike, MTV, Starz, Kellogg’s, Bacardi, Goat-Milk, Draft NYC, Ralph NYC, and others.
” I paint pictures. I’ve been born with an innate requirement to create, and by circumstance paint is the vehicle I have chosen. At the easel there is meditation, maybe some insanity that takes place. Sometimes I praise it, sometimes it’s my scapegoat. It’s a yin and yang thing going on. Whatever it is, there is a drive to get the cerebral into the physical without the ultimate concept ever fully unveiled; and that is why I paint. I’m like a dog chasing a ball but the difference between the dog and I; is that I never catch the damn ball!!” – Joshua Suda
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.
Cuddle Mattress lets you hug your better half intimately without any wrist or arm problems. You’ll sleep better and you can cuddle longer.
Photographer Andy Freeberg was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. He began his career as a photojournalist and now concentrates exclusively on his fine art projects. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Fortune, Der Spiegel, and Rolling Stone. His travel jobs have taken him to Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, including two treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. His photographs are in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the George Eastman House Museum of Photography. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
” 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)
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.
” 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