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Design Art

CESARE GRIFFA

born in Torino, Italy 1973 | lives in Torino, Italy

Cesare Griffa | Arte Laguna Prize

OPS!, 2019

Wood
300x100x200 cm

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Chairs are one of those classic design objects that can be seen and reviewed, which a little lead to boredom and nausea, but it is known that they represent one of those mandatory steps for designers. No matter how many creative and extravagant objects can be invented, sooner or later the “chair” phase arrives, a phase that leaves no one excluded and Cesare Griffa is not an exception that confirms the rule. But what is it that makes his work OPS! unique from all the other chairs? Certainly its functional being, therefore an object with a simple and stable use that triggers a passive reaction in people, on the other hand, however, we also have the dysfunctional being, which unexpectedly involves an active approach to understand its singular use , creating a relationship on a physical and abstract level. They can be used individually or set up in a complete installation that occupies an area of ​​6/10 square meters. Oops! is part of the Wooden Things series, “things” made of wood, a material that has always accompanied humanity.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

PRIMOZ JEZA

born in Ljubljana, Slovenia 1986 | lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Primoz Jeza | Arte Laguna Prize

FRANKENSTEIN’S BRIDE, 2013

MDF
310x76x100 cm

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Giving life to non-living matter, juxtaposing fragments that – like pieces of a mosaic – merge and generate different meanings, assemble elements full of new energy and appropriate them with a soul: this is precisely how Frankenstein’s Bride, the project created by architect and designer Primož Jeza.

An eclectic and functional table, made up of different colored modules that can be configured by each individual buyer, reflecting their personality and needs. An electrical socket and a tablet holder allow constant connection with the world of the web, making this product unique, versatile and technological, in step with the times. The artist, in fact, makes his productions looking to the past and the future, aware of the present and the contemporary reality in which he lives. Science and new discoveries, especially regarding today’s technologies, are fundamental for him to obtain better and always innovative solutions.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupio, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

112.FAMILY

born in Paris, France 1980 | lives in Paris, France

Nicolas Sandoz | Arte Laguna Prize

BON, 2020

Wood, recycled plastic, composite materials
45x90x45 cm

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We accumulate purchases to simplify our life, but then, in reality, they often complicate it; generating a real toxic relationship with objects and leading us to become addicted to them. That has led us to have more anxieties and suffocating thoughts and those who realize this try to improve their situation by relying on the philosophy of minimalism, the only weapon to take their life in hand. By determining what is relevant to our life and what is not, we will perceive a feeling of freedom, and having more space around us it will be easier to “breathe” again. Bon, made by 112.family, is a folding chair which, respecting this philosophy, turns into a bench once opened.
In such a way as to respond positively to our need to have more space to live a more peaceful life, without putting ourselves in difficulty if we need an extra chair.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

NITZOTZ SARANGA

born in Ashkelon, Israel 1990 | lives in Tel Aviv, Israel

Nitzotz Saranga | Arte Laguna Prize

DEBUG YOURSELF, 2018

chocolate, bugs, paper
20x3x7 cm

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Nitzotz Saranga, passionate about nature and specialized in morphological and material research, presented DEBUG Yourself at the 14th edition of Arte Laguna.

A chocolate aimed at removing the mental and psychological barriers of the western world to the future consumption of insects; imitating the texture, taste, appearance. Through the palate people will be able to overcome their fears. The attached brochure contains nutritional information for the various insects, but only one of the chocolates contains a real insect.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

NITZOTZ SARANGA

born in Ashkelon, Israel 1990 | lives in Tel Aviv, Israel

Nitzotz Saranga | Arte Laguna Prize

KAFCAFE, 2019

Ceramic, stainless steel, coffee
16x20x16 cm

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Coffee is seen as a dark, bitter drink intended to help adults stay awake during their long working days. Nitzotz Saranga with his work “KAFCAFE” strips the coffee of its solemnity and gives us a glass of coffee with an absurd and playful aroma. The product is composed of a ceramic filter in the shape of a cow’s udder, from which the coffee will come out, which will be poured simultaneously into the four coffee cups in the shape of a milk bucket. Playfully the way of consuming has changed, becoming from a quick consumption to a real moment of social act. The consumer is also invited to rethink drinking coffee as it is, retracing the path that from its origin has been transformed into a coffee bean until it is consumed. Thanks to the visual composition of the work, it can be considered as an installation.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

