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# MAY 2012


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#  I m p r i n t SUPERIOR MAGAZINE Lychener Strasse 76, 10437 Berlin www.superior-mag.com connection@superior-mag.com PUBLISHER  Tom Felber CHIEF EDITOR V.i.S.d.P.  Tom Felber / tom@superior-mag.com PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR  Marc Huth / marc@superior-mag.com FASHION DIRECTOR  Simon Heeger / simon@superior-mag.com ART DIRECTOR  Jesse Benjamin / jesse@superior-mag.com EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT  editor@superior-mag.com ADVERTISING  advertising@superior-mag.com PR MANAGEMENT  press@superior-mag.com Superior Magazine accepts no liability for any unsolicited material whatsoever. Opinions contained in the editorial content are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publisher of Superior Magazine. Despite careful control Superior Magazine accepts no liability for the content of external links. Any reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited

CONTRIBUTORS  Denis Ignatov, Steve Herud, Adam Balcarek, Svenja Pitz, Elizaveta Porodina (photographers) Erik Mark Sandberg, Yuki Minami, Konstantin Siegel, Seymour (aka Peter Kelk) (artists)

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#  Editorial #  Dear SUPERIOR readers, Once a year SUPERIOR ONLINE has a special focus on Art & Design. Therefore we asked photographers to send us their editorials under a special art perspective and we got a lot of interesting submissions. We have chosen the five most artsy ones for the may issue. But for a special art edition you need some more artists on top. To find an interesting mixture of artists we used our own connections to illustrators, but also received some help from friends who are well connected to the scene. The result is a quartet of illustrators we show in SUPERIOR ONLINE May 2012 and some more you should not miss on our homepage. Once we started digging for great illustrators we definitely will continue presenting them to you. Finally we interviewed designers who are artists; or artists who are designers? Anyway, the lines between these two disciplines frequently blur and in the end it's only important how great their works are. We hope you enjoy the IT'S ART edition! Tom, Marc and the SUPERIOR team

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Editorial & Imprint  -10-

#  Selection Fashion & Beauty  -16Art & Design  -18-

A Smart Guide To Utopia  -20-

#  Fashion & Beauty Denis Ignatov »Ruben London«  -24Steve Herud »Warrior Queen«  -42-

Adam Balcerek »Prodigy Lab«  -58-

Svenja Pitz »Stardust Memories«  -68Elizaveta Porodina »Nightcall«  -88-

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#  Art & Design Erik Mark Sandberg  -30Yuki Minami  -52-

Konstantin Siegel  -80-

From Aalto to Zumthor  -100-

The Cultural Nomad  -104-

1 Square Meter From Beijing  -110-

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OUR FASHION & BEAUTY SELECTION IN MAY

FRENCH-AMERICAN CONNECTION - KENZO & VANS It's colorful, it's hot, the new summer footwear collection by Kenzo and Vans. The brand new shoes will be comprised of three installments set to hit stores in May, June and July. For the first assortment of styles, Kenzo's vibrant colors and net prints from the Spring Summer 2012 season are featured on Vans’ original skate shoe, the Era. The collection includes seven colorways available for men and women that feature the bright blue, white, green and red colors seen on the Kenzo Spring 2012 runway. www.kenzo.com

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CLUB 27  - MYTHOS BusinessPunks sees its mission as establishing the balancing act between Business and Art through fashion, in order for this symbiosis to become an independent, integrative lifestyle. Each and every day. With its Club 27 collection BusinessPunks celebrates some of the most talented musicians who died in the age of 27. The youngest ›club member‹ is Amy Winehouse. For Club 27 collection the artist Günther Edlinger sets the British singer in an expressive way in scene, which is inspired by classic pop art elements. The design emphasizes the distinguishing characteristic of Amy Winehouse: the black eyeliner, full lips, the extravagant beehive hairdo. An abstract representation of the British Union Jack is the background, which refers to the origin of the singer Andrea Crews is a collective led by Maroussia and makes the portrait of a colorful eye-catch- Rebecq who resides and creates somewhere ing. between art and fashion by federating stylists, illustrators, musicians, video directors and perwww.businesspunks.com formers. Combining several aspects of contemporary creation, collections are presented and stated as performances, happenings and videos. In opposition to the dominant uniformity, Andrea Crews emphasizes personal creativity, experimentation and independence.

