welcome, be my muse!

Art has never been this entertaining!

Posted in art, film, music by welcomebemymuse on June 3, 2010

The Franco-American band Hold your Horses! reconstructed some of the most famous paintings in their video for “70 Million”. So sweet! Produced by L’Ogre.

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The Greek Crisis explained… Part 3!

Posted in art, film by welcomebemymuse on June 2, 2010

After Episode 1 and 2, finally here is Number 3! Pleeeease, Nomint! Don’t stop it!


Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on May 28, 2010

Tomorrow will be the last day for Munich based artist Jarek Piotrowski’s exhibition “Wunschmaschinen” at Galerie Andreas Höhne. Picture by Marie Therese Rink.

Jarek, what’s your muse?

I am inspired by every waking moment, it can be the most absurd thing ever so the list is just much too extensive.

When and how did you know that your calling was to be an artist?

Since early age I had a fascination with changing objects or obsessively drawing things, in a way trying to see or pierce threw a theme. The “calling” as you state it was some thing that came from the outside, I was basically asked if studying art interested me, by that time drawing was some thing natural for me, so the question put seemed a little absurd but I guess this falls under the parental guidance theme.

Where do your creative ideas come from?

The ideas arise mostly out of a “compost heap” that I create, it’s basically about asking questions, but instead of using words I use images. Sometimes one takes interest in things that that one in some way understands, but can’t explain, I guess these themes are a kind of magnetic for me, personally.

What do you find most gratifying about the art you create?

I think its the creation process as such, it’s always a kind of a journey, you don’t really return to the same.

What do you find most difficult about producing a piece of art?

Finding the perfect form to represent the underlying question, with any work you have its artistic value that you call style and a question beneath…

Where do you produce your best work?

I guess my best work is produced in my mind. After that it’s usually a journey trying to accumulate the vision into a form which is closely bound to failure.

After “Wunschmaschinen” – what will be your next project?

There are still a few projects that I am planning, but I am more accustomed to showing things than just talking about them. One project that was offered to me is to bring Munich based artists to Königsberg that is something that I am excited about.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to start a career as an artist?

Follow your vision, don’t give up.

Anything else the world should know?


Thank you very much, Jarek!


Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on May 24, 2010

“Wunschmaschinen” an exhibition of Jarek Piotrowski and Bernhard Lehner’s sculptures, sihouettes and totem pole-like figurines can be seen at Galerie Andreas Höhne, Am Glockenbach 6, Munich till May 29, 2010.

All pictures by Peter Neuberger.

For more pictures also check the article in Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Signore Toscani: CHAPEAU.

Posted in art, fashion, photography by welcomebemymuse on May 22, 2010

Past Tuesday, Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani came to Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne to talk about his work in the past 40 years. Other than expected when reading former interviews with the choleric 68-year old, Toscani was not only kind and charming but also very inspiring. “You cannot be secure and be creative – you have to be insecure to be creative” he explained while showing his provoking pictures. “If you want to have success, listen to what Marketing people say and then do the opposite!”

He doesn’t see himself as an artist “Pictures become artistic when they are not good enough to be published” – Oliviero sees himself as a communicator, no matter if he shoots editorials or advertising campaigns. “We are all lambs in the slaughterhouse of communication. And art is the highest expression of communication.” His market is humanity – always was and will be.

In a few days, I will publish the complete interview…

So far let me say: what a lovely person. In the end of our talk, he gave me his card with the words “Let me know when you’re in Tuscany”. I will, Oliviero, I will.

MOMA PS1: get the season started!

Posted in art, music by welcomebemymuse on May 21, 2010

On Sunday May 23, MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art present the third iteration of the quinquennial exhibition Greater New York (organized and curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield), which showcases the work of artists and collectives living and working in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to presenting recent works by some 68 artists, Greater New York includes an active on-site workshop in which participating artists will experiment with new projects and ideas throughout the duration of the exhibition.

At 3:00 pm, a performance by Terence Koh will take place, followed by a DJ set by Michael Magnan from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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loud, bullheaded and very lovable.

Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on May 20, 2010

He says he produces his best work on the floor of his apartment and also would not call himself an artist. “I simply wanted to do or create if you like things that last a time. Something you can touch and something that makes people happy or just arouses feelings. That’s how life goes!”

Simple as that, his works seem to be at first sight. “That’s the most gratifying thing about my creation. Everyone is able to like or understand these things, a child as well as a hundred year old… I would say my works transport something positive or funny without being corny or stereotype. It’s all about a certain kind of humor, which is not as childish as it seems at the first look”. In fact, hello floflo’s colorful, stocky animals all deliver a message ranging from funny to ambiguously smart. “I definitely like ink or pencil on paper, as well as working with the computer… it depends what emotions I want to create. And I really love acrylic on wood – wood is the perfect imperfect, awesome!” Talking about wood, he also paints on his discarded and broken skateboard decks. “Skateboarding, the talents of others typography and daily life – as beaten as it sounds” is inspiring to loud, bullheaded but very lovable guy.

Anything else the world should know? “”Kunst ist wo der Hund hin brunzt”, thanks Berni”. Sorry, not translatable into English but so good when it comes to street art.

Banksy tours through Canada

Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on May 19, 2010

After the latest piece that was spottet in Los Angeles that was taken down by Doug Christmas within only a few days, three new works of the streetartist have been spotted in Toronto, Canada. What an unconventional tour of promoting the documentary movie “Exit through the Gift Shop“!

The Greek crisis explained… EPISODE 2!

Posted in art, film by welcomebemymuse on May 18, 2010

After Episode 1 of “The Greek Crisis explained…” here comes episode 2 produced by Nomint…

Art Talk with Oliviero Toscani

Posted in art, fashion, photography by welcomebemymuse on May 17, 2010

„Without risk, there’s no art“ Oliviero Toscani’s unique and controversal style of photography has made his name a brand, best known for the advertising campaigns he shot for the Italian fashion brand Benetton from 1982 to 2000.

On Tuesday, May, 18 2010, Oliviero Toscani will hold a speech at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne, Ernst von Siemens Auditory, in English at 7:30 pm.