The sad and tragic death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin last summer left fans with an immeasurable sense of loss. Not only was Yelchin a very talented actor, as seen on Only Lovers Left Alive, Charlie Bartlett and Alpha Dog, he also had an amazing taste for music and was a devoted photographer.
The exclusive exhibition of his photographs are now showcased at The Other Gallery in LA and will be running until December 31.
The exhibition is a series of portraits of Yelchin's family, friends and total strangers he got artistically connected with.
The actor's photography work has been described as experimental, provocative and surrealist.
All 40 pieces are for sale, with all of the proceeds going to the Anton Yelchin Foundation, which helps empower children and filmmaking students.
Check out some of the photos on the gallery bellow:
For more information you can contact the Gallery.
Museum sceneries to wonder - Part 1
Livia Schaeffer Nonose @livisn
Museums have gone beyond the responsibility of hosting art and art projects. They have invested in architecture that are in itself creations, becoming part of the attraction that draws museum lovers from all over the world.
Freiheit selected three very special locations to take you across the globe in a journey of wonder.
Piece of mind in Korea’s Museum SAN (Space Art Nature)
Opened in 2013, and designed by the master of minimalist architecture constructed with concrete Tadao Ando, the museum aims to be a space where art and culture harmonize with nature and its four seasons. Following Ando’s philosophy of connecting sky, earth and human, the space has different shapes of round, rectangular and triangular forms, involving visitors in feelings of wanderlust, truly represented in its slogan ‘Disconnect to Connect”. Another must seen part of this beautiful and peaceful place is James Turrell’s four works: Sky Space, Horizon Room, Ganzfeld and Wedgework.
Urban intervention with Brazil's Museum Oscar Niemeyer
Designed by the architect naming the museum, and also known popularly as The Eye Museum or MON is located in Curitiba, a city in the south of Brazil. It has conquered the heart of all of its habitants and visitors for its modern architecture and futuristic design, since the early 2000s. MON hosts exhibitions, educational activities, events and has its archives open to the public for consultation, in a established continuous relation with its community. The different spaces constituting the entire space is divided in separates building, with the most prominent one being the Eye, accessed by a circular ramp surrounded a water garden amidst a green area.
Design driven landscapes at Art Science Museum, Singapore
The world’s first ArtScience museum completes the design driven landscape of the Marina Bay area in the downtown area of Singapore with a strong presence. Designed by Moshe Safdie, it represents a lotus flour with 10 petals, each being a gallery space, hosting exhibitions related to Art, Technology, Science and its connections. Based on the architect’s philosophy “that art and science together can excite and inform visitors in a new way”, the museum takes the responsibility to instigate the public’s curiosity and discovery. Its exhibitions are often interactive, allowing the visitor to take part as an active part in the Art experience.
If you happen to be in London in the end of September you must check the new exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts - Abstract Expressionism.
From 24th September until 2nd January significants works from Pollock, Rothko, Kooning, Kline and Gorky will be showcased alongside with lesser known, but also important and influential artists, who gave life to the American artistic movement that took place in the 40's, in New York. The Abstract Expressionism was the first American art moment to reach international exposure and led New York to be the centre of the art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.
"Seeing these works made my imagination come to life and realise what painting could be – very poetic, very moving, and very physical." Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy
Be prepared to see high scales paintings, vivid colours and iconic art pieces.
The exhibition is curated by independent art historian Dr David Anfam, alongside Edith Devaney, Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The tickets are now available at the Royal Academy of Art's website and cost £17 (without donation). The exhibition is open from Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm and Friday 10am – 10pm.
Got interested in this particular movement? You can find a beginner's guide to Abstract Expressionism on the Royal Academy of Arts website or visit the Artsy Abstract Expressionism page with a lot of information regarding the movement.
For more information, visit the site Royal Academy of Arts.
Surfer Konstantin Kokorev and his team shot an amazing documentary while searching for waves at the Siberia's arctic Coast. The film has been released in small parts and the results so far are beyond incredible.
The russian team shot during one year at different locations in the Murmansk region, where the water measures around 2C (35F), with an average air temperature of -15C.
"The movie tells us about the Russian surfers riding in the severe conditions of The Far North. Only few ones have tried surfing at this latitude, even fewer have tried it in Russia. The movie's been shot during one year at different locations in the Murmansk region. The camera crew has filmed different seasons, conditions and moods of those sites. Having overcome all of the difficulties and having been inspired by the northern spirits, our heroes share their impressions about the places they've visited, the past of our country and their childhood."
Konstantin Kokorev 's Instagram is also worth following.
The first Museum fully dedicated to street art is starting its construction now and is expected to be open for the public at mid 2017. The home for such groundbreaking space is, of course, Berlin.
The city is already “the graffiti Mecca of the urban art world” according to Art critic Emilie Trice, and holds the title of "City of Design" by UNESCO. Yes, the birth place of the first space dedicated to the urban art couldn't be better.
