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Jorge Mendez Blake

Jorge Mendez Blake Jorge Mendez Blake

Born  in  1974  in  Guadalajara,  México.
Lives  and  works  in  Guadalajara.



Jeppe Hein Jeppe Hein


1974 born in Copenhagen
1997 Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen
1999 Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt / Main
lives and works in Copenhagen / Berlin



as every year it was a blast to be invited by VITRA for the summerparty during ART BASEL. look at the lovely decoration – so nice! there was cool music and lots of nice art and design to see. there are many different buildings inside the VITRA campus, the newest is by SANA. my favorite one is the showroom by HERZOG & DE MEURON but I also like the one by TADAO ANDO. this years entry badge was a piece of fabric that the tied around our wrists. a nice idea but so far the metall bands were my favorite – I still have them and collected the different colors from other friends that were there.


the food was delicious and there was a nice vegetarian alternative. my favorite was the couscous salad – mmmhhhmm, can I please have one more?! and the ice cream was a touch of heaven on earth too bad I did not check by whom the catering was..

I dunno if you can remember but a couple of years ago there was a bug attack during VITRA PARTY and I was telling some friends about that and literally 5 minutes later the first bug was there and he was followed by friends. I jinxed it 🙂 sorry for that but again it was fun to see all the people hide and run from the almost blind flying bugs.. after one hour the bugs were gone, ouff!


all the friends in the house – eehm at the VITRA PARTY!
thank you Wilpert, Mo, Cristian, Esther and Fleur – it was super nice!



STURTEVANT – Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Blue Placebo)




STURTEVANT was born in ohio (USA) and made the first years of her artists life working in new york where she began in 1965 to manually reproduce paintings and objects created by her contemporaries with results that can immediately be identified with an original – closely enough to intrigue the viewer and raise the fundamental question, what am I looking at? reflection, thinking, and analysis is the core of her work, from the paintings of the late 1960’s to the most recent videos and installations.  there is a famous Sturtevant maxim that runs, “negative definition is a very powerful philosophical position.” during the era of pop-art sturtevant made her version of warhol’s flowers, john’s flags, stella’s black and grey paintings and developed this discourse a decade later after moving to paris, with works based on marcel duchamp, joseph beuys and anselm kiefer. in the last two decades sturtevant has evolved a highly structured and rigorous exploration of current events making multi-screen video works, and installations exposing the simulacrum that is as much an attack on arts media/advertising dimension as the corrupt power structures that surround it.
In 2010 sturtevant had an important exhibition titled The Razzle Dazzle of Thinking at the musee moderne de la ville de paris. the artist was awarded The Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the venice biennale in 2011. the moderne museet, stockholm presented an exhibition curated by daniel birnbaum in march 2012 which moved afterwards to the kunsthaus zurich.
On may 7, 2014 Elaine Sturtevant passed away in paris where she worked and lived since the 1990s. her timeless work and unique contribution to contemporary art in connection to other intellectual discourses will forever be reflected in future avant-garde generations.
in 2014/2014, the MMK museum für moderne kunst in frankfurt am main (Germany), the albertina in venna (Austria) as well as the hamburger bahnhof in berlin (Germany) presented a comprehensive survey of her works on paper, titled Sturtevant, drawing double reversal.
in the USA, the museum of modern art new york and the museum of contemporary art LA honoured Sturtevant with a retrospective bringing together over 50 key artworks from all periods and in almost every medium in which she worked.


Gonzalez-Torres Untitled (Blue Placebo), 2004

mmhhmm, candies.. it was hard not to take one : ) and guess what I know someone who did, in fact many people did but still that doesnt mean that I have to take one too. anyways, I really like this piece and I absolutely love STURTEVANTs work.

at this very moment I am flying to Sicily for one week of vacation – and I thought that this is the perfect art piece to show today. blue like the sea or like the sunny summer sky. in case you wanna stay up to date with what I am doing then please check my SOCIAL MEDIA category. you will find all the twitter, instagram and facebook posts. stay tuned. X



TOM PRICE – synthesis

Design Miami Basel

I visited Design Miami Basel and I absolutely fell in love with the pieces by TOM PRICE at the Victor Hunt Designart Dealers booth. I took so many photos of his work and I decided to share as many as possible with you. in fact I have to say that I actually like (my) photos a lot better than the actual poles. I dont like the shape of the work but I am very much fascinated by the inside and all the amazing encounters of different colors and materials.

