Friday, June 19, 2009

Boom Boom.

An Exhibition from Diego Lorenzini

In times where everything can be art, it is refreshing to come across extraordinary skill. Young Chilean artist Diego Lorenzini combines realistic drawings of almost photographic quality with casual sketches and cartoons. He uses everyday materials like pencil, biro and notebook, creating an immediacy that, combined with his pensive humour, strikes as a fresh approach to an established medium.

In the tradition of newspaper cartoons, Lorenzini uses humour to hint at serious issues. However, his artworks go further: Their fractured narrative always leaves space for interpretation. In the “Berlin-series”, for example, comic characters who represent the ‘real’ world imagine portraits which are drawn in the realistic manner of classic etching, though seen from a fisheye-lens perspective. The series was triggered by the concept of communication when Lorenzini, unable to speak German, was living in Berlin.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Objects #2 CRAFT PUNK

Now Available

On almost 130 pages, the Craftpunk issue celebrates the general renaissance of design-art, which lately led to buzz words like “Craftpunk”. Coined by Ambra Medda, the glamorous director of Design Miami, the term circles the world promising the revolution of applied art: Out of the pottery sheds and into the wide world of design. Nonconformist subculture meets traditional craft. But is this the revival of craft that we really need?

In the Craftpunk issue Objects discusses the future of applied arts and its overlaps with design and fine art. Does something become “Neocraft”, new craft, only because it is presented in a new social environment? Or are skill, material and deliberate slowness considered valuable in these digital times? Objects answers these questions by presenting artists in the essays who work in young genres like animation and comic while overstepping the borders of classic crafts with old virtues – and who represent, probably because of that, some of the most progressive leaders among the young applied artists. Irish animator David O’Reilly, Luxemburg’s Designer Eric Schockmel and Berlin Comic artist Jens Harder, they all develop surprisingly new interpretations of applied art in their groundbreaking projects, all of them in their own way.

Objects N°2 also presents an architectural vision of San Francisco’s future in 2010, the historical value of illustrated post cards from the Great War and about the great and almost forgotten design expert Victor Papanek. Finally, Objects visits Californian painter-illustrator Erik Sandberg in L.A., who portraits hairy children, and goes on a 250 km-long hike with Chilean artist Diego Lorenzini and his tortoise from Santiago to the small village of Talca. The reviews look at the latest book art objects and report from the international art- and exhibition scene.

As before, the issue was designed by established graphic designers and illustrators in the style of a traditional essay journal and is printed on high-quality paper.

-Objects is published quarterly in German language

-128 pages

-10 EUR

Objects can be purchased online, as well as in train stations and selected book stores.

Objects is published by Illustrative e.V. in Berlin.

Press Contact:

Objects. Journal of Applied Arts

Gormannstr. 23

10119 Berlin

Tel.: (030) 48 49 19 29

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Inside OBJECTS #2

Sonja Danowski

Recent work from Sonja Danowski
, winner of the Young Illustrator Award 2007.

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