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ALBENA is a young French artist of Bulgarian origin who advances in a spectacular way. Her painting is the heiress of various traditions, including that of masters of the icon. Using different oriental sources, in particular India and Persia, she has created a world of troubling fairy, which exercises a true fascination over the eye, so much her glowing colors create magic. Tender, loving, her characters live in a world of peace, harmony and mutual consolation. Let us not forget that poetry was her first passion. ALBENA lives in the parallel universe of tales, of big universal legends, of invincible childhood and enjoys an outstanding sensibility. The ease and the elegance she has acquired allow her to express a wide range of feelings. Spiritual and sensual, she is undoubtedly only at the dawn of more than a promising journey. We have here an authentic talent, especially considering her recent admission into the sphere of painting. 

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ART MONACO'10 international art fair 
ART SHANGHAI 2010 international art fair 

Behida Dolić was  raised by a community of crafters, kilim makers, and furniture builders in her small northern Bosnian village, but she found her passion in millinery. After studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, she landed in Hudson, New York , where she opened her own brick-and-mortar hat shop.
video and story originally by Dan Estabrook is an award-winning art photographer and sometime filmmaker who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 
Think your old rusty bicycles belong in the dumpster? Think again. Yes, that old bike can indeed be reincarnated if it falls in the right hands. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga's hands to be exact. Alzaga transforms bicycle chains into beautifully rustic looking chandeliers. Her passion is repurposing castoff materials, and she does it well.

Since medieval times, chandeliers have been used as elaborate decorations associated with wealth and power. Alzaga shatters this concept with her warm and elegant designs. Using aspects of her cultural past from Mexico, Brazil, and the U.S., she is able to create unique and appealing artwork. She aims to combine the idea of discarded and forgotten items with the power and influence associated with chandeliers. Using her creativity and visions of a healthier planet, she gives 'trash' a second chance.

Below is a video that describes Alzaga's mission to preserve our world. You can order your own chandelier here. Alzaga handcrafts each one upon order.

article originally posted January 8, 2013 by Bryanna Murphy

Ethereal I by Trish Woodford



31.01.2013 to 23.02.2013

365 attempts to meditate began as a year long challenge to maintain a meditation practice. After ten years of failure, I thought I could finally succeed at this awareness exercise by aligning my commitment to art practice with my lack of commitment to meditation. The balloon was employed tactically to locate the breath and to bring a sculptural and performative component to the act. At the outset the project stipulated an instruction –“meditate everyday”. By repeating the demanding ritual of meditation, an artwork could slowly develop, day-by-day, month-by-month. A serial practice ensued for the full calendar year of 2011. All went well in the first few weeks – I really did meditate. However, it wasn’t long before genuine meditation ceased and questions concerning the artwork took precedence. There were also days when I didn’t ‘meditate’. The blank images speak for the failed days when there was no time to breathe and thus no time to make anything – no time to make art. Stopping and disrupting whatever I was doing routinely a minute earlier, setting up the camera, picking a balloon, sitting in a chair, exhaling and inhaling constituted a performative intervention into everyday life. This interruption of everyday life became a method not for meditating but for making something. In retrospect, the project should be titled 365 attempts to make art and not 365 attempts to meditate

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In the red; on the vibrancy of things

This dynamic opening show in the new UQ Anthropology Museum Gallery, explores through recent acquisitions and significant older collections, the spatial, temporal and affective dimensions of a quality that in English we term ‘red’. 

UQAM holds many items that might be distinguished as ‘red’ with its large collections of early twentieth century hunting and gathering equipment made by Indigenous Australians, much of it coated in red ochres, shell and feather valuables used in Pacific cultural exchange and things incorporating colonially traded red beads, buttons and cloth. 

Red is well known as a multivalent symbol across cultures, expressive of emotional and spiritual extremes, of danger, desire, loudness, joy, heat, blood, rage and in western culture the state of fiscal insolvency. 

This exhibition sets out to be an immersive experience, a challenge to the gallery visitor to consider the capacities, effects and affects of ‘red’ as an energizer of things and people, and as an animator of space - even a means of making things alive. 

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Shadows I by Trish Woodford

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