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synthesis is the study of a dialogue between two contrasting materials – resin and tar – and their negotiation for space and identity when forced to become a single unified entity. petal-like cracks and fissures formed through a careful manipulation of the catalysing process of the resin cluster and interact with amorphous invasive bodies of tar, which loom – apparently suspended in space. the tar initially appears densely black, almost light-absorbent, but upon closer inspection, a network of fine green vapour trails can be seen drifting from a surface partially melted by the exothermic reaction of the curing resin. as the tar heats it expands, searching for pathways within the resin and rushes to claim open fissures, creating wafer thin golden slivers of coral-like protuberances. the effects of the synthesis of these two disparate elements – one black and dense; the other clear and liquid – results in a riot of colour and explosive formations that engage on both a macro and micro level.

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awww.. ART BASEL 2015 is already in the past but still I have so many nice photos to show you. my old iMac is working hard in the heat and it just takes for ever to go through all the pictures.

TODAY I decided to finally select ll the photos and start putting them in nice blogposts. Indeed I did so BUT my iMac just can not take anymore heat. WE NEED A BREAK : )

until then you need to enjoy this lovely ART BASEL 2015 outfit of me wearing the  protect me from what I want JENNY HOLZER shirt that I have made for tarzan – ONE OF MY FAVORITE T-SHIRTS EVER.


t-shirt JENNY HOLZER / tarzan.ch
skirt VINTAGE (fleamarket)
coat H&M (recycled materials)
bag ART BASEL 2015
sunglasses C&A

enjoy the heat – soon more on the blog – promised! X


Svend-Allan Sørensen via SPECTA at VOLTA11


THOREAU (henry david thoreau, 1817-1862)
american philosopher, poet, political dissident, man of nature etc.


TURGENEV (ivan sergeyevich turgenev, 1818-1883)
russian writer and hunter.


BOGANIS (wilhelm dinesen 1845-1895)
danish officer, hunter, writer and politician. boganis was a pseudonym, which dinesen got from an american indian tribe at mole lake wisconsin in the years 1871-72.

“printing, then copying and scanning digital images until a point where I felt that they possesed a certain graphic look, I wanted. the end result is then scanned at a very high resolution, printed by laser printing in an A3 size, the largest format available at the time , and later transferred to the lithographic stone by rubbing it with acetone. the back of the paper is slightly moistened with acetone, which releases the tones to get stuck on the stone, and finally it is possible to print it in the classic lithographic manner.”




BROOKLYN at VOLTA11 liz jaff liz jaff

about LIZ JAFF
Liz Jaff is a native of New York City and received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Art Complex Center of Tokyo, Japan and Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY. She maintains her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

about her WORK
“Paper’s versatility is what attracted me to it as my primary medium. Its structural and aesthetic possibilities reveal themselves through my continuous experimentation. I am in love with paper.
I have been folding paper for 15 years. I like repetition and rhythm. My first paper piece was conceived during a stay in Las Vegas and made with hotel stationary: The project folded up and stowed away in the bottom of my suitcase. At that time I began working more abstractly as a way of representing my impressions of places and recollections.  Paper became the perfect material to convey ephemeral experience and the ultimate intangibility of memory.

Transforming a two-dimensional surface into a three dimensional shape offers a variety of arrangements for the play of light and shadow on different flat planes.

I use folding to investigate these opportunities, and the circle acts as a character to reveal and conceal form. When repeated, these forms are my substitute for the geometric grid, my response to the squares of Sol Lewitt and Carl Andre and homage to Agnes Martin’s rectangles.”






franz erhard walther

Franz Erhard Walther is widely recognized as an originator of participatory art. Since the 1960s, he has conceived of his canvas sculptures as “instruments”, and has placed the viewer in a critical role: only when the objecs are used, in ways appointed by the artist, are they completed. Unlikely many other artists following his lead in creating sculptures for the viewers to handle and animate, Walther is not motivated by spectacle, humor, or the nature of performance, but rather the meditative and contemplative possibilities of the experience.

