MULLER VAN SEVEREN

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

In/Out: MULLER VAN SEVEREN BOOK BY FREDERIK VERCRUYSS

Belgian artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen’s of ‘Muller Van Severen’, live and work from their Belgium home, their collection drawing on the simplicity of a basic notion of furniture.

Elegantly refined, their chairs and tables are interconnected continuously, intertwined in conversation. Delicate pieces responsive in functionality are a reflection of the two artists’ focus. On the one hand Muller, a photographic artist whose contemporary still-lifes connect opposing common objects into a serene moment, and on the other, Van Severen, a sculptor whose large-scale sculptures are disjointed and quizzical.

Muller Van Severen is the meeting of the two minds; their furniture, sole objects that have an almost Bauhausian sense of rigour and order. 

Fine lines, pared back; these are modernist objects, articulated in a minimalist art form. Not shy of colour, big bursts of primary red and yellow work beautifully with aqua green and sunrise peach. Timber, metal, marble – sounds humble enough – with the touch of Muller and Van Severen these pieces are both a delicate study of frame and a meditation on materiality.

Photographed by fellow Belgian Frederik Vercruysse, with his usual minimalist touch, gives space to celebrate the unique charms of Muller & Van Severen’s work.

Credits: Courtesy of Muller Van Severen & Frederik Vercruysse

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis ‘Everything We Ever Wanted’

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'
OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

OUT/ABOUT: Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis 'Everything We Ever Wanted'

‘Everything We Ever Wanted’, is a group show of paintings by young American artists Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella and Sarah Mikenis at the Nationale Gallery in Portland. Batten’s still lifes, Casella’s abstract jigsaws and Mikenis’s pop tribal portraits are a collage of provocations, visually arresting and unified in medium with intense colour saturations, yet diverse in expression.

Batten’s Matisse-like still lifes carry the trademark objects of a perceived bohemian life; flowers carelessly placed in a jar of water, layers of inspirational textiles, fabulously messy and carefree.

Casella’s puzzles are constrained by the canvas. Squashed in; they elbow for room like cogs in a mechanical techno machine they move around their maze.

Mikenis’s ethnic characters are confident in their get up. Excessive appliqué morphs, while the busy backdrops in monochrome and pastels animate their forms.

Hyper-realism with a palette that harps back to the excesses of the 1980’s, this is a generational take on aspirational life. “Life viewed within this construct of carefully edited online personas confuses happiness with affluence, relaxation with indulgence”.

Katie Batten, Jonathan Casella, Sarah Mikenis ‘Everything We Ever Wanted’
Nationale
3360 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
Monday: 12-6
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Sunday: 12-6
Until 6th July, 2015

Images courtesy of the artists and Nationale, Portland Oregon

YIELD

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A pure philosophy of quality objects, ethically produced, both functional and decorative are core to design duo, Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming, of Yield. The self proclaimed “New American Standards”, it’s fitting that Yield is based in Saint Augustine, Florida, the oldest European settlement in the USA.

Yield is a collection of feel good objects, honest in their materiality – dull brass, copper ready for patina by many hands, calico bags with vegetable dyed tanned leather, and matte-finish ceramics – and in their production. Objects not manufactured in the USA, (such as ‘French Press’ from Hanoi in Vietnam) are diligently sourced from a Fair Trade makers around the globe.

As expressed by Yield, “Beauty, sustainability and ethical production are not at odds – they must all be considered to create something of true worth. Anything created at someone else’s expense is not beautiful and the manufacturing of disposable goods for short term benefit has robbed our natural resources for too long. We bear a responsibility to create timeless pieces that last. Buy for keeps or please do not buy at all.”

Even though Gant and Deming celebrate the classic forms they embrace the future through the collection. Gold cast rings, with names like ‘Century’, ‘Infinity’ and ‘Primary’ are three-dimensionally printed. Yield is a collision of worlds both past and present, that come together with such gracious serenity.

Credits: Yield

Palette: Sea & Sky

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In/Out - PALETTE: Sea & Sky

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From blue to green and every hue in-between, this is ‘Sea & Sky’, where horizons blur and perspective is lost. Forceful and thunderous, majestic and magical, this is what dreams are made of both fictional and fact, an abyss of philosophical and scientific exploration.

Dramatic inky blues and calming pale aqua greens create a palette that is at once energising and soothing. Never flat, these wondrous colours are soft, saturated, iridescent and velvety. Each and every day the hues of Sea & Sky reveal before our eyes, our most celebrated life-force and we gravitate towards their spectrum of rich colour.

Soulful by nature, placid pools give way to roaring oceans, vast blue skies transform into booming dramas overhead. Volumes of water teeming with life spinning in this atmospheric bubble, like a pulse ebbing and flowing to an ancient rhythm, we are from the sea and we breathe in the sky. Change is the only constant, at once playful and perilous, we live this dream together.

Credits
1. The Gifts of Life, Martine Emdur, Artafix, Birdcage Walk, Madmoiselle Julie, Flickr: David, My Favourite And My Best, Val Scrapbook, Bitossi Ceramiche, Anthropologie, Blueberry Modern
2. Cereal Magazine, Urban Poppy, Trevor Mein, Arhitectural Digest, Flickr: Coco Cocco, Hardwood and Hemingway, John Finger, Hermit Homewares, Muuto, Cereal Magazine
3. Wabi Sabi, