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Gregory Pages gathered twenty international artists in the picturesque Swiss village of Crans Montana for his first edition of the Vision Art Festival http://visionartfestival.com/ I was re-reading the invitation email over and over again; Crans Montana, august, streetart, Festival …huh, maybe? Considering that not long ago Neville Wakefield and Olympia Scarry organised Elevation 1049 in Gstaad during the winter season the idea of going to look at some open air art in good weather was an offer I could not reject. I was just not quite sure what I was in for but curiosity is a maddening vice unless properly fed. After a delayed flight and the success of bringing as carry on luggage a bag full of liquids and razor blades I began my train journey to the fairy like Alp peaks. The road taken was definitely not “less travelled” but a much frequented one in my teenage years. I would have had a face velcroed to the window in adornment of natural polished beauty that only Switzerland can provide but I had every tree memorized from my numerous previous trips. Lake Geneva, Montreux, Lausanne, the hometown of Charlie Chaplin Vevey, Chillon Castle and that famous landmark the city of Aigle. As the train flew past it I could not avoid all the happy memories that flooded back. This was the station that I would arrive to and take the car to my boarding school in the mountains which was situated on 1300 meters. What a cocoon it was in those years. Daydreaming is suddenly interrupted by my designated driver and good friend – Tiffany: ” We are very late, we have 5 minutes to drive up the mountain to the inauguration dinner and that involves you changing in the hotel as well. Vincent said that he does not care if get tickets for speeding”. Just do it, I said out loud. Those familiar three words. It was literally like that. Done. Like robots we managed to just make it in time and hear some of the inauguration speeches which took place in an imposing Bond like location on 2600 meters. This is where I had my first encounter with one of the art pieces of the festival, a giant 20 foot unicorn by Gypsberg and Goguesev.
I remembered that I had seen it looking ravishing in a beautiful location on the lake Geneva. Giant unicorns travel light because they are inflatable unicorns or Little Ponies with a horn. How come I did not think of that when I was pumping my water bed , well when the beach boy was ….well I always hated water beds and was their number one enemy. Useless neither here nor there invention. Yes…on that note I saw that unicorn in a picture from Greg’s house in Geneva.
Gregory Pages, as the director of the Geneva based family gallery Frank Pages has always been closely involved with the art world. He would spend his winters in Crans and look at the empty grey walls of the departure and arrival car stations. I guess that is where the idea for this Festival came from. I have to admit that they do look gloomy, especially in summer as they are juxtaposed against the glorious and happy green grass and shiny blue skies. I guess Greg was thinking that he needed to give it some life and he got the village mayor to agree. With an impressive list of sponsors under the belt the festival’s first season is open! The works will be on display in town and also along the cable cars that stretch on the ski pistes up to 3000 meters above sea level. This is quite an amazing location for artists to create their pieces on walls of local buildings as Crans Montana overlooks the Rhone valley and the Valais Alps. I felt like I was on a treasure hunt. You are simply given a map like the one below
and you are off on your journey of discovery. Your hike takes you from the level of polite 1400 meters to a lung gushing 2600 meters! I have to admit that my lungs and my hearts would not co-operate during the 75 angle hike. It was so steep and my toned goat like body was not on friendly relations with my heart. There was a high risk of heart attack but luckily I avoided it by slowing down. In October , the final touch from artist Vihls happens on 3000 meters Glaciers Plaine Morte. I think I have time to quit cigarettes and work on my lung capacity by then and arrive to the top with a more pleasant facial expression.
Interesting finds on the way include all the incredible artists: Angry Woebots, Cedric Kesa, Dan Acher, Greg Mike, Hebru Brantley, Issam Rezgui, Leza, Toz, 2Alas, Felipe Pantone, Rodrigo Branco, Chorboogie, Nevercrew, Reka One, Icy Sot, Rustam Qbic, Okura, Remed that took their time to paint this visual feast. Some images are below.
Spanish Felipe Pantone creates hypnotic imagery using acid colours, unstructured graphics and shadows. The black and white grids work so well with the roof of this parking lot building!
Brazilian Rodrigo Branco‘s clown is stretched on a wall in the village of Crans Montana. Much like his drawings it depicts his view of the world as a young boy that was impaired by a serious sight difficulty. Also living close to a circus his earliest memories would be clowns.
PHOTO BY IAN OX
Swiss Nevercrew artistic development through painting, which later evolved to other expression forms like sculpture, illustration, photography and video. Their polar bear ( in making here) plays with three dimensional concepts.
Russian Rustam Qbic has been painting this surreal story on the top of the Bellalui peak. I particularly love the imagery of the heart as a fountain. I was soon to find out that the hike to this location was surreal itself.
A great play by Edward Albee that is unmissable and immortalised as well by Elisabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the silver screen. It gives us a sneak peak into one night of a middle aged couple whose marriage is not going well by all means. The alcohol on this particular night does not help either it just inflames the issues at hand. A young couple is invited to their home and I am sure they regretted it the day after and not only because of the hangover.
Quotes: Martha: I swear, if you existed, I’d divorce you.
Nick: Who did the painting?
George: Some Greek with a moustache that Martha attacked one night.
George: You can sit around with the gin running out of your mouth; you can humiliate me; you can tear me to pieces all night, that’s perfectly okay, that’s all right.
