Oslo's Fornebuporten business and residential district boasts its own sculpture park, Imprints, featuring ceramic works by the Norwegian artist and musician Magne Furuholmen (born 1962). Furuholmen has created totemic sculptures of glazed and unglazed ceramic on an incredible scale--the largest is taller than 19 feet high--and arranged them around the site, placing some in freestanding positions and installing some in granite pools. Playing with and against the sleek modern architecture of the surrounding Fornebuporten complex, the artist chose self-consciously archaic forms (like amphorae, columns and sarcophagi) and traditional materials and techniques in developing "Imprints." The sculptures are covered with words, letters and shapes punched or pushed directly into the material surfaces. Imprintsdocuments this amazing project.
Best known as the keyboarder and writer of the Norwegian pop band A-ha, Magne Furuholmen (born 1962 in Oslo) has devoted increasing time and effort to his painting in recent years. The poetic, bluish-gray works presented in this book are from a series of prints and monotypes predominantly executed in a single color--Payne's Gray. All of the paintings featured here relate to "Past Perfect Future Tense," Furuholmen's first solo album released in September 2004. They represent a kind of personal diary and extended notebook on the CD, and contain textual material found nowhere else. The book's square format was chosen specifically to correspond to the shape of a 12" vinyl album. A selection of images from rehearsals, the album recording session, and the printmaking process is supplemented by photos relating to the paintings, thus rounding out the interesting pictorial narrative.
A recently trained and avid printmaker, Queen Sonja of Norway has collaborated with Oslo-based printmaker Magne Furuholmen (formerly of a-ha) to create colorful graphic design works. The proceeds from this volume contribute to The Queen Sonja Print Award, established to support artists in printmaking.
Pop music fans know him as the guitarist and keyboardist of the chart-topping 1980s band a-ha, but Magne Furuholmen (born 1962) has been working as a visual artist for decades, in painting, ceramics, printmaking, film and installation. All of his works suggest roughly drawn visual poems in dismantled letter shapes. This massive volume surveys his most important works.
What is the critical relevance of Edvard Munch (1863-1944) to contemporary society? This publication places Munch's oeuvre in dialogue with works by the Norwegian-born, New York-based artist Bjarne Melgaard (born 1967), whose art has often provoked controversy-as was the case with Munch, in his lifetime. Their bodies of creative work are related in numerous ways. Both have worked with reference to their own biography; there is also an artistic kinship between the two in terms of their painterly idioms, motifs and themes. Addressing subjects such as sexuality, gender, death, loneliness and alienation, they both address key issues of modern society. The catalogue explores the dystopian critique of civilization that underlies their respective oeuvres. In addition to a wide range of well-known works by both artists, it presents new pieces by Melgaard that explore the themes he considers of particular importance in Munch's oeuvre.
Dieter Roth,Dorothy Iannone,Dietmar Elger,Sprengel Museum Hannover
Author: Dieter Roth,Dorothy Iannone,Dietmar Elger,Sprengel Museum Hannover
Publisher: Holzwarth Publications
iDeep in the heart of my loneliness, I think of the art of my lioness.i German Fluxus artist Dieter Rothis enigmatic (and sometimes singsong) mail art for his lover, the artist Dorothy Iannone, was matched only by her responses and the sexually loaded non-mailable art she made featuring the two of them. Roth and Iannone met in 1967, broke up in 1974, and remained friends and lively correspondents until Rothis death. He painted over and dimmed the subjects of postcard photos to make himself the central figure; she needed no prompting to cast him in a starring role in her autobiographically based oeuvre. From imy dear old baby, will you please bring this check to the bank so we have some money when I come back, i to iremember me?i they were a fascinating couple; now readers can encounter that passion themselves.
A rapidly expanding city with millions of inhabitants, Tangiers is rich in tensions between east and west, and its location in the Straits of Gibraltar only heightens its ambiguous status. Yto Barrada (born 1971) speculates on the political and cultural precariousness of her adopted city in films, photographs and installations.
Citizens of No Place is a collection of short stories on architecture and urbanism, graphically represented using manga-style storyboards. Fiction is used as a strategy to unpack thoughts about architecture. Modeled as a proto-manifesto, it is a candid chronicle of a highly critical thought process in the tradition of paper architecture (especially that of architect John Hejduk and Bernard Tschumi's Manhattan Transcript). The short stories explore many architectural problems through the unique language of the graphic novel, helping usher the next generation of architectural theory and criticism.
The Primal Wisdom of the Nervous System and the Evolution of Human Nature
Author: Theodore J. Usatynski
Category: Evolutionary psychology
Instinctual Intelligence is the first book that explores the evolution of human instincts. It offers uniquely modern approaches to align the passion and power of our instinctual heritage with the more enlightened possibilities of human life. Get to understand how of our basic instinctual systems- self-protection, social connection, resource gathering, playfulness and sexuality, and survival responses- function in everyday life. Learn how the full expression of instinctual intelligence becomes restricted by the time we reach adulthood. Drawing on leading-edge research in evolutionary neurobiology, clinical psychology, and spiritual development, explore how athletes (Tiger Woods), musicians (Madonna), business leaders (Oprah), and spiritual practitioners (Dalai Lama)- and learn how they achieved mastery in their chosen fields. Each person's instinctual intelligence simultaneously evolves the biological, social, cultural, and spiritual fabric of humanity.
