Plan C and Perimetro’s photo exhibition celebrating Tokyo

Plan C and Perimetro’s photo exhibition celebrating Tokyo

Andrea Tuzio · 1 month ago · Photography

TOKYO AND ITS CONTEMPORARY STORYTELLERS, this is the title of the special installation project celebrating the city of Tokyo presented by Plan C and Perimetro.

The brand founded by Carolina Castiglioni 2018 and the Community magazine directed by Sebastiano Leddi, have joined forces on the occasion of Milan Fashion Week, to present to the public an exhibition, a magazine and a series of experiences related to contemporary Japan, which aim to offer a unique and at the same time deep vision of the Japanese capital, a city very dear to the Creative Director of Plan C, so as to be chosen as the home for the first flagship store of the brand. 

“When I’m in Tokyo everything speaks to me, it’s where I find inspiration. The people dress in a way that is never banal, they choose unusual combinations of colours and fabrics. I like the austereness of their work clothes and the mingling of styles, and the modern architecture in stark contrast with the traditional houses. I loved the idea of telling the story of the city we chose for our flagship store through photography. In my collections I always use travel images or personal recollections to decorate t-shirts and accessories. We met up with Sebastino Leddi from Perimetro a year ago, and over a cup of tea came up with the idea of producing a special edition on Tokyo”, said Castiglioni on the sidelines of the project presentation. 

To realize this project, Plan C and Perimetro launched a call inviting photographers based in Tokyo to send in their visual narratives of the city, which were subsequently selected with the support of Naoko Otha, a Tokyo-based curator and gallery owner.

The exhibition displays the photographs of 8 different photographers, each of whom has interpreted the city, its views and its inhabitants, in a different way and according to what he wanted to tell.

Bruno Quintet, Flavio Parisi, Haruna Kawanishi, Leo Pellegatta, Minoru Hohtsuki, Norihisa Hosaka, Tadashi Onishi and Ulysses Aoki acted as storytellers to tell different stories, angles and points of view but with a common goal, that of expressing and sharing their intrinsic relationship with the Japanese megalopolis. 

The works featured in the exhibition, are included in a special edition of Perimetro magazine: “The stories selected form a collective insight that seeks to propose a contemporary photograph of the city. From the windows of Minoru Hohtuski and the tale of the river by Nori Hosaka to the urban development transformation of a street produced by Bruno Quintet. Each author proposes his or her own interpretation of Tokyo, small projects aimed at encouraging reflection on what it means to live in one of the most intricate cities in the world”, said Perimetro Director Sebastiano Leddi. 

Plan C has also created a capsule collection of photo-tees that reproduce the shots of the photographers involved in the project that will be available for purchase in limited edition within the exhibition. 
Inside the special exhibition some of the most interesting and innovative Italian/Japanese realities present in Italy have been selected, such as NanBan and the chef Yoji Tokuyoshi

TOKYO AND ITS CONTEMPORARY STORYTELLERS opens to the public today September 24 and will remain so until the 26th in the historic spaces of the Castiglioni family in Via Tajani, 1 in Milan.

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Black Dada by Adam Pendleton

Black Dada by Adam Pendleton

Chiara Sabella · 7 days ago · Art

Born in 1984, a research on language that synthesizes different styles, means and disciplines: Adam Pendleton is a conceptual artist from New York, twice included in Forbes Magazine‘s 30 Under 30 list. We find him in the collections of the Tate in London, the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, with works that combine painting, screen printing, collage, video and performance in experimental and meaningful works. On the borderline between image and representation, long strokes of spray paint play on the perception of figures, without ever abstracting from reality, from our past and contemporary history. His is a cultural reflection before artistic, as in the works on Black Lives Matter where “The novelty is in the language, which is at the same time a public mourning, a battle cry and a poetic appeal”.

In 2011 the artist composed Black Dada Reader, a collection of photocopies, collages and statements assembled together for personal purposes, then distributed informally among friends and colleagues. The text is described by Pendleton as a “radical juxtaposition” and sees the names of Hugo Ball, W.E.B. Du Bois, Adrian Piper, Gertrude Stein, Sun Ra, Stokely Carmichael, Gilles Deleuze appear in an unexpected mix. The artist speaks to us through fragments of images and words taken from his personal library, side by side in the new practice of Black Dada.

