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Glasstress - White Light/White Heat, Contemporary artists and glass

May 30, 2013 by Kay

Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – LaBiennale di Venezia

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat will open at the preview of the Venice Biennale on 31st May at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal and at the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass accompanied by dynamic performances from Alice Anderson and Cai Guo Qiang.

The show presents the newly commissioned work of some of today’s most important contemporary artists, most of whom will be working in glass for the first time. Artists include Fiona Banner, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Paul Fryer, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Tim Noble & Sue Webster and others. The exhibition is co-curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam.

Pedro Cabrita Reis

Professor Frances Corner, Pro Vice Chancellor, LCF, says “We wanted to create a collaboration with Berengo Studio and The Wallace Collection to help change perceptions about all of our disciplines–craftsmanship, glassmaking and fashion. Fashion is such a transformative medium: we all use it to change the way we look and express ourselves. The artists in our exhibition are transforming glass, ‘fashioning’ it into something that carries so much more meaning than the raw material. There is an exciting alchemy at work here.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster

At the close of the Biennale, a selection of pieces from the exhibition will travel to London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery and to the Wallace Collection, where the contemporary work will be in dialogue with their important Venetian glass collection. Adriano Berengo offered a prize for University of the Arts alumni to create a work in glass to be fabricated at his studio and exhibited as part of Glasstress: White Light / White Heat.

A major publication will accompany Glasstress: White Light / White Heat, which will also be featured in the official Biennale catalogue.

For more information, visit the Glasstress: White Light / White Heat website.

Days of Roses II featuring a cover by Rachel Howard

May 29, 2013 by Cathy

Tuesday 23rd April saw the launch of the second volume of the Days of Roses poetry anthologies at the aptly named The Water Poet in Spitalfields.  The evening featured readings by the books contributors and a guest reading by David Harsent, followed by music from The Female Thief.

Featuring a cover artwork by Rachel Howard, Days of Roses II showcases the work of Liz Berry, Robert Selby, Harriet Moore, Lydia Macpherson, André Naffis-Sahely, Alan Buckley, Declan Ryan, Malene Engelund, William Searle and Rory Waterman.

Copies of Days of Roses Volumes I and II are available to purchase at the Other Criteria shops and also through the Other Criteria website here.

Trolleyology in Venice

May 28, 2013 by Kay

TROLLEYOLOGY - the story of ten years of maverick independent publishing of photography, reportage, contemporary art and literature.

Trolley Books is over ten years old, and Trolleyology is a book to celebrate our first decade and the achievements of all the remarkable photographers, artists and writers who have published with us, and the unique vision of the one man who made it all happen – Gigi Giannuzzi.

Since September 2001, when he started with a shopping trolley full of books and wearing a red velvet suit, Trolley has become synonymous with unique, beautiful and brave publications. Sadly we began Trolleyology when Gigi was diagnosed with cancer last summer, as a way to bring together all the amazing people we had worked with. Gigi saw the beginnings of Trolleyology, and since he passed away last Christmas Eve we have been busy working on bringing together never seen before material showing behind the scenes photos, interviews and writing which tell the story of Trolley and Gigi.

We are now in the last few weeks of its production before the launch in Venice, the birthplace of Trolley, on the 28th May. We are asking you to join us in the final stages, and help support this latest, and very important addition to the Trolley family.

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INTERVIEW: Pascaline Smets

May 24, 2013 by Charlotte

Other Criteria's Beautiful Primal Urges Rug by Damien Hirst is now being stocked by Belgian concept store Smets. We caught up with Pascaline Smets, Buyer and Creative Director for Smets, for a quick Q&A.

Pascaline Smets, Buyer and Creative Director for Smets

Q. As a concept store, what is the Smets ethos? Can you tell us a little about the history of the shop?

A. The Smets Story starts in 1986. It's a family business and the main philosophy of the concept is to mix art, fashion, design, beauty and food. Aesthetics and originality should always be balanced and live in harmony. Brussels and Luxembourg were really lacking a unique and exclusive shopping experience. We need some excitement when shopping!

Q. Smets is known for it's eclectic mix of products ranging from 'of the moment' young fashion talent through to interesting stand alone design items. With so much out there, how do you select your range?

A. Selection is made through passion, sensitivity. I travel a lot, meet many amazing people, attend Art-Fashion-Design Fairs around the world. The in-store choice is a synthesis of all the strong creative moments in my life. Its about meeting people with incredible personalities who become friends and with whom we develop something.

