Samuel François makes his first marks by intervening in a rough way on urban space. Active member of the “Inkunstruction”collective created in 2000, he became the witness of the cultural changes related to urban space.
– he loves felt-tips -,which amuses the spectator so much. Urban space within the gallery, while losing yourself by the woods,let yourself get caught up in the game of colour.
Pop culture and the beauty industry’s tendency to turn childhood into a commodity is the concept that inspired Erik Mark Sandberg’s series of unsettling paintings, Hairy Children Portraits– but they can be enjoyed just fine if they’re simply taken as weird for weirdness’ sake.
Civilization is a video installation we created with artist/director Marco Brambilla for the elevators Standard Hotel in NYC. It’s comprised of over 400 video clips and it takes elevator passengers on a trip from hell to heaven as they go up or from heaven to hell as they go down. Pictures of the installation and Q&A with Brambilla and Crush is posted here glossyinc.com/civilization.html
Title: Civilization (MEGAPLEX), 2008 By: Marco Brambilla
Client: The Standard Hotel, New York
Editor/Research Assistant: Beau Dickson
Assistant: Swapna Tamhane
Production Company: Crush, Toronto
Representation/Images Courtesy of: Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica
Marco Brambilla Directorial Representation:
Ebeling Group U.S.A.
SINCE I HAD JUST HAD AN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT FROM MY FRIEND AND DOCTOR, PAUL TOBLER, THE IDEA OF THE FOUR NEEDLES CAME TO ME, IN WHICH I SAW SYMBOLS OF THE FOUR ELEMENTS, TO BE COMBINED WITH HER FACE. - H.R. GIGER