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Close encounter

20 Aug

Photo’s By Bill Bouton
Boaters, paddlers enjoy amazingly close humpback whale.

Andreas Franke – Underwater Photography Exhibition

26 Jul

“Austrian photographer andreas franke took a diving expedition down into hulk of the artificial reef general hoyt s. Vandenberg located 100 feet below sealevel, approximately seven miles south of key west. Having documented the trip and the shipwreck site, franke digitally manipulated the images he captured to depict surreal everyday scenes from the past, taking place in the underwater locale.
the series of 12 photographs entitled ‘life below the surface’ can be viewed installed at the location of the sunken ship of which the images take place.

To withstand the more than wet conditions, each piece print is encased between sheets of plexiglas encased by a stainless steel frame whereby a silicon seal helps deter water from entering. the artworks are attached to the ship by strong magnets which offer a damage free removal at the end of the exhibition.

‘Mystified scenes of the past that play in a fictional space. dreamworlds, where you can get lost or you can identify with. This makes new and unexpected atmosphere.’ – andreas franke.


GLOBE “Electric Blue Heaven” Short Film

19 Jun

“Shot in Abu Dhabi’s Al Ain the video spotlights surfer Dion Agius carving up the “world’s best wave pool.” A few weeks back, Dion Agius and crew embarked on a journey to the Middle East. A journey for waves. A journey that would bring Dion to unleash on the world’s best man made wave. Smack in the middle of a desert mountain range in a foreign land”.



8 Jun

PAGE TURNER by Joe McKendry

14 May

Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan; a camping site, England 
This is one of the highlights in my life. It was quite a long time ago when my daughter was born, and we went camping somewhere in England. I was studying German literature at the time. It is written in medieval German. I was fascinated by the poetry and simplicity of it. It’s a skill to write about complex things with simple words, so you understand the depth. I can only read these very sad books in a very beautiful environment.

“Illustrations commissioned by NOWNESS, an arts and culture website. The website description of this project reads as follows: Book publisher Angelika Taschen’s favorite novels––and where she read them––are wittily illustrated in this retro comic book-inspired series by artist Joe McKendry. The daughter of bookshop owners, Taschen (née Herbert) grew up surrounded by reading matter and famous German authors, such as Siegfried Lenz and Sarah Kirsch, who would regularly visit her parents’ store in Bonn. “I always knew my life would never be boring as long as there were books around to read and inspire me,” she says. Last year she established Angelika Publishers in Berlin after 23 years of working with her ex-husband Benedict Taschen’s eponymous publishing company, where she helped define the current popularity of coffee table art and design books. Angelika Publishers has so far released two titles––On Perfume Making by Frédéric Malle and Anna Bauer’sBackstage––but Taschen is not rushing to put out the next. “I have to really believe in a book,” she explains. “The subject must be special and it must be very well done conceptually.” Here the bibliophile talks us through the books and places that have colored her life so far.”

Hans Fallada’s The Drinker; Ayurvedic resort, Sri Lanka
I loved being by the ocean and living this super healthy life, not drinking alcohol and only eating vegetarian food. This very sad book is about an alcoholic man who had a nice marriage, a good business, but he destroyed everything by drinking. He takes out his guilt on his wife and becomes aggressive. Probably this was the only moment, at a health resort, where I could read such a hard book. He ends up in the psychiatric hospital, and I was at this luxury retreat.

Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables; in hospital, Cologne
I had to be in the hospital, and reading this book, which is over 1,000 pages long, was an escape from the boredom. I like when novels develop groups of interconnected characters and this has some of the most complex, multifaceted character development I’ve experienced. Hugo writes about the human condition, which is timeless.

Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser; in my bed, Berlin
I tried many times before to read Bernhard but it never clicked. Like reading James Joyce, you need a certain understanding of literature to be able to enjoy his books. It’s a description of [pianist] Glenn Gould. What I like about this book is that it demonstrates the difference between genius and skill. From the first line to the last line there is not a chapter, or paragraph break—there’s no pause. It’s very difficult to read.

Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone; Hydra, Greece
Every year [gallerist] Sadie Coles organizes an exhibition in Hydra with [collector] Pauline Karpidas. Curator Clarissa Dalrymple was also reading this book there. We were lying on a beautiful beach and reading about the most tragic time in German history, how the Nazis created this distrust in people that enabled them to do terrible things to their neighbors and friends. It is one of the only books that helped me understand, even a little bit, how this was possible.

Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel; on an airplane to Sri Lanka
You can really focus on reading on an airplane because there’s nothing else to do. Morand met Chanel several times in the 50s and early 60s and made notes after their meetings. I’m interested in biographies and this is about how she developed from a very poor, hard background and was able to become such a successful woman.

Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin; Chemosphere House, Los Angeles
At the time I was living in the Chemosphere House and had a conversation with David LaChapelle about Bob Fosse’s Cabaretstarring Liza Minnelli—it’s our favorite movie. After that I decided to read the original book, which is completely different from the film. It’s a time and a place that really interest me: Berlin in the 20s and 30s. Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan; a camping site, England This is one of the highlights in my life. It was quite a long time ago when my daughter was born, and we went camping somewhere in England. I was studying German literature at the time. It is written in medieval German. I was fascinated by the poetry and simplicity of it. It’s a skill to write about complex things with simple words, so you understand the depth. I can only read these very sad books in a very beautiful environment.

Martin Stavars: Nightscapes

2 May

South Korea

Shanghai, China, 2010



Hong Kong, 2009

Paris, France, 2010

Chongqing, China, 2012

Tokyo, Japan, 2010

Toronto, Canada, 2011

Seoul, South Korea, 2011

Busan, South Korea

Chongqing, China, 2012

Hong Kong, 2009

Paris, France, 2010

Istanbul, Turkey, 2011

By Martin Stavars 

Saunders Architecture: Squish Studio

1 May

“Norwegian firm Saunders architecture has completed the ‘squish studio’, one of six commissioned artist studios along the coastline of fogo island in new foundland, canada. positioned within the eastern town of tilting, the 30 square meter building is perched upon the rocky terrain and supported with a system of stilts. Reaching 20 feet, the southern roof peak and generated angled outdoor area produce the main entry to the retreat. downward sloping to half the height at the opposing northern end, this trapezoidal structure’s name is derived from its ‘squished’ form while contrasting the local vernacular structures rooted within a strong irish heritage. the tapered exterior also serves to deflect strong coastal winds.

recently designated as a national cultural landscape district, transient artists may immerse within the creative process amidst an isloated setting. the tall entry leads to an internal spatial compression and horizontal work room which directs attention outward,
to nearby round head as well as the changing atmospheric conditions and crashing waves of the north atlantic. Built-in storage
is alternated with slits of windows, offering glimpses of the sunrise to the northeastern horizon”.

Spruce planks painted white clad the building’s external surfaces. completely off-grid, the structure’s electrcity and small kitchen
are powered with solar panels located atop a nearby hill while a compost toilet and wood burning stove complete day to day necessities. At night, a soft illumination creates a lantern effect, evoking the image of a lighthouse upon the cliff.


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