dieFirma announces 100,000 Lines, a public exhibition viewable from the street featuring work by Hermann Zschiegner, curated by Victor Sira.
The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. Even as New York begins to “re-open,” cases across the country rise and we still mourn those who are lost. While we still cannot convene safely indoors, dieFirma holds onto the belief that art remains valuable, and will be converting our window in Cooper Square into a display for viewing art outdoors.
The deaths across the country and world affect us all but are at a scale that is hard to conceive. In response, Zschiegner decided to create a project at once abstract and literal. By taking the now-famous May 24th New York Times frontpage, featuring 1,000 mini-obituaries, then 10% of the 100,000 who had died in the U.S., Zschiegner used data visualization to intervene on the black-and-white paper.
Using a custom algorithm, Zschiegner used a pen plotter—a kind of computer-operated drawing device—to create an abstract form of 100,000 lines in order to attempt to visualize the enormity of the loss, as well as our inability to comprehend it.
Every Thursday from 8:30pm – 9:30pm, July 9th – August 6th, a projection of Zschiegner’s work will be displayed in the window. A limited run of a reproduction of 100,000 Lines will be available for free from dieFirma.
About Hermann Zschiegner
Hermann Zschiegner is a New York–based artist, designer, and principal of 2n, a data visualization agency. He has collaborated on Various Small Books (MIT Press) and is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Collective. His work has been exhibited at Printed Matter (New York), the Cleveland Museum of Art, Rencontres d’Arles, FoMu (Antwerp), and the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (Barcelona).
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submission date: 7/6/2020
NEW SINGLE “BLUE SOUL” PREMIERED BY WBGO, OUT JUNE 23
New York trumpeter, composer, and arranger Charles Tolliver’s first album in eleven years, Connect, will be released July 31 on Gearbox Records. WBGO premiered a new single entitled "Blue Soul," which will be commercially available June 23, saying that the music has “so much driving urgency” and calling it “a hard-boppish tune with a backbeat groove”: https://www.wbgo.org/post/righteous-sounds-georgia-anne-muldrow-charles-tolliver-gerald-clayton-take-five
Recorded to tape at RAK Studios in London last November by Tony Platt (The Bad Plus, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bob Marley), the four-track album features the Charles Tolliver All-Stars, comprising some of the most experienced jazz musicians of New York: Jesse Davis on alto saxophone, Keith Brown on piano, Buster Williams on double bass, and Lenny White on drums. The album also bridges together New York and London by featuring leading British saxophonist Binker Golding on two tracks, (Binker & Moses, Moses Boyd Exodus, Zara McFarlane.) Connect will be Charles’ first release via London-based independent label Gearbox Records, who are responsible for recent releases by Abdullah Ibrahim, Binker & Moses, Butcher Brown, and Theon Cross.
On recording with Gearbox, Charles said, "… with both of our collective recording label expertise a recording of my touring band could and would be done. I chose to Connect consummate artists whose performances represent absolutely the real deal in this artform - Lenny White, Buster Williams, Jesse Davis, Keith Brown. The excellent artistry of Binker Golding was added for some tracks by [Gearbox founder] Darrel."
Tolliver, entirely self-taught, is a remarkable talent who has gained an outstanding reputation as a trumpetist, bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942, his musical career began at the age of eight when his beloved grandmother, Lela, presented him with his first instrument, a cornet, and the inspiration to learn.
After a few years of college majoring in pharmacy at Howard University, and formulating his trumpet style, Charles began his professional career with the saxophone giant Jackie Mclean. Making his recording debut with McLean on Blue Note Records in 1964, Charles has since recorded and/or performed with such renowned artists as Roy Haynes, Hank Mobley, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Booker Ervin, Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Oliver Nelson, Andrew Hill, Louis Hayes, Roy Ayers, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, and Max Roach.
Charles Tolliver has been a recipient of the Downbeat Critic’s Choice for the Trumpet category. In 1969 he formed the quartet Music Inc which has become internationally respected for its innovative trumpet quartet approach. Charles and his Music Inc, has toured in North and South America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan performing at festivals, concerts, radio and television stations. In 1970 he and his alter ego fellow musician artist Stanley Cowell created Strata-East Records which he has steadfastly kept alive straight into the present.
In recent times, Charles issued his 2007 album, Grammy-nominated big band recording With Love through Blue Note, whilst the Jazz Journalists Association presented him with the “Best Large Ensemble of the Year 2007” award for his new tour de force group, The Charles Tolliver Big Band. In 2009, he released a live big band album entitled Emperor March, recorded at the Blue Note in New York.
