Virtual Reality Art at Venice Biennale

This year Venice Biennale will mark the launch of Khora Contemporary, a Virtual Reality (VR) production company created specifically for artists.

Major commissions by German artist, Christian Lemmerz, and from LA-based Paul McCarthy, will mark Khora Contemporary’s launch, part of this summer’s Faurschou Foundation presentation in Venice, during the 2017 Venice Biennale. Both artists can be seen to have pushed their ideas, and ultimately their practice, through their ground-breaking approach to the use of this fast-evolving medium.

 

Christian Lemmerz’s La Apparizione, produced earlier this year, aims to disrupt stereotypes of religious imagery, engaging the viewer in a discomforting, close-up experience with a burning corpse of Jesus Christ, which ‘rains’ embers. A ‘Bodybuilder’ Jesus first appeared in Lemmerz’s oeuvre in 2013 in sculpture form. Here, he comes alive in death, his rippling muscles writhing in agony, dripping golden blood into the physical space of the viewer. The aim of this VR work is to enhance the relationship the viewer forms with the imagery; its beauty, excess, death and pain.

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David Elia’s Showroom in Soho London

Brazilian artist David Elia has opened his own showroom in Lexington Street in Soho, London. David is already in The Francois Pinault Collection, Sir Elton John Collection, The Paula Cussi Collection, The MAD Museum of New York, The Musée des Arts Décoratifs and many other prominent collections.

Brazilian artist has also collaborated with Nodus Rugs for the Milan Design Week and will also be featured at the Arte Monte Carlo April 29th and 30th.

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“I feel that without cultural hybridization, the world we live in would not be anywhere near as interesting and integrated as it is today. By studying this phenomenon through iconography and material culture we can better understand how the melting pot of cultures from Europe, Africa and Asia shaped modern day Brazil as well as other countries worldwide.”

David Elia Design is located at 25 Lexington Street W1F 9AG
Monday through Friday 9am-6pm http://www.davidelia.com
Weekends by appointment : info@davidelia.com

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

A stunning exhibition at Somerset House which brings together contemporary art pieces inspired by the most innovative and influential film maker of all time: Stanley Kubrick.

Artworks are inspired by cult movies from genius Stanley Kubrick:  2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut.

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Chasing Ghosts – A Polaroid Exhibition

Curious Duke Gallery in East London is showing the first UK solo show of Polaroid artist Andrew Millar.

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7th– 30th April 2016

173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT

Open Monday-Friday 11:30-6:30, Saturday 12-4

Nearest stations: Old Street (exit 6) and Barbican

Free

 

The Dreamday Pattern Journal

Laurence King Publishing has launched a new set of journals for art lovers.

These journals can be used for taking notes, drawing and also feature patterned pages for colouring-in and doodling.

Enjoy the gallery of these amazing stylish journals, designed by Pentagram’s Angus Hyland.

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For more info:

http://www.laurenceking.com/en/catalogsearch/result/?dir=asc&order=relevance&q=dreamday+pattern

ARTIST GIVES VINTAGE PLAYBOY COVERS NEW SPARKLE

Available to buy at Castle Fine Art’s five London galleries – based at South Molton Street, Canary Wharf, The Royal Exchange, Covent Garden and St. Christopher’s Place – from Friday 15th January 2016, the new collection features six cover images dating from 1967-1982 which Claridge handpicked after being granted rare access to the Playboy archives.

 

Claridge, who was signed by Birmingham based art publishers Washington Green Fine Art in 2005 – joining its diverse portfolio of innovative contemporary artists – said:

“Playboy, to me, represents so many firsts… It’s progressive, revolutionary…I cannot emphasise enough the reach and scope of Playboy’s influence.

 Andy Warhol is the primary influence in my career; he famously created a Playboy cover cementing the relationship between Playboy and Pop Art, and paving the way for artists like me. I am so proud that my diamond dust collection is to be part of Playboy’s lineage in 20th century culture.”

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