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Nearly a week has passed since the opening of the travelling exhibition Resolute-Design Changes, the Graphic Design Festival Breda 2014, and M/M (Paris)‘s 7 Days at the Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain

With over 500 visitors it turned out to be a very busy and thriving night. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!I am very glad to be part of the Luxembourg Postcript part together with great designers from Luxembourg:
Laurent Daubach, Patrick Hallé from Bakform, Reza Kianpour, Jean-Christophe Massinon, Daniel Clarens, and Lynn Schammel & Giacomo Piovan from Socialmatter.

And Special Thanks to Design Friends for making this happen!


(and sorry for the blurry phone picture, but it is all I have at the moment!)
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The exhibition of Swiss artists Andres Lutz & Anders Guggisberg at Mudam is called The Forrest. An accumulation of a variety of techniques, materials and subjects, it is like a playful promenade through a colourful world. The installation is full of different details telling a variety of narratives that seem light as well as profound.Mudam_34491

Their exhibition at Mudam consists of a combination of more recent works which are assembled into a complex composite ensemble enclosed by a wall painting which embraces the whole room and resists the orderliness of the typical museum white cube concept. Full of irony and cryptic humour, the works of Lutz & Guggisberg contain an abundance of subtle references to art, literature and science and present themselves as a loose but not always coherent narrative.

(source: Mudam)

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The temptation is great. The work of Andres Lutz and Anders Guggisberg is over-the-top. It explodes boundaries, ignores genres and combines categories. Rhizome-like configurations invade the terrain of contemporary art, pointing forward and backward with narrative glee. At their exhibitions, viewers find themselves reeling with delight. Which tentacles should they take up, which paths should they follow, where should they let themselves drift? It is extremely seductive and tempting to find that everything is related to everything else. Such cognitive super redundancy is obviously useless. What’s left? Tout court, the need and the bid to isolate aspects of Lutz & Guggisberg’s imagery, though only to render them again as a whole.

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Nothing that has already been said, only this much: Lutz & Guggisberg offer something society cannot do without, an anarchic drive toward freedom. What’s more, they question encrusted patterns of order. They excite an interest in productive detours and border crossings. Forever boisterous and ebullient, they show us what the world is really about.

(Exploring the Meanders of Lutz & Guggisberg, Andreas Baur)

keywords:

playfulness
narrative
colour
environment
multi-disciplinary

I finally managed to go visit a few of our Luxembourgish museums, even though it being at the end of the year only, where I found a few artists that could be relevant to my first self-initated project starting at the beginning of January 2014.
One of the artists currently exhibiting at the Mudam, the Muxeum of Modern Art of Luxembourg, is Lee Bul. The sculptor and performance artist from South Korea works around society, urban values, utopia and culture amongst other subjects. The exhibition is divided into two areas: installations in a few different rooms and a sort of research/studio area with research, drawings, mockups, essays etc.

View of the exhibition LEE BUL from 05/10/2013 to 09/06/2014 at Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean © photo : Rémi Villaggi

View of the exhibition LEE BUL from 05/10/2013 to 09/06/2014 at Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean © photo : Rémi Villaggi

View of the exhibition LEE BUL from 05/10/2013 to 09/06/2014 at Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean © photo :  Eric Chenal

View of the exhibition LEE BUL from 05/10/2013 to 09/06/2014 at Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean © photo : Eric Chenal

The main room of the building is taken up with Lee Bul’s installations consisting in the hanging human-like ‘monsters‘ and ‘Cyborgs‘ and the floor-construction out of wood and iron, Diluvium, walkable, which gives the visitor a different perspective and attention to where/how they walk while observing the hanging sculptures.

Another noticeable room is a room downstairs filled with three different areas, as labyrinths, through which the artist suggests going barefoot. The floor, layered with mirroring material (a repeated material throughout the work), cold and slippery, and entering is only possible going through a low contruction out of iron and reflecting, holding the head low. Passed through, the visitors find themselves in a large, nearly empty, room with two other constructions. A black ‘hill’ (which my mother compared to an iglo) which is hollow inside so possible to be entered, but so small only two adult people could be inside, and again bending in order to fit inside. The inside is filled with mirroring mosaic and repeat the angular forms of the outside, and a pair of headphones hanging from the construction’s roof, on which one could hear what is being said, but echo’ed and repeated over and over again. The third constructions consist in reflective panels of various sizes, situated as a labyrinth only giving a narrow path to walk, as in a mirror labyrinth, with edges and corners.

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All in all I found the installations very engaging and encouraging the visitors to participate with the work, which is why I am very happy to have been able to experience the installations first hand (remember my thesis?). The repeated use of mirroring material and illusions with repetitions translate into different kinds of utopias and the studio exhibition part shows a nice insight into the artist’s experimentation and research through testing and repetition.

View of the exhibition LEE BUL from 05/10/2013 to 09/06/2014 at Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean © photo :  Eric Chenal, source from Mudam's flickr page

View of the exhibition LEE BUL from 05/10/2013 to 09/06/2014 at Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean © photo : Eric Chenal, source from Mudam’s flickr page

A few more photos:

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more information and photos are available on Mudam’s website.

It being friday which means late night opening at Tate Modern, I went to see Mira Schendel's exhibition. Not knowing Mira Schendel before the exhibition, I was attracted by the visuals that were previewed on the ads. While walking through the exhibition, I particularly enjoyed the transitions between drawing and typography/lettering (of course!) and the installations towards the end, as you are able to walk around the pieces which get even more physically present because of that. The concept and content in Mira Schendel's work are very often related to philosophy and the meaning and aim of life, which helped me capture a few philosophers to research further. An extract from the few pages of sketches I did while walking through the exhibition: m-schendel-2_WEB

After workshops in London, a summer job in Luxembourg, and a small internship at Fox and Bear Vintage UK in London, I transformed myself back into a Parisian for a month again. It was a strange feeling to be back in Paris after a year gap, and I now have a different opinion on France since I left the ECV in june 2012 to come to CSM in London.
My stay in Paris was filled with varying tasks for the Imprimerie du Marais, a printing studio located in the centre of the Marais district as well as long walks back home past the Notre Dame cathedral, over the Seine, through the poetic Quartier Latin, past the Jardin du Luxembourg and many other lovely sights.

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So what does a graphic designer do in a French imprimerie (printing studio) with screenprinting, lasercutting, folding, binding, cutting, and an amazing printing archive filled with projects done for well-known clients out of the fashion and art world? Mostly situated in the communication and PR department upstairs and sharing some tasks with another intern, I spent a big part of the first week looking through websites and portfolios to find projects fitting into different specific categories of the Post’IM website (which has now officially been launched), helping to fold and finish products to ship them to clients as well as getting briefed to do illustrations for the wedding invitation and announcement cards presentation folder on which I worked throughout the internship and which I am still finishing.
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Yesterday I had the luck to participate in Drew Turner‘s workshop in the Ohh Deer Pop Up Shop at Wolf & Badger. It was a really nice experience and a good way to getting back into illustration again.

Our subject was retro-futurism: creating a vision of the world in 2063.
I decided to use black and white images to be hung in living rooms as a window to what nature and landscapes used to look like with neon-like colours added with light to show colours that don’t necessarily correspond to the real colours of trees or grass or rocks.

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The final image will be available with the other images produced during the workshop as Desktop Wallpapers from Ohh Deer soon.