Fantastical Art at The Groninger

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Contemporary artist Jaime Hayan’s first major solo exhibit, Funtastico, opens at The Groninger Museum in The Netherlands. A multimedia virtuoso, Spanish-born Hayon employs ceramics, wood, glass, and textiles in his 3-dimensional art objects. The exhibit documents the trajectory of his career– from experimental glasswork made in collaboration with French crystal manufacturer Baccarat, to clown-inspired lamps and vases, to oversized ceramic chess pieces in his installation ‘The Tournament.’ In concert, Hayon’s pieces creates a whimsical and humorous play land inciting contemplation and laughter (at objects like the absurd ‘rockin’ hot dog’ chair) and captivating the minds of young and old alike.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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