Jiaqi Wang illustrates daily life

Jiaqi Wang illustrates daily life

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Art

Jiaqi Wang was born in China and her unbridled passion for illustration led her to travel far and wide, from Italy where she did her first internship, to Los Angeles where she now lives and works. Within the immense field of drawing, the Chinese artist is able to range from 2D illustration to moving illustration, up to motion graphics. 

All her works, both for clients such as Starbucks, Targets or Muji, and personal, are characterized by the ability to capture the ordinary, all those moments that we often live superimposed, without giving us too much importance. 

Jiaqi Wang’s drawings have the strength to show the viewer how much beauty the ordinary moments contain, such as queuing up, having a coffee or listening to music. 

If everyday life inspires her subjects, the places where she lived influence her choice of colors, for example when Jiaqi Wang was in Italy her illustrations were characterized by bright and clear colors, while once she arrived in Los Angeles they started to be much more similar to the real ones. 

Discover a selection of her illustrations in our gallery!  

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Holding Onto What Will, the last mural by Scott Albrecht

Holding Onto What Will, the last mural by Scott Albrecht

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Art

New York artist Scott Albrecht has created a mega painting on the wall of a building in Brooklyn: Holding Onto What Will.
Scott is known in the field for this kind of murals that he has proposed in several American cities including Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
His works are inspired by the continuous observation of what surrounds him and everything that can strike him. He uses his work as an opportunity to reflect and preserve this kind of art. Much of his approach is related to typography as the artist tends to look for ways to deconstruct letterforms to explore a message through a more visual and concrete language. The silhouettes and relationships within each work are created according to the messages and characters below. Scott, through his works, wants to move the viewer from the simple reading and interpretation of words to a more complex experience. This must create a deep connection to the idea behind it through a more tangible language both in form and colors.

Through his latest work called Holding Onto What Will, the artist has tried to offer the user a sense of positive feeling and a reminder of optimism in the most difficult moments. If the work is looked at closely enough, it is possible to decipher both the letters of the title that Scott has abstractly arranged in a staggered grid and his signature style. The mural created in Brooklyn is almost a quarter block long and is Albrecht’s first permanent project in New York. This is very important to him because it’s a very complex work done in his hometown.

For those who are unable to come and see the work live, the artist is preparing works on wood and paper that he will exhibit for his solo exhibition next July at the Hashimoto Contemporary in the Lower East Side.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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Klaus, the first animated film by Netflix

Klaus, the first animated film by Netflix

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Art

On November 15, Klaus was released on Netflix, a Spanish animated film written and directed by Sergio Pablos that tells the story of Santa Claus.
This is the first animated feature film signed by the streaming platform. For its realization, the director and his team have chosen to move away from the CGI – which currently dominates the world of animation – deciding instead to use the traditional techniques of 2D with the addition of an innovative phase in the process. This gives the artwork the quality of lighting and shading offered by 3D.
In other words, a film like Beauty and the Beast, but technically better.
Klaus caused a lot of excitement in the film community before its release thanks to this new and innovative method.

The most distinctive element of the film is certainly all the lighting and, to make this possible, traditional animation was not used as it would have made the characters flat and would have limited the final result.
To solve the problems concerning the realization of the set, the team has developed tools that allow obtaining both backgrounds and “shiny” characters and this allows an artistically authentic result. The fascination of this type of traditional animation remains, however, the presence of a certain level of imperfection and this brings added value to the work.

Pablos’ idea was to treat Santa’s story with respect.
Obviously we all know this and we know how it ends, but the director decided to give the story a different cut and to arrive at the conclusion in an alternative way.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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Libri Belli, the most beautiful covers according to Livia Satriano

Libri Belli, the most beautiful covers according to Livia Satriano

Collater.al Contributors · 3 weeks ago · Art

Usually, when we go to bookstores and want to buy a book we often tend to use those that inspire us the most. Surely the first criterion of choice is the cover. Let’s face it, if we don’t like it we are not at all projected to the idea of buying the book or even just to read the introduction or the back cover.
If it’s beautiful, we almost always sit down for a moment and browse it until we decide, regardless of the content, to buy it. Despite this, there are many books with bad covers that contain beautiful stories but that, unfortunately, are not valued.

Once someone said “never judge a book by its cover” and for this reason, Livia Satriano, a creator of editorial and social media content, decided to create Libri Belli, a page on Instagram where she collects and shares the most beautiful covers that capture the attention of Italian books of the twentieth century.
Literary products of various kinds are promoted, from non-fiction to fiction and music. These are selected on the basis of what immediately catches the eye, from eye-catching graphics to illustrations and color associations. Livia’s idea is to rediscover the classics of literature that have not become famous and make them somehow – as far as she can – justice. This initiative has been very successful so much so as to count a following of about 17.5 thousand followers on the page and about 800 posts. Moreover, thanks to this project, he was able to collaborate with Sprint Milano, Printville, and Artefiera, create two temporary shops, curate and organize exhibitions.

Within the profile, he proposes different formats such as the monthly column “Libri Belli di …” in which personalities from the world of publishing, design, and creativity tell their three favorite Libri Belli (Beautiful Books). It also shares new interpretations in a modern key of covers created by graphic designers and illustrators. In each content, in addition to the image of the book, the description also includes the title, the year of publication and a mini-comment/description.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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SuperNature, the digital art of teamLab

SuperNature, the digital art of teamLab

Collater.al Contributors · 3 weeks ago · Art

Next February the art collective teamLab, in collaboration with Sands Resorts Macao, will inaugurate in China the digital art exhibition called “SuperNature Macao” an exhibition that will involve people directly. It is a “body immersive” museum in which there are thirteen different installations in which colors, lights, digital animation, and space will be exploited. The concept of SuperNature is to create a fusion between the human body and art. Among the works that you can see, we point out the two most suggestive:

The first, entitled “The Infinite Crystal Universe“, is located in a large room where many beams colored in blue, purple and light blue are projected at the same time and create a three-dimensional image that represents the universe through light points that spread infinitely in all directions.
Viewers are invited to use their smartphones, download the application and use the camera to frame the flashes, select the elements that make up the universe and drag them. This work of art is constantly evolving and changing at all times due to people interacting in space.

The second installation we suggest you is “Mountain of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn” in which the seasons and the course of flowering are represented. The flowers bloom, grow and vanish before their petals begin to wilt. The cycle of growth and decay is repeated continuously. If a person stands still, the flowers that surround them grow and bloom more abundantly. If the spectators touch or trample, they get rid of the petals, wither and die all at once. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes a continuous change in the work of art; what happens previously will not be repeated and will not be repeated.

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Text by Anna Cardaci

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