"We are working on our vision to build the first independent and non-commercial home for urban contemporary art since 2013. With more than 200 artists, URBAN NATION is already turning Berlin into a huge outdoor Museum. In mid 2017 the vision is finally getting reality. The URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART will offer an independent room for debates, research, interdisciplinary projects and creative exchange. With exhibitions, workshops and a range of cross-media approaches, the museum in the heart of Berlin will be an international magnet for enthusiasts, practisers and researchers of this central art form of the 21st century. The concept was developed by museum director Yasha Young." This is what the press release by Urban Nation says.
The Museum is co-founded by LOTTO foundation and would be based at Schöneberg neighbourhood.
We just can't wait to check this out!
Here is a trailer of the project:
Sources: IheartBerlin, Urban Nation,
Today is International Museum Day, but more than free entries on your favourite museum, what is the main focus about this date in which 35.000 Museums are involved in around 145 countries?
Since its creation in 1977, every year the ICOM (International Council of Museums) highlights a theme that is at the heart of the international museum community’s preoccupations. This year the theme is Cultural Landscapes, which is also the theme of the General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), to be held in Milan, Italy from 3 to 9 July 2016. This theme implies that museums have a certain responsibility towards the landscapes where they are located, to which they are able to bring their own specific knowledge and skills. The main mission of museums is to oversee the safekeeping and protection of the heritage that lies both within and beyond their walls.
In the Siena Charter, the cultural landscape is proposed as “the country where we live, which surrounds us with the images and symbols that identify and characterize it.” According to this vision, the landscape is considered as the context – geographic, historical, economic, social and cultural – in which museums exist and operate.
Lets remember the definition of museums provided by ICOM, :
A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.
The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people.
What best way to celebrate it than visit your nearest museum? Discover a selection of the activities organised for International Museum Day here.
Photography, technology and art.
Photography is used to capture a moment in time, document the truth, instagram our view of the world and register the simple and beautiful things around us.
With the nowadays technology we can capture moments, food, landscapes with our fingertips - zoom in, zoom out - and click: we register the perfect photo, with instruments increasingly more precise to bring the most accurate details to it.
What happens when photography, technology and art are mixed together? The results can be both very interesting and very disturbing. I would say magical.
American photographer Jerry Uelsmann produces composite photographs with multiple negatives and extensive darkroom work. He was the forerunner of photomontage in the 20th century in America. Uelsmann is a champion of the idea that the final image need not be tied to a single negative, and may be composed of many. He uses up to a dozen enlargers at a time to produce his final images, and has a large archive of negatives that he has shot over the years.
It is possible today, with image editing softwares, to create a work somewhat resembling Uelsmann's in less than a day. However, Uelsmann continues to use traditional equipment. "I am sympathetic to the current digital revolution and excited by the visual options created by the computer. However, I feel my creative process remains intrinsically linked to the alchemy of the darkroom.".
American photographer Brooke Shaden works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.
Shaden places herself within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own.
Italian graphic designer Giuseppe Pepe has been removing the heads of Instagrammers across the world as part of his anti selfie art project, #LoosingMyMind.
Lissy Elle shows the fantastic world of fairy tales, fantasy and childhood imagination through her work.
“I discovered photography as an art-form when I was 13. It quickly became an escape from the trials of adolescence, and an excuse to soldier on […] to forge, through art, a place for yourself in the world and fight tooth and nail to stay there.” says Canadian photographer Lissy Elle.
The work of swiss photographer Benoît Jeannet is "the poetry of the discovery of the world and its landscapes is confronted to the processes of scientific investigation."
"My work mixes types and languages. The project presents pictures of the landscape collected during travels across the world. It also presents geological fragments, as visual samples and studio reconstitutions of elements composing the landscape".
"I have taken and assembled those pictures by thinking of a perpetual quest. From a question arises an answer from which derives a reflection, and so one. Every quest is supposed to lead to a conclusion. The appeal of A Geological Index Of The Landscape stands in its gaps and the illusion of a potential completeness". Benoît Jeannet.
Citing her inspirations as “surreal moments, bizarre emotions [and] realities below the surface”, the Berlin-based photographer Gundula Blumi distorts the images she takes, playing with light, color and water until the photographs lose their original meaning, and take on a new, more mysterious quality. “Emotions or subconscious images and thoughts finally ‘get a chance to speak’ in the picture.”
“Sometimes when I look at images that I have created a longer time ago I notice that they don`t fit anymore to my inner reality. Then I know that something has changed.”
Sources : Ignant, Lissy Elle, Jerry Uelsmann, Huffington Post, Brooke Shaden, Aint Bad
If your traveling to Las Vegas you should make a stop at the city's south Interstate 15 and take a look at the amazing work by swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The work comprises of seven monumental totems of solid rock in fluorescent colours which took the artist about five years to brig them to life.
The stone configurations would be in display at the desert of Nevada for two years and would be one of the most viewed art installations in the history of the land art, due to the active Interstate - is expected that approximately 16 million vehicles would pass by work during the two years period - according to the co-founders of the non-profit Art Production Found, Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal. The institution alongside with the Nevada Museum of Art co-produced the piece, which is also backed with big sponsors, such as Banana Republic and Aria Cassino and Resort.
‘seven magic mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now,’ Rondinone describes.