PARALLAX ART FAIR RETURNS IN FEBRUARY TO CHELSEA TOWN HALL IN LONDON. AN IMPRESSIVE VARIETY WITH 225 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

Parallax International Art Fair 2014 will return to Chelsea Town Hall in February for its ninth event, its organisers have announced. The fair, most recently held in October 2013, will open with a private viewing on Thursday 20th February, and then opens its doors to the public from 1-8pm on Friday 21st and 11-5pm on Saturday 22nd February.

The Parallax Art Fair is not your typical art fair. It allows both new and established artists to exhibit on equal footing, without judgment or qualification by the organisers. The international line-up includes award-winning artists from many fields, as well as the new and undiscovered. From a sculptor whose work in steel now adorns the outside wall of the Harlow Theatre, to a painter whose work was chosen by the City of London as its official Christmas card, the art fair showcases an astonishing range of styles and media.

With 225 artists in February’s line-up, the variety will be impressive. As well as paintings and sculpture in all conceivable materials, the fair will include photography, light-display, textiles, pottery, jewellery, ceramics, natural materials, embroidery and far more to create an experiential, visual, tactile exhibition that explores the possibilities of art and form to the full. Coinciding with London Fashion Week (14-18 February) it will doubtless prove a popular attraction for creatively minded individuals looking for new avenues of inspiration.

The exhibition is free to the public, and further information is available at

www.parallaxaf.co

http://www.parallaxaf.co

OPEN CALL FOR “LANDSCAPE EXPANDED”: ONE MONTH RESIDENCY PROGRAMME FOR ARTISTS IN KUWAIT

 

Landscapes Expanded will support artists to explore contemporary issues intrinsically related to site, space, and place in their field of work. The residency will begin with a three-day workshop that will support artists to develop concepts for their research in the weeks that follow. Throughout the programme participants will benefit from group and individual reviews of their work and guidance from the residency facilitator and visiting contributors.

The residency programme will be led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. The programme will also benefit from insightful contributions from visiting artists and art critics such as British Artist David Rayson, whose work is featured in Out of Britain. Rayson is currently the Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London.

Participants’ work produced during the residency programme will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMArt) at the end of October 2012. Chosen works may also be exhibited at a British Council Visual Arts exhibition that will showcase artists from the Gulf at the Brunei Gallery in London in 2015.

Eligibility: This residency is open to practicing artists and creative practitioners (from all disciplines) who are keen to develop the concepts of landscape art in their practice. Applicants must reside in Kuwait, must commit to participate in a three-day workshop (18 th – 20th September 2012) and closing presentation, which will take place on 18 th October 2012. The workshops will be hosted in English, however translators will be available should they be required.

Procedure. Deadline: 5th September 2012 (10am). Please e-mail the following (in English or Arabic) to nadia.elsebai@britishcouncil.org :  Artist C.V.; Up to 10 images of your work with an appendix stating the title, medium, and year the work was executed.; A statement of intent (up to 500 words) explaining why you are applying to the programme and what you hope to obtain from it. Please briefly state what themes you are interested to explore during the residency programme.

Large images will have to be submitted via www.wetransfer.com or any

other host site in which your images can be downloaded directly. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a link to your work online. For videos, please provide links of uploaded material either on youtube or vimeo. Suggested topics for research: Urban Tribes, The politics of dress, – Geopolitics, Landscapes created by advertising, Monuments in the construction of Landscapes and History, The demolished landscape, erasing history, and recuperating memory, Imagined landscapes, futuristic and fictitious.

IT’S RAINING OLYMPIC COLORS! DID SOMEONE SHATTER THE 5 CIRCLES? DON’T BOTHER ABOUT IT: IT’S JUST AN ARTPIECE FROM TORN POSTERS…

IT’S RAINING OLYMPIC COLORS! ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER-ACTIONS FOR 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES

Blue, Black, Red, Yellow and Green: five colors representing our Continents. Five colors we find in the five circles of the historic Olympiad logo. The 2012 London Olympic Games suggested me to toy with my “Lacer/actions” artpieces, realistic and not manipulated images of torn and decomposed posters. In my collection  – more than 40.000 images – I found interesting and particular works, as the piece I show here…

There’re no circles and no official logo, but the 5 colors movement is so funny and amazing… Yes, it’s raining Olympic Games colors! Someone shattered the circles and the colors are now able to move everywhere, to fall and to go up… A metaphore about humanity profound hopes and desires of freedom?          

