Aesthetica Magazine 71
Oppositions are part of everything we do. It’s a choice – one thing over the other: right from wrong, good from bad, and new from old. What’s interesting is when these opposites and their binary meanings blur. You can only truly understand something if you have a contrast to compare it to, but what is the derivation of “oppositions”? It could be a matter of semantics but, somehow, I feel it’s more profound than that, particularly with regards to change. How is real change instigated and what’s its rival?
This issue has a strong focus on differing positions across the creative sector. The Manus x Machina exhibition that opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines an age-old question about the signi cance of handmade versus machine-fabricated. The show surveys haute couture but nonetheless, in today’s advanced technological age, it’s important to think about craft and the art of making. Crucially, we’re also exploring a new generation of designers who are focusing on sustainability.
Following this theme, we interview the fantastic French architect Jacques Ferrier whose process of invention follows the same ideologies as our new designers but in large-scale physical form. He believes that buildings must incorporate the five senses. Edmund Clark: War of Terror, a new exhibition that opens at the Imperial War Museum, London, captures the essence of a new world order by documenting recent history. The show asks important questions about our times.
In photography, we present some of the world’s most engaging talents, who are creating works that challenge form and progress the medium further. Clemens Ascher uses pop colours, shapes and lines to convey new possibilities for digital art. Holly Andres constructs narratives that question the familiarity of suburbia and we also highlight a selection of works from Ori Gersht, whose iconic images slow down time – yet again, bringing a new understanding to the everyday and ordinary. Finally, going to our cover photographer, Jimmy Marble creates new worlds with bold colours, shapes and lines.
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.
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- One-year subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
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Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016
A celebration of innovation and originality, the Aesthetica Art Prize anthology compiles an international community of established and emerging artists. Entering its 9th year, the award and accompanying annual invites audiences to connect with some of today’s leading practitioners whose projects touch upon key cultural, social, political, environmental and economic themes within the categories of Photographic and Digital Art, Painting and Drawing, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, and Video, Installation and Performance.
From ecological concerns to transitions in urbanisation and developments in technology, the 2016 edition provides a cohesive commentary on the way that we inhabit the Earth. Questions of material and personal value align with definitions of virtual and physical realms; depictions of natural landscapes defy tangible realities; and an awareness of time is envisaged in elements of light and sound.
This year’s dynamic collection, which unites 100 artists from countries worldwide including Austria, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the USA, is an outstanding resource and prime example of the calibre of works submitted to the Prize. Ranging from site-specific installations to new experiments with light and digital technologies, the 2016 selection instils an enduring reflection on humankind’s role in the present moment.
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 returns with a selection of extraordinary short fiction and poetry to spark the literary imagination. The winners and finalists of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 represent a broad selection of the very best in established and promising international talent. The featured compositions invoke a rich array of imagery and concepts that illuminate daily life. This inspirational collection combines longevity with innovation – a book that will stay with the reader, whilst offering new perspectives on the world and our place within it.
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.