“Sturm&Drang”, Prada presents a new exhibition project

“Sturm&Drang”, Prada presents a new exhibition project

Andrea Tuzio · 1 month ago · Art

Fondazione Prada, gta exhibitions and ETH Zurich have joined forces for a new exhibition project, opening September 9, 2021 and ending January 23, 2022, at the Fondazione Prada Observatory in Milan.

Curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini (Armature Globale), Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (gta exhibitions, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich), “Sturm&Drang”, in addition to investigating the phases and methods of production, explores the applications, experiences and environments related to Computer-generated imagery (CGI) with the aim of revealing the complexity of computer modeling and analyzing the current production of images and their impact on our daily perception. 

The acronym CGI stands for a huge amount of static or animated visual content, created through the use of imaging software. This production of images and videos is aimed at different fields and activities, including special effects in cinema, video games, virtual chat rooms, but also medicine, engineering, architectural design, visual arts, advertising, television, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. The pandemic we have all found ourselves facing has somehow reinforced the presence of CGI in our daily lives especially through social media.

The exhibition path of “Sturm&Drang” brings together four environments – citations of real or imaginary spaces – that host the “making of” CGI programming in contexts such as video games, science fiction and hi-tech engineering.

The appointment is at the Fondazione Prada Observatory, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan until January 23, 2022.

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Beautiful matchboxes from Eastern Bloc Countries

Beautiful matchboxes from Eastern Bloc Countries

Tommaso Berra · 1 month ago · Art

Sometimes there are unusual sources of inspiration in art. Small objects that catch the eye of graphic designers and illustrators, or become the surface on which to experiment with creative ideas. Matchboxes can be one of these objects, so much so that it becomes a collector’s item or is gathered in a book, highlighting an unsuspected graphic history.
Matchblock is the book, updated by Jane McDevitt of Maraid Design and realized in collaboration with Neal Whittington of Present & Correct, that collects 400 illustration found on matchboxes from the 1950s to the 1980s. The selection includes graphic from Eastern Bloc countries such as Russia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and Germany.
The illustrations perfectly frame the art of that precise moment and historical place, with colors and shapes from party posters and themes current in those decades, especially in Russia, such as the race to conquer space or industrial growth.

Below you can take a look at some of the boxes included in the book.

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The new exhibition by Okuda San Miguel opens in Rome

The new exhibition by Okuda San Miguel opens in Rome

Tommaso Berra · 1 month ago · Art

The Dorothy Circus Gallery in Via dei Pettinari 76 in Rome hosts the focus show dedicated to the Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. The event, which will last until October 30, anticipates the opening of Freedom is the New Rainbow, Okuda’s first solo show in England, scheduled for September 24 in London.
In the two capitals, the artist will bring his usual rainbow of colors, inspired by Madrid – Okuda’s hometown – inside geometric shapes that, as in a mosaic, outline the objects of the works of art. The subjects themselves represent one of the recent innovations in the artistic production of the pop surrealist artist. Symbols of English culture such as the Queen, the Union Flag or Buckingham Palace’s guard have been reworked, but also the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of Okuda’s poetics, which has always been linked to the themes of freedom of expression and civil rights activism.

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Used to take inspiration from all life experiences, Okuda has thought back to the last year of pandemic, which has taken away the freedom to live human relationships and connections. In the works we can therefore recognize a change in the representation and in the way of interpreting the topics, but what does not change is the great vision of the Spanish artist and his style close to Street Art, which identifies him as one of the most interesting names in the contemporary art scene.

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Colours and freedom, the art by JonOne

Colours and freedom, the art by JonOne

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

A few weeks ago we told you about JonOne, master of abstract expressionism, on the occasion of his solo exhibition at the Wunderkammern in Milan.

Vibrations“, this is the title of the exhibition, offers a series of unpublished canvases that the artist has created to move the viewer from within and transport him into his world of colors and spray cans.

We at Colleter.al went to the opening and were fascinated by the works and above all by the exuberant personality of the artist, who was present at the event. We had the chance to ask JonOne a few questions and discover another little piece of his imagination and his world.
Read our interview below and if you haven’t been there yet, drop by the Wunderkammern in via Nerino 2. You have until 9 October! 

One of your most important achievements was when you were awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French Republic and your work entitled “Liberté, Égalité, Fratenité” was displayed in the Assemblée Nationale. Do you remember what you felt that day?

You know, coming from Harlem, with Dominican ancestry and living in France, I think I represent a lot of different cultures, so I felt that day that the Légion d’honneur was not just for me. In the end, I owe my success to so many people who are part of my life, who support me and encourage me every day. That’s why the Légion d’honneur was not just for me, but for all these people as well. 

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What do you want to communicate through your artwork? What reactions do you hope to get from the public that looks at them? 

I would like them to look at my work in an abstract way and understand its complexity and the world it comes from. Many times people ask me what I try to express with my art and the answer is that I try to express my feelings and communicate with others. I just hope that people can understand the evolution of my work and let themselves be transported to discover my world, because my art is a long journey and when people see a work they are really only looking at a small piece of my story.
And then, of course, I try to inspire people. 

It’s been 40 years since you dedicated your life to art and in this time the world and also the art scene have changed a lot (just think about NFT and crypto art). How do you remain true to yourself and at the same time always be original in a world that changes so fast? 

The world is definitely changing fast, especially now: twenty years ago who would have imagined that 2020 would be like this and would bring everything that has happened and would trigger changes that will continue to happen in the coming years. We will have more and more changes also because the younger generations are more aware, but also more creative and artistically active. I really believe that for young people this is the best time to live in.
Personally, I am so honored to still be able to paint, to be creative, and above all to have a voice.
The world is changing but I think this is an interesting time for humanity, a time when we stopped living in the past. 

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The artistic prostheses designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata

The artistic prostheses designed by Sophie de Oliveira Barata

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Art

There is a fine line between limit and possibility. Where something ends, something else inevitably begins, but it takes a creative eye to see the opportunity beyond the limit. 

In Sophie de Oliveira Barata‘s universe, reality and possibility merge in an intermediate space, where her alternative prostheses come to life. Founder of the Alternative Limb Project, Sophie shows us what happens when art opens up to biotechnological innovation.

We talk about our body and its appearance, an intimate and fundamental theme in self-expression. This is why, in addition to a symmetrical and realistic reconstruction of the limb, the artist offers another, which celebrates individuality and tells the story of the person wearing it. 

From the creative requests of one of her little patients comes Sophia’s intuition. In her works she shows us new realities, where the different anatomy of the bodies becomes the starting point for pieces of art. 

Thanks to her experience in the artistic and medical fields, the artist works together with the client to truly understand his needs. She catches the personal taste and style to turn it, with a team of 3D modellers and electronics specialists, into a functional prosthesis with a unique design. 

Call them personalised bionic limbs would be reductive, Sophie’s works not only perfectly blend with the body that wears them, but also enhance its uniqueness and personality. The result is a new body harmony, as in Synchronized where the shape of the natural arm is deliberately highlighted.  

Each piece is the combination of the artist’s imagination, creatively interpreting the client’s personal life project. Always looking for a new approach, Sophie keeps us suspended on the border between real and possible, opening us to a fluid and dynamic idea of the body, to an evolution in constant becoming.

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