I’ve spent the last week in Iceland sitting in hot water, drinking way too much beer and moss, walking through freezing landscapes and checking out Design March Reykjavik. I’ll be doing a few more post of what I saw on the trip but first of all here are some photos by British Photographer James Appleton of the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap in Iceland where back in 2010 volcanic eruptions grounded air travel through out Europe.
By complete coincidence James was shooting a promo video for up coming projects when we visited the Gullfoss waterfall, that’s my photo of him above, putting himself in tremendous danger to take photos of the largest waterfall in Europe.
Brilliant interactive lighting installation; “Water Light Graffiti” by Antonin Fourneau made during his residency at Digitalarti Artlab. When the LEDs on the wall come in contact with water either by paintbrush, atomizers, fingers or anything damp they light up to varying degrees depending on the moisture. “Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space without deterioration. A wall to communicate and share magically in the city.” The video below is by Digitalarti and music by Jankenpopp. You can see images of the wall being made on Facebook.
The Mast Brother‘s are craft chocolate makers based in Brooklyn, New York. Their produce is all handmade; even down to the packaging. The short films below by The Scout Magazine and Conor Hagen document Rick and Michael Mast developing their business concept of basic traditional production by sailing to the Dominican Republic to create a deeper connection with the families who grow the coco beans they use in their chocolate. Fairly Hipstertastic but you got to admire these guys, it’s really great to see something like this becoming a viable business.
Elegant sculpture, drawing and woodcuts made from nature and found objects by Connecticut based Artist Bryan Nash Gill. Bryan’s Dendrochronology themed work is all hand made using timber sourced nearby his studio. “Ink is rolled out and a piece of handcrafted washi paper is placed over the print block. Pressing little by little with his fingertips, Bryan imprints the texture of the wood on the surface of the paper.” Ash & Milk
Hand carved porcelain sculptures from American Artist Kate MacDowell. Her work responds our relationship with the natural world, to environmental changes, pollution, mythology, Art History and figures of speech.
“I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value.”
Kate MacDowell exhibited her work at the SCOPE Miami, separate group exhibits with Patrajdas Contemporary and Mindy Solomon Gallery in December 2011.
Paintings form award winning Irish Artist Gabhann Dunne.
“the serenely coloured worlds of Gabhann Dunne have a visionary and elegiac quality as an Irish sensibility coalesces both Irish and American mythologies. Geographic features, figures and wolves emerge from hazy ground, and the artist demonstrates the haunting, lyrical qualities that can be drawn from paint. In The Fold, the spaces of painting emerge in a most satisfying exhibition.”
The Irish Times, May 2011