Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Artist of the Day, July 17, 2024: Philippe Hiquily, a French sculptor (#2078)

Philippe Hiquily (1925-2013) was born in in Paris, France, to a decorator father and a painter mother, influenced by Cubism, he was introduced to art at a very young age, assisting sculptors such as Despiau, and attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Orléans. His young years under the Occupation led him far from art, to the Indochina war, under the command of the General Leclerc, in 1945. Upon his return, he enrolled in the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in the Gimond-Janniot studio where he met César , Albert Ferraud, Michel Guino and Robert Muller. He graduated in 1953 and left school after winning a prize for one of his iron sculptures, Le Neptune.

He then found a studio on rue Raymond Losserand in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. That is where he developed his work and his ‘direct metal’ technique, in which sheet metal is predominant. He went to Germaine Richier's studio to present his first metal works. At the end of the 1950s he strayed from the object to undertake a more advanced reflection on form, leading him to the idea of simplifying the human figure, mainly female, sometimes going as far as a very abstract approach to form. Space and form became the premise of his research into line, rhythm and movement.

For more than fifty years he worked with iron, steel and brass, seeking to give life to his works. Strongly influenced by the work of Alexander Calder, movement is at the heart of his art, as seen throughout his kinetic sculptures. One of the most striking examples is his Girouettes, which were created in 1963 during a project in Marbella, Spain. This theme would mark him for the rest of his life. The artist always sought to disturb through his work, "If art does not provoke, I do not see where art is", he said. Philippe Hiquily died in March 2013 in Villejuif.

Hiquily's works are in numerous public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba; MoMA, New York, United States; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, United States; Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada; Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Musée d'Art et d'Industrie de Saint-Etienne, France; Guggenheim Museum, New York, United States.

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Girouettes Marbella, 1963-2009
 Petite femme au foyer (Little housewife), 1965
 Snake Necklace, 1970
Le piège à con, 1973
 La Funambuleuse, 1981
 Marathonienne, 1981
Grande Mimi Patte en l'air, 1987
Mademoiselle O, 1987-89
La Drague, 1990
La Traviata, 1990
Coralie, 1991
La gifle, 1991
Grande Échassiere, 1997
 L’aurige (Charioteer), 1997
Galipette, 1999
Marionnette, 1999
Claudinette (La cosmonaute), 2000
Le Funambule, 2000
Moulinette, 2000
 Girouette, 2004
La Petite Girouette, 2004
 Marathonienne, 2004
Cheng Yi, 2006
Cheng San, 2006
 La Reorneadora, 2006
La Funambule, 2007
Épicurienne, 2010
Girouette Printemps, 2013
Girouette Été, 2013
Girouette Automne, 2013
L'Australienne

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Artist of the Day, July 16, 2024: Studio Dumbar, a Dutch design agency (#2077)

We're curious and driven

We always wonder what’s next. Driven by curiosity and ambition, we explore new possibilities in creative coding, motion, sound, AI and create proprietary tech tools ourselves. Only by looking ahead, we can create the best solutions in the now.

We are a group of individual characters that enjoy working together. We have a common spirit that we hold dear. The studio is formed by a diverse group of nationalities, personalities, and specialists; from creative coders to sound designers, project managers, motion designers, strategists and visual designers. Collaboration is at the core of how we work, in the studio and together with clients.

There is no typical Studio Dumbar client. We work for a variety of clients, from leading global tech companies, to local businesses, NGOs, governments, non-profit organisations and cultural institutes. What they all share, is the passion to make a difference. The result is reflected in the professional recognition for the work; internationally, Studio Dumbar is one of the most award winning studios.

We love to share ideas with the design community. We’re invited to speak at conferences and lead workshops around the globe. Being part of the design community also means supporting and sharing - We are initiators and organisers of DEMO Design in Motion Festival, the largest motion festival showcasing the best work from designers around the world for 24hrs on 5,000 digital OOH screens in the Netherlands.

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