as I have already told you before this years VOLTA I am going to focus on Bonnie Maygarden and her works. yesterday it was the Preview Day of VOLTA12 at Markthalle and I got to visit Bonnie Maygarden ‘s gallery where she also had some of her work on display in addition to her sticker works for AESOP in the city center. I had the chance to ask Bonnie some questions and am very happy to share everything with you.
1. What was the idea behind the artwork for AESOP?
“I knew I wanted to create something that is conceptually in line with my current work, but would also work to draw people to the VOLTA Art Fair and the AESOP Store. In early discussions of the project what felt most interesting was creating an installation of paintings on the storefront rather than the typical digitally printed reproductions of artworks. I painted directly onto adhesive vinyl using the same process I use to create my works on canvas and paper.
I am fascinated by the role of painting in the digital age, and the way this project unexpectedly uses paintings to replace something that would usually be created digitally is conceptually consistent with with my current work. The works themselves are also meant to reference digital imagery with the use of bright colors, gradients, floating geometric shapes, trompe l’oeil, and photorealism. Playing with traditional modes of painting in a language that visually references technology allows me to explore what our expectations of contemporary images are in a digital world.”
2. How do you approach your art, meaning where do you get your inspiration from?
“I think, like many painters, that I’m inspired equally by the past and the present, and, like many painters, I am essentially making paintings about painting. I am inspired by movements in art history such as Minimalism, Photorealism, and Op Art, as well as how the visual narrative of painting has generally evolved over time. I am also interested in processes and imagery that feel seamless to our current digitally dependent culture, and I mimic elements of those aesthetics using painting. I look at stock photography, advertisements, graffiti, photoshop filters, and the digital screen as inspiration for my work.”
3. Do you like the AESOP products, and if so which one is your favorite?
(my favorite one is their hair and scalp rose masque.)
“I love the Fabulous Face Oil and Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil. A couple of years ago I discovered how amazing oils are as cleansers and moisturizers, these two really are fabulous!”
“Absolutely, if the right situation came along. The theme of the trompe l’oeil crumpled surfaces that runs throughout my work is meant to hit on a history of drapery in painting as well as natural phenomena of light and color. A the same time it is also something that people want to somehow interact with. People always want to touch the paintings to understand them. The playfulness of something that is a flat pattern but looks three-dimensional is something I could certainly see being exciting to wear.”
5. Do you have a favorite fashion designer?
“I absolutely love Céline, Stella McCartney, and Alexander Wang. I am always looking to innovation in fashion and design for artistic inspiration. However, I tend to dress much more subdued than my work, lots of black and white- I leave color for paintings!”
read my previous blogpost about Bonnie Maygarden:
thank you so much Bonnie for answering all my questions, too bad we could not meet in person but I am looking forward to seeing you in the US or another year in Basel.
in case you are in Basel you should come by at VOLTA12 BASEL NACHT and get your free ticket here https://www.microspec.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=VOLTA1216 by entering the code: SOMETHINGNICE – see you on Thursday June, 16, 2016 at 5 PM at Markthalle. X
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this years VOLTA I wanna focus very much on the works of BONNIE MAYGARDEN, a talented multimedia artist who received her MFA in Studio Arts from Tulane University and attended Pratt Institute in New York, where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.
when I heard that Bonnie Maygarden is going to be showing her work at the AESOP shop in BASEL and that I can write about it on the blog I felt very honored for two reasons. firstly its awesome to have the work of such a great young artist in Basel and secondly that I can interview Bonnie and ask her a bit more about the piece she is showing in Basel. so after this blogpost there will be a follow up where I can tell and show you more about the AESOP exhibition.
MORE ABOUT BONNIE MAYGARDEN (*1987)
Bonnie Maygardens work has been featured in exhibitions both nationally and internationally in various museums, galleries and alternative venues including: Université Lumière Lyons (Lyons, France), Pratt Institute, Icosahedron Gallery (New York City), East Hall Gallery (Brooklyn), SALTWORKS (Atlanta), The Front (New Orleans) and New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts where she attended high school. several notable publications have featured Maygarden’s work; including, Gambit Weekly, NOLA DEFENDER, and INVADE NOLA. curator and art critic Tori Bush featured Maygarden’s Master’s thesis exhibition “Hyper Real” in her May 2013 artist spotlight. she also received an honorable mention for her work in UNO Visual Arts Leagues Juried Exhibition in 2013 from Miranda Lash, curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum and former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. her work was reviewed in ArtForum and Burnaway for her inclusion in “Staring at the Sun” curated by Craig Drennan. Maygardens paintings were also featured in New American Paintings (No. 112, June/July Issue) concurrently with her premier solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery entitled “Desert of the Real”. she will also be featured in the forthcoming Issue No. 124. her work was selected for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s third annual LA Contemporary Juried Exhibition, juried by Jonathan P. Binstock of Citi Private Bank Art Advisory & Finance. she has been exhibited nationally at art fairs including: Pulse New York, Miami project for Art Basel Miami Beach, Texas Contemporary, Art Market San Francisco, and the Seattle Art Fair with an upcoming showcase at VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland) this summer. following Volta, her work will also be featured in EXCHANGE, an international exhibition at Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin. also forthcoming, Maygarden has also been awarded a position at the Slade for the London Summer Intensive Residency Program 2016. her work appears in the collections of former LACMA curator and current Perez Art Museum director Franklin Sirmans (Miami), private collectors Lester Marks (Houston), Myrna Kaplan (Chicago) and Susan and Ralph Brennan (New Orleans), and corporate collections of Advantage Capital Management Corporation, RPM Casting and University Medical Center (New Orleans). Maygarden has been commissioned for Hollywood feature films by several production companies including: ABC Studios, Flashfire Productions, Danni Productions, Georgia Film Fund Seven, Abby Normal Pictures, Lamb Productions, Furlined, LLC and The Goats, LLC.
