Contemporary art

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Project • By SpY StudioExhibitions

REFLECTION

“REFLECTION” Action and effect of reflecting.  or Action and effect of reflecting or being reflected. “Reflection” comes from Latin. reflexus 'action of moving back', ‘withdrawal'. but also; Action that occurs involuntarily in response to a stimulus.    Ruben P Bescos In “REFLECTION”, SpY makes use of such common elements of street furniture as convex traffic mirrors that are used in surveillance and security, to present this hypnotic kinetic sculpture in movement. Ruben P Bescos Made up of 20 convex traffic mirrors, this kinetic sculpture generates a replicated universe that evolves with the different variations of movement and position of the spectators through reflectio... More

Project • By Dos VeintinueveExhibitions

Alma de Barro

Talavera has a soul of clay and a ceramic skin. Processes are usually kept hidden, behind the scenes, without prominence, and thus focused only on the final result, the piece showcased on the shelf, however, Talavera de la Reina believes in stripping the step by step of the process in order to increase the value of the final result. Jaime Navarro Many people are involved in the process of each piece, from the person at the bottom of the chain mixing different kinds of clay, to the one putting the pieces inside the ovens at over one thousand degrees in order to achieve the finish, and going through the masters at the potter's wheel, glazing and decoration. Each one of them are key, contributing with heart and talent. Jaime Navarro... More

Project • By Axis MundiSculptures

Black Swans

“First, it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries an extreme 'impact.' Third, in spite of its outlier status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable."— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan Black Swans The phrase "black swan" derives from a Latin expression; its oldest known occurrence is from the 2nd-century Roman poet Juvenal's characterization in his Satire VI of something being "rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno" ("a rare bird in the lands and very much like a black swan"). When the phrase was coined, the black swan wa... More
Other Bodies + Antibodies
Gold Hip-Hop Dancer In Relative Simultaneity
Gold Hip-Hop Dancer In Relative Simultaneity
Gold Hip-Hop Dancer In Relative Simultaneity
The Three Red Bicyclists, or Menage Trois

Project • By Axis MundiSculptures

Other Bodies + Antibodies

“A body only exists to be other bodies”- William S. Burroughs, The Electronic Revolution OTHER BODIES + ANTIBODIES Other Bodies + Antibodies is a Burroughsian slip on a banana peel, transgressing the real and the imaginary, while blurring the boundaries between what is material and immaterial in contemporary culture.  The exhibition consists of four mind warping sculptures - Woman Taking a Selfie Bisected by a Mirror (The Mirror Stage), Gold Hip-Hop Dancer In Relative Simultaneity, Virtual Reality Expedition in Grand-Antique d'Aubert (The Lovers), and The Three Red Bicyclists, or Menage Trois. Plato stated that “reality is created by the mind,” John Beckmann asserts that society exists in a unconscious state... More

Project • By Axis MundiApartments

432 Park Avenue - New York

Conceived by architect Rafael Viñoly—432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. This apartment designed by John Beckmann and his design firm Axis Mundi has some of the most breathtaking views in Manhattan. Durston Saylor Known for their glamorous low-slung aesthetic, Axis Mundi took the challenge to design the residence for an American client living in China with a family of four, and an important art collection (including the likes of Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Susan Frecon, Vik Muniz and Lisette Schumacher, among others). Durston Saylor In the dining room, a Bocci “28 Chandelier” hangs above an intricate marble and brass table by Henge, with ceramics by John Born... More

Product • By biliardi cavicchi il biliardo Campione del MondoSinfonia The Artistic Billiard Unique in the World

Sinfonia The Artistic Billiard Unique in the World

Cavicchi designed this pool table with the exclusive Boubinga Exotic Massive wood, among the finest wood in the world, that have a prolonged natural stagnation. In particular, the essence used for the organic design, which comes from an accurate research and attention from Biliardi Cavicchi that applied it in an artistic table pool for the first time in the world, boasts half a century of conservation and it allowed to generate a special accelerant “fossil” finish, together with multiple and rigorous phases of natural waxing and stabilizing, which helped to emphasize that exclusive table pool unique in the world.BILIARDI CAVICCHI - SINFONIA More

Project • By KANTOORArt Galleries

Unfolding NPAK - Centre for Contemporary Art

Unfolding NPAK – KANTOOR receives Jury-Mention for renovation proposal for the Armenian Centre of Contemporary Experimental Art.KANTOOR, a Colombian-Dutch architecture studio based in Beijing, proposes an intervention to open up the Armenian Centre of Contemporary Experimental Art (NPAK). A new building volume wraps around the building and cuts through the site to open up the building to the city and create new public spaces in both interior and exterior. Yerevan has a long history of multiple nationalities, religions and ethnicities residing in the current land of Armenia, all leaving behind a piece of their culture.  Simultaneously a large number of diaspora live outside of Armenia bringing the Armenian culture abroad... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsBars

Daarbast Cafe

Daarbast Café is about 376 square meters. The main goal of its interior design is creating social interaction among people. The possibility for establishing other branches of the café in future was considered in order to fulfill the owner’s request. Scaffolds are used as the main structure of design which grants an identity to the space. A part of the exterior wall is destroyed to benefit from sun light and natural views. The scaffold provided the context in which we could increase the area of the space and create visual transparency. Implementing the scaffolds not only impose low budget to the project but also create the possibility of various decoration fashions. There are different forms of settings in the café, made with scaffolds.Lead... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsBars

Triangle Café

Architect: Ashari ArchitectsDesigner: Amir Hossein AshariDesign contributors: Zahra Jafari,Amir Irandoost HaghighiExecution: Saeid JamaliTriangle CaféCafés have significant power in strengthening the social dimension of urban spaces and urban Cafés are more dynamic than other types of spaces. The connectivity of the café to the unique historical urban environment and creating an attraction to this place were the challenges for the designers. The project ambition was to create a subtle wall surface which has the least impaction on the historical urban environment and the city residential fabric, however it creates a bold sustainable space.The goal was to blend the café interior space to city fabric which is occurred by eliminating the “borde... More

Project • By AshariArchitectsBars

Conex Café

Architect: Ashari ArchitectsDesigner: Amir Hossein AshariDesign contributors: Zahra JafariExecution: Mohammad MoazeniConex CaféLimited pre-purchased materials on the site. The challenge has been already begun for the designer team to create a unique form from the remaining materials of the complex construction. The project is located at one the most memorable buildings of Iranian contemporary architecture “Shiraz national library”. By utilizing the previous temporary concierge Conex and reviving it, the design team revealed a hidden potential of the redundant Conex. The steps and vertical lightning are considered as the two complementary elements which acts as a lighthouse to find the café on the site at night.Providing a pause and gatherin... More

Project • By SWG STUDIOPrivate Houses

JAZZ UP RESIDENCE

THESE ORIGINAL SINGLE FRONTED VICTORIAN TERRACES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD OF BRUNSWICK WHILE DIFFERENT IN STYLE, ARE OTHERWISE SIMILAR IN THEIR SCALE, MATERIALS, AND SETBACK. THIS STREET, COMPRISES AN ATTACHED ROW OF FIVE VICTORIAN BRICK SINGLE STOREY HOUSES.THE ORIGINAL FRONT PART OF OUR CLIENT’S HOUSE CONSISTS OF A CORRIDOR ON THE NORTHERN SIDE WITH ACCESS TO THE TWO BEDROOMS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. THE REAR PART HOUSES THE LIVING AND DINING ROOM AND WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN AN EXTENSION ADDED AT A LATER STAGE.THEN THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM UNDER THE SKILLION ROOF INCLUDING THE REAR DETACHED METAL CLADDED GARAGE WERE ADDED AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME. THE ORIGINAL LAYOUT OF THE MAIN DWELLING DID NOT INCLUDE ANY INTERNAL WC AND LAUNDRY WHEN IT WAS OR... More

Project • By Knauf AMFMuseums

Museum of Contemporary Art

The demolition of an enormous brewery in the middle of Ottobeuren gave the market town an opportunity for a new cultural institution. The February hall of the brewery complex was saved and converted, Stuttgart‘s Atelier Lohrer won a European competition. The firm has won numerous awards for their architectural and museum design work. The „Museum of Contemporary Art - Diether Kunerth“ opened its doors on 24 May 2014. HERADESIGN® acoustic panels reduce the noise in the Museum for Contemporary Art Is it possible to enjoy art in peace in a huge brewery hall without having your nerves frayed by constant echoing? Yes, it is. For proof, look no further than what HERADESIGN® has done in the Museum for Contemporary Art in the Bavarian town of Ott... More

Product • By Culver Design - Christian CulverAtlanta 5

Atlanta 5

Oil on wood board. Uses architectural photography as collage. More

Product • By Culver Design - Christian CulverAtlanta 3

Atlanta 3

Oil on wood board. Uses architectural photography as collage. More

Product • By Culver Design - Christian CulverMountains 2

Mountains 2

Pastel on paper. Uses architectural photography as collage. More