This month’s Design News features creative work that wants to change the status quo. We are hosting a gallery show celebrating the work of the queer art group General Idea, a group of artists who are forever involved in the AIDS pandemic and the prejudice against many victims of the virus in the 80’s and 90’s. increase. There is also a show dedicated to Louis Vuitton’s first black creative director, Virgil Abloh. Abro worked on the exhibition before his premature death last year, and the highlight was the physical space “Social” for rallies designed to counter the lack of historic space given to black artists in cultural institutions. It was “Sculpture”. It’s important to honor creatives who use their voice for political gain. In particular, the battle for equality and autonomy does not seem to be over.
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You get a general idea
The General Ideas Retrospective, currently being held at the National Gallery of Canada, is one of the most comprehensive surveys of the Canadian queer art group to date. Jorge Zontal, AA Bronson, and Felix Paltz met in the 1960s and created magazines, performances, and artwork covering the media, gender, consumerism, and the most famous AIDS pandemic. ..
The trio met at Rochdale College, an experimental commune in Toronto, and combined humorous, creative and unconventional projects such as avant-garde beauty pageants, television shows, and fake storefront creations. Their purpose was to reach people who responded to artwork in everyday contexts, although they may not be the typical gallery audience.One of their projects was a magazine File (1972-1989). Started as a record of the mail art movement in the 1960s, File It’s become a manifesto of their ideas, but it’s also a title of a more general culture. Subsequent cover stars included Debbie Harry and Tina Turner.
The philosophy of General Idea is based on the philosophy of Susan Sontag. Note about “camping”1964 essay was first published Partisan Review, And William S. Burroughs fiction. Their purpose was to destroy the mass media and images to give them a different perspective. They had the foresight with the motto “Image is Virus”, an idea that intrigued the trio long before the Internet and viral social media existed.
But tragically, the work of General Idea is more broadly associated with AIDS, the other virus that defined the 80’s and 90’s.Their final project included the iconic rework Robert Indiana love Signed to read an installation called AIDS 1 year of AZT / 1 day of AZT, Consists of drug capsules. Both Partz and Zontal died of AIDS in 1994, ending the group’s activities. Bronson continues to work as an artist to this day. After a retrospective exhibition in Ottawa, the exhibition travels to Europe, bringing together works by a fascinating group of ideas that are ahead of the times, created by members whose lives are too short. If you don’t have one yet, you’ll soon get a general idea.
The general idea is at the National Gallery of Canada until November 20th
Interior designer Holly Bowden opens a store
Interior designer Holly Bowden opened the shop space The Gallery next to Shoreditch’s studio this summer. Bowden quickly made her own name in her unique style. The house she creates has an extra atmosphere, with open spaces and simple palettes, yet with theatrical and quirky furniture and artwork. She describes her style as maximal minimalism, everything from architect Ernő Goldfinger and French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank to Catalan sculptor Xavier Corberó. It is mentioned.
After training at the KLC School of Design in Chelsea and working as a stylist, florist and performing arts, Bowden helped a variety of designers and in 2013 founded his own interior design studio in eastern London. Clients include actor Robert Pattinson and musician FKA Twigs. She also created a shop space for leather brand Tanner Kroll.
Procuring quirky and unexpected antique furniture is one of her favorite parts of her job. An avid collector and traveler, Boden’s herd includes carefully selected textiles, pottery and art found on trips to the flea markets in Paris and to Mexico and the Balearic Islands. These vintage objects will be on display at the new Shoreditch shop, including a collection of designer chairs featuring cult style by Italian design pioneers Gaetano Pesse, Ron Arad and Joe Colombo.
“Most of my design process involves thinking through objects,” says Bowden. “We are excited to hold this forum to share with people who are interested in what we are doing.”
Gallery, 5 Culvert Avenue, London E2 7JP will open this summer. One hour slots can be booked by email ([email protected]).