ABOUT 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES

The 2012 Olympic Games will take place in a host of new venues as well as using existing and historic facilities. Many of the new facilities will be reused and the plans are part of the regeneration of Stratford and Lower Lea Valley in East London.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London from tomorrow, July 27, to August 12, followed by the 2012 Para Olympic Games from August 29 to September 9. At the opening Ceremony around 100.000 people will be working on the Games – including 3.000 staff, up to 70.000 volunteers and a large number of contractors. The London 2012 Olympic logo has created considerable controversy and the spiralling cost of the Games is likely to be an ongoing problem…

London has hosted the Olympic Games on other two past occasions, in 1908 and 1948. The 2012 Olympics will make London the first city to have hosted the modern Games of three Olimpiads.

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“THE ROLLING STONES – 50 YEARS”: MONSTER-MEGA 2000 PAGES+EBOOK / A VERY SPECIAL PREVIEW: AN UNFORGETTABLE INTERVIEW WITH MICK JAGGER

“THE ROLLING STONES – 50 YEARS”: MONSTER-MEGA 2000 PAGES+EBOOK – The Early Stones

The German start-up The eBook People GmbH, a spin-off of the publishing house The Interview People GmbH (www.theinterviewpeople.com), is going to release its first comprehensive eBook in July which will feature the 50th stage anniversary of the band The Rolling Stones. Title: “The Rolling Stones – 50 Years”, Subtitle: “Views From The Inside – Views From The Outside”.

The eBook will be released in two parts. It will contain archive material from newspapers: old (partially not yet digitalized and inaccessible) articles, interviews, audios and images and put them all together in a two part ebook containing more than 2,000 pages! Part one will feature the first 25 years in 25 single chapters. Same with the second 25 years.

All of this is going to be edited and introduced by a great music journalist who is also working for the biggest national daily newspaper in Switzerland. His name is Hanspeter Künzler and among others he also works for Germany’s biggest music magazine “Musikexpress.”

The eBook is available at amazon.com, iTunes and selected publishing houses cooperating with The eBook People GmbH. Vogue Magazine is already covering it:
http://www.vogue.de/kultur/kultur-blog/total-stoned-ein-mega-e-book-zu-den-rolling-stones-ist-in-planung


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MICK JAGGER: “YOU DON´T WANT TO PARTY EVERY NIGHT WITH THE DRUGS AND THE GIRLS AND THE ROCK’N’ROLL BUT SOME NIGHTS YOU MIGHT”

An unforgettable interview (2003) from The eBook “The Rolling Stones – 50 years”

Credit: Patrik Mallberg / The Interview People

“THE ROLLING STONES – 50 YEARS”: MONSTER-MEGA 2000 PAGES+EBOOK – The Early Stones

Paris in spring 2003, several weeks before the Stones kicked off their 2003 world tour. There is music coming out of the lobby bar at one of the most famous hotels in Paris. One sign that we’ve popped into a very special place is the pricing of two long drinks and a club sandwich. You can almost afford an inner European flight for that money – and I’m not talking economy class. Three other German journalists have the pleasure to talk to Mick before I get to do it. And you never know: do they ask questions that will make him upset? Is he not going to be in the mood for any further conversation with a journalist? But it doesn’t seem so. Mick’s publicist, a very kind , friendly and funny guy takes me up the stairs to the first floor. “Don’t you wanna look into my bag in terms of security,” I ask the gentleman. Walking half a meter before me he turns his head around, smiles and says: “Nope, we are not Madonna.”

Entering the room Mick appears to be so much smaller than you know him from TV appearances. Smiling, he welcomes me with a hand-shake and is ready to talk right away…

Hi Mick, what have been your career highlights?

Mick Jagger: It was great to getting the band going the very first time because you start to be successful for the first year or first couple of years and you´re like: All your little teenage dreams are, so to speak, coming true and you feel young and very ambitious and you’re starting to be successful – that feels really good, like getting your first job, doesn’t it?

What about the bad times?

Mick Jagger: Bad times. There’re lots of bad times in a career, you know. The Rolling Stones have had a pretty long career and always there´s been good things and bad things. People die, you know. But I mean I guess most of the times it´s been pretty positive.

What would you do if you had the chance to use a time  machine?

Mick Jagger: It´s quite interesting, you know. Do you ever read history books about “What if?”. What if Napoleon had conquered Russia and then it wouldn´t be like … and so it´s interesting if you follow these books through to their logical conclusions but it´s not really interesting unless you can do that. You know it is easy for me to say: Would have been nice if I had been a film director or a ballet dancer or an accountant. What would have happened? But you don’t know the answer.

Do believe in fate?

