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SEPTEMBER 2007 Nº. 1 Vol. 6

A collective by artists for artists. Tell everyone.

Featured Artists SEPTEMBER2007 • Tim Vanhaeren • Gerrit Hahn • Cesc • Mate Steinforth • Mathieu Hubert • Nathan Cooper


September 2007 • N°1 Vol.6

EDITORIAL // SEPTEMBER // 2007

A collective by artists for artists. Tell everyone.

Hello! Nicole Andujar Editor-in-Chief/Publisher/Art Direction editor@iniciativacolectiva.com Ana Guaqueta Senior Editor/Marketing Director marketing@iniciativacolectiva.com Chixink Media Services All works published at the discretion of the editor. Send queries by email to the attention of the editor. Please allow 2 weeks for answer. Web: www.iniciativacolectiva.com Copyright 2007 Chixink LLC and Chixink Media Services. All Rights Reserved. No part of this ezine may be reproduced in any matter whatsoever without written permission from this publication.

Sponsorships / Donations: Chixink LLC 10160 NW 3rd Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 You may also visit our website and make a donation directly to our PayPal® account. Advertising rates: advertising@iniciativacolectiva.com Call for Submissions We are accepting entries for our First Anniversary Issue to come out in November. Submission deadline: October 20th 2007 Please send your submissions to: info@iniciativacolectiva.com On the cover: ‘Ines’ by Gerrit Hahn gerrit@somesome.com

We are getting closer to celebrating our first year here at Iniciativa Colectiva and we’re getting excited! This publication started as a way to inspire artists, including myself, and therefore maintain the creativity flowing to surpass art and design expectations. The magazine is joining forces with various respected artists, curators and institutions to keep influencing and supporting the creative community. Expect big changes and updates on our website as inclusion of new sections will be occuring. We will be including a section to keep you informed about important happenings around the world, a brand new Artist Portfolios section, and an “Affordable Art” store, for all our afficiaonados that have inquired about purchasing some of the pieces showcased throughout the magazine. More information will be provided on our next issue. Also, we would like to extend an invitation to all art dealers and curators; send us information about your upcoming events, projects and achievements to be posted in our Artistic Forum/ Nework section. Stay tuned for updates and remember Life is Art. Nicole Andujar Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director


Adela Leibowitz______________________________________________________ USA Alejandra Guerrero_ ______________________________________________ Colombia Aleks Sennwald_ ________________________________________________Switzerland Amaranta Martinez *piktorama*_____________________________________ Venezuela Andreas Shabelnikov_________________________________________________ Latvia Angelika C. Braun_ ________________________________________________Germany Carlo Moretti_________________________________________________________Italy CRRC / Carment aka Rhino________________________________________ Indonesia Cesc________________________________________________________________ Spain Chad Kouri__________________________________________________________ USA Daniele de Battè_______________________________________________________Italy Roland Hananto__________________________________________________ Indonesia Francisco Miranda________________________________________________ Argentina Gabrielius MackeviÄ?ius_ ___________________________________________ Lithuania Gerrit Hahn______________________________________________________Germany Hanneke Treffers_ ___________________________________________ The Netherlands Janette Chien_ ______________________________________________________ China Jola Kudela_ ________________________________________________________ France Jose Alves_ _______________________________________________________ Portugal Kenneth Yee_________________________________________________________ USA Kim Rae Taylor_______________________________________________________ USA KOBO (Kelvin Osorio)____________________________________________ Venezuela Linda Lencovic_________________________________________________ Canada/UK Lydia Selimalhigazi aka LYS___________________________________________ France Marek Haiduk_ ___________________________________________________Germany Mate Steinforth_ __________________________________________________Germany Mathieu Hubert_____________________________________________________ France Nathan Cooper____________________________________________________ Australia Rod Hunt_____________________________________________________________UK Tim Vanhaeren____________________________________________________ Belgium Victor Salciotti_______________________________________________________Brazil


