Let’s Play Culture, Nico Skolp’s mural on a basketball court

Let’s Play Culture, Nico Skolp’s mural on a basketball court

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

It was finished a few days ago, Let’s Play Culture, the last work realized by Nico Skolp on the surface of a basketball court in Matera. 

Born in 1983, Nico Skolp was born in Bari and since his adolescence he has been passionate about the art of writing, focusing mainly on the study of letters and managing to go beyond the simple concept of tags. In his works, in fact, we can see a new approach that focuses on geometric shapes and abstract figures, with which Niko has managed to bring an almost scientific method within the art that is commonly linked to the idea of improvisation and total freedom. 

For five years he has been particularly active on the Matera scene thanks to the Open Playfull space project that aims to redevelop the area through artistic interventions, the last of which is Let’s Play Culture. It is a mural of over 400 square meters that covers the entire surface of a public basketball court, realized in collaboration with Quapos – German artist.

The intent, which can also be deduced from the name of the work, was to make art functional to the game

Thanks to his art, Nico Skolp is not only known in Italy but also internationally: he has participated in several European festivals of urban art and his work has appeared in several online newspapers, among which www.streetartnyc.org stands out. 

Last but not least, besides being involved with his personal works, Nico Skolp is also involved in the diffusion and promotion of graffiti art through initiatives such as the Wallness Club collective and following for Momart – art gallery and creative space – a training path with the aim of creating a first group of writers from the city of Matera. 

If you want to find out more about Nico Skolp go to his website and follow him on Instagram!

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Study in Pattern, the wooden installation by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

Study in Pattern, the wooden installation by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Developed as part of the Sharjah Festival of Islamic Arts, Study in Pattern is the latest work designed and produced by artist duo Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

It is an installation built with hundreds of wooden strips that simulate the shape of a tree trunk twisting on itself. Study in Pattern, just like a real tree, starts from the floor and rises up to the ceiling of the building, allowing visitors to cross it, pass under it and be completely enveloped in it. 

In addition, the light that penetrates between the strips creates a dreamlike atmosphere that is almost suspended in time. 

The final result of the work that leaves one speechless is the dialogue between the installation and the environment that hosts it, between wood and marble, between nature and architecture.  

This is not the first time Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen use this material for their work – although initially they prefer paper – and the version presented to Shariah appears to be a reduced version of the installation that will soon be presented in Seattle. 

Discover Study in Pattern in our gallery and discover more installations by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen on their website

PH: Obaid Albudoor / Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen

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BAVURE, the latest short film by Donato Sansone

BAVURE, the latest short film by Donato Sansone

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Some people looking at a spot of color don’t see anything. Then there are those who see a whole world, a story. It is from a small brushstroke of paint that BAVURE, the latest short film by Donato Sansone, starts. 

Born in 1974, Donato Sansone studied first at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and then at the Centro Sperimentale di Animazione in Turin. During his career, he directed several short films including “Love Cube“, “Topo glassato al cioccolato, “Portrait“, “Journal animé” and “Robhot“, with which he collected several nominations and victories at international festivals. Donato Sansone’s creativity does not end with the world of cinema, but goes as far as the world of music, curating several video clips for artists such as Subsonica, Verdena, and Afethours.

As we said, his last short film is entitled BAVURE and it is a metaphor of life, of the creation of the world, but also of artistic creation. Everything starts with tempera, a little red and a little white and the hand of a skilled artist, to give life to a body, a skeleton, a man and then a woman, a baby and the whole universe. 

BAVURE, which attracts and repulses us at the same time, has carved out a place for itself in the list of candidates for the César Prize and for this very reason the production company Autour de Minuit has published the entire short film on its YouTube channel, where it will remain visible until the end of January. Watch it below! 

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World Underwater, the high tide seen by Hayden Williams

World Underwater, the high tide seen by Hayden Williams

Anna Cardaci · 1 month ago · Art

For some time now, thanks to all the eco-friendly movements promoted by Greta Thunberg, a process of awareness raising about our planet has begun. Many people have taken action by sending alarm bells, including Hayden Williams, who wanted to show how rising sea levels can affect our daily lives. The project is called World Underwater and is a digital representation of high tides. What inspired Hayden Williams was a trip to Venice where he came to discover that the lagoon city is often attached and he was surprised by the ability to cope with this problem. From this he imagined the rest of the world in this kind of condition.

His 3D renderings show everyday scenes such as New York subway stations, restaurants and cinemas, all partially flooded. These images of a dystopian future are also given a dream quality, with a beautiful blue sky and a unique shade of pink, in contrast to the gravity of the situation. A colour that is very present in his work is precisely the pink that the artist considers to be personally very exciting and because, according to him, it has a positive effect on the brain. After focusing more on photography over the last five years, Hayden, who has a distant background in areas such as biochemistry and computer science, has shifted his focus to 3D graphics. World Underwater was born out of frustration at the lack of recognition of environmental problems, which is very evident in the United States under the leadership of a president who is known to be skeptical about the issue of climate change.

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Hayden Williams | Collater.al 2
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Nike’s Chinese New Year campaign

Nike’s Chinese New Year campaign

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 month ago · Art

The new campaign designed by Nike to celebrate the imminent arrival of Chinese New Year is a hymn to the family, its values and traditions.

Great protagonist, in addition to the different models of sneakers that we see on the screen, is the red envelope, or Hóngbāo, a red packet containing money that in China is donated on special occasions, including New Year’s Eve.

The packet, which has always been a symbol of this holiday, is a reason for “chases” between an aunt and a niece, who, out of kindness, begins not to accept it from a young age.
The campaign, in fact, tells the long runs of the little girl, who over time becomes a young adult and then a mother, to escape from her aunt who finds a thousand different ways to make her receive her gift, including technology.
Each race is characterized by a different sneaker, including the one launched a few days ago by the brand just for the occasion.

Nike and Jordan Brand have in fact recently launched a themed collection, which includes both sneakers and apparel, using both the rat, which according to the Chinese calendar is the zodiac sign of the year and symbols inherent to other and different Chinese traditions.

Find out more here. 

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