'Beautiful Primal Urges Rug' on display at Smets, Brussels

Q. OC has just participated in Art Brussels for it's second year. Being a keen collector and patron of the arts yourself, what do you feel Art Brussels brings to the ever-burgeoning world of art fairs?

A. Brussels Art Week is really an amazing moment on the world art calendar. It affords a fresh experiment to the collectors thanks to the unusual mix of young, mid-carreer and well established artists. Many amazing private art collections are exceptionally opened up to the public. The off-program of the fair is also very interesting with all the artist studios, galleries vernissages, lectures from well-known art curators... The fair itself is really full of energy. Hall 3 is totally devoted to young talents. The number of young Belgian artists emerging at the international level each year is really impressive compared to the country size.

Q. What is your favorite piece of art in your family collection and why?

A. That's really a difficult question. Art for myself is really depending on my mood at a particular moment, it depends on the light, the energy surrounding me... I don't have one favourite piece of art. Art has to deliver a message, it has to ask you question, to deliver vibrant emotions and to have a strong visual intensity. I don't buy art to sell it. Art collection evolves with your own path so each piece is important and refers to a particular moment in my life.

Q. With stores currently in Luxembourg and Brussels, do you have any plans to open further branches of Smets - in London perhaps?

A. Yes we have! We would love to expand our concept outside Europe. Now it's just a dream and I hope it will become reality...

Notice our Hirst Vipp Spot Bin in the foreground!

Damien Hirst's Spin rugs are available in two different sizes and four different designs. View the full selection here.

Want to learn more about Smets? Click here to visit their website.

Jeff Koons - New Paintings and Sculpture

May 22, 2013 by Kay

Gagosian, New York

9th May - 29th June

JEFF KOONS, Antiquity 3, 2009–11, Oil on canvas, 102 x 138 inches  (259.1 x 350.5 cm)

With sources as diverse as children’s art, comic-book characters, and figures from antiquity, Jeff Koons continues to draw a common thread through cultural history, creating works that attempt to touch the core of the human psyche. Working through conceptual constructs including the new, the banal, and the sublime, he has taken his work from its literal, deadpan beginnings in readymades to baroque creations that extol innocence, beauty, sexuality, and happiness in confounding combinations of abstraction, figuration, sumptuous effect, and pure spectacle.

Read more about the exhibition on the Gagosian website.

Contemporary Magic - A Tarot Deck Art Project

May 20, 2013 by Kay

The Virginia MoCA Virginia Beach 30 May – 18 August 2013

For this unique and highly acclaimed exhibition curated by Stacy Engman, an interdisciplinary mix of today’s top creative icons have interpreted a Tarot card using their own iconography. Each artist was matched with a Tarot card based on archetypal themes that their work references. This project distinguishes the art and iconography of our time through interpretation of the cards by the artists – demonstrating that archetypes and myth are still very much alive and present in contemporary art and culture.

The first project of its kind in history, the collection of 78 artists, designers, and photographers in this project represent a comprehensive survey of some of the world’s most influential and original creative minds, and offers and intimate probe into contemporary archetypes, the iconic, myth, meaning, and modes of interpretation. A truly rare occurrence to engage with contemporary art and culture in such an interactive, poetic, and profound way via the extraordinary original interpretations, and the infinite possibilities which exist for combination and exchange.

Rachel Howard / 7 of cups / ink on paper

DAMIEN HIRST & FLEA SPIN GUITARS: Any bass - however beautiful - must be played

May 17, 2013 by Kay

Thanks to Jeremy Shotts who emailed to show us a photo of him enjoying playing one of our Spin Bass Guitars by Damien Hirst and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Jeremy Shotts playing the Red Hot Chilli Peppers hit 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie'

While he hung the guitar on the wall for a while, Jeremy decided "any bass - however beautiful - must be played". We couldn't have put it better ourselves! Flea clearly agrees - seen in the photo below playing his spin bass at our spin bass guitar launch night.

Surely any bass - however beautiful - must also be heard? Check out the video below of Red Hot Chilli Peppers on Jools Holland, and spot Flea playing his spin bass guitar to the same RHCP song Jeremy enjoys playing, 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie'.

Flea playing at our spin bass guitar launch night

These uniquely produced charity bass guitars are by Damien Hirst and Flea, the bass player from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The profits from the sales of the guitars will go to Flea’s charity, Silverlake Conservatory of Music. View all spin bass guitars online here. Email us info@othercriteria.com to enquire about the guitars.

We love to see our clients content with their purchases from us! Send us your photos to website@othercriteria.com and with your permission, we may show the images on our blog!

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