MOTHER EARTH

The scarves from the collection ›Mother Earth‹ have been created through an alchemical and mystical inspiration. For winter 2012 Andrea Crews has invited the artists Maristella Gonzales (smoking Girl), Fredrik Soderberg (l'aquarelle totemique), Claire Duport (la mappemonde astrale). www.andreacrews.com

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OUR ART & DESIGN SELECTION IN MAY

ABSOLUT BLANK LIMITED EDITION BY MARIO WAGNER A journey through time & space Design lovers know that the ABSOLUT VODKA bottle is much more than just a container for spirits — it is a design object. Since April the new Limited Edition of ABSOLUT VODKA is in store: ABSOLUTELY BLANK designed by Mario Wagner. The inspiration for his Limited Edition the German artist got from the visual language of the Sixties, a decade when people were emotional touched by the discovery of the universe and flying to the Moon. Mario Wagner who lives in San Francisco is one of 20 international artists who have turned a white screen in the shape of the iconic ABSOLUT VODKA bottle into unique works of art. www.absolut.com

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DESIGN X = LIGHT

VANMOOF bikes are real design-highlights and have been awarded various international prizes including an EUROBIKE Award, Dutch Design Award and Red Dot Award.

VANMOOF X PHILIPS

Now VANMOOF joined hands and brains with global lighting pioneer Philips to develop a fully integrated lighting system for its new collection. Empowering urban commuters worldwide with an impressive power beam and 320 degrees of visibility to move around town fast, confident and in style. A fully enclosed chain guard, built in seatpost clamp and improved ergonomics makes the VANMOOF M2 collection a perfect fit for inner city mobility. With the radically improved M2 collection VANMOOF continues to emphasize its expertise in minimalistic, functional and innovative design. www.vanmoof.com

LIFE'S A BEACH — IF YOU HAVE ONE… In 1837, Zurich's first urban beach was born. We don't know whether that year was the beginning of the global hype of urban beaches, but we know that in 2012 Zurich is the place where an absolutely ›must have‹ comes from. End of April FREITAG came out with its WILLIAMS LTD EDITION. It is an extremely limited edition of the freshwater beach bags called ›Paris Plage‹, ›Copa Cagrana‹ or ›Bundespressestrand‹. All are based on the handloom REFERENCE R515 WILLIAMS and are characterized by a unique color cocktail. Of each color combination there is only exactly 15 pieces — WORLDWIDE! So don't loose any further second and get your unique beach bag. www.freitag.ch

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A SMART GUIDE TO UTOPIA

»Cities are what make us human. They're the success story of our species. They are where civilisation happens.«  Ben Hammersley The smart guide to Utopia showcases 111 projects, initiatives and ideas from all over Europe that make our cities better places. Whether it be an underground waste disposal system in Barcelona or a public swimming pool converted into an art centre in Berlin, a self-sufficient urban garden a solar-powered pop-up restaurant travelling with the sun, a building printer or a zeropackaging supermarket, this book celebrates the energy and imagination of people who want to make their cities a little more fun, clean, friendly, green and above all, restore a sense of community. Our cities belong to us, and they depend on us. Only we can make them worth living in. (from: A smart guide to Utopia) A smart guide to Utopia is published by LECOOL, Barcelona that publishes online guides in nine cities around Europe, as well as print magazines and books, in collaboration with SMART. SMART is already involved in several projects that deal with urban themes, among others 'smart urban stage' where they ask pioneers from metropolises around the world to question the urban status quo. www.lecoolbook.com www.smart.de

