Every year at the Frieze Sculpture Art Fair, the Rockefeller Center area of New York City is populated by artists who present their work. Among the sculptures on display in the 2019 edition already stands out one of all, namely Behind the Walls, made by the Spanish Jaume Plensa.
It is an enormous elongated female face that covers her eyes with her hands. Jaume, who has always specialized in works for large public spaces, always tries to create sculptures that carry healthy messages that make his audience reflect on issues related to current affairs, such as globalization or the human condition.
With Behind the Walls, the Spanish artist has managed to create a work that, as such attracts the public, but at the same time never reveals itself, hides behind the same hands that also serve to capture what surrounds us.
Sculpture is only the first of the works of 13 other artists you will meet if you decide to visit the Frieze Sculpture and that will remain on display until June 28, 2019.
Quai54 was founded in Paris in 2003 by Hammadoun Sidibé and Thibaut de Longeville, who worked side by side to create one of the most famous basketball tournaments in the world. The first one – who was passionate about the culture of streetball after a trip to New York in 1991 – began to develop this idea with the construction of the Lavallois court. Together with Thibaut, who worked in the hip-hop marketing sector, they planted their roots and organized the first event in which 1,500 people attended.
The intention of the two was to combine the vibrations of the EBC Rucker Park tournament in New York to the French street culture, the result is the Quai54 that feeds on the energy that is created between stands and field going beyond the boundaries of basketball. For the first edition there was a word of mouth between fans and acquaintances, some improvised a barbecue, everything was spontaneous, including music, as if it were a family reunion on the occasion of the birthday of his uncle. Thibaut often worked in the big apple and often participated in the EBC was so that he came up with the idea of involving Fat Joe, Terror Squad and various music labels. In the next edition a 52-minute format was shot that went around the world – it was the turning point – everything else is history.
The parallelism between energy and culture of basketball and hip-hop between Paris and New York is super evident, they are much closer to the Americans than to the British. Quai 54 has been perceived from the beginning as a black thing, and I strongly disagree, the community is bigger than this. Even if entertainment revolves around this, it goes much further
From the first edition, Nike starts to keep an eye on the organization, also providing shirts for all players. Every year since 2003 the appointment is the last week of June, over the years has become larger and more popular, recording the presence of about 10,000 people. It can also count on the support and partnership of Jordan Brand which took place in 2006. The brand was far-sighted and realized that the event could become the best outdoor street ball gathering in the world and it helped them to become one. Each season, a line of sportswear apparel and models of Jordan X Quai54 branded sneakers are created.
This year the tournament will celebrate its 15th birthday and coincide with Paris Fashion Week, which makes it an even more attractive event in which you can not miss. What’s in store for us?
It’s no secret that the super beloved British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a fan of Heinz Ketchup. The very recognizable label of the sauce, in fact, stands proudly on his arm. Rumors also assert that during his tours there are always reserves of Ketchup, the most exaggerated say that he always has a bottle in his backpack.
In fact, when fans saw him in the brand’s new commercial they weren’t surprised, what surprised them was more the story behind the clip. It seems that it was the singer who contacted Heinz on Instagram for the creation of the spot in which he is the protagonist and that, as you will see for yourself, confirms how much his passion for the product does not stop him at anything.
In the spot you see Sheeran entering a restaurant “super posh” with “super fancy blah blah blah blah posh blah blah blah blah blah” dishes that he, in front of the chef, the waiter and all the other horrified guests, will upset with a slightly excessive amount of Heinz Ketchup.
Amazon is now becoming a giant also as a streaming platform for TV series, movies, and documentaries and it has just launched the trailer for the next series The Boys, produced by Seth Rogen and his crime partner Evan Goldberg.
Based on Garth Ennis’ best-selling comics – designed by Darick Robertson and published in the U.S. since mid-2006 – it tells of CIA agent Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban, on his way to recruit a team of vengeful characters known as “The Boys” who will have to fight a gang of corrupt and abusive superheroes, called “The Seven”. Together, they are a group of CIA agents who, in a world populated by superheroes, are tasked with keeping these improved individuals in line. Among the protagonists, we find Chace Crawford the former Nathaniel “Nate” Fitzwilliam Archibald who the little girls loved so much.
The trailer starts by showing Billy recruiting a series of members, along with short excerpts of superheroes who kill innocent people and abuse their powers. A Flash-like sprinter runs through a girl and “explodes” her. Then the “The Boys” are introduced, a group composed of Butcher, Frenchie, Mother’s Milk and Female, the most violent group that kills by sticking its fingers in the eyes of enemies. There follows a series of scenes with a high number of brutal clashes between “The Boys” and “The Seven”.
For those who love this kind of series and special effects, The Boys will be available on Amazon Prime Video for subscribers from July 26.
Anything represented by Karolis Strautniekas deserves to be considered a finished work of art.
Karolis Strautniekas is an illustrator who lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Before deciding to devote himself entirely to illustration, he worked in various fields, from advertising to graphic design and animation. Now he has been working as a freelancer for more than 5 years, working with different magazines and clients.
His illustrations are striking for their simplicity, which, however, never falls into banality. His style can be defined as retro, characterized by full and well-balanced colors that always manage to give a precise analysis of current events.
Discover Karolis Strautniekas’ illustrations in our gallery and on his website.