CONTENT featured artists illustration & mixed media

art digest photography painting drawing

cesc............................................................18 nathan cooper............................................30 tim vanhaeren............................................48 mate steinforth .........................................68 gerrit hahn.................................................94 mathieu hubert........................................102 crrc.............................................................09 amaranta martinez.....................................10 chad kouri..................................................12 ronald hananto...........................................17 francisco miranda......................................27 hanneke treffers.........................................40 jola kudela..................................................44 kobo (kelvin osorio)...................................47 lydia selimalhigazi aka lys..........................57 marek haiduk.............................................60 rod hunt.....................................................64 victor salciotti............................................66 art digest....................................................76 alejandra guerrero......................................79 andreas shabelnikov...................................86 angelika c. braun........................................90 janette chien............................................101 jose alves..................................................114 adela leibowitz.........................................121 kenneth yee..............................................125 gabrielius mackeviÄ?ius.............................132 kim rae taylor...........................................134 linda lencovic...........................................138 carlo moretti............................................142 aleks sennwald.........................................145 daniele de batte........................................146 credits......................................................149

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‘banana kill’ by crrc

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‘under the sea’ by amaranta martinez *piktorama*

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‘ha’ by chad kouri

‘untitled’ by chad kouri

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‘untitled’ by chad kouri

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‘y’ by chad kouri

‘born free’ by ronald hananto

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cesc 25 years old • spain

THE MAGIK 7

1. What type of medium do you work with and explain how you use it? (Paint, design, photography, collage) When starting a new design, (no matter if it will end up in a T-Shirt, Vinyl on a wall or digital print), I sketch with pencils on paper. Mainly, though, I work with my computer, using vector and 3D software. Furthermore, I love investigating different mediums, let’s put painting, stencils, sculpture...

7. How do you see yourself five years from now? How do you see your artwork evolving from now? My artwork is in a starting point. I am really excited because I think that I - as anybody working hard- can do really well, but I still don’t know where will it end up! I hope my skills to be improved in order to express myself in many mediums, and achieve my aims. Basically, I think it’s all about enjoying one’s work. Name: Cesc Age: 25 Email: cesc@ceskills.com Website: www.ceskills.com

www.myspace.com/ceskills

2. What was your main interest in producing this artwork, or is there a statement you wanted to convey? There’s no ultimate idea in my works. I just love doing it and I somehow can’t help it, but if you take a close look you’ll appreciate this funny & happy atmosphere I feel much close with and which I’d like to convey. 3. Tell us about your creative process, do you have any rituals, routines you follow? How does your artwork come together? (Do you use found objects, image banks, etc) I always take my time to think properly about any new concept or work. It’s almost a state of mind. Once I’ve got it, I develop the idea sketching with pencil until I find the right form. Then, by means of my computer, I finish the whole process. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve been searching and developing my own style, so in my opinion, it ends up coming together naturally. When doing illustrations, I keep the ones I like much for the type of form or detail, discarding others that I don’t like so much. So I’m still exploring and I think that it’s always going to be like that.

4. How did you get started with your artistic career? I think it’s after working loads that you can get to an interesting point. That’s why half a year ago it became my aim to make a brand new illustration every week. As the results improved, I got gradually stuck to it. 5. What would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments? Just a few months ago, I took part in an exhibition in Barcelona with five other European artists. The relationship with them was great and the exhibition space excellent. There I had a 3 x 10 meters wall and complete freedom. I designed a huge vinyl piece to stick on the wall with many of my characters. The result was amazing!. 6. Where does your inspiration come from? Or is there any particular movement, artwork or artist you find yourself influenced by? I’m fascinated by the Japanese culture, it has always been a referent in my work. I love his art and his anime and manga characters. I’m really keen on Takashi Murakami’s work; he’s one of my favorite artists. I also track the Designer Toys stuff since long ago, I like it a lot because It’s a mixture between design, painting, sculpture, converging in a really complex artwork.

