Galerie BSL is presenting Kathy Ludwig’s ‘Hosting Parasites,’ a collection of performative jewellery belonging to the realms of art which earned her a first class honours degree from the Design Academy Eindhoven. ‘The objects that I create are intriguing, attractive and maybe even repulsive, provoking contradictory sentiments and raising questions. Their interaction with the body makes certain values or demeanour tangible. A living sculpture is formed from their unison.’
Hybridisations, couplings of shapes, zoo– and geomorphisms: for four years, over the brilliant course that followed his degree at the Eindhoven Design Academy, Nacho Carbonell has continuously developed an experimental work with powerfully narrative implications, liberating itself from conventions to push established boundaries back even further – those which distinguish between design and contemporary art, functional use and sculpture, restraint and exuberance, beauty and ugliness, violence and gentleness. Read the rest of this entry »
Edited by Galerie BSL, and a special commission from the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, UPSIDE DOWN by the young French designer Adrien De Melo is a landscape of suspended books, like a music score. A paradoxical bookcase which comes and defies the laws of gravity to tailor storage codes. Its main asset: a levitating modular architecture, with a technically simple appearance, seeking transparency, articulated around five floating modules adapted to all book sizes. UPSIDE DOWN thereby structures a new object-book relationship with space, whilst at the same time proposing a progressive and inventive bookcase, adapted to contemporary lifestyles.
The spirit of Bauhaus in a collection of ultra-contemporary rings, PNKYRNG: under this code name, the Galerie BSL is exhibiting a collection for men and women created by the Lebanese architec and designer Dina Kamal. Rings with simple, refined, rational and thought-out lines, to be worn on the small finger, – a ‘pinky ring’ in English. A design which reinterprets a minimalist and chic version of the mythical signet ring with a variation of 18 carat brushed or polished gold tones: yellow; pink; beige; black; white. Read the rest of this entry »
“ Every jewel is always a unique « rendez-vous ». A volume, a movement, the surprise of a material, the brightness of a diamond on a raw mineral, the accident of a stone voluntarily broken among others that are intact… I like the idea of a jewel which challenges the space and the conventions. For me, beauty is always evidence… and a surprise ”. Taher Chemirik
God the creator, messenger of the principle of the eternal return in Ancient Egypt*, collected by collectors of curio, used by contemporary artists like Jan Fabre, the scarab has maintained an element of fascination with its plastic and magical character. Here Lito Karakostanoglou offers a resolutely contemporary resurrection: jewellery, the design piece to wear, in a collection of unique pieces presented and edited by the galerie BSL. For the very first time, real preserved scarabs are used in this way and arranged, housed in amazing cage necklaces or zoomorph inspired settings for earrings.
With “Domestic Ponds” at the galerie BSL, Duende Studio ends its cycle of research about domestic water features which began in 2008 with “Local River” in tandem with Mathieu Lehanneur. This cycle is the most vernacular part of a wider fascination for living objects in a literal sense, that is objects which use or manipulate living organisms, of which the exhibition “Eden ADN, genetic design” lay the basis in 2006 at the St Etienne Biennial. The aquarium, connected here to a purifying garden, is both the perfect metaphor of our human condition stuck in a frighteningly finite world and an object paradoxically judged as very has been, reserved for aficionados of aquatic maintenance. With these three new pieces conceived with Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan, “Domestic Ponds” therefore proposes a new aesthetic, practical and metaphorical vision of the aquarium from 17th September to 27th November 2010 at the galerie BSL.
At Galerie BSL from 17th September to 27th November 2010, Duende Studio is proposing ‘Domestic Ponds,’ a piece of work about the pond as a domestic water point, with three new pieces by Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan. ‘A liquid hollow, a matrix swarming with life, the pond is a true open air breeding spot, the antithesis of a vase or an aquarium’ for Anthony van den Bossche / Duende Studio. ‘The water, overflowing with nutrients, drawn from the bottom of the garden, irrigates as well as fertilises the vegetable garden.’ This practice is pushed to its limit with aquaponic agriculture allowing the symbiosis of fish and plants. The plants are nourished by the fish water full of nitrate-rich waste. The plants therefore play the role of natural filter by retaining the nitrates and assist in maintaining balanced water for the fish. Read the rest of this entry »