Ola Kolehmainen, the photographer who sublimes the architecture

“I do not photograph architecture. I use it as raw material.”  Ola Kolehmainen

Reading this statement, we better understand the logic of his art : the Finnish photographer focus, not on how the building fit the surroundings or its proportions, but on its ordinary elements composing the structure, the geometry and repetitive patterns. He creates then a sort of abstract picture thanks to a clever framing and colours.

His last series made during his residency in Istanbul, captures differently the beauty of it.
Choosing mainly old religious buildings, he changed the method and breaks the pictures in different large frame to better enlighten its volume.

Either way, this is visually stunning…

Source and images Copyrights : Galeria SENDA, Gallery Taik Persons, Artsy


#ART16 special : the ‘Hollywood stills’ of Paul Davies

Loving the minimalist architecture, especially the Farnsworth House of Mies Van der Rohe (‘Less is More’ Forever! 😉 or the Fallingwater house of Frank Lloyd Wright, it is easy then to be agape with admiration in front of Paul Davies’ art, while screaming inside “I want!”.

In ‘Hollywood stills’, quintessentially Southern Californian villas are set in beautiful natural elements, and as he using the cheerful colours of the American 50’s (did you say pop culture?), we would love to settle in, having a cocktail in a Martini glass near the pool…

Paul Davies, Shooting Stars, 2016


Paul Davies, Home Pool, 2015


Paul Davies, Home Mirror Flip, 2015


Paul Davies, Forest Flip, 2016

#ART16 special : the haunting city lansdcapes of Jeanette Barnes

If you follow my Instagram, you noticed I enjoyed very much Art 16, which took place again at the Olympia in West London.

Smaller than last year, the quality was still high, and as there is lots to talk about, I decided for this week to focus on few artists presented at this fair.

One who strikes me the most is the established Jeanette Barnes: in her depiction of busy cities, people are similar to agitated little ghosts dominated by the metropolis and its massive and stunning architecture.
We can see the influence of the early works of Paul Strand for the theme, but using the medium of charcoal and focusing less on the actual geometry of the architecture, she succeed to input a greater energy leaving the viewer a little bit dizzy in front of this massive urban buzz, but this is also how it is highly attractive!

Jeanette Barnes, Kings Cross Interior, 2016


Jeanette Barnes, Grand Central Station Interior – New York

House dreaming…

Like many Londoners, I dream to own my place here, but with the housing market going crazier and crazier every day, the only affordable home I can have is apparently a barge… could be fun, original, but… heu.. nope!

I still look at properties websites and find sometimes my sort of ideal home (not sure the link will work for a while, but anything from Urban space website would do!) but hey dreaming doesn’t cost much.

So when I found here this Victorian town-house here redesigned by APA, oh gosh, I want it!
A little bit tiny (remember, I grow up in forest so like big space) but it is so cute! I like the light given by the big window, it has a garden, good neighbourhood, lovely bathroom and so much potential!!! It is easy to imagine what to do with this, putting plants there, woody furniture but keeping at the minimum…

I don’t know the price but this is surely much more than I can afford, but hey, as I said, dreaming is free…







Katrina Spade – Urban Death Project

And again, this week we are losing the great author Michel Tournier, the talented photographer Laila Alaoui

I won’t do any homage here (these artists deserve much better written articles elsewhere!) but as death seems to be very ‘January 2016’, why not sharing the project from the architect Katrina Spade, called the Urban Death Project.

Death is part of our life, we simply cannot avoid it. But this is also a market, and an expensive one, with lots of energy spent for it: if we think about the millions of trees used for coffins, the chemicals for the same coffins but also for the bodies itself in order to make them presentable for the mourners… Plus, there is an issue in many cities about overcrowding cemeteries.
Therefore the idea to have a more eco-friendly attitude in this stage of our life (or simply being in concordance with the nature) and cost effective is far to be a stupid one!

Urban Death project wants to be a sustainable alternative to burying or cremating our loved ones.
Similar to the anaerobic digestion, the dead bodies wrapped in linen would naturally decomposed in a storage room and become soil.

This is only a project for now, and Katrina Spade is calling for the construction of such building, where the funerals would also takes place.  For her, the “Urban Death Project utilises the process of composting to safely and gently turn our deceased into soil-building material, creating a meaningful, equitable and ecological urban alternative to existing options for the disposition of the dead.
There is no embalmment as decomposition is an important part of the process and therefore the whole funeral process would need to be re-examined.

The designer received financial support from Echoing Green, a foundation that provides seed-stage funding for projects that promote social change, but she is continuing to raise funds to conduct research and build a prototype.
According to her : “750,000 gallons (2.8 million litres) of formaldehyde-laden embalming fluid are used annually in the US, more than 30 million board-feet of hardwood (nine million metres) and 90,000 tons (81,600 metric tons) of steel are used to make coffins (Again in the US only) and 17,000 tons (15,400 metric tons) of steel and copper and 1.6 million tons (1.4 million metric tons) of reinforced concrete are used for American burial vaults”.  Even cremation use approximately “600 million pounds of carbon dioxide (272 million kilograms) into the atmosphere annually, which is the equivalent of more than 70,000 cars driving the road for a year”.

This is why, her project is very ambitious as it touches one of the most sacred part of life, but it really worth to consider.