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‘happy climate chaos’ by cesc

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‘bomb’ by cesc

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‘family’ by cesc

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‘hell’ by cesc

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‘le toy’ by cesc

‘untitled’ by francisco miranda

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‘untitled’ by francisco miranda

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nathan cooper 25 years old • australia

THE MAGIK 7

1. What type of medium do you work with and explain how you use it? (Paint, design, photography, collage) It’s really just a mix of all of the above and a few more. Depending on what the project requires I’ll use the best medium suited for the project. I prefer to do line drawing most of the time, then scan, cleanup, and finally recreate as vectors. I’m also starting to experiment more with real textures in my vector work, which seems to be working well. 2. What was your main interest in producing this artwork, or is there a statement you wanted to convey? Well each artwork has it’s own purpose be it a project submission, a competition entry, freelance project or personal artwork. For example the tee shirt graphics for Noisebot where simply funny scenarios involving food, the Vormator project was a test in producing art within strict guidelines. Emergency was simply my take on the theme for that week on Illustration Friday. I usually try to develop my own personal interpretation within a style that is best suited for the message. This is why my style is quite varied. I find tee-shirts are one of the best mediums to use for expressing personal statements or just random thoughts. 3. Tell us about your creative process, do you have any rituals, routines you follow? How does your artwork come together? (Do you use found objects, image banks, etc) Basically I’d start with a mind map of keywords regarding the project, this would then usually produce a few good ideas to explore. Research for reference imagery. Lots of sketching and tracing and sketching again. Ink up the final illustration. Scan, Detail and then recreate in Illustrator. Then final coloring. Print and recheck until desired.

4. How did you get started with your artistic career? I guess it all started as soon as I could use a pencil. But the real turning point was when I was 17 years old & in my final year of high school. That was when I realized that I would like to become a graphic designer, but I never could have imagined back then that I’d actually be doing what I am today. Straight out of high school I completed a 9 month course in multimedia then started working as a web designer the following year. Now I’m 25, and at the moment I’m pushing pixels for Sulake the peeps behind Habbo. I’m also doing my own projects and freelance work on the side.

- Learning how to play “Drifting”, by Andy McKee, on guitar (I still need to work on this a little more, gotta get the flow going) - 2007 has been a great year as I have pushed myself as an illustrator more than ever, so I guess that would qualify as well. 6. Where does your inspiration come from? Or is there any particular movement, artwork or artist you find yourself influenced by? - My inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. It could be a song, movie, cartoon, website, eating, walking outside, dreaming, random thoughts. I also have a heap of toys around my workspace, so when I’m bored I can watch Astroboy battle Blaster and Tooth :) It’s also a good idea to have a selection of books on hand for references and idea seeds. Here’s (The following are) a few illustrators/designers that I think produce some awesome work; Jon Burgerman, Hydro74, Quickhoney, Nate Williams, Maki Maki, Eboy, Presstube, Iso50, DGPH. 7. How do you see yourself five years from now? How do you see your artwork evolving from now? My artwork is in a starting point. I am really excited because I think that I - as anybody workWow five years, that’s a long time. It’s kind of hard to imagine what I would be doing then as I sure didn’t think I’d be where I am today 5 years ago. But here’s a short list of things I’d like to achieve; - I would like to publish a book of my selected projects & another book of my photographic works. - Start making a bimonthly zine. - Stop working a 5 day week. - Write a childrens book. - I’d like to be healthy, happy, wealthy and travelling around the world. I think my artwork will definitely evolve overtime as I learn new techniques and mature as an illustrative designer. It will be interesting to see how my style evolves over time and the way it’s influenced by the world around me. peas. Nathan

Name: Nathan Cooper Age: 25 years and counting Email: hello@nathancooper.com.au Website: www.nathancooper.com.au

5. What would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments? - Winning the final for a lego building competition when I was 9. I built 4 different insects. Kapow! the competitors didn’t know what hit them :) - Getting the latest version of my website live after a 1 year hiatus :)

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‘vormator’ by nathan cooper

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‘emergency’ by nathan cooper

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‘afros’ by nathan cooper

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‘noisebot’ by nathan cooper

‘tees’ by nathan cooper

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‘vormator’ by nathan cooper


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‘chinatown’ by hanneke treffers

‘oldtimer’ by hanneke treffers

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‘flower forest’ by hanneke treffers

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‘secret garden series’ by jola kudela

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‘secret garden series’ by jola kudela

‘untitled’ by kobo (kelvin osorio)

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tim vanhaeren THE MAGIK 7 19 years old • belgium

third exhibition of Desktopography.net. And that they actually were approved. It’s really funny, this question actually makes me realize that I haven’t accomplished really much yet. But I’m young, right?

