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MOA’12. OUR FUTURE IS (A) PRESENT.

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THE FUTURE IS (A) PRESENT. MOA’12 presents the skills of the new graduates of Aalto University, School of Art and Design. MOA means Master of Aalto, the concept includes not just an exhibition, but seminars, workshops and another activities to showcase research and study programs from the fields of art, technology, economics, architecture and design.

The tense of the exhibition is futurex rather than the present. Many of the projects presented aim to create a more functional, more sustainable future. The most participants names: Harri Niskanen, Fashion Designer. Tommi Moilanen, Service Designer. Khanittha Nualtaranee, Experimental Sculpture Artist. Jussi Laine, Designer + Architecture.

The exhibition place aesthetic is industrial, old factory of helsinki’s harbour and minimalist.

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Photographer: Jutta Aalto

Alejandro Lorenzo uses to say that all he does is related to people. From trying to understand them to try to understand himself, and all the things in between; photography is a wonderful tool for him to develop that experience. This freelance photographer, artist and teacher from Barcelona who is living in Helsinki already 7 years, now is one of the curators for the upcoming Helsinki Underground Art Weekend.

This is the first year of the festival, created by Markus Rauramo. Alejandro, Markus and the rest of the crew are excited about introducing this new event to the city from the 11th to 13th of May at Helsinki’s Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas) and mbar. The program will include urban art exhibition, vj showcase, dj´s, performances, club party, live graffiti painting, spoken word, arts & crafts sale, fire dancing and more.

In addition, the Peace Education Institute will bring an art workshop for children during Saturday program, the live paintings will be auctioned for charity during on Sunday and additional exhibitions can be enjoyed the whole month at mbar and Ateljeejee gallery.

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Photographer: Alejandro Lorenzo

ALEJANDRO LORENZO & HELSINKI UNDERGROUND ART FESTIVAL

How would you describe your curator role in Helsinki Underground Art Festival? It’s been interesting to be, so to say, in the other side. As an artist, I only have to care of my work. When Aleksandra Kahakorpi (owner of gallery Ateljeejee) and me had to sit down and go through the applicants to make a selection; we had to question many things. It was not only about which artists we think are good. We had to ponder what is the theme of the exhibition? What each artist is bringing to the group? Do they naturally belong there or else, do they clash or do they bring more value?
There’s no use, for example, to put a good artist on the wrong place. It would be both bad for the artist and for the whole event as well.

When did you decide to collaborate with Markus Rauramo? I met Markus Rauramo at one of his events one year ago. He liked my style of work so I started shooting at his events. We share some views about art in general and how to get things done, so he invited me to participate in the team.
Markus works in the advertisement field and is an event organizer who hasn’t forgot his artistic side. He does what he wants, produces himself and he’s good at finding good people to work with.

Would you like to describe the evolution in your work, from your first time in Helsinki to the present day? Being in cool events and such I have done before in Barcelona. But coping here with being an immigrant, meeting other immigrants, teaching to and working with Finnish people have influenced me a lot. I became more aware of things like integration, the problems between identities, etc. But the “call of nature” remembers me as well, that I am still a guy who loves aesthetics, creativity for the sake of creativity and having fun too. As I said before, as a photographer I can work in all those sides depending on the project and find balance for myself.

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Painted by Markus Rauramo – Heart Hides Inside

When you are choosing who is going to be at the Festival, which art values have you emphasize?  Aleksandra and I have curated the visual arts exhibition of the program. We looked for a gradient that would bring freshness and an open-minded view about what’s being underground. Like all artistic terms, we can argue about definitions eternally. Paraphrasing Johnny Rotten, the punk movement did not intend that every punk band should imitate the Sex Pistols in order to be punk, but that they would do whatever they want. I see underground and urban art a bit in the same way. So we put together some artists that actually are typically “street” artists with some other typically “gallery” artists that could complement to create that wider view, a mosaic.

