21. July, 2008
As a part of O! Vacija! German cultural festival
Latvian National Opera, Riga
The Bauhouse Audi Symphony sort of blew my mind.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. Art and advertising have been co-habituating quite comfortably for some time now. It is nothing new that, as audiences become increasingly immune to advertising, advertisers have been forced to look for new ways to reach consumers;they have opened their minds and spaces to artists. Artists I admire, like graphic designer Seb Jarnot and musician Jose Gonzalez , are signing their names to Nike and Sony. Renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai made a film especially for a television set, the Philips Aurea . Closer to home, here at DDB, Zelta Zivtina ’s commercials have a sitcom...
7. April, 2008
It was Vivienne Westwood who said that „some people adapt themselves to the world, while others adapt the world to themselves. The world goes around because of the latter group.“
Big events in the global arts scene are usually the well publicized ones. It is more difficult, though, to experience events on a smaller scale that capture one’s imagination and linger on.
I attended one of the hot new creations – New Museum, opened in Manhattan four months ago. The current exhibition Unmonumental captures the zeitgeist of the beginning of the 21th century – shift from simplicity to complexity, destruction of icons, and fragmentation. All that is a perfect prerequisite for collage, a hot form expression for artists across the board.
What’s impressed me most, however, during the past months both...
15. February, 2008
Bob Gill and David Carson visited Riga on separate occasions as part of the Latvian Art Directors Club lecture and workshop series.
In art you do what you want, in design you do what someone else wants. Art expresses something personal while design depends on communicating a message to others. Bob Gill says that the difference between an artist and a designer comes down to temperament: a designer needs to be loved every day. He needs affirmation from his target audience or client, he needs to be understood;it is the goal of his work. The artist’s message is himself, his personal view of the world. Being “misunderstood” often works to his advantage, making him intriguing to his viewers. If art is personal expression, is a designer who expresses himself in his work a bad designer?
After meeting Bob Gill...
14. February, 2008
Ever since Greek philosophers questioned the relationship between form and content, the matter has been at the forefront of artistic discourse. The Western consciousness is still very much rooted in ancient theories of art as representation. Design is a part of that, and every designer will have experienced the necessity to translate content into form as clearly as possible, especially those working in advertising.
It would hardly be an overstatement to admit a lack of a strong design tradition in Latvia, and it is most definitely the long isolation period that has not allowed one to prosper. I recently spotted an excellent observation of the term Soviet Design by a columnist at designobserver.com. He described the notion as a contradiction in terms, because good design celebrates the personality while Soviet regime...