1. What type of medium do you work with and explain how you use it? (Paint, design, photography, collage) I love to work with stock photographs, mix them together... It’s really a challenge for me to create a realistic looking result. I’m always trying to come up with really abstract or absurd concepts and each time I want to get the shades, the lighting and depth as realistic as possible. Also I love to integrate 3D renders or 2D shapes in photographs again aiming for that realistic look. Like that 3D/2D shape actually really was there while that shot was taken, you know.

6. Where does your inspiration come from? Or is there any particular movement, artwork or artist you find yourself influenced by? Random daily events have helped me a lot with concepts and ideas to work with. It’s really weird… like for example I’m sitting on the bus, looking out the window, watching some kids running and playing around and *plop* an idea pops up. Also I’ve learnt a lot of new techniques by just watching great, more experienced designers.

2. What was your main interest in producing this artwork, or is there a statement you wanted to convey? These works are personal experiments and works for some online art groups. I want to be good at what I do and these works represent the path I’m walking toward that goal.

3. Tell us about your creative process, do you have any rituals, routines you follow? How does your artwork come together? (Do you use found objects, image banks, etc) First I always start thinking of a certain concept. Mostly I make my artworks for art groups with theme art packs so that makes it a lot easier to think of a certain concept to fit that theme. Anyway If I got something I kind of start drawing it in my head, trying to imagine how I want it to look but eventually it always turns out totally different. This happens mostly while I‘m searching for stock pictures to work with, when suddenly an amazing new idea pops up while watching an incredible unexpected stock. And again I start drawing this new idea in my head. When I found all my resources (mostly just 2 – 5 stock pictures), I open up everything in Adobe Photoshop and start mixing it together, trying to let the pictures flow together like they would on one photograph, one image. Then I start messing around in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator… Actually just having fun until I’m satisfied with the final result.

7. How do you see yourself five years from now? How do you see your artwork evolving from now? I hope I’m working for some kind of a graphic studio, gaining some experience, hopefully working on web design for a big company. In my opinion my artwork still has a lot of room to improve and I still have a lot to learn. I can’t tell how my work is going to evolve. But what I know is, that I love design and I will always love it. Name: Tim Vanhaeren Age: 19 Email: tim@phase02.org Website: http://phase02.org

4. How did you get started with your artistic career? I was a little gamer when I was 15 and when I joined a clan. They all had a little signature under their posts on forums, you know those small 400x100 images. And I wanted one just like theirs, so I began requesting them on other design forums but I was never satisfied. So I decided to make it myself and you know what… it sucked big time! That’s when I was caught by the design virus. I kept trying and suddenly they were awesome and people started asking me to make one for them. One week later I owned my own graphic community that helped me to improve my work, kept me motivated and got me ready for bigger pieces. Now a couple years later, I’m in my 2nd year “Cross-Media Design” and want to make graphic design my career. 5. What would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments? That’s a hard question… I was featured on a couple of big online communities but those aren’t really accomplishments. I guess I would choose my wallpapers that I made for the

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‘the whale’ by tim van haeren

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‘wildfire’ by tim vanhaeren in colab. with ewaldb

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‘confused’ by tim vanhaeren

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‘lifeless‘ by tim vanhaeren

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‘here we come’ by tim vanhaeren

‘1800’ by lydia selimalhigazi aka lys

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‘alice in wonderland’ by lydia selimalhigazi aka lys

‘rock’n fish’ by lydia selimalhigazi aka lys

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‘equilibrium’ by marek haiduk

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‘bird on a typewriter’ marek haiduk

‘yellow invasion’ by marek haiduk

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‘change the world 9 to 5’ by rod hunt

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‘palhaço colorido’ by victor salciotti


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mate steinforth 29 years old • germany