Charles’ first ever recording under his own name, Paper Man, was recorded in 1968 with a legendary line-up of Herbie Hancock on keys, Gary Bartz on saxophone, Ron Carter on double bass, and Joe Chambers on drums, and released via the iconic British label Black Lion. Today’s record Connect, released via British jazz-led label Gearbox Records, brings his association with British jazz into full circle, and shows the mentality of an artist who has achieved greatness yet constantly aspires to do more.
submission date: 6/03/2020
L'opera nasce da un progetto in cui si vogliono trattare temi religiosi della storia dell'arte integrandoli ad una visione
personale e contemporanea. I personaggi sono degli 'omaggi' a grandi artisti del passato che vengono integrati in contesti
motivati da una lettura personale. In questo trittico, che è il secondo di una serie di tre, l'annunciazione del
Beato Angelico viene inserita in una scena bucolica in alta montagna con una natura incontaminata.
La salita al trono vede una scena di Hans Memling inserita in un interno dove una parte dell'architettura
contemporanea di Santiago Calatrava viene elaborata digitalmente per creare una corte con piscina:
un luogo in cui l'intervento dell'uomo crea un equilibrio idilliaco.
L'Ascensione di Rubens vede infine Nostra Signora che lascia una terra 'corrotta' dallo smog e dai fumi delle industrie
che salendo al cielo divengono panneggi che con gli angeli innalzano la figura al cielo.
Mi interessa trattare questi temi per la loro 'contemporaneità'.
Sono inoltre molto affascinato nell'utilizzare tecniche moderne e tradizionali allo stesso tempo;
per questo i soggetti vengono decisi digitalmente ma le realizzazioni vengono eseguite con le tecniche
tradizionali dell'olio semitrasparente e stratificato.
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submission date: 05/22/2020
eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Skyscraper Competition. The Jury selected 3 winners and 22 honorable mentions from 473 projects received. The annual award established in 2006 recognizes visionary ideas that through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.
The FIRST PLACE was awarded to EPIDEMIC BABEL designed by D Lee, Gavin Shen, Weiyuan Xu, and Xinhao Yuan from China. The project envisions a rapid-deployment healthcare skyscraper for epidemic outbreaks. The building consists of a steel frame in which pre-fabricated programmatic boxes would plug-in according to specific demands.
The recipients of the SECOND PLACE are Yutian Tang and Yuntao Xu from The United States for the project EGALITARIAN NATURE. The proposal imagines a man-made vertical park for recreational activities within high-density urban areas accessible to all its inhabitants.
COASTAL BREAKWATER COMMUNITY designed by Charles Tzu Wei Chiang and Alejandro Moreno Guerrero from Taiwan received the THIRD PLACE. The project envisions a vertical housing community for fishermen in St. Louis, Senegal where rising sea levels have forced the inhabitants to move inland. The proposal is inspired by the traditional wooden architecture- a system of pillars, arches, and tensile structures.
The Honorable Mentions include a skyscraper for terraforming the permafrost, a proposal for repurposing decommissioned airplanes, a vertical cyber-mall, a water-scraper, and a reforestation skyscraper among other innovative projects.
The Jury was formed by Berrin Chatzi Chousein [Editor-in-Chief, World Architecture Community], Alper Derinboğaz [Founder, Salon Architects], Jürgen H. Mayer [Founder, J. MAYER H. and Partner, Architekten mbB], Manuel Navarro Zornoza [Principal, Latitude Architectural Group], Michael Neumann [Principal, Synn Architects], Ryuichi Sasaki [Founder, Sasaki Architecture], and Lu Yun [Founder, MUDA Architects]. read more »
submission date: 4/23/2020
After working in collaboration with Mexican and Argentinian artists in his first two singles, the european settled-argentine musician and producer realeases "Seven Seas". It's about that downtempo electronic dreamy song which can carry you to a subtle universe through the vocals and lyrics of Slovak singer Ivana Mer. Shaped by the sound of harps, processed piano, violin, cymbal, timpani, bells and a display of complex choirs that are best to experience with headphones. Being an anagram for Cristian Estrella, It Rises All Nectar becomes an ideal excuse to make a solo project also collaborative. As a multimedia driven artist, Cristian created his own videos. Simple and handy tools were used, such as paper, watercolors, a table light, an adapted microphone and a cellphone. Slow-motion and zooming during edition revealed an organic life within this colourful world, tunning accordingly with the song. Cristian also works with Ivana since 2015, both as founders of Asteroidea Digital Records, editing artists from Europe, Latin-America and Asia.
