30 juni 2017

Gabriel Orozco #2

Gabriel Orozco, work in progress.

Gabriel Orozco: DS Coraline. 2013. (bron: Grappa Studio)

When he was his son’s age, Orozco wanted to be a star Formula One driver. “But in Mexico, it’s a career that’s not easy to have, to be a speed racecar driver,” he said. He used to walk down the street looking at cars and thinking about how, if you just cut them the right way, they could race. When he was a kid, he said, his notebooks were filled with sketches of cars. La DS was a direct return to these childhood plans. This summer, the Kunsthaus Bregenz museum in Austria featured a reincarnation of La DS called La DS Cornaline (2013), a tighter, newer, burgundy version of the original.

His more current notebooks are filled with thoughts, sketches, snippets of ideas inspired by what he’s reading. A mobile studio of sorts, he calls them, which a non-​assistant assistant transcribed this year. Twenty years of notebooks became 1,000 computerized pages of text, which Orozco is now editing down to 300 pages that the leftist press Ediciones Era will publish in Mexico this year.

Gabriel Orozco’s notebook with photos of Samurai Trees in progress, 2005.

Gabriel Orozco’s notebook, 1992.
(bron: VQR Online)

29 juni 2017

Misheck Masamvu #2

Misheck Masamvu in seinem temporären Münchenatelier, 2012. (bron: Kulturallmende)

Misheck Masamvu at the studio as artist in residence at Open Ateliers ZO, Amsterdam. (bron: AIR Open Ateliers ZO), foto: André Smits)

Misheck Masamvu

Misheck Masamvu in his studio. Stills from the video "Misheck Masamvu on Process". (bron video: vimeo)

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas in her studio, Brooklyn, New York, 2016(?).

The New Jersey-born artist's studio is a tidy, spacious machine. As she shows me around, she stops at one workstation or another, observing the work of her assistants, telling them she liked the way the work was coming along.
(bron: Creators, foto's: Stephanie-Noritz)

> Mickalene Thomas

Bjarne Melgaard #3

Bjarne Melgaard in his studio, Bushwick, New York, 2017(?).

Known for being a relatively private man, whose occasional interviews are generally on the more succinct side, I was elated at an opportunity to go to Melgaard's studio on a recent rainy afternoon. Located at what seemed like your run-of-the-mill artist warehouse in Bushwick, I was more than shocked when I discovered that his studio occupied the entire 2 nd floor of the already enormous warehouse, feeling more like a creative factory than a singular artist's studio. Perhaps more shocking than its sheer size were the contents of the space; two-thirds of the few thousand square feet were filled with a sea of mannequins covered in paint, glitter, and other craft-like materials, donning some of the most peculiar outfits I'd ever seen.
(bron: Creators, foto's: Charlie Rubin)

> Bjarne Melgaard

28 juni 2017

Friedrich Kunath #3

Friedrich Kunath in his studio, L.A.

Some beautiful cars are parked in front of a big garage; a couple of them are the artist’s. In his roomy studio he has spread out his personal wunderkammer of pop-cultural artifacts across several tables, a selection of objects that mean a lot to him. In the middle of it all is a drum kit. On the walls are finished and almost-finished canvases. Born in 1974 in a small town in what was then East Germany, Kunath has made it big in L.A. With melancholy humor, his works hold a delicate balance over the chasms of everyday life.

On the day of our visit, there’s a warmth and softness in his eyes as he blinks. He is wearing a baseball cap. The painter has recently started getting more into perfume.
(bron: ssense, foto's: Christian Werner)

L.S. Lowry #2

L.S. Lowry at work in his studio, 1957.

L.S. Lowry is pictured working at Mottram Studio, circa 1970's. (bron: gettyimmages)

L.S. Lowry

L.S Lowry, Manchester, 1966. (bron: Manchester Evening News, foto's: Clive Arrowsmith)

LS Lowry at work in his studio. (bron: Manchester Evening News)

L.S. Lowry at work in his red-walled dining room, which he used as a studio. (bron: The Times)