Mick Jagger: I don´t. But the problem is that your not completely in control of your life when you´re young. 

Have you ever told your children to do or not to do  something because of your experience?

Mick Jagger: You´re always telling and that’s what it is to do, it’s parenthood. What you do is giving parts of your experience to them. I mean, you don´t always save them from real life. Or you can use examples. That´s what you do with children all the time. 

Someone once said: If you don´t advance, you´re dead. So:  How far can you still advance after your big success?

Mick Jagger: You have to keep yourself from just repeating yourself. It´s very difficult to do in anything. Wether you´re a writer or a journalist or a painter. Especially the rock business is very narrow. It´s like a very narrow political party with very few views in it. And as soon as you´re striving it goes: “Oh no, wait a minute!” If you do a rock show with 25 half naked dancers, everyone goes: “Oh no but it´s awful, you can´t do that!” So the confines of it are very narrow and it´s very hard to keep anything interesting going within the narrow confines. So there are many, many conventions that you have to keep up.

Do you think that bands these days also have the chance  of becoming as big as the Stones are?

Mick Jagger: I think so. I mean the only thing is it´s been going longer as a musical form. So rock music as defined by, let’s say four blokes playing in a band, was quite new in the early 60ies. But now it´s 40 years old as you put it out. The whole idea and form is older now. So how many generations? Two? Three generations? So it´s like an old thing being handed down now. It´s probably more difficult to make such splash as it was, for that reason.

Do you have to do so much light show and other stuff on  stage?

Mick Jagger: It depends where you´re touring. In the early 60ties where you were playing in theatres, people don´t do a tremendous amount of all that stuff. And it was going on in the sixties. That´s where it all started, I mean there were a lot of that. But we´re going to play a theatre show that is very little, so in the Circus Krone show shouldn’t be much pyrotechnics. But if you´re playing in a bigger stadium, you gotta do something visual. You can´t just go on. That’s like a guitarist view of world.

Doesn’t that keep the attention away from the audience?

Mick Jagger: Yeah, but I think that really when you go to a big stadium show the people that go, “the punters” as we call them, are not really just going to hear some pristine music, it´s just a sort of allround experience. It´s halfway between going to a football match and a music show. You´re really looking forward, you want something to enhance your experience visually. To amplify and enhance the experience you need a bit more than just the music. The thing is that musicians think that´s all the people want, but I don´t share that view. 

Are you very extraordinary when it comes to choose the  hotel room or suite?

Mick Jagger: I don´t know, not really. (laughs) It´s sort of silly. When I´m working I like to have certain things. When I´m not working I do not really care about them very much. But when you´re working you want certain things. I don´t like to have a noisy traffic too much because then I can´t sleep for the show. The problem is: When you´re working you don´t want to sleep late because you want to be ready for a nine o´clock show rather than nine to five job. So I don´t like staying in the hotels that are noisy. 

You are over 60 years of age. Do you still like to party with the girls, drugs and Rock´n´Roll after every show?

Mick Jagger: No, you don´t want to party every night with the drugs and the girls and the Rock’n’Roll but some nights you might … 

Are the hotel-lobbies still as crowded with groupies as they used to be?

Mick Jagger: Well, some places are good. But it is not really where you look for your entertainment, to be honest.

What music are you currently listening to?

Mick Jagger: I don´t know, I listen to a lot of stuff that I bought when I was to see what´s in the store. The other day I bought some new records. I listen to some jazz. I mean I listen to everything to be honest. I´ve been to India, listened to a lot of Hindi-dance-music, it´s like pop here in England. 

Someone said that this tour was announced to be the last …

Mick Jagger: Well, I don´t know. You know, that’s the entertaining thing: You don´t really know what´s gonna happen. I´m planning and trying to work out what´s gonna happen next. So I´ve been working on what´s gonna happen at the next Rolling Stones shows.   

LONDON: PARALLAX AF OPENS TODAY TO EMPHASIZE “A FURTHER DEMOCRATISATION OF CONTEMPORARY ART”

After a successful 2011 Parallax AF – I’ve participated at it in the last October edition – is moving to Chelsea Town Hall in the fashionable King’s Road area of Chelsea, London, with a sister project, Plat4m, remaining at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall. The third edition of Parallax AF takes place from today Thursday 16th February to Saturday 18th February 2012 , and is curated by Dr.Chris Barlow. 