THE MAGIK 7

1. What type of medium do you work with and explain how you use it? (Paint, design, photography, collage) The screen is definitely my medium. Usually I work directly in the computer, which means in Photoshop for most of the time. I used to draw a lot, but since I started working unfortunately I have less and less time to spend drawing. Although I keep drawing ideas and sketches, I’m always planning to go back to draw a lot. 2. What was your main interest in producing this artwork, or is there a statement you wanted to convey? A lot of times, the basic question regarding design as opposed to art, is if it can exist without a brief. But the projects here are free works. So there is no client that imposes it’s directive to the projects, there is no brief. However, most of them originated from collaborative projects, so many times there was a theme and a deadline given. In that case, the main interest is to follow the collaborative effort’s constraints and come up with something according to the given theme in the given time. This is very close to what the work would be with a client. So here we are again, design seems to need a brief. 3. Tell us about your creative process, do you have any rituals, routines you follow? How does your artwork come together? (Do you use found objects, image banks, etc) I start tackling the creative aspect of the project first. This means doing a lot of research and gathering reference. Based on this material I think about the concept of the piece. I usually start sketching out some basic ideas on paper or in my sketchbook. Probably the next step already is going ahead and refining some of the ideas to see how they work out. Sometimes you’re lucky to nail it already with your first idea, sometimes you have to go down several routes to find a working solution.

the way he used color in his works. Some other great influences of the time was definitely computer game graphics from the Bitmap Brothers and Psygnosis, to name a few. When I got older I liked the usual designer’s inspirations like Giger and Escher. In the late nineties, I was really blown away by the music videos by Chris Cunningham. Probably he still is one of my biggest influences. Except from those initial sparks I’m always looking around the internet for new inspirations from the design scene, but also a lot from the arts. Going to exhibitions and museums is always a great source of inspiration. A very valuable insight I gained studying in the small and comparably boring town of Hildesheim was that the real challenge lies in finding an interesting aspect in the details of dull, grey everyday’s life. A place like New York is full of stories, it’s easy to find impressive stuff everywhere, but finding interesting ideas in a small, boring city is a lot harder - and a good training. 7. How do you see yourself five years from now? How do you see your artwork evolving from now? Although I don’t have an ETA of when I’d like to be in what exact position, I try to define my goals as precise as possible. I’d like to keep evolving my art and perfecting it. This will go along with shifting towards different aspects of it. When you begin doing something, the appearance seems very important - it’s the first thing you perceive, after all. The more time you spend doing something, more conceptional and strategic aspects of your work seem to emerge. I’d like to keep working in the field of moving graphics in a broader sense. Right now I’m very interested in how to tell stories. I’d love to direct a narrative piece, possibly finding ways to develop and combine non-linear narrative patterns. ::peace.mate:: Name: Mate Steinforth Email: hi@mateuniverstte.com

Age: 29 Website: www.mateuniverse.com

4. How did you get started with your artistic career? As long as I can remember, I used to draw and doodle around. It was quite natural for me to become a designer, I really never thought much about it. In 1985, when I was 9 years old, I got my first computer, which was pretty early for my generation. So I was interested in technology from an early age on. This naturally led to using the computer as a tool for making images. In my teen years I became active in the computer art subculture called Demoscene. Eventually that led to doing graphics for computer games in the late nineties. From there on I chose the classical way of studying graphic design. 5. What would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments? I’m really happy to be able to live off doing work I love. I like being able to live in New York and work for a great company, PSYOP. I enjoy doing artistic side projects whenever I can. If someone likes my work and maybe gets a little inspired by it, that would be a great accomplishment already. 6. Where does your inspiration come from? Or is there any particular movement, artwork or artist you find yourself influenced by? As a kid, the first artist which I can remember to have been influenced by was probably the Peruvian fantasy art painter Boris Vallejo. I just loved

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‘psst! pass it on monster’ by mate steinforth

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‘motorola’ by mate steinford at PSYOP, NYC

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‘punk motherfucker’ by mate steinforth

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‘hsbc’ by mate steinforth at PSYOP, NYC

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HAPPENINGS | SHOWS | FAIRS | COMPETITIONS NEW YORK | IFPDA Print Fair 2007