Ivana Mer has given the song a dose of delicacy from her voice and a sense of profound poetry in her lyrics, focused in ethereal beings like angels all along human history. “Seven Seas is an archaic designated for all seas in the world. Fusing that peaceful feeling and harmony for the planet in challenging times for everyone”. Ivana unveils her music career since 2008, doing live performances with different formations, composing music for theater, dance, videoart and other kinds of performance. During these months she continues her recording sessions and producing along Cristian her awaited third album.
Music: Cristian Estrella & Ivana Mer.
Voice and Lyrics: Ivana Mer.
Cristian Estrella: virtual instruments (harp, piano, violin, timpani, cymbal, bells) and electronic drums.
Composed and mixed by Cristian Estrella.
Recorded and filmed in Banská Stiavnica (Slovakia).
Camera and edition: LINEA1.
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submission date: 4/15/2020
The 6th edition of the International Festival of NanoArt will be hosted by the Virtual Museum of NanoArt. Details to follow.
Meantime, please visit my 3D Virtual Gallery of NanoArt at:
"NanoArt is a new art discipline at the art-science-technology intersections. It features nanolandscapes (molecular and atomic landscapes which are natural structures of matter at molecular and atomic scales) and nanosculptures (structures created by scientists and artists by manipulating matter at molecular and atomic scales using chemical and physical processes). These structures are visualized with powerful research tools like scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes and their scientific images are captured and further processed by using different artistic techniques to convert them into artworks showcased for large audiences." (Cris Orfescu)
"NANOdesign is a new discipline emerged from art and design interaction with science and technology. Everyday things and fashion are designed by reproducing structures and patterns from nano world (molecular and atomic landscapes)." (Cris Orfescu)
Surrealist Photography: channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of your imagination. Focus on dreams, psychoanalysis, and fantastic imagery. Impressionist Photography: captured images are digitally manipulated to create images without detail but with bold colors. Travel Photography: Animals, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Nature, People, Plants and Flowers, Places, Sports.
Cris Orfescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, and lives and works in Los Angeles since 1991. He is a self-taught artist and also a degreed scientist who is experimenting for over 45 years with different media and art forms including digital art, murals, acrylic and oil painting, mixed media, faux painting, trompe l’oeil, collage, graphics, animation, web design, video, multimedia. For more than 30 years he is experimenting and perfecting a new art form, NanoArt, which reflects the transition from Science to Art through Technology. Orfescu was showing internationally his awarded works in USA, Italy, France, Finland, Korea, UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Greece in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His art was commissioned for public and private collectors. read more »
submission date: 4/7/2020
American artist Shannon Taggart (born 1975) became aware of Spiritualism as a teenager, when her cousin received a message from a medium that revealed details about her grandfather's death. In 2001, while working as a photographer, she began taking pictures where that message was received—Lily Dale, New York, home to the world's largest Spiritualist community—proceeding to other such communities as England’s Arthur Findlay College. Taggart expected to spend one summer figuring out the tricks of the Spiritualist trade. Instead, Spiritualism’s mysterious processes, earnest practitioners, and neglected photographic history became an inspiration. Her project evolved into an eighteen-year journey that has taken her around the world in search of ‘ectoplasm’—the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material.
With SÉANCE, Taggart offers haunting images exploring Spiritualist practices in the US, England and Europe: 150 of her original photographs, many of which have never been published, as well as rare historical photographs. Supported with a commentary on her experiences, a foreword by Dan Aykroyd, creator of Ghostbusters (1984) and fourth-generation Spiritualist, and illustrated essays from curator Andreas Fischer and artist Tony Oursler, SÉANCE examines Spiritualism’s relationship with human celebrity, its connections to art, science, and technology, and its intrinsic bond with the medium of photography. The book concludes with the debate over ectoplasm and how Spiritualism can move forward in the twenty-first century. read more »
submission date: 3/29/2020
Grandi artisti di diverse epoche hanno desiderato immortalare il momento di
un bacio, l’atto più grande del primo contatto di due innamorati, il
momento più dolce di un rapporto, lo scambio alchemico di un desiderio cosi
potente da creare una esplosione di vibrazioni che cancella in un solo
istante ogni altro pensiero. Una tempesta di sistemi nervosi, ormoni, che
non hanno freni ma che desiderano solo perdersi in un amore infinito, dolce
Il bacio di Tony Nicotra come il bacio di Francesco Hayez, Gustav Klimt,
Amore e Psiche di Antonio Canova, ha una visione quantistica, completamente
nuova, più scientifica ma anche molto romantica e tanto delicata .