Explains Dr. Barlow, Director of BFA and P(AF) International : “Our usual four private views alone were attracting over 2500 guests, so it made sense to upscale the venue. Importantly, we will still keep it affordable and flexible for exhibitors, and entry will be free for visitors… I’m very pleased that increasing numbers of artists are joining us from Turkey, Eastern Europe, Iran and Africa. Interestingly, we have art concerning aspects of the Arab Spring made by artists in that region, which brings a perspective from people actually living through it.”

A feature of the event is the P(AF) Inaugural Lecture, given in the past by important cultural thinkers, such as the Californian art historian Professor Donald Preziosi. In February, it will be given by the historian, Professor Alun Munslow.

Visiting a P(AF) is to experience a living poetic metaphor, not simply an event or art fair,” explains Dr.Barlow. “There are many assumptions about the art object that affect every aspect of any fair, such as selection committees and how they function in relation to objects and knowledge. Where P(AF) differs is that we identify the problem and then rather bravely put it ‘out there’ for public debate. Far from being stuffy or high-brow, the point here is to emphasise a further democratisation of contemporary art so that more people can feel confident about collecting and commenting on visual art culture.”

The fair showcases contemporary art from West & East Europe, USA, Asia, South America, Turkey, UAE and Oceania. Press night: Wednesday 15th February, 6pm; Thursday 16th February, 10am – 6pm; Friday 17th February, 10am – 6pm; Saturday 18th February, 10am – 5pm. Entry is free to the Public.

Parallax AF showcases established and emerging international contemporary artists. It is a platform for artists to present their work to national and international dealers, art-industry people, collectors, critics and buyers without commission charges in an exhibition format underpinned with critical theory.

PARALLAX AF WEBSITE

http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/parallaxaf.html

LONDON: ART GOES TO TUBE STATION

  

Following on from the success of ‘Art Below Regents Park during ‘Frieze season’ just 12 weeks ago, Art Below are proud to present ‘Art of Angel’, which sees the transformation of the walkway at Angel Tube Station into a public art gallery for the whole of this month. Billboard space normally used for advertising is now featuring a mix of urban and contemporary art with a diverse range of techniques and influences by artists from around the globe.

On the 19th January Art Below are launching a 4 day exhibition of the artists original work at The Candid Arts Trust, a Victorian warehouse with over 6,500 sq ft of exhibition space, located directly behind Angel station, and just  5 minutes walk from The  London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre (18 – 22nd Jan).

Over the 4 day exhibition Art Below will be staging ‘live painting performances’ on a large scale by acclaimed artists including Inkie, Johan Andersson, and Johan Wahlstrom giving the visiting public an intriguing insight into the creative process and techniques involved in their work.

 As well as photography and painting there will also be sculptural work by Schoony and projected video work by Eleanor Lindsay Fynn and Open Prize winner Sidsel Christensen represented by The Open Gallery. Entry is free to the public.  10 am – 6pm, Thursday to Saturday. 10 am – 4pm on Sunday.

 www.artbelow.org.uk

 

 

2011 TOP 15 ARTICLES AT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORDPRESS BLOG

  

A year has gone. It’s time to fix some reports, also for my blogger experience. According to 2011 site stats, I compiled a chart about my most viewed posts. It’s the occasion to thank visitors and my fellow bloggers. Let’s keep growing up this wonderful opportunity to share ideas and experiences improving communication and human relationships! Thanks to all who approach my art provoc/actions too… 

 

MY TOP 15 POSTS OF 2011

 

1 – PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2013

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/preview-on-textile-design-trends-for-fashion-2013/

2 – ABOUT ME, ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/about/

3 – ART AND DESIGN FOR DAILY LIFE

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/art-and-design-for-daily-life/

4 – BRUNO BOGGIA, IL DISEGNO E’ VITA

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/bruno-boggia-il-disegno-e-vita/

5 – LACER/ACTIONS AT PARALLAX AF LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-at-parallax-af-london/

6 – LONDON, PARALLAX AF 2 AT “LA GALLERIA”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/london-parallax-af-2-at-%e2%80%9cla-galleria%e2%80%9d/

7 – THE LIFE BECOMES ART: WELCOME TO PARALLAX AF IN LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-life-becomes-art-welcome-to-parallax-af-in-london/

8 – CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIAS THROUGH NEW EYES

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/center-for-media-literacy-a-common-effort-to-see-media-through-new-eyes/

9 – THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/the-science-behind-the-law-of-attraction/

10 – “POP ART AVANT-GARDE”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/pop-art-avant-garde/

11 – FASHION DESIGN PREVIEW 2012: LIMITED EDITION OF 3 SILK SCARVES CREATED WITH TORN POSTERS IMAGES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/fashion-design-preview-2012-limited-edition-of-3-silk-scarves-created-with-torn-posters-images/