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STATTBAD WEDDING BERLIN

Berlin being Berlin, there are plenty of former public baths that are being reused as event venues nowadays. But none of them is as impressive as the Stattbad Wedding. Designed in 1902 by the prolific architect Ludwig Hoffmann, the building underwent a full century of changes and reconstructions before being shut down in the early 2000s and reopened as an underground exhibition space and event venue in 2009. Today, the two empty pools are used as stages for screenings and performances, the changing rooms and showers for art installations and shows, and the basement for secret parties. Even skateboarding competitions are held here.

What’s impressive about this isn’t just that this unusual and historic space should be given over to art, but the type it’s dedicated to. Since its reopening, the Stattbad has hosted such diverse events as urban art festivals, concerts mixing classical with electronic music, short film screenings, performances, creative workshops, experimental fashion shows and techno parties—with all events embedded naturally into the architecture and facilities of the public bath, bringing the old forgotten building back to life. One can only wonder what architect Hoffmann would say if he could see a bouncy ball championship taking place in his empty pool.

STATTBAD WEDDING PLAY

131 SPACE FOR LEISURE

A PUBLIC BATH TURNED ART SPACE www.stattbad.net

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ILLUSTRATION: SAM GREEN

A smart guide to Utopia, 2012

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RUBEN  LONDON

photography by  DENIS IGNATOV styling by  ROLF BUCK styling assistance  SINA REDFIELD  hair & make-up  BEATRICE SOMA @ 21 AGENCY model  RUBEN AMEN @ AMCK MODELS LONDON

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ERIK MARK SANDBERG #  Drawing from contemporary consumer culture and its psychological effects on those most susceptible to the re-lentless bombardment of mass marketing — the young — Eric Mark Sandberg’s paintings, and sculptures create an uncanny portrait gallery of hairy adolescents. The grotesque hirsutism of Sandberg’s subjects serves as a metaphor for the perversion and exploitation inherent in contemporary consumer culture and the doubleedged promise of overnight fame epitomized by Los Angeles. (Direktorenhaus Berlin on the occasion of the exhibition ›Down by the river‹)

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HANNAH BLACK IN JUNE

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CAUGHT THE FEVER

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In my work I’m interested in the paradox that occur in consumer culture, for example the obese girl who was simultaneously a victim of fast food marketing and sexualized teen fashion. #  You were a master student with Anthony Zepeda for 4 years. How did the printmaking #  Erik, you grew up in Minnesota then moved techniques influence your work? Do you use the to California. With your works like your "Hairy techniques for your fine art or illustration portChildren Portraits" you are challenging the nar- folio? row window of accepted beauty standards in society. How did living so close to the Hollywood Yes, I think Anthony’s extensive educationdream factory shape you and your understand- al generosity was a huge influence on how I ing of culture? approach the construction of my work, and how each process effects meaning for the work’s I spent most of my early years growing up communication. in a conservative mid western suburb, where it was flannel shirts and traditional values. It was later in my life that I moved to Los Angeles - the land of everything else. The dichotomy of cultural values is quite apparent. A lot of my work comments on this now. The city is uniquely special and fascinating in the way that it can grow, or rot, dreams at lightning speed. The gamut of diverse human psychological states fuels the city’s energy. The city’s locations have lived in such high profile for so long, it often invokes déjà vu-like moments.

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SKY WITH LEOPARD TEE AND BOOTS

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#  What are your next projects?

B O Y W I T H G R E E N P L A I D S H I R T 

Currently working on a few larger sculptural works, and some short art films for projection. I’m experimenting with making costumes, designing backdrops, editing, I’m not formally trained as a filmmaker so I’m approaching it a little bit like a painter. I figure it is a natural medium for my current ideas, also my studio is 10 min away from Hollywood Blvd and making art films in the shadow of the Hollywood sign seems appropriate on a community level.

