Sometimes art is not found in a museum, or a gallery. In fact, some of the art we can appreciate show up in mundane every day places. Going against my love for black coffee, let's talk about some of the art found in hot beverages, with an occasional fully caffeinated mind wandering to other subjects.I am a barista and latte artist by day after all. I need to pay my rent somehow, and I also need some damn recognition for what I do! What about latte's these days, why do these milky excuses for coffee keep showing up with different designs, what is the mysterious history behind this habit and why does nobody question its existence? Read more here.
Canadian visual artist Laurence Philomène's ongoing project on representing trans- and non-binary individuals will be presented by Curated by Girls during a solo exhibition at CoGalleries in Berlin, Torstrasse 170. In this project called "Non-Binary Portraits" the young artist shows her friends as they ideally would like to be seen, in colourful portraits.
In Philomène's work, colour plays an important role in combinition with themes such as femininity, gender identity, and softness. The exhibition will celebrate the diversity of trans- and nonbinary individuals who are usually under-represented in mainstream media.
The exhibition will open on May 19th, at 6PM
CoGalleries, Torstrasse 170, 10115 Berlin
(with presence of the artist)
You can find more information about the exhibition on the facebook event:
Artist's website :
I am usually unaware of things that are happening when it comes to music, films and other news. Although I have seen MY BABY perform on Down The Rabbit Hole festival in the Netherlands last summer, I just recently discovered their second album Shamanaid, which was released in 2015. Now that the actual news is rather overwhelming, I invite you to come live in the past with me by reading my review here.
Marta Oktaba, aka Almost Iris
If you have also been inspired to create my portrait, tag me on instagram @suzepuz.
After a successful first exhibition showing work by 26 artists on the subject of new femininity, Curated By Girls is back on November 12th and 13th at the Berlin gallery Blender&Co for a second, approachable event focussing on the work by a single artist: Poster Boys by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert.
The work in this exhibition portrays individuals in poster formats that will be sold from a limited stock for very affordable prices. The 10, unreleased portraits that will be exhibited here focus on the male figure; showing and celebrating a somewhat vulnerable, feminine side of the masculine young men being portrayed.
“These are portraits of young men, who I think are beautiful, some I met through Facebook, Instagram, some are good friends. Through photography, I get to know so many interesting personalities and also hot guys. I love it. There are so many people out there I would love to have in my life, but I can’t, so with the photos I’m taking of them I’m creating a connection we will have forever. I sometimes feel like if I don’t take a picture of whoever I’m meeting, it doesn’t actually feel like we have met.” – Statement of the Artist.
Curated by GIRLS promotes visual art online, providing a platform for young, new artists who focus on themes such as Freedom, Diversity and Equality. The website was conceived to challenge mainstream stereotypes around gender, beauty standards and the concept of normality, by providing space to an open-minded vision of the world through Art.
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert is a young, Berlin based artist, who challenges gender norms in his work. For his project “Gender as a Spectrum” the artist found and portrayed individuals around the globe who don’t conform to stereotypical binary gender roles. Collected in a table book, this project displays a variety of individuals, celebrating the wide gender spectrum.
More information about the artist and his work can be found here:
Curated By GIRLS
November 12, 18:00
Blender&Co, Boddinstraße 32
12053 Neukölln, Berlin
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/318317858542361/
As a medium embroidery and other textile based arts have not been considered an art form during most of the past, or even the present. These media were related to women's work in the house and seen as mere domestic crafts, and thus were of no importance to the male-dominated world of western arts until the rise of feminism. New forms of embroidery and textile arts were developed within the overbearing stereotype in the past decades.
Lately, there is a rise in the use of embroidery as seen in arts and social media, in a stronger political and feminist context. Read more about this subject here.
Taking the brave decision to keep on working after the tragic death of his son, Nick Cave came out with a new album. Dedicated to his lost son, Skeleton Tree became a beautiful yet bleak collage of raw emotions from the grieving musician.
Read more about the album by clicking this link.
Since the rise of Donald Trump as presidential candidate, contemporary artists have been producing art surrounding the controversial politician. Most of them seem to be making a statement against his views and potential presidency.
However, are these artistic protests not adding to the popularity of Trump. Dutch artist Jonas Staal already realised a few years ago how art added to the popularity of politicians. Read more about contemporary propaganda by clicking this link.
Going to festivals sometimes feels like taking a break from the real world and its trouble and bad news. Having just returned from my annual festival adventures that happened to take place after some politically important times as the Orlando shootings and during the Brexit vote and outcome, I have noticed not only politics taking their place at these festivals, but also a sense of togetherness during these times. Music festivals progressively are becoming more than just a place for music (or at least the ones I went to). Read more about it by clicking on this link.
This is an abstract of my BA thesis for Art History, concerning contemporary female artists and mythological subjects with a strong female message.
Since the snake has been a symbol in the arts and mythologies of ancient times, performance artist Carolee Schneemann researched this symbol during her studies in the '60s. From her studies she concluded that ancient goddess statues that attributed the snake could have been made by female artists. Later she would perform herself with these goddess images in mind.
After this, other female artists followed and expressed their own interpretation of the mythological being of the serpent in relation to women in ancient stories, connecting these images to their own contemporary views, on which I will elaborate further right here.
Art historian broadening her horizon from feminist contemporary art to music and festivals and occasional politics.