Aesthetica Magazine 64
April / May 2015
The future can only be imagined by looking back towards the past. In Aesthetica Issue 64 we look for a frame of reference to start from, to unpick, to tease out and then create something entirely new. For example, there would be no digital without analogue and certainly no progress without retrospection. We truly believe that you have to experiment and gather a wide range of influences in order to innovate.
This issue is a combination of retrospective and survey combined with a departure from convention. Under Construction features 10 young American and Canadian photographers who are using a diverse range of methodologies for image-making, but who are promoting photography in a different way, experimenting with form and colour, ultimately taking it to a new and exciting level. What is Luxury? at the V&A, London, addresses the notion of value in our society and questions the parameters of materiality and construction. We also look at the contribution feminist artists have made to the canon and how their works of the 1970s redressed the gender balance. Political, social and economic systems are reviewed in a seminal new show Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 at MoMA, New York, which surveys the region’s architecture over 25 years.
Photographer Jürgen Schrepfer captures form and colour through highly illustrative images that detail the hidden aspect of urban spaces while Guillaume Grasset ponders internal and external views of the home through images that recall a Hitchcock film. Anja Niemi and Astrid Verhoef both present themselves as the subjects in their work: one commenting on the relationship that we have with ourselves and the other exploring the absurdity between humans, the environment and technology. Cover photographer, Yossi Michaeli, uses distinct lighting to interrogate cinematic narratives, and in film, we speak with Norwegian director Eskil Vogt about his profound new release Blind. This issue is about insight and intrigue, and, at the same time, looks back in order to look forward to the future.
The Creative Package
This is the ultimate creative package. Inspirational and elegant, the Creative Package includes our Creative Writing Annual, which is a celebration of new writing from across the world. Featuring a collection of outstanding short fiction and poetry alongside introductions by literary experts, this absorbing compendium promises to inspire you long after reading. Also included is the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, Future Now, which showcases cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking creatives.
Through artists’ statements and critical essays, it invites you to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design. On top of all this, you receive a 12 month subscription to Aesthetica Magazine, bringing you six issues packed full with the best in contemporary art and culture across the year. Aesthetica highlights the latest exhibitions, reviews, films, music and photography alongside stimulating features and critical debate. With the Creative Package, you’ll be kept up-to-date with current trends as they develop across the international art world, and will gain insights into the work of leading practitioners shaping contemporary visual culture.
You will receive:
- One-year subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
- Creative Writing Annual. An anthology of fiction and poetry
- Future Now: Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015
Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2015
Showcasing cutting-edge practice from today’s ground-breaking contemporary artists, this anthology invites readers to discover global concepts through pioneering art and design. The Aesthetica Art Prize encourages an awareness of the innovative work being produced across a variety of media today. An inspirational resource, this compilation is an opportunity to explore 100 captivating projects, direct from the artists’ perspective, which urges audiences to reconsider the current state of play.
Celebrating individual mediums whilst recognising the richness of interdisciplinary practice, the 2015 selection is distributed across the categories of Photographic and Digital Art; Painting and Drawing; Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance. Providing an insight into the thoughts and processes of international artists, the anthology addresses the spectrum of human sentiment associated with a collective past, present and future.
Creative Writing Anthology
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual is a collection of exceptional poetry and outstanding short fiction, which will inspire you long after you’ve finished reading. This absorbing compendium fuses established and emerging literary talent from across the world, and showcases the winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2014. Considering a vast range of themes and subject matter, this text reveals many different aspects of life in today’s society. This is a book that you can return to time and time again; it will ignite your passion for new writing.