SWITZERLAND Grand Prix International de Photographie

Acclaimed international art fair IFPDA celebrates, all week long, the artists committed to the exploration and execution of print making. The fair juxtaposes movements and periods in art focused on fine print, exposing all visitors to a vast diversity of compelling art. Through the duration of the Print Fair, the city becomes an open door for various happenings including gallery talks, demonstrations, and expositions. Expo Dates: Nov 1-3 12 noon - 7pm Nov 4 1pm - 6pm Location: 7th Regiment Armory, NYC (212) 674-6095 info@ifpda.org www.printfair.com

MONTREAL | DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art The foundation launches its annual commission with the ambitious project of Canadian artist Nancy Davenport, “Workers”, an installation which tackles the representation of labour issues as a consequence of globalization. The grant will allow the completion of Davenport’s project which is planned to be ready for the 2007 Istanbul Biennial. DHC/ART is committed to initiate and support the production of new work by Canadian artists in a variety of media through an annual grant. Expo Dates: Nov 1-3 12 noon - 7pm; Nov 4 1pm - 6pm 356 Rue Le Moyne Suite 100, Montreal (Quebec) H2Y 1Y3 (514) 866-6767 info@dhc-art.org www.dhc-art.org

SHANGHAI | ShContemporary 07 ShContemporary makes its debut in Shanghai this September. This Art Fair focuses on creating a meeting place for leading galleries from around the world and Asia. Asia's vast territory with holds more than 50 countries and three quarters of the world's population. A melting pot of artistic discoveries is expected at this event. The fair wishes to encompass an stunning array of art due to the social liberalization that can be found in large sections of Asia today. An award of the "Best of Artists" and "Best Discovery" will be presented at the Preview party given by knowledgeable curators. Expo Dates: Sept 8-9 10am - 6pm Location: Shanghai Exhibition Center No 1000, Yan'an Middle Rd. Shanghai, 2000 -PRC +86-021-33070050 www.shcontemporary.info

North Pole © Claude Baechtold, Vevey (CH)

The 6th Grand Prix International de Photographie is a competition open to all professional or emerging photographers. Its non-specific genre allows the artist to showcase their unique project and stand out from the conventional ones. The competition will endow the winner with a cash prize and the selected project will be exhibited at Images' 08. Deadline: Sept 30, 2007 Location: Images '08 Rue du Clos 12- CP443 1800 Vevey - Switzerland + 41 (21) 922 48 54 info@images.ch www.images.ch

AUSTIN | 2007 Arthouse Texas Prize Exhibition Once again the Arthouse brings back to the community fresh pioneering art work. Five artists were selected from 136 nominees to participate in the biennal Arthouse Texas Prize exhibition. The winner artist Katrina Moorhed was awarded $30,000 and the opportunity to showcase her work at the Arthouse. The prize was created to provide means for artists to keep developing their work and acknowledge accomplished emerging or under recognized Texas based artists.

"Stigma", an exhibition that focuses on the technical process of printmaking and one that is taken into a conceptual experimentation by the participating artists. Social, personal and racial issues are some of the themes addressed in the artwork bestow this Fall.

Expo Dates: September 8 - November 11 Arthouse 700 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 453-5312 vjones@arthousetexas.org www.arthousetexas.org

Expo Dates September 6 - October 28 Instituto de Cultura Puertoriquena (787) 725-5932 www.icp.gobierno.pr/apl/trienal/bienal_ infogen.htm

CONNECTICUT | 2007 Emerging Artist Award Exhibition

Implied Form announces its new t-shirt competition created to showcase creative design and explore outstanding talent. It is a fabulous opportunity for all aspiring artists and designers to showcase and gain worldwide recognition by submitting their best t-shirt design.

The Aldrich Emerging Artist Award was created and administered since 1997 by the curatorial staff of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, which aims to be a resource for selected artists, invited by the Museum, to gain recognition for their dedication to the visual arts. Marti Cormand is the recipient of 2007 award, who apart from receiving $5,000 as cash prize, will debut entirely new work at the Museum on Sunday, September 16, 2007 exhibition.

