Born in 1979, André Mendes was born in Curitiba (Brazil) and trained artistically between his country and Spain. Now, ten years after his first individual international exhibition, he arrives in Italy with a solo show that will overturn your conception of contemporary art. To host “Ainda não” (Not yet) until September 21 is Matéria, the gallery of contemporary art in Rome that for 4 years now is committed to promoting expressions related to contemporary artistic research, with a program designed to encourage experimentation and research.
The spaces of Matéria lose their classic role of the exhibition gallery, becoming a place of creation, breaking down the boundary between laboratory and exhibition. But it is not the only border that is abolished, even the border between installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing becomes increasingly blurred.
“Ainda não” shows us how a place can lose its canonical guise and reappear to the public in another form, with the aim of making the viewer part of the creative process.
There is an unwritten law, that of seduction, and the Instagram @wasted_pleasures profile knows how to seduce the 141,000 followers who follow the page assiduously every day.
Behind the name@wasted_pleasures lies the identity of Luca Sorice, author of the erotic images. The most obvious feature of the feed is to contrast two main colors: while the lines are marked by a deep black, the background remains on pink and gives the tables a very pop and contemporary mood.
The alternation of moments characterized by the sweetness typical of couples in love, are made captivating by other works clearly more explicit and less romantic, which always hide a playful and fresh attitude towards eros.
Take a look at the profile of @wasted_pleasures here and also discover the works of Frida Castelli, of which we have previously spoken here.
The first meeting was in 1970 when Lucien Clergue, photographer, Michel Tournier, writer and Jean-Maurice Rouquette, historian, decided to create a festival of photography that would make a Roman town in Provence the meeting point in Europe.
Les Rencontres de la photographie celebrates 50 editions in 2019, with 26 different artistic directions and over 1234 exhibitions. Three months, from July 1st to September 22nd, when the city wakes up and lives, opening its doors to places otherwise impossible to visit.
We start from l’église des Trinitaires, a church built in 1630 on the remains of a convent built by the Order of the Holy Trinity in 1198.
Perhaps to celebrate the history of this Gothic church, the curators have decided to name the exhibition celebrating Arles’s 50th anniversary “What a story“, with posters of all the editions and a selection of photos that have made the festival famous.
Philippe Chancel presents an exhibition that is the result of unprecedented research work: DATAZONE. For over fifteen years he has been exploring sensitive areas of our planet, from Japan after Fukushima to North Korea via the United States, China, Africa and Europe, to document the decline we are experiencing. Not only environmental but above all human.
Helen Levitt, with her sensitivity typical of the early 1900s, makes us discover a different and now forgotten New York, where children still play on the streets. Also on show are the negatives. In the same location, the Van Gogh space, on the upper floor, is an exhibition dedicated to women and the female body: Susan Meiselas and Eve Arnold together with Abigail Heyman are the protagonists of Unretouched Women.
Don’t miss the exhibition Home sweet home at the Maison des Peintres: a tribute to how the concept of home in England has changed from the 1970s to the present day.
The Luma will host the Prix Dior de la Photographie pour Jeunes Talents with a splendid series by Mexican photographer Daniela Costantini on colours, beauty and femininity.
Olga Galeeva is an illustrator and graphic designer who obtained a Master’s degree in Graphic Design in Lisbon and a PhD in female representation in comics from 1960-1970 in Italy (studying Guido Crepax and Milo Manara).
She made herself known on Instagram with the @og_olillia_art account, which has more than one hundred thousand followers and tells the world of eros with naturalness, freshness and a recognizable style.
“I design erotic art because human beings are sensual creatures and eroticism is one of the main points of interest of humanity”.
It should be added that Olga Galeeva is a self-taught artist who approached the world of art as a child, but has seriously embarked on her career as an illustrator only after the birth of her daughter. If you’re interested in this genre, you can take a look at the works of @wasted_pleasures, which we talked about earlier here.
On her website you can find, in addition to the classic prints, also t-shirts and shoppers, in the meantime, don’t miss our gallery.
Vancouver-based artist David Spriggs has created a series of large-scale 3D installations by layering hand-painted transparencies within custom frames. The works attract viewers by changing meaning from the perspective and explore themes such as space-time, movement, surveillance, power dynamics, and other complex themes.
Spriggs works using abstract topographic maps, based on perfect geometric shapes:
“I often use the golden ratio to determine the positioning and shape of a shape. Axis of Power, for example, is based on a perfect golden spiral and on the positioning of the eye of the storm which is in the ratio of the installation at 1.618. Also the work Gravity is based on the golden spiral with all the signs that follow this spiral in a perfect hemisphere”.
David Spriggs’ installations have grown significantly over the past 20 years, a time when the artist has developed several ideas that have led him to prefer large-scale works:
“Many of my works on the theme of power are great for creating a certain power relationship and/or having a perceptual impact with the viewer”.
The scale totally changes the meaning and perception of a work, but especially the visual power that goes to exert on the viewer. With this expedient, the artist suggests a specific key to interpretation.
To see more of his installations, follow David Spriggs on Instagram.