Kobe’s brainchildren look lyrical, generally also unforced carefree, but they are still in a tight straitjacket. They radiate a contagious, cheerful simplicity, but at the same time are extremely ingenious. They have sprung from the brain of a perfectionist and aesthete, who towards the realisation in three dimensions, implacably rejects everything that is anecdotal. They are sculptures with voluptuous, supple lines, but built around a sterile geometric carcass. They seduce by their round, feminine forms and cheerful poses, but by their superhuman perfection and mysterious calm they also shut out. Faces are closed, stripped of personal features. Thematically, the female figure and the horse dominate the oeuvre. Classic themes with a long art-historical tradition. But Kobe doesn’t just carve ‘a’ woman or ‘a’ horse, he sculpts archetypes. His women and horses contain the essence of their being in their simplicity. The simplicity that Kobe’s sculptures radiate, conceals their ingenious nature. Between idea and finished image lies a world of abstraction and reasoning. Thinking about possibilities and solving problems of form.
Kobe – Ingenious simplicity
Kobe, artistic pseudonym of Jacques Saelens (1950-2014), made sculptures that flirt with two-dimensionality his trademark. His broad, thin figures hardly use the third dimension and incarnate quite a few contradictions.
Vlas? Behoort dat niet tot ons verleden? Maakt dat geen deel uit van lang vervlogen tijden toen de akkers langs de Leie in juni blauw kleurden, de velden bezaaid waren met vlaskapelletjes en de Golden River in de zomer een doordringend rootparfum verspreidde? Het antwoord is ‘ja en neen’.
Transience is the central concept in the art of Ryusaku Matsuda, the grand master of contemporary Japanese floral art. His large-scale installations are a cross between traditional Ikebana and Land Art. Although his own emotional world often serves as the inspiration for the creation of a particular work, Matsuda does not consider himself an artist.
Despite some field research, our knowledge of the sacred among the Mumuye remains embryonic. In all these acephalous groups with a binary and antinomic character, the va complex constitutes a highly varied semantic field in which certain aspects are accentuated according to the circumstances. Religious power is linked to the force contained in sacred objects of which only the elders are the guardians.
After the success of the previous three editions of International Floral Art, the fourth edition promises to be another hit with florists and lovers of floral art. This biennial publication, which has become a household word in the floral world, takes stock of innovative floral art worldwide.
What started for Damien Koh (SIN) as a hobby or a fun way to earn some money, quickly turned into a professional career. Today, Koh is an internationally acclaimed floral designer who is invited to many places in the world for lectures and demonstrations.