“I create paintings without the aid of technology, yet I am interested in making works that are informed by and react to a culture defined by a digital experience. My work references familiar technology-created images, such as photography, x-rays, or Photoshop filters, yet are created only using the meticulous illusion of paint. Through referencing the digital image I am able to make paintings that walk the line between something and nothing, that both play to our expectations of the disposable contemporary image and the valued tradition of the handmade.”
as you just read in the text above, Maygarden is having a run. I really appreciate the color sensitivity in her artworks and am a huge fan of her patterns. the pieces that I am showing in this post have a great depth and an almost relief-like appearance. her work reminds me a lot of fabric and tissues. another impression that her artpieces leave on me is the feeling of nature and landscape, I somehow think of the swiss alps and the relief maps of them.
in case you are in Basel you should definately pass by the AESOP shop at Spalenberg 24 that is showing her art work in the window. (from now until end of VOLTA12). stay tuned for my next blogpost where I will tell you more about her works for AESOP.
more about BONNIE MAYGARDEN here:
a super rich balm!
what makes it so rich? when its about lip care I always read the ingredients as I often had problems with ingredients like silicon, paraffin and beewax. so of course I also checked the ingredients of this lip balm.
and you can see for yourself its without the ingredients that I had problems with – YAY!
ingredients of the AESOP lip balm SPF30
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Sucrose Polysoyate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Zinc Oxide (Nano), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, d-Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate.
are you familiar with the scents of AESOP?
I am using different products by them and I really like the herbal scents of AESOP products. visit your AESOP shop and ask for the lipbalm, I am sure you will love it! xx
for the people of Basel, Switzerland
you can find the AESOP shop here:
well, well, I do buy a lot of hand creams but infact I hardly ever use them and then I complain that my hands are not soft enough – pfff!
thats about to not happen anymore as I really try to carry one of these hand creams above in every single bag that I take with me in order to use more hand cream!
these are my so far favourite hand creams
jeunesse des mains
fleur d’or acacia
magic touch cherry blossom & rice milk
THE BODY SHOP
which hand cream are you obsessed with?
Please let me know by leaving a comment below! xx
<3 and I saw something nice for you!
we all know that sooner or later we will be running around town like crazy in need to find perfect presents. well, here I can help you and recommend the AESOP kits. they have 6 different kits from 70 CHF to 190 CHF and vary from face to hair and body products. so you get a very nice black box and a set of amazing products which are perfect for travelling aswell.
if this is not enough inspiration then check the video about the AESOP FUTURISMUS Seasonal Offering >> http://vimeo.com/79444915 >>
for the people in Basel
at Spalenberg 24 |
opening hours |
Monday to Friday 10am–6:30pm
Sunday Closed |
Tel: +41 (0)61 261 40 05
the new AESOP hair treatment!
I have been using it for the last couple of weeks and I gotta say it is really an amazing oil. 2-3 drops are enough for mid length hair. I use it as an everyday conditioner in the midlenght or as a mask applying it from the roots to the ends. The smell of it might not be everyones cup of tea.. but for the folks who know AESOP they will like the smell for sure! It makes my hair shinier and brighter. Especially for dyed hair it shows great effects and makes the color shine like a diamond!
AESOP SHINE – 25 ml for 41 CHF
for the people in Basel
please check AESOP
at Spalenberg 24 | opening hours |
Monday to Friday 10am–6:30pm
Sunday Closed |
Tel: +41 (0)61 261 40 05
JET SET lifestyle – crusing around the world – weekend trips to PARIS or LONDON – sigh.. what a good life – but travel can be ardous, no matter how thrilling the destination. to regain your composure on arrival, Aesop recommends a shower, a long walk, a delicious meal, and a liberal use of the four products of the AESOP travelling JET SET kit. You will be in fine fettle in no time.
Thats what it says on the JET SET kit. A super nice intro about how to use what. Anyway here is a description about what is in the kit:
for the people in Basel please check AESOP at Spalenberg 24 |
opening hours | Monday to Friday 10am–6:30pm Saturday 10am–5pm Sunday Closed | Tel: +41 (0)61 261 40 05 |
happy holiday and have fun! xx
from the VOLTA press goodie bag – thank you so much again. It was such a good thing to have during the warm Art|Basel 44 week. The cooling effect is really nice and refreshing – visit your AESOP shop and try it yourself – I am sure you will love it…
Info about RIND CONCENTRATE BODY BALM
A fast-acting, refreshing moisturising balm for all skin types. This swiftly absorbed citrus-based formulation relieves dry skin and refreshes the senses. Invigorating botanicals soften, cool and revive skin; perfect for year-round use.
if not visit AESOP SHOP in Basel and check out their MOUTHWASH – aesop.com
there is a funny instruction on the bottle telling you how to kiss right 😉 luvit!
A MUST HAVE VALENTINESDAY PRESENT for your beloved friends who dont take it personal if someone gets them a funny mouthwash 🙂
500ml / 30.-
AESOP SHOP BASEL
at Spalenberg 24
I m currently using some AESOP HAIR PRODUCTS.
after falling in love with their handcream I thought why not giving their hair products a chance…
I started with the ROSE HAIR & SCALP MOISTURISING MASQUE and let this soak into my scalp and hair for a good half of an hour. Then I wash my hair with the CLASSIC SHAMPOO and as a last step I use the CLASSIC CONDITIONER.
so far I really like the effect on my hair. will keep you posted about their products! xxx aesop.com