#  Graduated artist, former child actor and certified motor mechanic Erik Mark Sandberg currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches printmaking at the universities in Pasadena and in Northridge, California. Since graduating with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasa-dena in 2002, Sandberg has been in over 50 group exhibitions throughout all corners of the globe, including International Art Fairs in Cologne, Spain, Seoul, London, Helsinki, and Miami, and has held solo exhibitions in New York, Barcelona, Berlin, Australia, and Pasadena. He also received several medals from the ›American Society of Illustrators‹ for his illustration work.

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TOOT IT AND BOOT IT

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QUEEN

photography by  STEVE HERUD model  MEG MORALES @ PEARL MANAGEMENT theatrical props  PERFECTPROPS make-up/mask by  KARLA NEFF @ PERFECTPROPS hair by  ACACIO DA SILVA @ PERFECTPROPS accessoires  PERFECTPROPS

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YUKI MINAMI #  The artist Yuki Minami was born in Japan in 1979. He now lives in the third biggest city, Nagoya in Japan. His illustrations are drawn mainly with pure watercolor. He is fond of drawing fashionable works such as women, interior or a lifestyle in a delicate touch. In 2011 he was noted as one of 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2011/2012 in Luerzer's Archive.

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PRODIGY

photography by  ADAM BALCEREK styling by  PATRYCIA MATYSIAK make-up by   MIN YOUNG KIM hair-styling by  NORI TAKABAYAHI models  UELYCA & ALINA @ MADEMOUSELLE AGENCY


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UELYCA: blond wig  MARISOL black leather and wool shorts  JUAN HERNANDEZ DAELS ALINA: black wig  MARISOL black leather and elastic skirt  AGNIESZKA MACIEJAK


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UELYCA: black laced top  ALIBELLUS+ black leather skirt  FATIMA LOPES ALINA:

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UELYCA: silver and nude elastic body suit  AGNIESZKA MACIEJAK ALINA: black and nude elastic body suit  AGNIESZKA MACIEJAK


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UELYCA: white plaster top  NEVRA KARACA black poney fur shoes  NUNC golden skeleton bracelet  BERNARD DELETTREZ

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ALINA: black wool jumper  AUGUSTIN TEBOUL black and golden elastic leggings  AGNIESZKA MACIEJAK UELYCA; nude see-through dress  EST BY ES black leather skirt  JOIE BRYSEN black leather necklace  NATALIA BRILLI


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ALINA: white leather dress  RAMI AL ALI HAUT COUTURE plastic necklace  AGNIESZKA MACIEJAK golden bracelet with leather fringe  BIJULES

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STARDUST MEMORIES photography by  SVENJA PITZ model  ANABELL OEYNHAUSEN @ MODELWERK styling by  ANDREA ADRIANNA TOMASZEWKA hair & make-up by  JENNY-MAGDALENA HORDAN  photography-assistance  SARA FAWAD making-of-video  STEVEN BREDEN, PHIL RUNE


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shorts  ASOS shirt  PITZERIA fur  ADATUT chain  H&M shoes  BUFFALO


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KONSTANTIN SIEGEL #  Konstantin Siegel is a creative multi-talent who lives and works in Berlin. #  Looking at your work we see two facets, ›fine‹ illustrations and ›hard‹ tattoos. How does that belong together for you? For me both are not two different facets, even more they are the same, in terms of art and procedure. Before I start with a tattoo I always paint an illustration. The pain and to some extend the clients are the reason, why the tattoos are ›hard‹. But, girls with colorful wishes or bad boys with black-n-gray pieces, everybody is welcome. This mix is exactly what I like. Whenever I start a new job, I put myself into another world and it feels great. I love it!

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#  Do you really do the tattoo-work or do you just provide the artistic basis, the picture?  I’m not an old school tattoo artist like Mark Mahoney, I’m not an illustrator or fashion designer – I’m an artist and that's the way I live and work. I do not try just to ink somebody but to create a piece of art. Pictures that tell stories and are one of a kind.

