NATURE - The relationship between man and nature has always been a theme in art. The LA Token Gallery presents three positions of this debate - current, critical, timeless.
Matthias Luggen - no snow
Matthias Luggen was born in Switzerland and lives in the Bern area. He has been working as an independent photographer since 2014. His main focus is portrait photography, editorial, reportage and architecture. He publishes regularly in various magazines and newspapers.
Matthias Luggen says about his work " no snow" itself: "Winters in the Swiss mountains are becoming increasingly warmer, snowfall is decreasing and the snow cover is thinning. Grasses and flowers, which should be covered by a thick blanket of snow, appear defenceless and exhausted under the pale winter sun. Hidden things become visible, cautiously revealing what we have refused to see for too long: The vast changes we impose on nature."
Maria Blaisse - Moving Meshes
Maria Blaisse, born in the Netherlands graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1968. She then worked in the design studio of Jack Lenor Larsen in New York and went on to research traditional textile techniques and natural dyeing of fibers in South America.
Her projects can be understood as sculptures or costumes. In many cases, it is difficult to determine who is in control: the body or the form. Blaisse moves between the disciplines of art, design, textiles, and fashion like few other artists. Her work is an exploration of form and materials, especially including natural materials such as cork and bamboo. The results can be seen in theater, on the catwalk, and in art galleries.
Her works have been exhibited in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum, Platform21, Gallery Binnen, Gallery Ra), Leerdam (International Glassmuseum), Pica Perth (Institute of Contemporary Arts), Flexible Pan European Art (Austria, Poland, NL and UK), 's-Hertogenbosch (Het Kruithuis), London (Craftsmuseum), Kyoto (International Textile Exhibition), Paris (Grand Palais), Stockholm (Kulturhuset), Trondheim (Museum of Applied Arts), Brussels (Galerie Neon), Lausanne (Biennale International de la Tapisserie).
Her work has been published in leading international design books and magazines, including Selvedge (UK), ITEMS (NL), ELLE WONEN (NL), Techniques & Architecture (F), Abitare (I), Techno Textiles (UK), Issey Miyake (J), Imitation and Inspiration (NL/J), Industrieel ontwerpen (NL), "Interlacing" (US), "The Art Fabric; Mainstream" (US).
Her work has received several awards and nominations including: Emmy van Leersum, Design Preis Schweiz, Rotterdam Designprize, Dutch Ministry of Economic and Cultural Affairs, Oggetti per Domus.
LA Token Gallery, in consultation with Maria Blaisse, is showing Moving Meshes from 2008 as a video.
Memo Akten: Waves 2.0
Memo Akten, born in Istanbul lives and works in London. He describes himself as a "Curious Philomath, Artist, Musician, Researcher, AI Whisperer." He completed his PhD at Goldsmiths University in London on artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction to enable collaborative creativity between humans and machines.
Akten received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in 2013 for his work "Forms." He has exhibited internationally and has been represented at venues such as the Grand Palais, the Barbican, the Royal Opera House, the ZKM Center for Art and Media, the Sonar Festival, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, and many others. His work has been featured in major publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Dazed, Nowness, and The Financial Times, and he has collaborated with prominent figures such as Lenny Kravitz, U2, Depeche Mode, and Professor Richard Dawkins. He has been a mentor and juror for numerous international awards, residencies, and conferences including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and Google Arts and Culture.
LA Token Gallery will be showing NFT Waves 2.0 from its own collection.
This is the first work in a new branch of a long series of works centered around the theme of "waves" - from ocean waves to sound waves to quantum field waves to social and political waves ... and now to waves in the Earth's crust, slow-motion waves on geological time scales, and mountains. The work was created using a number of different AI (artificial intelligence) techniques.
After the devastating earthquake on February 6, 2023 in Turkey, and Syria, Memo files donated 100% of the proceeds from initial sales to rescue and relief efforts.
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