Aesthetica Magazine 65
June / July 2015
With each issue of this magazine, I find myself exploring new territories. I am interested in how art influences fashion and how in turn these two disciplines influence almost everything from architecture and interior design to popular culture. A few issues ago, we featured the Norwegian artist Rune Guneriussen, who produces magical images of lamps in the wilderness. They are at once installation, photography and sculpture. However, only months after publishing the article, I saw an advert on television for a certain Scandinavian company and their campaign had a similar idea. I couldn’t believe it. In a nutshell, this was the process of influence and saturation in full form.
The June issue of Aesthetica follows such an ideology – many of the artists featured are moving between sectors and providing true proof that innovation still exists today. We take a look at the new phenomenon of re-purposing shipping containers and turning them into luxurious homes. The idea that something which has defined modern times is now being reused in the domestic sphere is fascinating. It shows humankind’s insatiable appetite for invention. Kostas Murkudis’s rejection of mass production is presented in a show that’s not so much a retrospective but more a timely appraisal. Influenced by sculpture, he has reinvented the catwalk by allowing models to dress themselves in front of audiences.
In photography, we’ve curated a selection of works that inspire – from Lori Nix’s detailed scenes that depict an apocalyptic world but in miniature to Ellie Davies’s lush images of forests overlaid with actual images from the Hubble telescope, humanising the universe. How we inhabit spaces is a theme explored in Carlo Cafferini’s detailed images of buildings, capturing the detail and somehow a uniqueness which can be found in repetition. We also take a look at the show Modernities, which traces hidden moments in an industrialised society. In film, we look at the new documentary Good Girl, which portrays the filmmaker’s ordeal coping with depression. Finally, Candida Höfer offers you the last words. Enjoy!
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.