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#  What inspires your art? I get my inspirations everywhere. My brain is like a sponge, it soaks up everything I see and saves all information. Ok, I live in a big city, Berlin. Daily you can see tons of interesting things which supply new ideas. Museums, exhibitions, graffiti, street art and many different interesting people...all that provides the trigger for new paintings.

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#  You are also a fashion designer? Yes, I studied fashion design at HTW-Berlin, but I do not call myself a fashion designer. I always say: »I am an artist who makes fashion« according to which the collection looks like. The look is avant-garde and a little crazy except for the t-shirts, they are great and for everybody.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Desk with swivel chair around 1904

OTTO WAGNER

FROM AALTO TO ZUMTHOR — Furniture by

Armchair ›Postsparkassenfauteuil‹

Architects

#  The first designers of the early 20th century were architects. They designed pieces of furniture and many other objects for their clients, because they did not find good design on the market. Today there is a large variety of well-designed furniture, designed by industrial designers as well as product designers. It is an own profession nowadays but some architects still love to invent their own design pieces. With their university education behind them, architects are just as able as product designers to design furniture, lamps and objects off all kinds, although their technical know-how and detailed expertise obviously differs. As the profession of architect and designer separated several decades ago, it is

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WALTER GROPIUS Easy chair, Mod. F51 1920

GERRIT RIETFELD ›Military-Chair‹

fundamentally no longer necessary for architects to design furniture; however, the furniture designs by gifted architects, often independent of manufacturers' specification, have brought and are still repeatedly bringing new, vitalizing stimuli into the world of design. Architects are generalists, and it is an obvious step for them to devote their attention to the interior, in order to achieve improvement and to try out various materials and techniques on the basis of the defined design task. There have always been extensive interfaces between architecture, interior design and design. A creative glance across the top of the fence never did anyone any harm. Text from the book ›From Aalto to Zumthor - Furniture by architects‹. All photos courtesy Museum for Applied Arts and Design Cologne

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RON ARAD Chair object ›2 R Not‹ 1992

DANIEL LIBESKIND Table ›Torq‹ 2010

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GAE AULENTI Table ›Tour‹ 1933

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#  Do architects prefer a special design language, forms, ideas like micro architecture or what else? Is their design more minimalistic, geometric, puristic? An answer gives the fantastic book ›From Aalto to Zumthor - Furniture by architects‹ that has been published for the exhibition of the same title at the Museum for Applied Arts and Design Cologne (MAKK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln) and which is available at the museum's store.

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THE CULTURAL NOMAD #  The Indian designer Satyendra Pakhalé works in wide range of disciplines, bringing to his design a set of fresh perspectives, a diversity of strong cultural influence, particularly relevant in today's society. Pakhalé's design emanates from cultural dialogue, synthesizing new applications of materials and technologies with great ingenuity. He conveys a message that could be defined ‘universal’ through his designs and ranks him among the most influential designers at work today. #  You describe yourself as a ›Cultural Nomad‹. Could you describe what this means to you? ›Cultural nomad‹ for me is a choice, an intellectual choice to be free, to be nomadic. Free from any kind of ism or sect or anything like that. I would like to reconfirm, that I certainly do not feel without a cultural homeland, as I have always said often that I am deeply aware of my Indian cultural heritage, but I am neither limited by that nor do I like to be solely defined by that, above all I want to be free, absolutely free in my mind.

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BELL METAL HORSE TABLE Copyright: Satyendra PakhalĂŠ Courtesy: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Cologne

BELL METAL CHAIR

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#  What is your vision as a designer? Design ought to be more human, symbolic, evoke meanings, and build future iconography; above all design is a universal poetry. #  How does your Indian origin influence your creations? I was born and raised in India, and of course, that has some sort of influence on my way of being, thinking and feeling about things I perceive and create. However, it is hard for me to measure an influence, as I do not see life in such a cut and dry - rational way. I never do anything directly influenced by any geographical place or a specific culture. I always do things with my own vocabulary, or shall I say- design language, which evolved over a period of time. One idea leading to another, one thought leading to another and one project leading to another.