Wallformation Gelbmodellierung will be exhibited together with historical photos of the complete sequence of the action. The work has not been on view since 1989.

The largest of Walthers series of Wallformations, it is all at once an image. a sculpture, an action, and an architectural space. While the physical articulation of the piece has been documented, the viewers own conception of how it might have been realized is also very much a part of it. As Walther likes to say, “Pictures are in your head”. The work-activation can be imagined, or in the physical activation real time is articulated and made into a concrete material.


my interpretation
franz erhard walther
my interpretation

this piece screams: I AM CAUGHT IN YELLOW.  I wanted to wear something according to the feeling I got from looking at this art piece inside ART UNLIMITED. it feels like a uni colored outfit on a person that only moves on a yellow line.

hairband PRESENT by friends

about the artist and project
born 1939, Fulda, Germany lives and works in Fulda, Germany.

project Wallformation Gelbmodellierung, 1980, 81
sewn dyed canvas coat, a canvas coat in two party and a canvas suit in two parts, each fixed with laces and bands.

Gallery PETER FREEMAN, Inc., New York, USA
Gallery SKOPIA P.H. Jaccaud, Geneve, Switzerland
Gallery Joecelyn Wolff, Paris, France

my interpretation
thank you Yousef for taking the photos. X





thank you Rolls Royce for inviting me to the press breakfast at elisaebethen kirche to meet ISAAC JULIEN and see the wonderful installation that I have already mentioned on the blog.

the installation is absolutely breath taking I could sit there forever and watch the different images on the screen. I have explained the piece in the previous post so please go back and read it there : ) being inside the exhibition made me feel like I was there in the cold with Vanessa. it was so nice to take a photo with Isaac Julien and of course I had to ask by whom the clothes were Vanessa Myrie was wearing. his answer was: MIYAKE. beautiful black and white outfits!




Stones Against Diamonds, 2015 has been co-commissioned by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with support from Victoria Miro, London and Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Sydney.

about Isaac Julien
Isaac Julien is one of britain’s most important and influential installation artists and filmmakers. born in london in 1960, where he currently lives and works, Julien studied at st martins’ school of art. his work draws from and comments on a range of disciplines and practices (film, dance, photography, music, theatre, painting, and sculpture) and unites them in dramatic audiovisual film installations, photographic works, and documentary films.

a nice article about the installation here >>




ornamentum ted noten ted noten ornamentum


Ted Noten is one of the most innovative jewellery designers working in the netherlands today.
with seemingly effortless ease he is one of the very few who manages to venture into projects that fall under the heading of product design. thus Noten teamed up for several projects with droog design and has presented his spoils at the furniture designfair in milan. similarly, during a stint working at he european ceramic centre he experimented with ceramic dinner sets. for other projects he sought out artists to work with. yet it is essential that Noten emphatically and symptomatically keeps coming down on the side of design, and more specifically for design that employs, feeds off and expresses itself in terms of jewellery design. because it is from this inside track of the craft that he comments on what jewellery design actually is and that he is able to best challenge representatives operating in other areas of the arts. In recent years Ted Noten has created work for private collectors, local councils, art institutions etc. a broad spectrum of galleries and museum collections now represent his oeuvre. the designer initiated some of these projects, only to be adopted later by a museum, as was the case for example with ‘Chew your own brooch’. with a little help from the chewing gum he hands out, everybody can become a jewellery designer; simply by chewing the gooey substance into a shape the craftsman then casts either in silver, bronze or gold. one of the events at which Noten manifested himself with this project was an open day at the boijmans museum, when hundreds of people filed through the museum, chewing their way to a design.



Tyler Rollins Fine Art

VOLTA11 tiffany chung

Tangier 1943 the international zone, the french capitulation in world war II, the moroccan communist party, the istiqlal party and the call for independence of morocco in 1944.

tiffany chung
tiffany chung

Tiffany Chung is one of Vietnam’s most prominent and internationally active contemporary artists. Based in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), she is noted for her cartographic drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and theater performances that explore spatial and sociopolitical transformations interwoven with the lingering resonances of historical trauma.