Paula Hayes - Nocturne of the Limax Maximus (2010)
"Inspired by the leopard slug, a hermaphroditic animal with mating rituals quite unique in the natural world. Two twine around each other to form a caduceus shape, then suspend themselves in mid-air from a long mucous string. The incandescent blue male organs of each emerge from the tops of their heads and, likewise, twine around the other’s to form a glowing orb that slowly morphs into a flowerlike form.”
Abbaye de Fontevraud
Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manky is a design tandem whose works meet at the crossroads of industrial production and craftsmanship. In all their projects they seek to maintain a balance between innovation and grace. Their latest project is a fine example of this rule. The designers rearranged the interior of an old Saint-Lazare priory to host a hotel and a restaurant. Over the centuries the building had served monks and nuns, been used as a hospice and at one point even a prison. In 1980s it was first transformed into a hotel. The project reinterprets the story of Saint-Lazare for the future. Corresponding with the space which avoids unnecessary stylistic effects, the designers introduced their own pared-down and elegant style. This resulted as a sensual and refined interior of a mystical, ancient monastery.
„We quietly slipped into the Saint-Lazare priory, immersing ourselves in its history and its uniqueness. We tried to capture its essence, from its monastic simplicity to its prison austerity via the wisdom and philosophy of those who built and lived here. Then we had to fine-tune our approach, to give life to a contemporary vision that would respect and preserve the spirit of the building. We didn’t want the visitor to forget where they were. On the contrary, we wanted to assure an intimate experience of the site, allowing the visitor to appropriate fragments of the past in comfort. Achieving this also meant rising to the challenge of the constraints imposed by the building’s classification as an historic monument, notably that we were not permitted to touch the ceilings and the walls. The best approach was to find a way to turn these constraints into opportunities.”
Photography: Nicolas Mathéus
Marcus Viljoen is a conceptual photographer who utilizes various photo-based and mixed media processes to create limited edition prints which explore the rich terrain of social memory and perception through landscape. With admirable precision and flair, Viljoen depicts the five geographic regions of Nambia: the Central Plateau; the Namib Desert; the Escarpment; the Bushveld; and the Kalahari Desert.
Viljoen’s most recent development involves the use of cutting, altering and weaving collected photographs and imbues the work with the dignity and sincerity of the artist’s hand.
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Eric Standley, a Virginia-based artist who works with laser-cut paper, creates amazing and awe-inspiring layered paper cuts of extraordinary complexity that successfully marry Gothic and Islamic architectural elements in tiny cathedral-like spaces.
Lakor Mis ~ "Explosions"
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Born at the foot of the Rockies and raised in the Appalachians, Melissa S Armstrong’s work is informed by the history, grandeur and beauty of both mountain ranges. Her studies in the arts and sciences at the College of William and Mary, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Brown University have resulted in environments and objects that directly reference biological and mineralogical processes.
She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and was a founding member of Wayfarers, an artist-collective in Bushwick.
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Richard Wright - Untitled (2014)
Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre
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Olafur Eliasson layers a riverbed within louisiana museum of modern art.
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Camping and Caravanning Club
Butchers’ Friends Society
Dintefisch Diving Club
Friends of the Tattoo
In their series Freizeitfreunde HobbyBuddies, the Swiss photographers Ursula Sprecher (b. 1970) and Andi Cortellini (b. 1965) show group portraits of people who meet regularly due to a shared interest. No matter what they call themselves – interest group, association, club, clique or league – the focus in these groups is always on voluntary commitment and the joy of pursuing a common cause or shared idea. These staged pictures were each taken at a carefully selected location, at a scheduled time, with scenery built and specifically arranged to show a certain number of members of the group. The subjects of the group pictures come from all walks of life, age groups, ethnicities and religions. The pictures betray thorough research and organization: the number of subjects and their clothing, the props, accessories – nothing is left to chance. This approach results in unusual, intriguing and in some cases even perplexing images and compositions. The photo series has been exhibited internationally and published in numerous magazines, such as chrismon, Geo, Tageswoche and NZZ.
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