Nicotra arresta il momento del bacio, un attimo prima dell'atto in se, un
attimo eterno che rimarrà tale, dove vi è il massimo del desiderio, non un
bacio mancato ma un bacio pieno di ogni energia pronto ad esplodere nei due
L’opera di Nicotra deframmenta con la sua tecnica quantistica ogni atto
figurativo della materia come abiti, caratteri somatici, eliminando l’abito
carnale della materia estetica e rappresentando in maniera magistrale ed
emozionante la pura Energia, le vibrazioni dei sistemi nervosi, di quella
energia che solo due grandi amanti possono percepire.
Due amanti che si uniscono in un solo corpo vibrante dove il braccio
dell’uomo avvolge con protezione ed infinta dolcezza la tanto amata. Questa
straordinaria immagine della donna totalmente saldata al cuore del suo
amato in un unico impulso cardiaco, dove il suo volto innamorato piegato
verso il volto del suo uomo, cerca il bacio dell'anima.
Lei legata da intrecci e impulsi nervosi al suo amatissimo uomo, si unisce
profondamente in un solo organismo.
Tony Nicotra is an Italian Artist that was born in Caracas Venezuela on 17 August 1971. I have always exhibited an insatiable curiosity for the world that surrounds me, and have passionately tried to express my inquisitiveness through drawing and painting. As a young man after finishing my Fine Arts studies, (where by my talents were developed and refined), and with increasing recognition of my artistic skills, I was appropriated into the discipline of restorative art where I worked prodigiously for many years. During this period I won critical acclaim amongst my peers, for successfully restoring numerous important and prestigious Italian works of art and monuments including, The Arena of Verona, The Cathedral of Catania, The Royal Palace of Venaria in Turin as well as the Italian Embassy in Berlin, to name but a few.
Yet despite all these accomplishments, and still driven by my insatiable and ardent desire to fathom the truth and raison d’être of the existence of life, of humanity, and its relationship with its delicate environs, I elected to temporarily suspend my career, to commence a long period of introspective soul searching. I devoted myself exclusively to the search of inner wisdom through the pursuit of knowledge, with a view of liberating the soul within. During this endeavour, I became an avid scholar of various metaphysical and spiritual disciplines, and, despite severe financial constraints and hardships, found myself compelled to pursue a personal and arduous pilgrimage, by walking The Route of Santiago di Compostela, better known as the pilgrimage of St James Path, ending in Santiago Spain.
During this journey I became inspired to study the field of Quantum Physics, and coupled with the knowledge previously gained, I finally found the answers to my deepest questions. Renewed by this personal experience, my quest is to now share my new found understanding and wisdom, through the communicative medium of artistic works, literary prose, and poetry. To this end, I have currently devoted my artistic ability, to the pursuit of rendering tangible and visible, the enigmatic invisible energy fields that constitute the universe and life within it. My aim is to awaken in all humanity, the awareness and wonder, of the interrelatedness of all that exists, through the interactive dance of fundamental energy forms that constitute both living and non living things. This knowledge is rarely acknowledged, nor experienced by the uninitiated majority. Thus, my mission as an artist, is to utilize my personal wisdom, my faith and my new found perception of self as a singular, liberated and enlightened being, to demonstrate the existence of life as a divine source of permeating energy, constantly pulsating through dynamic and cyclic interactions. read more »
submission date: 03/03/2020
Encinitas, CA – Artists Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick are a collaborative team of artists based in New York who explore contemporary global issues through the creation of fictional worlds. The artists give us a glimpse into a time where the social and environmental issues that plague society continue to go unaddressed. The artists’ timelines shift between the past and present, playing with optimism and pessimism while filling their work with humor, satire, and morbidity. Transcending time and place, their made-up mythologies and anthropologies serve as cautionary tales.
“Having worked with allegorical stories surrounding the environment for over 20 years, the work of Kahn & Selesnick is essential to envisioning a better future for the world. We are excited to have them at Lux and look forward to their engagement with the local community.” says Andrew Utt, Lux Art Institute’s Executive Director.
The dualities found in Kahn & Selesnick’s work are represented in their ongoing series entitled Truppe Fledermaus & the Carnival at the End of the World. Here, the artists explore issues we face as a global society, wrapped up in the subtle guise of a fabricated world in which a carnival troupe traverses a landscape consumed by the effects of climate change. Their artwork gives us a peek into fictional worlds, similar and parallel to ours, through objects, documented rituals, and ceremonies from the paracosm their characters inhabit.
