Insight No. 49: Zaha Hadid – “The Queen of the Curves” (Architect & Designer)

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ABOUT ZAHA HADID – Architect + Artist + Designer + Extraordinary Woman

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid DBE RA (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) was an Iraqi-British architect.

She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011.

In 2012, she was made a Dame by Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and in 2015 she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

She was described by The Guardian of London as the “Queen of the curve”, who “liberated architectural geometry, giving it a whole new expressive identity”. Her major works include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. Some of her designs have been presented posthumously, including the statuette for the 2017 Brit Awards, and several of her buildings were still under construction at the time of her death, including the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The architectural style of Hadid is not easily categorised, and she did not describe herself as a follower of any one style or school. Nonetheless, before she had built a single major building, she was categorised by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a major figure in architectural deconstructivism. Her work was also described as an example of parametricism. An article profiling Hadid in the New Yorker magazine was titled “The Abstractionist”.

When she was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2004, the jury chairman, Lord Rothschild, commented: “At the same time as her theoretical and academic work, as a practicing architect, Zaha Hadid has been unserving in her commitment to modernism. Always inventive, she’s moved away from existing typology, from high tech, and has shifted the geometry of buildings.”

The Design Museum described her work in 2016 as having “the highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life”.

Hadid herself, who often used dense architectural jargon, could also describe the essence of her style very simply: “The idea is not to have any 90-degree angles. In the beginning, there was the diagonal. The diagonal comes from the idea of the explosion which ‘re-forms’ the space. This was an important discovery.”

Tipp No. 33: Contemporary Arts – Buddhism & Transformation by Gonkar Gyatso / Tibet

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

London-based Gonkar Gyatso (b. 1961, Lhasa) creates humorous works informed by both politics and his personal life. “Just as the identity of my homeland cannot be separated from religion and politics, so my own sensibility has been shaped by the undeniable bond between the two.” Gyatso’s practice revolves around the reproduction of Buddhist iconography, calling the Buddha his ‘muse.’ Skillfully incorporating Western and Tibetan cultural themes into his work, Gyatso transforms traditional images of the Buddha into Pop Art-inspired multimedia works that satirize world politics and the mundanity of life. His iconic work titled Pokemon Buddha (2003) marks the first example of what has now become the central theme of his practice; much of his work references the shifts in identity that characterize the life of a migrant.

Tipp No. 93: Textile Paintings & Embroidery Installations by the Artist Hildur Bjarnadottir (Iceland)

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About Hildur Bjarnadottir

Born in 1969, Hildur Bjarnadottir is an Icelandic artist, she graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn specializing in textiles.

She exercises the career of professor at the Iceland Academy of Art and at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art, where she is the director of the textiles department.

She continued doing researches on the subject “The role of textiles in the field of painting” for this project she worked in collaboration with the Bergen Academy of Art.

The artist addresses mostly two main subjects; the nature of textiles and of painting. Her main purpose is to highlight the materials used to create the composotion, their color and their texture. Hildur Bjarnadottir uses embroidery to create her pieces and installations. In order to achieve the desired result, an important previous work is necessary, that is where the artist shows her talents as a draftswoman, painter and watercolorist.

Her work is recognized internationally nowadays and her pieces are displayed in numerous private and public collections, including at the Bomuldsfabriken in Norway, at the Reykjanes Art Museum, at the Nordic House of Iceland, the Scandinavia House of New York and at the Vestyllands Kunstmuseums in Denmark.

Tipp No. 91: Mystic Landscapes on Iceland – Fine Arts Photography by Mike Reyfman (Ukraine, now: USA)

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Beyond the cliché of the archaic “Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland seems to offer space…Space just to be….to be your Self, in my view.

Iceland is definetely a destination to yearn for (Sehnsuchtsort). The well-known landscape photographer Mike Reyfman shares some breath-taking impressions with us.

Only people with a free spirit, a rich soul, an open mind and inner beauty are able to discover and catch these qualities in the outside world by taking pictures.

As an appetizer, let` s have a look at Mike Reyfmans perspective on Icelands landscapes…

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ABOUT MIKE REYFMAN

Mike Reyfman is renowned landscape and nature photographer.

He was born in Ukraine and moved to United States in January 2000. Mike has been awarded for his photography in the prestigious international photography competitions. His photographs have been used extensively worldwide in calendars, books, magazines and advertising industry. He has written numerous articles on travel and landscape photography and has been teaching photography for many years.

Mike is the founder of WORLDPHOTOTRAVELS.COM which runs photography workshops around the globe.

His works were exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the open air exhibition on the prime outdoor places in Moscow and St. Petersburg, travel photography exhibitions at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo International Airports etc.

In addition, Mike has an experience as photography competition judge and worked as a Jury member at WorldPhoto 2008, Global Arctic Awards 2012 and Patagonia Photo Awards 2017.

“When the great place, right moment, favorable light and sharp eye find each other — the photo is born.”
cit.: Mike Reyfman

For more details, additional galleries and print-outs for sale, please feel free to visit Mike`s website:

http://www.mikereyfman.com/

Tipp No. 89: “Animeyed” – Fine Arts Portrait Photography by Flora Borsi (Hungary)

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Flora is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual 
ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss.Flora at once captures the complex strength and fragility of the human psyche. She expertly visualises dark fantasies and atmospheric dreams, utilising the uncanny and clever metaphor, while unlocking what it means to think, feel, dream and express in the urban world.Her work often features the female body and she plays with hiding and revealing the eyes or face to leave only the feminine form, exploring questions of female representation and the relationship between body and self. 