12 – L’ECO DI BERGAMO NEWSPAPER DEDICATES 2 FULL PAGES TO ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS ART

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/%e2%80%9cleco-di-bergamo%e2%80%9d-newspaper-dedicates-2-full-pages-to-roberto-alborghettis-%e2%80%9claceractions%e2%80%9d-art/

13 – DUE PAGINE DE “L’ECO DI BERGAMO” RACCONTANO LE “LACER/AZIONI” DI ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/due-pagine-de-leco-di-bergamo-raccontano-le-lacerazioni-di-roberto-alborghetti/

14 – STREET ART AND FASHION: HOW TO CREATE SILK TEXTILES FROM RIPPED ADS ON CITY WALLS

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/street-art-fashion-how-to-create-silk-textiles-from-ripped-ads-on-city-walls/

15 – LACER/ACTIONS: CANVASES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-canvases/

THE POSTER KING: LONDON CELEBRATES EDWARD MCKNIGHT KAUFFER’S VISUAL ART

 A fascinating exhibition taking place in London up to December 18, 2011, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art.

 

My “Lacer/actions” art project is based on torn posters details. During my research I collected so far more than 30.000 images of ripped publicity posters. I work on them, making canvas, lithographs, textile designs, videoclip a.s.o; I explained my activity on a booklet-portfolio, published in 2009 (Lacer/actions – Pics of torn (publi)city). Yes, I like the world of posters, billboards and urban “signs” (this blog is here to demonstrate it). So, I must to dedicate a post to the interesting and fascinating exhibition taking place in London, at The Estorick Collection of modern italian art ( 39a Canonbury Square, entrance in Canonbury Road). The show – opened till December 18, 2011 – pays a tribute to Edward McKnight Kauffer, the “Poster King” (this is also the exhibition theme).

Focusing on Kauffer’s time in England , The Poster King is a celebration of the ways in which this remarkable artistic émigré enriched the visual culture. And all the design expressions of our times. In addition to the renowned graphic work it includes a fascinating nucleus of lesser-known paintings and prints as well as a selection of photographs, working drawings and original designs.

Edward Mcknight Kauffer produced some of the most iconic and influential commercial imagery of the early twentieth century. A remarkably versatile artist, his work drew inspiration from a wide variety of styles ranging from Japanese art to Fauvism, Vorticism and Constructivism, and encompassed painting, applied art, interior design and scenography. Yet it remains his celebrated posters created for clients such as London Underground and Shell during the inter-war years for which he remains most famous. Kauffer’s pioneering work in the field of graphic design ranks alongside the achievements of fellow avant-garde figures such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, all of whom – like Kauffer- had roots in the United States yet established their careers in London.

 Born in Montana in 1890, Kauffer’s precocious artistic talents were first employed painting stage scenery at his local opera house. They were also recognised by an acquaintance named Joseph E. Mcknight, a professor at the University of Utah, who in 1912 paid for Kauffer ton pursue his studies in Paris. As a mark of gratitude, Kauffer subsequently incorporated his benefactor’s surname into his own. Upon the outbreak of the First World War Kauffer fled to England where in 1915 he received a commission to design publicity posters for the Underground.

 

The originality and vibrancy of these images led Kauffer to receive commissions from a variety of companies and publishing houses over the following two decades,including Fortnum & Mason, Lund Humphries and Chrysler Motors. With a finger on the pulse of the latest artistic trends, Kauffer’s special genius lay in his ability to adapt the language of the avant-garde to the needs of advertising, creating works that were not simply visually striking but also rich in artistic merit. With commissions increasingly scarce following the declaration of war in 1939 Kauffer made the painful decision to return to America, where he continued to work for a number of years prior to his death in 1954.

Estorick Collection promoted meetings, education evenings and talks about Edward McKnight Kauffer; the next talk is planned for December 10, 2011 (“Kauffer’s England”, Dr. Jonathan Black, Kingston University).

 www.estorickcollection.com

 

 

THE LIFE BECOMES ART: WELCOME TO PARALLAX AF IN LONDON!