Grow only yourself in the floating garden
Scottish gardener aspirants need to head to the Roland Canal this summer. The creative program Dandelions has created a floating garden on a workboat that will move from Glasgow to Falkirk’s Kelpees next month.
Floating gardens have not only traditional beds, but also vertical farming with LED plant growing lights. There is also the experimental use of “Biochar”, a new growth medium that can filter contaminants from canal water, as well as aquatic plant rafts that help clean the canal water.
At 10 stops on the way to Falkirk, a team of gardeners on a boat hand out their own kits to bank visitors. The Dandelion Program is part of a major homegrown food initiative and culminates in national harvest festivals in September.
“The Dandelions Program creates events across Scotland,” says Marie Christie, Head of Development at Visit Scotland. “Floating gardens are another example of this. To celebrate our cultural traditions, not just plants, we take in new technologies and old growth methods and rethink them. Projects that are very creative with the audience. We are proud to be able to support you. “
For more information on visiting the Floating Gardens, please visit the Dandelion website (dandelion.scot).
How Tastee Tape Saves Lunch
Inspiration can be found in the most common situations, and Tastee Tape is a good example. We want this edible adhesive tape to be the answer to one of the most frustrating problems of lunch, collapsed wrap. Four students from the John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (Tyler Guarino, Marie Eric, Rachel Nie, and Erin Walsh) were brainstorming ideas for a college design day competition project at lunch. Walsh was eating a broken burrito and the answer to their problem literally fell on her lap. “I realized that this is a problem we can solve,” says Guarino. “We were able to make an edible tape that could hold the wrap together.” Chemistry and biomolecular engineering students developed Tastee Tape, an edible masking tape made from food-grade fibers and organic adhesives. The tape can withstand not only cooking but also eating.
In a school project, their products were featured by an astonishing number of media outlets across the United States. “I was surprised at how much attention it received, but it’s a fun product that solves common related problems,” admits Guarino.
The team is currently looking for a company to help launch Tastee Tape as a commercial product. “We want to get it into the hands of consumers,” says Guarino. And when that happens, those hands are much less awkward.
Inspiring winner of the DBACE Award
This week, five winners of the Deustche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE) have been announced. The judges chose two fashion brands. Chamiah Dewey Fashion, the UK’s first clothing brand for people with dwarfism, and Pivot, a social enterprise that helps homeless people learn crafts. He was also awarded the Convenience Gallery, an arts organization based in Birkenhead that works with contemporary artists and the local community. The last two awards were given to organizations involved in the media. Journo Resources is a social enterprise that helps undervalued people participate in journalism with freely accessible tools and resources. Tags are a youth culture and marketing agency that works with minority ethnic groups and young people with low-income backgrounds to help them access the industry.
“Every year, DBACE aims to celebrate young business leaders driving social change,” said Lalina Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications at Deutsche Bank. “In the wake of a pandemic, and as the creative sector continues to face major challenges, we support, fund, and, importantly, provide mentorship and professional business guidance to these talented business leaders. Is more important than ever. “
Honoring the legacy of designer Virgil Abloh
The first posthumous retrospective of the work of designer Virgil Abloh will be held at the Brooklyn Museum this week. Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” features Off-White and Louis Vuitton fashion, sculpture, furniture, video works, and sketches of Abloh, who died in November 2021 at the age of 41. A collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West and architect Rem Coolhaas will also be on display.
This show is an update to the show that took place a few years ago in Abro’s hometown of Chicago. The Brooklyn show has one important addition, “Social Sculpture.” This creates a physical space for meetings and performances, demonstrating Abro’s connection to the world of architecture, music and visual arts. This installation was designed by Abro to counter the lack of historic space given to black artists and blacks in cultural institutions.
Anne Pasternak, director of Shelby White and Leon Levy at the Brooklyn Museum, said: Celebrate his talent and the way he opened the door for young BIPOC artists. “
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” will be held at the Brooklyn Museum from July 1, 2022 to January 29, 2023.