Flora has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, and has most notably taken part in the
“Continental Shift” group exhibition at Saatchi Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Louvre, France.
Her ethereal aesthetic has won multiple art prizes and garnered critical acclaim from press including The Guardian’s Observer
and BBC Culture. Her artwork was the face of Adobe Photoshop in 2014.

Her work is offered here:

https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/420895

Insight No. 69: “Urban Arts Beyond Vandalism” – Graffiti in Hungary by various artists

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Yes, there seems to be a vandalism problem in BUdapest. Actually, you can find ugly tags everywhere. But Budapest gives home to a vibrant street art community as well. From old-school graffiti, 3D tags to impressive monumental wall painting, you can find all kinds of styles in Budapest. The city tried to respond to the growing popularity of urban arts by offering 4 – 6 public walls for street arts.

In the meantime, a couple of artist gained international reputation. For instance Saatchi Art is offering Hungarian graffiti master pieces (paintings) from time to time.

As you might have already noticed, I have published various graffiti posts about specific countries and German cities (e.g. from Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Hamburg, Berlin etc.) . Each time I tried to identify location-specific characteristic of the urban art.

But to be honest, I never came to any clear conclusion…except of the choice of motifs. The graffiti in Argentina and Greece are extraordinary strong because many of them had uptodate politcal messages. In general, I got the impression that street arts is very individualistc. It is about developing a personal signature style….and graffiti is less influenced by local culture and traditions.

Well, I am no insider. So, if you like to share your opinion, please feel free to comment.

Tipp No. 84: Witty, Thought-Provoking Illustrations by Sergio Ingravalle (Germany)

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Cleverly visualized “Deep Thoughts” with a dash of irony inspired by modern everyday life…feel free to meet Sergio Ingravalle, a German artist and illustrator.

Cleverly visualized “Deep Thoughts” with a dash of irony inspired by modern everyday life…feel free to meet Sergio Ingravalle, a German artist and illustrator.

His website: http://www.maivisto.de/

Sergio has enjoyed working with pencilswatercolours and ink since his childhood. Nowadays, he combines the elements digitally to create unique illustrations. Switching styles, mixing techniques and exploring unknown aspects of my abilities drive him forward and enable him to create visually appealing projects for a diverse range of clients from the private and industrial sector including famous brands. According to Sergio, his studio’s name is derived from the Italian words ›mai visto‹, which means ›never seen before‹. From the very beginning of his career, he was working with this idea on his mind…Let’s create something together that we both have never seen before!

Tipp No. 85: “Cit.: The Only Truth” Digital Arts & Paintings by Tammam Azzam (Syria, now: Dubai)

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Photomontage – Klimts “The Kiss” as graffiti on Syrian ruins
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

“Desparation is the Only Truth”

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1980, Tammam Azzam received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus with a concentration in oil painting. Alongside a successful career as a painter in Syria, Azzam was a prolific graphic designer, an experience that would inform his digital media work after relocating to Dubai with the start of the country’s conflict.

The initial phase of Azzam’s work was distinguished by a ‘hybrid form’ of painting with applications of various media that allowed him to arrive at tactile interactions between surface and form that multiply as compositions evolve. These semi-abstract works use unconventional materials such as rope, clothespins, and other found objects in order to accentuate the depth, texture, and space of laboured picture planes, creating a visible tension. Although outwardly different in appearance, the series that resulted from these early experiments were inspired by the artist’s changing perceptions of specific urban environments.

Following the start of the uprising in Syria, Azzam turned to digital media and graphic art to create visual composites of the conflict that resonated with international viewers. These widely distributed works are informed by his interest in the interventionist potential of digital photography and street art as powerful and direct forms of protest that are difficult to suppress. In early 2013, Azzam made worldwide headlines when his Freedom Graffiti print went viral on social media.

Recently, he has returned to painting with Storeys, a series of monumental works on canvas that communicate the magnitude of devastation experienced across his native country through expressionist compositions of destroyed cityscapes. Chronicling the current state of his homeland, Azzam delves into a cathartic exercise of reconstruction, storey by storey. Alongside these new paintings, he has produced a significant body of giclée prints and installations that depict the facets of cities through similar themes.

Tipp No. 76: Contemporary Arts by Yee I-Lann (Malaysia)

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Legends, Ghosts and Feminism

Yee was born in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia in 1971 to a New Zealander mother and a Sino-Kadazan father, but has always identified herself as strongly Sabahan. Her multicultural upbringing was also marked by studies at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and at the Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, United Kingdom. Today, she resides in Kuala Lumpur, where she has established herself as one of the most influential Malaysian artists of her generation.

Yee is known for her multi-layered digital photocollage series that reference history, popular culture, archives and everyday objects. Her oeuvre engages with issues of culture, power and the role of historical memory in social experience, and often focuses on themes and motifs that reference Borneo’s indigenous cultures.