Deadline: Oct 20, 2007 Event Date: Nov 17, 7pm Location: Pink Ghost Vinyl Toy Store 21 W. Las Olas Blvd. Suite B, Ft. Lauderdale, FL info@impliedform.com www.impliedform.com

Expo Dates: September 16/07 - February 24/08 Opening Day from: 3pm - 5pm The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203) 438-4519 pruggio@aldrichart.org www.aldrichart.org

FT LAUDERDALE | Implied Form 07

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PUERTO RICO San Juan Poly | Graphic Triennial

Courtesy of

Marti Corm and, Slice, 20 the artist an 07 d Josée Bien venu Gallery

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‘zoli suicide’ by alejandra guerrero

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‘conference room’ by alejandra guerrero

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‘justine joli’ by alejandra guerrero

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‘kill memory crash’ by alejandra guerrero

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‘angel’ by andreas shabelinov

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‘connect’ by andreas shabelinov

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‘untitled’ by angelika c. braun

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‘untitled’ by angelika c. braun

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gerrit hahn

27 years old • germany

THE MAGIK 7

1. What type of medium do you work with and explain how you use it? (Paint, design, photography, collage) My medium is photography. Normally I work with colour positive film, 6x7, I scan the picture and work it out on the computer. Photoshop is my darkroom, I normally use it to push the look of the picture back to the way it looked on my polaroids or on the light table, so at the moment it is a very important but still exchangeable part of the process.

5. What would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments? The project “this-is” about this youth house in Sarajevo was very important for me. I still don’t know if we will manage to finish the whole thing with some kind of printed publication, but it was a proof for me that working on topics that I am interested in with people I like a lot is no fixed but a good idea and something that really makes me happy. 6. Where does your inspiration come from? Or is there any particular movement, artwork or artist you find yourself influenced by? It is difficult to answer this question as it always is a spontaneous decision to take or not to take a picture. I basically like people, what they are or try to be, or at least I like to watch them. So maybe biographies are kind of an inspiration, and my own one of course is also part of it.

2. What was your main interest in producing this artwork, or is there a statement you wanted to convey? The type series was a study for me there is no statement and it was not made with any intention. It is learning about faces, I can get to know these people which I actually did not know when I portrayed them. The silence in their eyes lets me come close to them.

I like to work on themes and to get deeper into them, I find them more or less only by chance and then work very enthusiastically on them. I am influenced by music, books, and sculptures, but less in an artistic than an emotional way. Painting, film and photography I would say is always very present in my life, but I try to free myself of those impressions when I start to work.

Dom Mladih 2 portraits is a series I took in Sarajevo this February. You see guests of the reopening festival of a war-destroyed youth house that was rebuilt during the past 2 years. The pictures are part of a larger documentary project.

7. How do you see yourself five years from now? How do you see your artwork evolving from now? Recently, I find myself cutting small clips and working with film stills, so maybe I will move some steps towards film. At the moment I am pretty happy with my work and it swings in several different directions. I don’t have a masterplan, but I know that I am a curious person and that working with pictures has a really wide range.

The Roma Portraits is also a free work I did in Sarajevo, visiting a Roma community. There is no bigger context behind it but the stories of these kids.

3. Tell us about your creative process, do you have any rituals, routines you follow? How does your artwork come together? (Do you use found objects, image banks, etc) When I take pictures of someone I usually try to loose control at one point, so it is kind of the opposite to routines. This seems to be important for me because me and the person on the other side of my camera are on the same level, and that’s the reason why the picture is more a portrait of the person on it and of the situation it developed in than a portrait of myself. I try to not push people. When someone is relaxed it is fine, when someone wants to play another role it is fine too, I think I can get to his core anyhow in most cases.

Name: Gerrit Hahn Age: 27 Mail: gerrit@somesome.com Webites: www: http://www.gerrithahn.de Project website this-is: http://www.this-is.org

My portfolio contains pictures I took for magazines as well as pictures of friends or other free work. All in all you can say that it is a collection of memories and relations for me. 4. How did you get started with your artistic career? I started painting and working with metal and other hard material when I was 15. With 18 I felt like becoming a writer. More or less by accident, I took my first picture when I was 19 years old. It was Tina’s fault, my then-girlfriend, she threw her tiger-top over my guitar. I started to work as a photographer’s assistant, I never visited any kind of art school.