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#  Having grown up in the heart of India Satyendra Pakhalé (born 1967) studied Industrial Design (Bachelor of Engineering/Master in Design) at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in Nagpur/India and at the Industrial Design Centre in Mumbai/India and Advanced Product Design at the Art Center College of Design in La-Tour-de-Pleiz/Swiss. He started his career working as a Senior Product Designer for Philips in Eindhoven/Netherlands. At that time among others he designed the interior for the concept-car 'Pangéa'. In 1998 Pakhalé founded his own studio in Amsterdam/Netherlands working for companies like Moroso, Cor-Unum, Magis and Alessi among others. From 2006 through 2010, Satyendra Pakhalé was director of the master studies programme Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. His works are in several public collections, among others V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, MAKK, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany and Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum Munich, Germany. Satyendra Pakhalé is represented by: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Cologne.

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FLOWER OFFERING CHAIR Copyright: Satyendra Pakhalé Courtesy: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Cologne

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LOW TABLE Copyright: Emmanuel Wolfs + BoYoung Jung Courtesy: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Cologne

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1 SQUARE METER FROM BEIJING #  Last year the art-design collective Emmanuel Wolfs and BoYoung Jung launched [Land Project] with ›1 Square Meter - Low Table‹ (Beijing / 40°00’34, 82”N, 116°30’51, 35”E), which contained land and artefacts collected from Beijing, embarking viewers on a travel of its own. The journeying between reality and imaginary scape is the core function of ›1 Square Meter - Low Table‹ in the same way traditional landscape paintings did in the Tang age, exploiting and re-contextualizing the inherent qualities of the old product. #  What is ›1 Square Meter - Low Table‹ (Beijing / 40°00’34, 82”N, 116°30’51, 35”E)? The object contains 1 m2 of 8 cm deep land collected from Beijing city, where perennial cycles of change invest an ever growing and socially compounded living environment. Gazing directly into the land sourced out of an existing location, viewers are drawn to reflect on its unique story while recalling the cultural meaning of ownership in the contemporary Chinese context. The unconventionality of the material encourages viewers to wonder what eyes see, while the object takes them in their minds. This particular dimension - 1 square meter - has been chosen for the implications of social and economic factors inherent in all value systems.

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#  What do you mean with »social and economic factors«? Chinese property laws allow individuals to be only land tenants while the state retains the ownership; consequently, owning this square meter table transfers full ownership to its user while drawing interesting comparisons with the western emphasis on individuality, reminding us of the different meanings it ‘contains’ as a product of historical and social construction. Furthermore the pricing of this ‘square meter’ draws reference to the growing desire for land gain in today China where rapid reforms and an extravagant building frenzy are often making access to propriety a complex and much sought after matter. The conceptual weight of this object, literally frozen at its heart, is refined and made accessible by a minimal and efficient design of pure transparency. A repository for visual and ephemeral stories each endowed with its own uniqueness.

#  ›1 Square Meter - Low Table‹ (Beijing / 40°00’34, 82”N 116°30’51, 35”E) is the beginning of a series of objects. Which objects will be the next? gabrielle ammann // gallery will show a new square meter low table as well as a chair at Design Miami/Basel 2012, focusing on a recently demolished area close to our Beijing studio. We are currently expanding the [Land] project further, and developing a series of artworks that attempt to translate our experience of contemporary China. Our intention is to capture the zeitgeist of post-Olympic Beijing and visualize the frantic change the country is going through. Witnessing the ever-changing cycle of construction, decay and destruction has had an influence in the way we develop work not only conceptually but also in terms of techniques and materials we chose to use. To illustrate, we’ve been trying to replicate and experience the working condition of the common Chinese workers; mostly working on the ground using rudimentary tooling and materials. Metal pipes commonly used for scaffolding have been employed as a primary material for some pieces, exploring the symbolic dimension of steel as emblematical material of rapid industrialization and development. Besides making our body aches, this has so far resulted in interestingly crafted objects, imperfect but uniquely spirited.