I was there showing my “LACER/ACTIONS” project. I met fellow artists and I had the way to know something about their art. Here are some stories…

 By ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

  

I may say that art world met at Parallax AF in London (La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, October 13-16, 2011). I was there, showing my “LACER/ACTIONS” project (images from torn posters and city walls). With me, almost 200 artists coming from Australia, Japan, Italy, Israel, Chile, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, France, Germany, India, Finland, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, UK, USA, Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Sicily, UAE (Dubai), Lebanon, Netherlands, Belgium. It was a great opportunity to share experiences and ideas. And to plan the future… I met fellow artists and I had the way to approach different expressions of their art. And to know something more about their life. Here are some stories…

The first artist I had the pleasure to meet at Parallax AF was MIIKA NYYSSÖNEN from Helsinki, Finland. We hanged artworks at the wall at the same time, in the afternoon. Miika brought to London three works, three delicious paintings-mosaics. But those artworks were only a little part of his huge artistic activity.

Miika is an installation artist. As he showed me through his tablet, his works are often hybrids of several ways to do art, in his recent works he’s been interested in combining visual decisions made by computer programs to the handwork and painting done by himself. Nyyssönen often builds the situation or the structure which determines what his work’s appearance will be. Miika Nyyssonen used cardboard as the main component in his interactive Olin Hall Gallery installation ‘M the Machine’. 700 cardboard boxes were cut according to ten different models, each surface containing between one and ten square holes that provide partial views of other interior spaces and of three sets of home movies from three decades as the viewer moves within the work, simulating the workings of memory. He has his own page on ArtSlant.com network. As me.

 Just in front of me, AMY MCDONALD exhibited her beautiful artwork communicating poetry and smooth emotions. She loves doing screenprint using graphite, ink drawing, pencil drawing, collage. The effects are really awsome. Amy has recently Graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Northampton, specialising in Printmaking and Drawing. In her works, she is particularly interested in the way in which imagery can be manipulated and represented in an abstract form as an artistic expression. Her recent Exhibitions included Free Range (London – July 2011) and University of Northampton degree show (June 2011). She says: “My artwork is about imaging my world around me. The styles vary, depending on the landscapes and influences I experience.”

Other my “wall neighbour” was NICHOLA DOHERTY, who showed at Parallax her brilliant works. She started out painting the Australian landscape, focusing on the outback, and the work was quite abstract. As her art evolved and she moved into the more urban influence of Paris, her work became more realistic. However, it remains stylised and focused on capturing the essence of Paris rather than a photo realistic portrayal. This style remained when she moved back to Australia and once more began painting country landscapes and also again when she returned to France and Paris. Nichola is currently drawing on inspiration from his life in France and also a recent trip to the Scottish Highlands. She says: “I am continuing to explore the essence of the landscape and world around me and to draw on my personal experiences in different landscapes and countries.”

I knew another Australian artist: DEBORAH ALEXANDER. Behind her art there is the inner world of a woman who really suffered in the first years of the life. She wrote about herself: “My father had no concept of family and my mother very few boundaries… home life was often unsetting and disturbing”. Deborah found in art a new life, a new reason to hope. She has engaged in painting most of her life, but it wasn’t until she was in her forties and her children old enough that she managed to study Fine Art to Honours Degree Level at Suffolk College (2005) and MA Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design (2007). Her paintings are a sort a trip on the dreams. They seemed to me as nice caresses for heart and soul. Deborah Alexander is working out of Newbourne Studios (Woodbridge, Suffolk, England) where a gallery showcases contemporary paintings for interiors. Deborah Alexander was Artist in Residence in Ipswich Hospital‘s Diagnostic Imaging Department (2006) and has created Artwork for both Ipswich Hospital and East Suffolk MIND.

 

During Parallax AF days we had the way “to be on stage” with Berlin-based artist MIRIAM WUTTKE. She presented an interesting performance: “Embracing the Animal Mind” from the series “Dress to Kill-The end of Post Colonialism”. The piece revolved around anxiety and existential fears in post-colonialist societies and systems; the notion of losing control over a well constructed and preserved individualised life, as well as the need to regain a lost simplicity and innocence in the face of global discomfort on a per diem basis. “The embracement of the animal mind,” explains Wuttke, “is a poetic metaphor for the satisfaction of an elementary need. The performance reflects a process of retreat in order to overcome archaic, magical and cognitive thinking to find relief in a faunal counterpart…” The performance taked place all along the gallery of the Royal Opera Arcade.

Miriam lives and works in Berlin and New York where she worked on paintings, performances and installations. The pictorial research of Miriam Wuttke is developed from figurative wood and paper (1992-1997), painting of abstract expressionism (1997-2009). Miriam Wuttke performs mostly in performance within its own facilities “site specific”. Her installations too are “site-specific”. They consist of objects, collages, fragile, objets trouvés, ready-mades, manuscripts, paintings, drawings and video installations.

