To mark the occasion of the opening the new Casa Loewe in Madrid in November, 2016, there were a lot of creative events inside and outside the house. One of them was connected with the impressive Constance Spry inspired flower shop and to celebrate it, the creative director of the brand, Jonathan Anderson, invited Ariel Dearie (a New York-based florist) to create a series of still life flower “portraits” for Loewe which were photographed by Steven Meisel. The entire collection of 13 images was part of the exhibition “LOEWE: Past Present Future” on display until 9 December 2016 at the Villanueva Pavillion, a former greenhouse at Madrid’s Real Jardín Botánico.
With his abstract landscape paintings Micah Crandall-Bear “examines Earth’s intrinsic resources and our disposition toward their accelerated transformation. His concept is infused with linear layers that cascade from atmospheric to subterranean. Landscape details hint at daily and seasonal shifts in light, evoking a sense of evolution and balance. In an ever-increasing technological world, his work reminds us to pause and admire our wild and natural surroundings. He presents abstractions that inspire a deep and effusive connection to nature.”
When looking at the prints from a distance, one could define the works as paintings. When looking at the work up-close, one discovers various clues, that define it as photograph. The final work as well as the process of creation merges the characteristics of the two media with the help of chemistry.
I could not help smiling seeing the works of Des Brophy, but reading also their joky titles, I could not longer refrain from laughing. They complement each other perfectly to reveal a palette of cheerful characters inspired from the local society – drunks, sports’ fans, gossips, female competitors for “the guy” or just ordinary men simply enjoying their time in the pubs far from the women presence. The artist imprints in his paintings trivial scenes he is used to see daily, but presents them from the funny side with his humorous vision.