XIAODONG SHI

born in China 1980 | lives in China

Xiaodong Shi | Arte Laguna Prize

JIU GE, 2019

Wool, Pure silk, Metal silk thread
90X170X60 cm

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The prototype of my works mainly originates in ‘Jiu Ge’ by Qu Yuan, one of the greatest ancient poets. His works, full of fairy tales and historical legends, with the artistic technique of extremely rich romance, express great poet’s Weltschmerz speech full of anger. In my ‘Jiu Ge’, I refine some mythical images from Qu Yuan’s ,such as the charming Goddess of the Mountain who cried “hunkering for your presence hurts me deeply” and the protective Goddess Hsiang Fei of River Hsiang who sighed by“Eager expectancy makes my yearning heart ache”. With the artistic technique of rich romance, I, tentatively, reproduce the emotional representation of ancient Chinese classic works in my clothing design.
Xuzhou City, where I was born, has long been regarded as the cradle of Chinese Han Culture and the creation of my works ‘Jiu Ge’ is originated from this land . ‘Jiu Ge’, with contemporary mood, borrows loose robe with wide sleeves and long flowing skirts prevailed in the Pre-Qin and Han period, forming the aesthetic image of both looking back Qin and Han dynasties and observing the present. Such entanglement between classical and contemporary emotions shows slightly difference in terms of strength degree between pieces and pieces, as well as series and series. The cultural implication of ‘Jiu Ge’ intends to reflect a kind of hazy ambiguity of culture, which can be classical and modern, as well as local and international.

MARTINA TARANTO

born in Erice, Italy 1989 | lives in London, United Kingdom

Martina Taranto | Arte Laguna Prize

RELATIVISTIC OBJECTS, 2019

Variable dimensions
130×175 cm

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The Relativistic Objects composition allows man to re-learn to be aware of his own passages, living them through a visual representation of the phenomena, which lead him to question his own behavior towards the world and to observe, imagine and perceive the passage of time. Symbolically linked to the four natural elements, these candles emphasize the importance of physical interaction, drawing inspiration from ancient 14th-century devices such as navigation instruments, whose performance and accuracy are based entirely on natural phenomena and cycles. Martina Taranto’s eclectic research began with a material exploration of the notion of wax and time in classical philosophy and general relativity, showing how they are complementary in the definition of reality.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

VICTORIA YAKUSHA

born in Dnipro, Ukraine 1982 | lives in Bruxelles, Belgium

Victoria Yakusha | Arte Laguna Prize

SONIAH LAMP, 2020

Clay, Paper, Wood chips
600x2000x400 cm

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The name of the Helichrysum plant derives from the Greek “helios” and “chrysos”, respectively “sun” and “gold”, therefore it refers to the shiny appearance of its flowers. Also known as houseleek because it lasts for a long time together with its characteristic smell. In Greece it is known as the immortal flower, a symbol of memory and eternal and immortal love. In addition, it is also linked to Ukraine, the birthplace of designer Victoria Yakusha, who paid homage to the flower through the creation of SONIAH LAMP, having its roots in Ukrainian cultural heritage. Its lively, ancestral and primordial texture is due to its realization through the hand modeling of a sustainable blend based on clay, recycled paper, hay and other natural components. Thus. It allows us to return to the origins, to the roots and to ourselves in a profound and natural way.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

CYRYL ZAKRZEWSKI

born in Poznan, Poland 1986 | lives in Suchy Las, Poland/td>

Cyryl Zakrzewski | Arte Laguna Prize

DUNE CHAIR, 2021

Plywood
500x900x600 cm

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The unique shape of Dune Chair is inspired by the impressive desert landscape.
Cyryl Zakrzewski, author of the work, wanted to capture the constant but imperceptible movement of the sand, an event with a beautiful analogy to the phenomenon of time, referring to the hourglass. The prototype was originally carved from a raw block of plywood to achieve optimal comfort and a graceful profile, so Dune Chair blurs the LINE between a sculpture and a piece of furniture – as both combine a high level of craftsmanship with artistic freedom and imagination.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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