 Another performance showed BETH JERVIS creativity and artistic expression. Beth – Paris-based artist – performed “A Banal Poem about a Man”, consisting of four poems and audio recordings woven together in relation to her two-dimensional work exhibited in Parallax AF, “Business Plan to End Capitalism”. She describes one of her numerous costumes during the performance as: “a projection of our idea that there is a beautiful other, trying to embody the beauty through norms rather than asking ourselves what makes us truly happy. Exuberance, success, drawn back through the vulnerability of the alternate other. We see the character and see something in the other and we see it in them but we realise we are as foolish as the character not to see it in our selves, just because the character is painted as a fool to have been all those things at once and not realised there is very little importance in the difference between those things, when it is a simple human being that is portraying them.”

 Impossible not to see, at Parallax AF, the incredible cracked paintings by JEAN MARC ISERE, from Asnière sur Seine (France). His work does not arise from an intellectual stand but from a confrontation with the erosion of matter as such. Jean Marc says: “The cracked paintings allow the gaze, beyond the figurative proposition barely outlined in the foreground, to be freed from rational given and handed over the luminescence of the background”. As Jean Marc says, the spectator become s the agent of the work and ties up once more with his vital force”.

 I had the opportunity to admire SAM PEACOCK works. He uses a mix of recycled metals and industrial paints to create landscape pieces. He gorges on the speed and power of mark making, the rawness and the ferocity of paint; how brush marks shift, scrape and overlap to build up structures and forms which compel him to paint. He looks incisively for the conversation within the form to build this up on the canvass as the work evolves. Sam ‘s painting is rooted in the abstract but links to landscape and architecture within the built environment. Colours become forged from the dilapidated wastelands of the industrial North and regenerated urbanized sprawls, right through the space of farmlands in Australia and the hectic communities within Thailand. The surfaces are constructed using a variety of rollers and industrial paints, the underlying textures show forms and motifs where the ideas all began.

At Parallax AF, just in front on my wall, on the right, AMY WRIGHT has presented her beautiful and fascinating works, that tell us some fragments of her path in the artistic life. Amy studied Arts Therapy at the University of Derby where she first began to really explore the use of oil paints. After a short hiatus starting in 1999, Amy returned to painting in 2003, inspired by living in Greenwich, London. She joined a network of artists at the Cor Blimey Art Studios in Deptford in 2005 and further continued her explorations into colour and texture. In 2006 Amy moved to San Francisco. She had a studio in Russian Hill and became a part of the Artist Community, participating in a number of exhibitions. Since moving back to the UK in 2008, Amy found new inspiration in the vibrancy and chaoticness of the London (Space Studios) until recently moving to the Kent Countryside, enjoying the more tranquil and breathtaking influence that has to offer.

Working in the Abstract Expressionistic style, Amy is influenced by emotions, people, surroundings as well as artists such as Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, and Philip Guston. As seen at Parallax, Amy explores the use of colour and texture. Her work is emotive and reflective, and allows the viewer to interpret through their own experiences, memories and feelings. She works in oils, the ideal medium to create the impasto texture that gives depth to her Art. Her favourite colour? Blue.

 

I was really ashtonished by DAPHNE HUGHES Art, for certain aspects so close to my kind of artworks. Daphne is working in the South East of England in Leighton Buzzard,Bedfordshire. She is a Contemporary Artist creating large Abstract paintings based on her Photography. She loves to exploring the minute details of surfaces inherent in objects that surround us. She captures images and exposes their complex surface textures, observing and translating these qualities into paintings. She uses to create large scale fabrications of texture or movement. Each painting is unique and original with strong visual qualities, and by their nature create a tactile response by the use of mixed and diverse mediums.

Daphne worked on a series of large paintings inspired by the discarded object and corroded materials in the environment. She interprets and captures the spirit of their unconventional displacement and existence into paintings in her own unique style. Her works reflect an enhanced physical version intensifying the original qualities. Daphne Hughes says: “As a passionate Artist I am focused on my forthcoming project which will be a series of individual original Abstract paintings of the surface qualities of ancient fishing boats of Bali,Indonesia and the centuries of worn paint.” “Regenerations” was the title of the works showed at Parallax AF. Daphne published a book in which she tells her incredibile journey trough Art.

