Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she discovered her love for nature. That love is now expressed most intensely through her paintings and drawings. Lisa comes from a family of creative people and has been making things with her hands since she was a little girl, but she did not begin painting until she was 33 years old. Ten years later, it is now the most significant part of her life and livelihood. Aside from four painting classes, Lisa is entirely self-taught. Three years ago, she left a career as a leader in the education nonprofit world to pursue a full-time creative life. Lisa is a prolific collector of old and unusual things. In 2010 she chronicled all of her collections in her Collection A Day 2010 Project. That project is now a book, published in March 2011. Lisa lives in San Francisco and she’s an avid cyclist, swimmer and vegan.
Marine Braunschvig was born and raised in Paris. She studied art and art history at l’Atelier de Sevres, and then went on to complete her studies at the renowned fashion institution, Studio Berçot. She started styling for Jalouse in 2006 and has, since then, contributed as a free lance stylist to publications such as Dossier, Commons & Sense, Lurve, l’Express Styles, Under the Influence, l’Officiel, Purple and Vice US. Marine Braunschvig’s style which mixes chic bohemia, natural way of life, simplicity and glamour with always a sense of colour, mixity, elegance and a strong taste. She has been collaborating regularly with photographers Edouard Plongeon, Cécile Bortoletti, Sonia Sieff, Taki Bibelas, Olivier Zahm, Ami Sioux, and Sasha Eisenmann. And had the chance to work with artists such as The Kills, Uffie, Katy Perry, The Drums, Karen Elson, Vive la fete, Micky Green… and actresses Léa Seydoux, Lou Doillon, Mélanie Thierry, Asia Argento, Mélanie Laurent, Roxane Mesquida, Nora Arnezeder among others.
Laura Bell is a young american photographer whose works have already been acquired by various public and private institutions. She recently won a fellowship with the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh and was selected as finalists with Hey, Hot Shot. Besides from that since a couple months she’s working at a non-profit organization that helps artists start businesses. Being an artist she works primarily within the fine art world, exhibiting in galleries. Her ongoing project is about the harsh winters in northwest Pennsylvania.
Every Spring in the south of France, the “International Fashion and Photography Festival” spotlights young promising artists in the fields of fashion and photography. This year shortlisted photographers will be Andrey Bogush, Kim Boske, Émile Hyperion Dubuisson, Katarina Elvén, Ina Jang, Anouk Kruithof, Mårten Lange, Marie Quéau, Awoiska van der Molen, Marc Philip van Kempen. Check the link below to know more about exhibitions, meetings and practical infos.
Australian-born, British-bred Jules Wright is the founder of one of East London’s most exciting and prominent artistic buildings, The Wapping Project or “baby Tate”. Launched back in 2000, the showspace boasts an impressive programme of exhibitions and instillations alongside an award-winning restaurant. Curator and entrepreneur Wright is also recognized as one of the leading theatre directors of her generation, with productions shown at the Old Vic, Royal Exchange, Royal Festival Hall, West End transfers, theatre, opera and television (BBC) and international work in Europe, Australia and South America. Wright recently launched a smaller Thameside version of the Wapping Project, with the Wapping Project Bankside, and continues to have a key role as a patron of the arts, commissioning new work from writers, choreographers, fashion designers, filmmakers and visual artists.
On the occasion of the Forms Of Collecting contemporary art festival in Faenza, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in conversation with Milovan Farronato will be introducing her work TH.2508 (an acronym for Turbine Hall [in the year] 2058), part of the Unilever Series at the Tate Modern, describing the relationship between the commissioner and the poetics of the bedrooms realized through the collectors’ reports. The festival aim is to investigate the dynamics of contemporary collecting, calling upon artists, curators, market professionals, collectors and many other figures of the art world to express their points of view and experiences. Check the links below to know more.
“Political Journalist” isn’t a credential we usually have in musician’s bios, but this is exactly what Anika was doing while living between Berlin and Bristol when she met Geoff Barrow. The producer was looking for a new singer to work with his band Beak>, and it was immediately clear they shared the same musical vision, including a love of punk, dub and 60s girl groups. Anika joined the band in the studio and recorded nine songs, including a cover of Yoko Ono’s “Yang Yang” in 12 days with no overdubs. Besides from that she’s been setting set up a temporary record label in Cardiff to help support local bands, relaunching a number of music venues, helping in the fight against music venue closures in Cardiff, organizing a film premiere, whilst at University, to help raise awareness of the Innocence Project. Now her 2011 tour schedule is so full she had to put her political journalist job on hold, let’s find out what she’s got up her sleeve!
Born in Canada, Kourtney studied at the Emily Carr Fine Arts Institute. As it was difficult to find models, she began self-portraits at university, before pursuing fashion and art photography. Her work is influenced by many artists such as Jeff Wall, Stephen Shore, Francis Bacon and even Hitchcock. Let’s have a closer look!