How many artists are we going to enjoy this year in the Festival? Can you tell us more about 3 of them?  There will be about 25 visual artists between three zones of the program.
Just to mention three of them, for example… one can be Päivi Saarikoski. Her portraits of animal spirits, fusing figurative and abstract elements, speak clearly of human states. It is actually a lot about herself, but though the animals, the emotions appear more universal and approachable.
In another line there is Antti Männynväli who declares himself just a modern gentleman. In his works he fuses and pays homage all together to Tarantino, Japanese art (including the pandas), urban landscapes, the hacker group Anonymous and more into one style. Third one I will mention is Pallollap who, a bit on the lines of Banksy but with his own style, finds inspiration in the environment. His characters are quite like dark fantasy creatures from childhood nightmares but still with some certain innocence in them, like in Tim Burton’s most personal works. He says that doing it is therapeutic; I believe so.

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Do you think that this year 2012, that Helsinki is the World Capital of Design, Finnish society is going to participate more? This things like who’s the cultural capital, the Olympics, etc. seems often to be decided in relationship with the development of a place and also to boost that up.
Finland has started to become known internationally quite recently. They have been working on their own cultural development already for some years now; here is a lot of movement happening and being “more” every year. The WDC 2012 machine will help make more people aware of it. But precisely, that promotional help is more than welcome. Too many things happen under the surface. There’s a need of visibility.

What is your opinion about the reaction of Finnish society in the artistic field in general?
At first glance, Finnish society support arts quite a lot. I don’t want to get into politics or talk about if it works or not with the government support, that would be a long discussion. But from a personal perspective, Finns seem to like rules and on a first step they have approached arts forms from abroad as they are, respecting their original form, actually copying and reproducing it with sublime perfectionism. I was amazed going to a salsa course here: rules are rules and rules are sacred! :D
But also, many artists and art involved people (including public) question that stage and look for more personal stuff. I would say that they are hungry of culture. Maybe it is because their own traditional culture doesn’t have such strong presence, they look outwards and forward for new things.

If I tell you, Design In Society, what is coming up to your mind?
As a term, it could be anything. In any case it has to do with the population’s relationship with themselves and every related aspect: politics, business, culture, etc. Design is always giving an order to something to accomplish a purpose that can be aesthetic, functional, pedagogic, and economic or anything else. Now, applied that to society is a broad question.

Thank you very much Alejandro for your help! ;-)


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Me acuerdo perfectamente el día que conocí a Raul. Él había quedado con la compañera de piso de mi amiga Nekane para pasar un buen rato pintando mano a mano! Birra apoyada en el suelo y pinturas de colores esparcidas por el suelo. Me encanta ese tipo de quedadas con amigos. Hoy quiero hablar de este dibujante nato para mostrar sus obras. Este humilde artista refugiado en su propio arte me cuenta que cuando pinta es para sí mismo, le hace sentirse más cómodo y más liberado. Recordando alguna de las conversaciones que tuvimos en Gran Canarias o Bilbao, él me contaba que le gusta sacar fotos como dibujar, curiosamente hay veces que saca fotos pensando en dibujos y otras veces dibuja lo que no es capaz de fotografiar. Buena combinación de técnicas, Raul! Además estos últimos años, algunas paredes de Las Palmas de Gran Canarias han sido adornadas con pequeños detalles de Compadre.

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RAUL COMPADRE IN ACTION

¿Qué colores son los que siempre aparecen en tus dibujos? Colores…..me gusta mucho,azules,rojos,naranjas,morados,rosas,en realidad,todos…..no me decanto por ninguno.pero quizás destaca azul,por el mar….XD

¿Cúal es tu sitio preferido para pintar? ¿Y cúando prefieres sumergirte en el papel? ¿por las mañanas o tardes? El lugar de dibujo….en la calle me gusta mucho, pero en bares, en la guagua, tren, coche….el movimiento es bueno, ayuda para cuando estás sin moverte, las líneas son más fáciles! Cualquier hora del día es buena para dibujar….aunque en casa..de madrugada,me gusta…sólo con una luz cerca del papel.

Raúl, ¿qué diferencia sientes cuando dibujas en la calle con respecto al papel? En la calle….bueno, esta la calle. La gente, los ruidos, el cielo, las nubes, el aire…..es todo más real. Es como una libreta grande al aire libre.