Martha: You can stand it!
George: I cannot stand it!
Martha: You can stand it, you married me for it!
George: Martha, in my mind you’re buried in cement right up to the neck. No, up to the nose, it’s much quieter.
Martha: Well, you’re going bald.
George: So are you.
An incredible artist from Belgrade , a musician, painter, dj, photographer who sadly passed away in 1998. He perhaps was lucky not to survive and see the degradation of Belgrade due to the years of war and the negative aftermath this created culturally. He studied a couple of semesters at Beaux Arts in Paris in the class of Vladimir Velickovic . Jean Marc Barr made a film “Lovers” about his life in Paris starring Elodie Bouchez and Sergej Trifunovic. He aslso lived and worked in New York where he exhibited his work.
It is always amazing to see design objects that look so fresh and inventive now as they did when they were made by a a still today living artist . Maria Pergay is 83 years old and she arrived in France as an émigrée in 1937. She then studied costume and set design at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris and took sculpture classes with Russian-French artist Ossip Zadkine. She makes the most beautiful sculptural furniture out of stainless steel.
Metamorphose- AD Magazine invites 15 interior decorators to transform a 17th Century Parisian Hotel ParticulierLeave a comment
This is what they came up with….
Chahan Minassian‘s Garden below
Above: Pierre Yovanovich‘ Salon de Musique
Above and below : details
Elliot Barnes 1920′s vibe
Below: Bruno Moinard was inspired by Ovid’s Metarmophoses to create mythological sale a manger
Charles Zana‘s sculptural kitchen
After the Crillon Hotel you can own a piece of another Parisian Palace- the Plaza Athene. Interesting bids are definitely the illuminated bar designed by Patrick Jouin with the glass desk crafter by Patrick Desserme. Have a look at all the items on sale here: http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/searchresults.asp?pg=1&ps=18&st=D&sale_no=2407+++Old Parisian hotel institutions are being renovated- for the better I hope – but I can no imagine if that will be the case. I think we all appreciate the charm of the old yet functional hotels- this is exactly what they were- I read an article saying otherwise. I believe it was in Forbes. Something triggered the massive renovation of Parisian Hotels- Royal Monceau, The Ritz….Have the mention that I loved going to Royal Monceau in the 90′s but I have not been back since it was renovated. Waiting to see what my favourite hotel in Paris, The Ritz will look like after renovation but I hope that once renovated they will not resemble expensive corporate hotels with no soul. Sniff sniff, bye old Paris….
Sis and I chez Ito, the opposite side of the room from above’s picture. You can check out the rest of Ora Ito’s home and interview here http://sarabrajovic.com/2011/03/interview-from-paris-designer-ora-ito/
Dynamo exhibit at Grand Palais, Paris. Xavier Veilhan, Dan Flavin, Anish Kapoor, Marcel Duchamp, etc, 09/04-29/07/13Leave a comment
Xavier Veilhan below
Find the photographs of the artworks in Paris metro stations, photograph them, post them here https://www.facebook.com/GrandPalais.RMN/app_119346054918778 and win….something!
This classified French monument historique has been in the Beauvau-Craon family since it was completed in 1732. The current proprietor, Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon, is a direct descendant of Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon who in 1720 commissioned the architect Germain Boffrand to build it in the remote countryside near the Moselle and Meurthe rivers. A while back I was invited by the Princess’ daughter to visit the chateau and be a guest at the opening of the old school couture Givenchy, Venet and Balenciaga exhibit. Apart from meeting the chic Princess and having a feast for my eyes whilst walking around I had the immense pleasure of meeting Hubert Givenchy himself. I am rarely star struck. But I skipped a breath when I met him. He is tall, handsome and a very elegant man. And there is the association of course to his muse Audrey Hepburn. I think that today we sadly only rarely have the pleasure of meeting men and women that are elegant in character, manners and appearance. Why? Is it because our pop culture is selling us their packaged version of “fast-food” idols? And thus the youth thinks this to be model of lifestyle to aspire to? It’s as if there is a general consensus that Madame Hepburn or Monsiuer Givenchy types are not sellable? Is vulgarity cashing in nowdays? Is it because our lifestyle is becoming busier and faster and people don’t have time to stop, think , observe and appreciate subtlety? Is there way too much information and lots of people are getting lost or have lost identity? Is our civilisation evolving or regressing to cave men esthetics?(ie. Kardashians) I could go on and on with questions. Let’s leave at this and the beautiful history and tradition that Chateau d’Haroue brings with it into our century.
You can check out the rest of the article on Grazia UK:
And have a look at Lula’s lovely illustrations here:
I popped into Hom le Xuan’s showroom in Gstaad today. This Paris based interior designer, furniture and landscape designer of Vietnamese origins creates incredible furniture sculptural pieces and gives a magic touch Franco-Asian touch to interiors. In his own words he looks for ” artisanal symbiosis instead style fusion”.
Promenade 79, Gstaad from 15th December until March 4th
Marni chairs made by Colombian ex prisoners to be sold exclusively during Art Basel at Marni Miami storeLeave a comment
Question of imagination and not budget- head to Affordable Art Fair London in Hampstead, 1-4 NovemberLeave a comment
Picture from The Coveteur http://www.thecoveteur.com/sara_brajovic