Our interview with L’Atlas on the occasion of CRYPTOGRAMS, his exhibition at the Wunderkammern in Milan.

Our interview with L’Atlas on the occasion of CRYPTOGRAMS, his exhibition at the Wunderkammern in Milan.

Giulia Pacciardi · 6 years ago · Art

On the occasion of CRYPTOGRAMS, the exhibition of the street artist L’Atlas at the Wunderkammern Gallery in Milan, we had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his art.

We asked him how his path has evolved, what are his sources of inspiration and how his approach changes when the surface on which he works changes.

You were born as a street artist in the streets of Paris, why did you feel the need to change and dedicate yourself to calligraphy? What interests you about letters?

The energy of calligraphy and the energy of graffiti are very different, one is meditative and introspective while the other is instinctual and explosive. I felt the need of the both of them to find an inner balance.

My interest for letters is linked to a passion for the meaning and etymology of the words. An arabic proverb says “The letter reaches the sense”, and this perfectly reflects what I aim to express in my work.

I also love to express the link existing between the trace and the sign, between the conscience of our presence and its pictorial expression. The Tuaregs traced signs in the sand to communicate among caravans – it’s the birth of the letter, the passage from trace to sign. This evokes the Nomadism of the sense. Nommer and Nomade have the same etymology. Therefore there is, in the act of naming things, a notion of displacement of sense over time and civilizations.

My two grandfathers were editors and philosophers (Gérard Granel and Pierre Dedet), and so for me the semantic force of the words is very important, and their effect on thought, which I try to transpose in my pictorial universe: form reached by meaning, and vice versa.

To create your own personal style, you studied Chinese and Arabic calligraphy. What did you keep of the two and what did you eliminate?

From Chinese calligraphy I was permeated by the visual impact of ideograms, by the manner in which characters could be deformed into a geometric form – round, squared or rectangular.

From Arabic calligraphy I took the codes of geometric Kufi to reinject them into latin alphabet.

And from the two I felt the importance of sign, the power of fascination that the cryptogram can hold.
Also I deform the phonemes into ideograms, hoping to create a universal writing between the letter and the ideogram, between the meaning and the form, between meditation and action.

What is your approach when you work on the street and how does it change when you work on a canvas?

A wall, such as a canvas, is a geometric space. I thus see and understand them in the same way.

It is only the scale of the artwork and the distance from which the observer looks at it that influence it.

How do you create your own site specific grounds? In which square you haven’t been before you’d like to work?

The Atlas is the geographic map, but also the titan from Greek mythology.

I have an archeological approach of my work to the ground, it’s geography, similar to that of Nazca but with my own graphic universe.

It’s an art of the ground to be seen by the sky.

We can find in that the notion of the labyrinth even if it’s not this. The English language makes the difference between LABYRINTH and MAZE, whose form is not labyrinthine.

Writing L’Atlas on the floor of the Atlas (earth) is a sort of visual tautology, a written duplication of the man’s conscience of being here and of indicating it with a monumental cryptogram, in the image of his spirit. A plastic existentialism of some kind… St Marco square in Venice frequently comes to my mind!

This is your second exhibition in collaboration with the Wunderkammern gallery. After Rome, in fact, you will be in Milan with Cryptograms from 23 November to 21 December. What do you think about the urban art – galleries combination?

Yes we have done an exhibition in 2014 with Wunderkammern in Rome which was called Transversal, with pieces of different series, which had a good feedback from the public. I also painted a permanent wall in the gallery neighborhood to make a resonance of the show in the outside space.

I think all history movements need the support of galleries and that of institutions to enter in art history, and this is exactly what we are doing in this moment!

La street art calligrafica e geometrica di L'Atlas

La street art calligrafica e geometrica di L'Atlas

La street art calligrafica e geometrica di L'Atlas

La street art calligrafica e geometrica di L'Atlas

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Our interview with L’Atlas on the occasion of CRYPTOGRAMS, his exhibition at the Wunderkammern in Milan.
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Our interview with L’Atlas on the occasion of CRYPTOGRAMS, his exhibition at the Wunderkammern in Milan.
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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

 
 
 
 
 
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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.

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Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.

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Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.

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In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.

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Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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