“We are looking forward to coming to Lux and expanding our Truppe Fledermaus project by working with terracotta sculptures, green man costumes, and musical interludes,” shares both Kahn and Selesnick.
Kahn & Selesnick utilize meticulously handcrafted costumes and props, desolate landscapes both foreign and familiar, sweeping views, and theatrical stages as a backdrop for their photographs. Utilizing everyday materials in non-conventional ways, the artists elevate the absurd.
Lux would like to thank the San Diego Foundation for their generous contribution to this exhibition. Visit Lux to find out more about how Kahn & Selesnick bring these worlds to life.
Kahn & Selesnick. Nicholas Kahn, born in New York City, and Richard Selesnick, born in London, UK, have collaboratively created extensive mythologies since the 1980’s. Working with photography and installation, their stories are a combination of past, present, and future, mixed with fantasy and anthropology. Using materials, elaborate costumes, and narratives that are pushed to the absurd, Kahn & Selesnick’s anthropologies are a mix of utopian and dystopian lore. Kahn & Selesnick both received BFA’s from Washington University, where they started working together and are currently based out of New York state. They have shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Houston Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution.
Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience with the region’s only artist-in-residence program that invites artists to live and work on site while producing a commissioned work of art. Lux is committed to making art more accessible and to inspire creative thinking. At Lux, visitors don’t just see finished works of art, they see the artistic process firsthand by observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.
submission date: 3/4/2020
It Rises All Nectar is the new collaborative project of the Argentinian musician and producer Cristian Estrella. His first single "In Astral Reticles" is officially out now, released by Asteroidea Digital Records.
This instrumental piece was born from a piano improvisation during the artistic residency in Batovce, Slovakia. The process of creation brought charango, synthesizers and with added electronics changed the mood into electro-acoustic-glitch sound.
For Cristian "... is a channel to resize everyday problems, by observing us as a small particle in this cosmos. We are in a vast cosmic arena, as Carl Sagan mentioned in the sample.”
Cristian compose music for theater and is also stable member on keyboards, electronics and visuals in the band of Ivana Mer (Slovak singer and composer). Besides performs folktronic DJ sets under the name Mira Tus Manos. This is the first step in the way to the whole album, that will be released by the end of the year. It will contain the playlist that dive into several styles, with guests from various countries.
Gustavo Jacob the mexican musician (Luz de Ríada, Los Jaigüey, Ádada, The Room Trío, Los Importantes de la Noche) is the guest artist on the track. Recorded various guitar layers for this song about micro and macro cosmos. Cristian and Gustavo met in Buenos Aires on september 2014 during a tour of Luz de Riada. read more »
submission date: 2/3/2020
For the first time in the UK, Le Dame Art Gallery present Italian artist Domenico Pasqua with “Indian Impressions”, a journey to India’s holy places, where different themes and expressive techniques that, although starting from the same idea, are shaped by the artist’s intimate inspiration.
Domenico Pasqua combines reality and imagination, figurative and abstract elements, photography and paintings. His works are compositions of thoughts, visions of seen and imagined things; games of colors that evaporate just like wishes, leaving only clues for us to build other thoughts and images.
Places and people are combined in architectural patterns, which are both linear and rich in elements, at the same time. Although statically photographed and painted, nature draws symphonies of movements, games of lines and colors, both matching and contrasting, like mosaics or kaleidoscopes giving off a sense of beauty and harmony.
Pasqua’s complex pictorial effort allows us to contemplate artworks of great aesthetic beauty, which are not only executed with great technical skills but also enriched with a deep poetic sensitivity.
Domenico Pasqua is an Italian and Belgian citizen who studied architecture at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza', where he graduated cum laude in 1985. He worked as architect mainly for Residential projects, and since 1990, he also worked as photographer for a studio in New York specialising in works on commissioned for International museums. As an artist, he had his first group show at the age of 18, in Florence. Since then, he has always been pursuing his artistic research.
In 2019 he participated in the 'Artrooms Awards', International Art Competition, winning the first prize with the work 'The Children of Mont Abu'. He currently lives between Rome and Antwerpen where he opened a new studio in 2015.
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6 Feb – 6 May 2020
Baglioni Gallery, Baglioni Hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington London SW7 5BB United Kingdom
submission date: 01/28/2020