 I was also captured by MARTINA KOLLE paintings. Martina – who divides her time between Italy and Germany, exhibiting in both countries as well as Turkey and the United States – works between the regions of the abstract and the representational where only myths and symbols reside. Having practiced homeopathic therapy for over 15 years, Kolle draws upon her own inner resources to give life and vitality to an art that, in the end, is always her own. Her signs and symbols sit outside of our regional languages to form a universal, pictorial grammar only accessible through intuition. Some works pay homage to Georgia O’Keefe’s quivering slips of line that flatten out into organic symmetries. We also see the muscular and assertive hard-line geometries of Joseph Stella’s late paintings. Moving past the feminine and masculine, Kolle’s pictures evade category while offering enough familiarity to be arresting. Her intensely saturated yellows, reds, and blues swirl into vortices, drip with gravity, and expand into an ethereal openness like light reflecting off mist.

Martina Kolle says: “During my long-lived therapeutical experiences as a homeopath, balance has always been my main topic, especially its effects on the human spirit, body and soul. My oil on canvas paintings are compensators. Every topic, the colours and composition of each single painting, are given to me in quiescence and are then transferred onto canvas.”

 Parallax AF gave me the pleasure to meet Czech born artist DAGMAR DOST-NOLDEN, who participated at the Biennale di Venezia “Creative Room” (2009) and Third International Forum in Bolognano, at Casa dell’Arte founded by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini. International artist-painter, sculptor and performer, Dagmar Dost-Nolden – who lives in Cologne, Germany – is fascinated by different forms of energy. Nearly all her paintings, sculptures, objects, installations and performances relate to this subject. Energy is streaming and changing, and art follows the same principle. She considers that art is not a static subject, but interacts with its surroundings. Architecture, nature, people, everything is influencing each other, changing not only the view, but also thoughts and thinking processes.

Not belonging in any of the strong art opinions she has developed her own art. It arisese out of an idea as well as an inspiration during the painting process. Both, the idea, spirit and the energy are being included. She says: “Human being, so as everything others too, is only a small part of free streaming energy that is forming all the universe”. Dagmar has been acknowledged in plenty of exhibitions in many countries. This year she participated at Art Fair Shanghai and Art Fair Beijing.

 I like also to mention artworks by DAVID ABSE, KIMBAL QUIST BUMSTEAD, MATTJ FLETCHER, KIMBERLY JEAN WEBB, SOREN MAYES, SUE SKITT, COLIN PEARCE, and the four Polish Artists MARLENA PROMNA, TOMASZ PIETREK, HANNA SLIWINSKA, ANDREI RAFALOWICZ.

 

 By Roberto Alborghetti

(reporter, author, visual artist, photographer)

 

THE PARALLAX AF DAYS IN LONDON: SHARIN’ IDEAS WITH ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

The Parallax AF days are over. The art show at La Galleria (Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) in London was surely a good occasion to meet artists and people. During the three days exhibition and the two private views, I had the way to approach arts from different parts of the world. It was really fascinating to contact art experiences and extremely various ways to express creativity.

There will be the time, in the next days, to write something about artists who participated to the event held in the very heart of London. For now, I want to thank all the Parallax team and the colleagues with whom I have established friendship, talking about arts and future and sharing ideas and experiences.

So, thanks to: Miika Nyyssonen, Daphne Hughes, Martina Kolle, Amy McDonald, Nichola Doherty, Dagmar Dost-Nolden, Samuel Peacock, Miriam Wuttke, Beth Jervis (Miss Peacock), Deborah Alexander, Amy Wright, David Abse, Jean Marc ISERE, Kimbal Quist Bumstead.

 

 LONDRA, LE GIORNATE DI PARALLAX AF:
A CONTATTO CON ARTISTI DA TUTTO IL MONDO

Le giornate della mostra Parallax AF sono finite. La mostra d’arte presso La Galleria (Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) di Londra è stata sicuramente una buona occasione per incontrare artisti e persone. Durante la mostra (13-16 ottobre) – dove sono stato invitato a proporre le mie opere “Lacer/Azioni” – ho avuto il modo di avvicinare espressioni artistiche provenienti da diverse parti
del mondo. E’ stato davvero affascinante mettersi in contatto con esperienze
e modi estremamente diversi di esprimere la creatività.
Ci sarà il tempo, nei prossimi giorni, di scrivere qualcosa su artisti che hanno
partecipato alla manifestazione tenutasi nel cuore di Londra. Per ora, voglio
ringraziare tutto il team Parallax ed i colleghi con i quali ho stabilito
amicizia, parlando di arte e futuro, condividendo idee ed esperienze.
Grazie a: Miika Nyyssonen, Daphne Hughes, Martina Kolle, Amy McDonald,
Nicola Doherty, Dagmar Dost-Nolden, Samuel Peacock, Miriam Wuttke, Beth Jervis, Deborah Alexander, Amy Wright, David Abse, Jean Marc ISERE ,
Kimbal Quist Bumstead.