Let it be said at once that the format of this work is richly handsome: it is atwo-volume boxed set comprising 844 pages and well over 1,000 high-quality illustrations, and itreflects throughout its publisher's conviction that good design is an essential, not superficial,part of bookmaking.Beyond that, it should be emphasized that this work is not another facilecultural tour of modern architecture. It is a serious and original study of the beginnings anddevelopment of modernism in which the pictorial aspects are designed to aid in the communication ofthe author's closely reasoned formulations, rather than to gloss over a lack of substantivecontent.The book is a translation of the third Italian edition, published in 1966. Benevolo, who ison the faculty of architecture in Venice, has earned an international reputation as a historian ofarchitecture and town planning, and his publications embrace the span of time from the Renaissanceto the foreseeable future. One such publication, The Origins of Modern Town Planning (The MIT Press,1967), may be read as a prelude to the present work as well as an independent contribution. Perhapsmore than any other architectural historian in our time, Benevolo has made a determined effort toplace developments in design and planning in their proper social and political settings.Indeed, theauthor argues that the development of the modern movement in architecture was determined, not byaesthetic formalisms, but largely by the social changes that have occurred since about 1760: "Afterthe middle of the eighteenth century, without the continuity of formal activity being in any waybroken, indeed while architectural language seems to be acquiring a particular coherence, therelations between architect and society began to change radically.... New material and spiritualneeds, new ideas and modes of procedure arise both within and beyond the traditional limits, andfinally they run together to form a new architectural synthesis that is completely different fromthe old one. In this way it is possible to explain the birth of modern architecture, which otherwisewould seem completely incomprehensible...."This second volume is concerned with the modern movementproper, from 1914 to 1966. The author emphasizes the unity of the movement, rejecting the usualtreatment that allots to the individual architects separate and unconnected biographicalaccounts.Benevolo remarks at one point, "When one talks about modern architecture one must bear inmind the fact that it implies not only a new range of forms, but also a new way of thinking, whoseconsequences have not yet all been calculated." His main concern is to provide a more exactcalculation of those consequences.
Alphabets explores the language of letters that we see around us everyday, touching on the alphabet’s origins in Egyptian hieroglyphs and Chinese characters, to the Greek alphabet, through to its development as a significant part of our history and visual vocabulary. From a comprehensive introduction on the origins of the written word, through to theories such as “The Alphabet Effect”, exploring the coding/decoding and abstraction of form to the more appetising concept of ‘Alphabet Soup’, Alphabets features illustrations, found objects, graphic design, art, conceptual typography, graffiti, and much more. Through the exploration of this grouping of 26 symbols, it becomes clear that each letter has its own persona and history, and the alphabets presented in this book show how artists, typographers, illustrators and educators have responded uniquely to each individual letter. By removing the letters from the context of words and spelling, each begins to stand alone as a character in its own right. Featuring letters of all shapes and sizes, and alphabets ranging from Victorian classroom aides and Dr Seuss’ ABC through to Peter Blake, Michael Craig-Martin, Tauba Auerbach, and the Tangled Alphabets of León Ferrari and Mira Schendelto to ABC Blocks, phonetics, Braille, and Muji alphabet ice cube moulds, Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters offers a cornucopia of imagery for artists, collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Edward Kienholz,Nancy Reddin-Kienholz,Hugh Marlais Davies,Kathryn Kanjo,Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego,William S. Wilson
The internationally celebrated folk singer and philanthropist chronicles his profound personal and spiritual odyssey and reveals why he has taken up his guitar once again. In 1970, Cat Stevens rocketed to fame with his Top 10 Billboard album, Tea for the Tillerman. Less than a decade later, this beloved artist had converted to Islam, changed his name, auctioned off his guitars, and embraced a life of spirituality and charity. Now, more than thirty years later, the famously reclusive singer and songwriter has taken center stage again to share the gripping and often moving story of his personal journey and deliver a powerful message of peace. Dispelling the myths that have long surrounded his actions, Yusuf Islam recalls his transformation from a boy experiencing the dizzying heights of superstardom to a man defined by his Muslim faith who chose to give up his musical career. He speaks poignantly about Islam and what it means in the world today, and shares the hopes that have propelled his return to music. Wise and illuminating, as compelling and thoughtful as his finest songs, Why I Still Carry a Guitar is an inspiring story of an extraordinary leader who transcends the East-West divide; a man brave enough to take a leap of faith—and the difference it has made to his life and the world.
Aspiring writer Arthur Youngblood Hawke moves from Hovey, Kentucky, to New York City with nothing but a manuscript and a dream: to make it as a novelist. When, impossibly, his manuscript is sold - and becomes an overnight success - Hawke finds himself instantly famous and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. He gives himself over to the high life, enjoying everything fame, fortune and New York City can offer. But Hawke, like so many dreamers before him, will discover that fame and fortune are dangerous friends.
"Awful Homesick" is a 96-page hardcover collection featuring the fine artist's favorite works from 2005 to 2008. Mixed with the dark, bizarre, and horror-inspired characters, "Awful Homesick" also shows Pardee's influences from a comic book and graffiti-inspired childhood, with an exploration into the different styles of line work that he has worked on over the past few years - from Zero Friends web site.
The Belgian designer Arne Quinze is a creative artist. He creates immaculate, urbane and polished designs that are balanced with a certain contradicting tension, giving them a refined yet exuberant appearance. He realises his ideas with verve and is able to apply them to projects of any scale, whether it be architecture, interior design, urban planning, furniture design, car design or footwear. This publication is a monograph that documents Arne Quinze's creative universe from the past, present and future. The book showcases celebrated projects including furniture collections he has created for 'Quinze & Milan', where he is the creative director, Moroso and concept cars for Lamborghini, colossal wooden Uchronia sculpture at the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert, his monumental Cityscape sculpture project in Brussels Quartier Louise and more. Over 40 projects are presented with photographs, personal sketches and accompanied by incisive texts giving insight into Quinze's cosmos.