Black assumes for Adam Pendleton an “open meaning” while Dada refers to the freedom of his works, inspired by the absurd works of the Avant-garde that gave an artistic response to history, challenging society. The anthology that conceptualized the poetics of Black Dada is now enriched with a second text. Ten years later, the artist again juxtaposes writers, artists, filmmakers, philosophers and critics to draw contemporary guidelines. The collection Pasts, Futures, and Aftermaths includes, among others, the writings of Sara Ahmed, Clarice Lispector and Malcolm X in a reflection on the current anti-racist and anti-capitalist movements.
We are faced with true artistic narratives: personal research, bibliographies and spiritual autobiographies that interpret contemporary complexity and bring forward, among other struggles, a critique of museum collecting practices. Adam Pendleton’s works are designed to influence the place that hosts them, giving new meanings and feelings to institutions. The artist believes in a well-rounded art: it is not possible to truly understand painting without fully understanding improvisation, poetry, and music. In this sense, the lyric becomes a meeting between political struggle and love, the writing a fundamental support of the work of art.

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“As Been By,” RIMOWA’s art exhibition in Paris

“As Been By,” RIMOWA’s art exhibition in Paris

Andrea Tuzio · 6 days ago · Art

RIMOWA is not a simple company that produces aluminum suitcases.
Over the years it has broadened its horizons becoming a true patron, in fact the German brand diversifies its collaborations more and more often focusing on cinema and art.

“As Been By” is the art exhibition conceived and organized by RIMOWA in collaboration with the art collective The Community. The project, started before the outbreak of the pandemic, aims to support art as a whole and for the occasion, the German company commissioned a series of emerging artists to create works of art using aluminum – the main material of RIMOWA products used since 1937 – and various spare parts of the suitcases produced by the brand. 
The result of this work is currently on display in Paris at the Dover Street Market concept store, a sort of mix between a boutique and a museum. 

Among the many international artists who have participated in the project are Quentin Vuong, Atelier Sohn, Irina Lotarevich and many others, all chosen for their distinctive aesthetics and the craftsmanship they express with their works.

The “As Been By” exhibition is currently on view in Paris and will remain so until tomorrow when it begins a tour that will take the artists’ work around the world.

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Designing the perfect LEGO font

Designing the perfect LEGO font

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Art

The community of enthusiasts in the world of LEGO is enormous and involves adults, children and adults who have remained a bit of a child. With LEGO, practically every type of scale reproduction has been created, from large monuments to the sets of movies and TV series. One of the latest projects created using the world’s most famous toy bricks is a typography studio, the brainchild of artist Craig Ward.
The English graphic designer and art director has a career in the important Grey communication agency, along with other very interesting projects, such as the rebranding of the English national soccer team (only the second designer in history to do so). Other projects include the Amazon best seller “Popular Lies* About Graphic Design”.

Craig Ward’s latest challenge is “the search for the perfect LEGO font,” as he calls the project, called Brik Font. Through combinations of LEGO, Ward reinvented numbers and letters, serif or sans, playing with the shapes of the bricks, both traditional squares and more unusual shapes such as round pieces or those cut at 45 degrees.

The study of lettering takes up some of the most famous fonts used in graphics and publishing. These include Helvetica, Futura, New Alphabet, Slab Serif and even Garamond, the font used for almost all books.
“The Brik Font project is driven by the idea that creativity thrives in restrictions – and I think the LEGO system clearly fits into that concept. The subtleties and nuances of font design often struggle with the shapes of the bricks, the curves and diagonal strokes in particular,” the artist told FrizziFrizzi.
The history of graphic design has always been the product of continuous experimentation with media, colors, shapes and tools, and Brik Font in a way is a union of all this.
Perhaps soon we will find a set of bricks made by Craig Ward in some LEGO store, but not before he has concluded his search for the perfect font.

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84 stamps inspired by famous novels

84 stamps inspired by famous novels

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Art

Who knows what the writer Alberto Arbasino, used to send postcards as his favorite form of greeting, would have thought about the possibility of having stamps dedicated to Fratelli d’Italia and Super Eliogabalo, his most famous titles. Virginia Woolf, Voltaire, Emily Brontë, along with some of the greatest writers in history would now have stamps dedicated to their works, thanks to Dorothy‘s new graphic design.

After revisiting some of the most important music albums, the British graphic studio has created a series of illustrations, in stamp format, dedicated to the great novels of literature. There are a total of 84 two-dimensional and colorful drawings, indicating the title, the serial number, the author’s name and the year of publication. The works are divided and collected into two posters, the first dedicated to classic titles, the second to modern literature, from the 20th century to the present.
With a few forms of color Dorothy manages to encapsulate characteristics of the protagonists and settings of the great novels of Orwell, Kerouac, DeLillo, Murakami, Austen and many other authors.

This is not the first time that Dorothy dedicates projects to books, in the past she had done so by making a geographical map and a chromatic iris, perfect as a suggestion for essential reading, should the need arise.

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