Ali Sahba lives in Hamburg and is a visual artist and student of motion design. He has always been described as a minimalist, he loves architecture photography and always chooses to capture simple things without any additions.
In his photographic project Hamburg Minimal, attracted by the opening of the Herzog & de Meuron’ Elbphilharmonie Auditorium, tried to combine the art of minimalism and architecture photography, photographing the buildings of the city of Hamburg.
Ali Sahba chooses to represent it by giving to his pictures a pictorial look, he leaves a few seconds to the observer to see if they are illustrations or photographs. Digitally manipulating the colors of the sky, the backgrounds and the buildings, the artist transforms the minimal architecture of Hamburg into a true color explosion.
New York artist duo Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski stage “Music To Your Eyes“, an exhibition of explosive colors in the Calm and Punk gallery in Tokyo.
“The photographs on these walls are real – they are not 3D. The combinations have been specially designed for this exhibition, and the sculpted shields held by these bodies have been cut out and hand painted. We accept the fact that they are imperfect. (…) Our goal is to extend their vision to more dimensions, so that you can appreciate their colorful world, no matter what reality you live in. »
The exhibition explores harmony through visual stimulation. Playing with shapes and colors, the American artist duo invites viewers to an interactive experience that evokes positivity and optimism. The artists have decided to combine different media, from photography to wall relief and virtual reality, to create a harmonious visual melody.
A dream come true for them, are you ready to immerse yourself in their colorful world?
Born in 1985, Borja Bonaque is a Spanish illustrator, more precisely from Valencia, where he studied at the University of Fine Arts. Today, Borja still lives in Valencia, where he works as a graphic designer and illustrator. Already during his university period, the artist started working with several Spanish advertising agencies, this experience led him to specialize in editorial illustration.
Over the years he has collected several collaborations with the likes of the Financial Times, Wallpaper, Wierd Magazine and Washington Post, while his clients include the names of New York Zoo, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Converse.
Whether it is a commissioned work or a personal project, Borja Bonaque’s modus operandi is always the same and develops entirely digitally. As a first step, he creates a draft of the drawing, once satisfied he moves on to the beautiful copy of the shapes and only as of the last step he thinks about which colors to add and how to use light and shadow. This last step turns out to be fundamental because the chosen nuances do not always reflect the real ones and what could seem a simple sketch of a city becomes the representation of something futuristic.
It is precisely on the urban landscapes that we want to focus your attention, presenting some of them below, but if you want to discover other works by Borja Bonaque visit his site!
Out of line is a book born from this long quarantine that forced us to stay at home, the result of the idea of designer and creative director Valerio Oliveri and designer and artistic director Max Spencer.
“I wanted to help people in trouble, I wanted to do it in a way that was as meaningful as it was fun, so I started poking around for inspiration. It was then that I realized how many of my friends complained that they were both hopelessly bored and excited without being able to do anything. Many of them were falling into a myriad of thousand-year-old tropes, cooking mother dough, doing puzzles. Then someone mentioned coloring books. How do you make coloring books more fun? Sex, of course.”
The artist that have participated are49: Alice Wietzel, Alva Skog, Ana Curbelo, Anastacia Sholik, Annu Kilpelainen, Bobbi Rae, Clemence Gouy, Daiana Ruiz, Derek Abella, Derek Zheng, Dracula’s Flute, Egle Zvirblyte, El Neoray, Franz Lang, Genie Espinosa, Haein Kim, Hollie Fuller, Hunter French, Ian Moore, Inga Ziemele, Jan Robert Duennweller, Jinhwa Jang, Johanna Walderdorff, Joren Joshua, Josh Mckenna, Karan Singh, Kate Prior, Maria Contreras Aravena, Mariano Pascual, Mark Bohle, Marylou Faure, Melissa Kitty Jarram, Miguel Angel Camprubi, Minet Kim, Nicko Phillips, Nicolo Bianchino, Pieter Van Eenoge, Ruan Van Vliet, Seba Cestaro, Sebastian Curi, Sebastian Schwamm, Shawna X, Simon Landrein, Sofie Birkin, Tanya Teibtner, Theresa Baxter, Tina Kaden, Unpis Wa, Zeloot. For a total of 104 illustrations to be colored.
The profits generated by this book will be donated to AKT, a charity that supports young LGBT+ people in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.
Out of line is a way to peek into the “intimate thoughts” of forty-nine illustrators, who represented their fantasies during this quarantine. Here you can buy a copy of the book.
On 16 May, Short Story, Elmgreen & Dragset‘s first solo exhibition at the König Gallery in Berlin, opened. The exhibition is composed of a single immersive work, realized inside the central nave of the gallery and consists of a few elements.
The first thing we meet upon entering the huge room is an elderly man sitting in a wheelchair. He is standing still as if he were sleeping and we shouldn’t disturb him. A little further on, there is an almost life-size reproduction of a tennis court with the typical brick red ground and white court lines, as if it were a projection of the human mind. In one half of the court, there is a young boy holding a cup and giving his back to his opponent, in the other half of the court, who is lying on the ground, perhaps from fatigue, who has dropped both the racket and the ball next to him. All three statues were made of marble and then painted white, a color that shines under the headlights pointing exactly in their direction.
As with all their works, with Short Story, Elmgreen & Dragset want us to reflect on different themes. Obviously the tennis court refers to the world of sports competitions, and the exact moment represented by the two artists seems to want to remind us that there is always a winner and a loser. But only in the game? Or even in life?
Even the choice of this particular sport seems to want to tell us something that goes beyond what we see. Tennis has always been seen as a sport for the more affluent classes and perhaps Elmgreen & Dragset’s intention is to represent a perpetually competing society, where there is no teamwork because everyone competes for themselves and where you live on the same court, but without ever touching each other. Obviously the two artists did not want to reveal too much of their work, leaving visitors, who will have the opportunity to walk and walk around the field, the freedom to read and interpret Short Story in a very personal way.
To date, visits to the König Gallery in Berlin are open but limited, but if you are curious to visit it anyway, the gallery has created a virtual tour in 3D available to everyone.