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#  You are coming from two different cultures – South Korea and Belgium. How does this influence your work? Having lived in quite a few places over the past years -Europe, Asia, Africa- we have come to realise that deep down, once you learn to communicate, people have much more things in common than differences. It all seems to come down to personality, we are just two people who happen to be fascinated by the same square meter of dirt, are capable of spending months sticking hundreds of pieces of bark together to make a square tree trunk or think that they can find beauty in the rubble of old Beijing. #  Wolfs & Jung is an art-design collective founded by RCA graduates BoYoung Jung (born in South Korea) and Emmanuel Wolfs (born in Brussels). Since 2005, the group has focused on exploring emotional and reflective possibilities through conceptual approach in design. Their work often addresses and challenges contemporary issues such as global debates on nature, technology, psychology, and sociocultural trends. Such practice approaches design as medium rather than discipline, with the hope to broaden critical awareness on the common matters concerning our environments of life. Since 2008, Wolfs & Jung have relocated their studio to Beijing where they currently live and work. Wolfs & Jung are represented by: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Cologne.

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UNTITLED (THE FLAG) Copyright: Emmanuel Wolfs + BoYoung Jung Courtesy: gabrielle ammann // gallery, Cologne

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SEYMOUR #  The artist Seymour (aka Peter Kelk) uses a diverse range of mediums including print, painting, and sculpture to create his stylistically recognizable pieces that range from limited edition giclee prints to intricately detailed one off originals. #  Seymour, when did you decide to become an artist? I remember telling my parents at a very young age that I wanted to be a children's book illustrator. From that moment I was supported hugely to pursue the arts, which lead to studying graphic design. After realizing graphic design wasn't really for me, I started to work on my own art. Then came the day I sold my first piece and I knew there was no going back. There is something so special about selling something you created and knowing that somebody bought it because they wanted it and didn't need it. Maybe when this excitement goes away I will know it's time to change careers.

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#  What inspires you most for your art? Mainly people and their characteristics and oddities. You might say I'm a compulsive spectator. Common things like junk, curious and discarded objects inspire me. At the same time I'm hugely inspired by ornamental aesthetics found in Gothic and Victorian architecture as well as organic forms found in natural history. Then seeing other artwork and constantly being surrounded by art inspires me to keep developing and pushing my style. #  We see some of your illustrations here. But you work also with other media. Is that important for you? Yeah, this is really important to me and is part of the development as an artist. I started with drawing and making prints and mixing my graphic design background with illustration to create more ›product like‹ art. I was always curious to see what my characters would look like in 3D so I started to sculpt them. I love the endless possibilities with sculpture with so many interesting materials and techniques. It's also a really nice break from ink and paper and being behind the computer.

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#  What are your next projects? At the moment I'm working on 25 small sculptures for a show in Berlin at Strychnin Gallery (opening on June 8th) called 'The Emporium'. The show consists of myself, Doktor A (UK) and Skeleton Heart (UK) and is a vintage carnival / circus themed show. So I've spent the last few months having a blast making little freaks, carnies and side show attractions. My next big project will then be the New York Comic Con in October in which I'll create a new set of sculptures and prints ... So a busy but fun year! #  Seymour (aka Peter Kelk) was born in New Zealand in 1981. He studied graphic design at Wanganui School of Design specializing in Illustration, and after graduating in 2002 spent time in Vienna working as a designer. Currently he is residing and working as an artist from his studio in Berlin and stocks his work in galleries worldwide.

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