The crisis must have come to an end for this shop owner, dealing in old coins and banknotes. Because he either hired a graphic designer or he bought a computer for his new window sign. In any case, I prefer the old design.
Design made by a simple set of rules and players. Following these rules, the design gets an unpredictable, but inspiring outcome. That’s Conditional Design. Last week the Conditional Design Workbook was launched, which contains some step-by-step DIY design workshops. Tempting.
Another great expo in Amsterdam, from March 16th till 27th of April at gallery Ron Mandos. Katinka Lampe always impresses me with her portraits – partly because of the size of her paintings. Her recent works on show at Ron Mandos are inspired by teenagers showing off, promoting themselves on YouTube, and asking to rate their looks.
Just found out that Guido van der Werve‘s new work will be on show from the 25th of January until the 25th of April at the Stedelijk. The work is titled Nummer Veertien (‘no. 14’), home. In a 54-minute video the artist bikes, swims and runs a 1,000 mile triathlon from Paris to Warsaw. In one of his previous works, called Nummer Acht (‘no. 8’), Everything is going to be all right - shown here in the still – Van der Werve is walking across the ice in front of a 3,500-tonne icebreaker. I’m always impressed by his works and look forward to seeing his new piece.
I’ve always been fascinated by handmade lettering. The imperfection can easily breath life into a text. It makes the font less static, gives it an edge, and a feeling of craftsmanship. And that’s why, when I wander through the city, I get automatically drawn to handmate lettering and take pictures of it for my handmade-lettering-inspiration-database.
Porn meets art in the film ‘Ancient Amateurs’ by Stefan Ruitenbeek. The work is set in the heart of the Dutch porn industry – that also financed the project. Ruitenbeek about his film: “I found some people underground. I took them out of the cave. We’ve entered the civilized world. [But] it’s not a mockumentary.” The film allows us to see the context of the set where the actors, interested on-lookers, friends and acquaintances hang out. The protagonists – including producer Kim Holland (our country’s most famous porn star) – are interviewed. Weird but inspiring. Ancient Amateurs is exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam until June 3rd 2012.
Downtown Amsterdam, opposite ‘luxury’ bookstore MENDO, you’ll find Boekie Woekie. The shop itself is hard to find because the outside of the store looks more like a giftshop or tobacconist, but it’s actually an artist’s bookstore. Inside they sell great books and zines made by artists from all over the world. Most of these books are self-published and printed in small editions. Boekie Woekie also sells multiples, postcards, prints, audio and video works. Shelves brimming with inspiration at Berenstraat 16.