New Angles: daily inspiration

Åsa Lockner

Posted in art, crafts - art by menno1976 on October 17, 2009

Found some nice photos of Swedish artist Åsa Lockner‘s work.

Åsa Lockners art does not require perfection from the wearer, on the contrary her jewellery relates to the body, protecting it and says that change is as it should be, that mortality is beautiful.

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Yamashita Kumi

Posted in art by menno1976 on October 12, 2009

This is simply amazing. At first I thought these were photoshopped…

City View, 2003
Aluminium, light, shadow

Clouds, 2005
Aluminium, light, shadow

Fragments, 2009
Aluminium, light, shadow

Origami, 2005
Aluminium, light, shadow

Feather, 2006
Wood, light, shadow

Click here for Yamshita Kumi’s website.


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Cristina Gayarre

Posted in art, illustration by menno1976 on September 13, 2009

I met Cristina Gayarre last week in Amsterdam through mutual friends. Cristina is a Madrid-based lino print artist/illustrator. Her work sometimes reminds me of Gustav Klimt’s as well as Matisse’s later work. My personal favourites are her more abstract prints and the embossed floral linos, although the prints of the girls are very nice too!


Cycladic art

Posted in art by menno1976 on September 10, 2009

Last week I covered Clayrew‘s goddesses, but this week I wanted to share these goddesses with you. When I first saw Cycladic art at the British Museum and the Allard Pierson Museum these abstract/schematic representations of women blew me away. These goddesses are so majestic and strong. Apparently they used to paint these figurines in the brightest colours, so they must’ve looked less abstract at the time. To me this is timeless design, all of these figurines look so modern.
Early Cycladic culture evolved between ca 3300 – 2000 BCE (Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age).

photo by Marshall Astor

AJ Fosik’s Beasts

Posted in art, crafts - art by menno1976 on September 10, 2009

According to AJ Fossik his wooden sculptures take the form of these totem-like beasts or monsters because they’re the manifestations of ideas or concepts that he’s wrestling with while he’s working. His work sometimes reminds me of Balinese masks or wrathful Dharmapalas (ferocious defenders of Buddhism) The bright colours and the gaping mouths may perhaps seem a little threatening, but I think these beasts are actually quite benevolent, just like the Dharmapalas…


Get a behind the scenes look in to the creative mind of AJ Fosik. Music by We vs Death, Sweaty Sweaters.

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more about “AJ Fosik Artist Profile on Vimeo“, posted with vodpod


















Don’t forget to check out this week’s giveaway post!

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Posted in art, events by menno1976 on September 6, 2009

I just got back from “Ongekend” (roughly translates as “unknown”, but also as “unprecedented”), an art auction right across Central Station in Amsterdam. The auction was organized by Paul van den Biesen and Annelien Kers who in my opinion succeeded in bringing together the public/potential buyers and young artists (and all of this without the intervention of auction brokers).


The opening of the auction by the auctioneer was a performance act itself (artist: Inga Cholmogorova): The first lot was a blown glass mallet which got smashed to smithereens the moment the buyer won the bid (the hammer itself went “under the hammer”). All that remained by winning the bid was a spectacular experience.

These are some of my favourite lots.



Esther Nienhuis

Daniela Schwabe

Papa Adama

Anouk Griffioen

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