An unknown Brooklyn filmmaker succeeded where major media outlets failed, convincing a media-shy 14-year-old Dutch girl to collaborate in a documentary about her 17-month solo sailing journey around the world. Laura Dekker, now 18, made news in 2009 when her intention to become the youngest person to accomplish the feat put her in conflict with Dutch authorities, whose efforts to prevent the trip were overturned in time for her to depart the following summer. Jillian Schlesinger, a media producer who had never made a feature, was fascinated by press accounts of what became a national controversy. “Maidentrip” the movie, was mostly shot by Ms. Dekker as she sailed in a 38-foot, two-masted ketch across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The filmmaker met Ms. Dekker at various ports along the way, filming her encounters within the colorful international sailing community and collecting her footage.
Beautiful swirls, colorful lines, fine, uncoated paper and the feeling of raised print under your fingertips. These are the experiences you can expect when handling pages that have been engraved in Design to Touch, Engraving: History, Process, Concepts and Creativity, a new book written by Rose Gonnella (Executive Director of the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University) featuring work from notable artists including Jessica Hische, Stefan Sagmeister, Louise Fili, and Steve Sandstrom. Design To Touch was designed for educators, however, it is far more than an educational textbook. It’s also a beautifully executed showcase of the history of the engraving process. Design to Touch is currently available on designtotouch.com and through Amazon.
Next June Cleveland’s MOCA will be hosting Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale survey of more than thirty years of work by Corita Kent (1918-1986). A teacher at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a civil rights, feminist, and anti-war activist, Corita, as she is commonly referred to, was one of the most popular American graphic artists of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout her rich and varied career, she made thousands of posters, murals, and signature serigraphs that combine her passions for faith and politics. Reflecting larger questions and concerns of the 1960s, her images remain iconic symbols of that turbulent time. Corita’s earnest, collaborative approach to art-making—combining faith, politics, and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope—continues to be a potent influence for many artists working today.
Lula Aldunate is a Buenos Aires artist living in New York since 2008, she’s a is a crafter and a lover of flea markets, quirky details, colors and prints. Lula recently created a hand-crafted series, comprised of vibrantly colored and intricately pattered mandalas from ornately decorated tableware, deftly intermingling various colors, botanical prints, plate size and trim.
Félicia Atkinson is a French visual artist and a musician (under the monicker Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier) currently based in the Alps mountains near Annecy. She’s also the co-publisher, together with her boyfriend Bartolomé Sanson, of Shelter Press, an independent art and music imprint, and an art teacher at the art school of the university in Annecy. She won the Langui Prize category for the Young Belgium Art Prize 2013 and as a musician she released earlier this year her new album as a cassette on the american label NNA Tapes called “Those Vermillon Sands”. Félicia also has a couple of exhibitions coming up this month: Riding For The Feeling at L’Etage d’Euphrosine in Ostende, Belgium (April 26th – May 4th) and The Last Frontier at Oslo 10 in Basel (up until May 3rd). If you want more be at the Shetlter Press nights at Oslo 10 on April 17th and at Urgent Paradise in Lausanne on April 18th. In the meantime read about Félicia, chaos, travels and creativity after the jump!
Cut is a short film by Anita Thacher, a New York-based artist known for her work in a variety of mediums: film, video, public art, multimedia, light, architectural and sculptural installation, as well as painting, photography and prints. This short film appropriates six classic black and white Hollywood film clips from the 30s and 40s. The images and sound are reconfigured through graphic and sequential interventions. The disruptions refocus and enhance our attention to obscure aspects of the films and compel us to watch anew with heightened awareness. Cut will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Digital Dilemma section. Watch the clip below and head to TFF website to check the complete program.