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En tus dibujos casi siempre aparece alguna persona, Tengo curiosidad por conocer la relación de tus dibujos con la sociedad. En esta sociedad, pues la gente muchas veces, sólo piensan en ellos mismos, sin mirar al de enfrente..yo, intento simplemente dibujar las cosas de la vida, ya sean buenas o malas en base a recuerdos, fotos, lugares, noticias…todo sirve y claro, intentar que a la gente le llegue el mensaje!

Raúl, vives en Las Plamas de Gran Canaria y tu familia es de Irún, ¿qué lugar crees que te inspira o influye más en tus dibujos? No sabría responder. No depende del lugar sino del momento pienso! Ya sea, playa, campo, montaña, ciudad o pueblo….pero reconozco que en Las Palmas suceden más momentos….la gente, el mar, el clima……con alegría, todo viene sólo.

Muchas veces, la combinación de colores que utilizas para tus dibujos con la expresión de cara o cuerpo de las personas son contrarias. ¿puede ser que tus personajes están en busca de sus sueños? Si. Puede que muchas veces los dibujos sean tristes….pero dentro de esa tristeza intento transmitir algo de alegría mediante los colores…..es decir, tristeza envuelta en un marco de alegría o esperanza.

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¿Me puedes hacer una selección de 3 dibujos con los que más te sientas identificado?
¿Por qué está selección?

BAILARINAS, las bailarinas, me encantan. Puro arte en movimiento y hay miles de posiciones que dibujar.

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HABLANDO, las conversaciones con lo amigos siempre son bienvenidas y lo quieras o no, el tema del amor sale a florecer en algún momento, ya sea por buenas o malas experiencias…

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CHAPUZÓN, me encanta el mar, le tengo respeto y miedo muchas veces….pero cuando me sumerjo es como estar en otro mundo…los movimientos, la respiración, deslizarse…todo. Amor salado.

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RAUL COMPADRE & THE STREET

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Lu Magnus Gallery, NYC.

Rosa Fucsia, Rojo, Azul, Verde, Negro y Blanco…..RAYAS y RAYOS. Agathe de Bailliencourt, pintora parisina afincada en Berlin desde hace un tiempo. Según Agathe, Berlin es una de las mejores ciudades para vivir, crear y disfrutar del ambiente. Trabaja en papel y lienzo, aunque también le gusta actuar en espacios públicos y arquitectura. Colabora con marcas de ropa de gran nombre como Hugo Boss y Garçon des Commes. Y sus instalaciones se han expuesto en ciudades como Paris, Nueva York, Tokyo, Berlin, Shanghai, Singapore…

Os dejo una entrevista sobre ella realizada por W-O-W.

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AGATHE DE BAILLIENCOURT

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TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA, se define como diseñador de energia emocional. Le gusta que sus obras incorporen y expongan una misteriosa aura a través del tamaño, la luz, el viento, el sonido y color puro del cristal, hielo, nieve, su transparencia. I N O C E N C I A. E X P E R I E N C I A.Iranzu Guijarro

Este año 2012, ha sido premiado como mejor diseñador por los premios NOW! Design à vivre 2012 CREATOR OF THE YEAR de Paris. En honor a este premio expuso en la MAISON & OBJECT de Paris su última obra “Crystallized Project”. Ver Video de la exposición.  Sus piezas, formas y materiales tratan de crear un nuevo retrato a la naturaleza. I M P R E S I O N A N T E.

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Rainbow Church, KOREA 2006-2010

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DESTINY, Moonlight, Painting /Japan 2007.

Las piezas pintadas de la obra están creadas por las vibraciones de la música compuesta por Fredic Chopin. “Ballade nº1 en Sol Mineur, Op.23” “Étud Op.10 nº12” “Fantasie- Improptu Op. Posth 66”.

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Super Fiber Revolution, Exposición Japón

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Rose. MAISON&OBJECT, Paris. Premio Now! Design à vivre CREATOR OF THE YEAR. 2012.

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Pañuelos de seda + diseños contemporáneos. Recuerdo perfectamente lo que sentí al ver la colección de estas chicas francesas de Lyon (la cuna de la seda). La combinación de colores, la mezcla de técnicas de pintura con diseño gráfico contemporáneo, lo abstracto con el realismo, lo básico con lo complicado me entusiasmaron. Read More

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