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‘lola’ by gerrit hahn

‘esther’ by gerrit hahn

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‘britta’ by gerrit hahn

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mathieu hubert 29 years old • france

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1. What type of medium do you work with and explain how you use it? (Paint, design, photography, collage) Well actually I’ve only started using photography for about 2 years. I used to draw and paint a lot - and still occasionally do - but photography helps me capturing something I can’t by drawing. I wish I could have been a hyperrealistic painter - Instead I never go out without a camera, you never know what might show up... 2. What was your main interest in producing this artwork, or is there a statement you wanted to convey? These photographs are taken from a series called Wanderland. I didn’t look for these places, I just happened to fall onto them around a streetcorner while walking in town. They looked so empty, devoid of life, yet it seemed that there were remaining memories. Basically I wanted to bring back life to these uninhabited places. There’s also a cinematographic approach in these images ; the panoramic view and the dialogues function together as in post-synchronisation.

6. Where does your inspiration come from? Or is there any particular movement, artwork or artist you find yourself influenced by? Well I walk around quite a lot so my inspiration comes mainly from the urban surroundings : architecture, posters on walls, store signs, objects behind windows... I’m fascinated by things from the past, which is something my father passed on to me. There are photographers whose work I admire like Stephen Shore, Martin Parr, Philip-Lorca di Corcia or Nan Goldin. I also very much like Jim Houser’s work. 7. How do you see yourself five years from now? How do you see your artwork evolving from now? I don’t really plan ahead, I just wish that the future will always bring new sources of inspiration. I’d like to work with larger formats and plan more collaborative projects with artists in other fields. Name: Mathieu Hubert Age: 29 Email: contact@mathieuhubert.com Website: www.mathieuhubert.com

3. Tell us about your creative process, do you have any rituals, routines you follow? How does your artwork come together? (Do you use found objects, image banks, etc) I always work on different projects simultaneously whether it’s photography, painting or installation. The original idea usually turns into a cross-disciplinary project. My profession has also a wide influence on my artistic work. As a graphic designer I bring a lot of attention to typography so quite often it’s present in my work. One of my first works was called “Lost & Found”, it was a series of illustrations and collages on different materials that were found on the street.

4. How did you get started with your artistic career? I used to teach French abroad (Toronto, CA then London, UK) so I guess I was really influenced by all the moments I lived there and the people I met. I’ve always drawn and been attracted to different artistic styles, so one day I decided to come back to France and do what I really like: Now I’ve got a degree in Graphic Design and I work with a bunch of great and talented people in a collective called Kolle-Bolle, here in Lyon, France. 5. What would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments? Going back to school after I was a teacher myself... No really, I would say being able to do something creative everyday, which is really fulfilling. And exhibiting my new works - Stereoscopik - during the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art this coming November !

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‘hall’ by mathieu hubert

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‘office’ by mathieu hubert

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‘pool’ by mathieu hubert

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‘wedding’ by mathieu hubert

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‘casket’ by mathieu hubert

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‘phone’ by mathieu hubert

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‘untitled’ by jose alves

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‘duality’ by jose alves

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‘untitled’ by jose alves

‘the king’ by jose alves

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‘tulip’ by adela lebowitz

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‘blood root’ by adela lebowitz

‘the green manor’ by adela lebowitz

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‘black cherry’ by adela lebowitz

‘walk it off’ by kenneth yee

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‘reality television’ by kenneth yee

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‘how to be alone’ by kenneth yee

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‘love is all around’ by kenneth yee

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‘untitled’ by gabrielius mackevicius

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‘repose’ by kim rae taylor

‘turning routine into ritual’ by kim rae taylor

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‘hair series’ by kim rae taylor

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‘call’ by linda lencovic

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‘call 2’ by linda lencovic

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‘untitled’ by carlo moretti

‘untitled’ by carlo moretti

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‘untitled’ by aleks senwald

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‘untitled’ by daniele de battè

‘untitled’ by daniele de battè

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Artist Contact Info

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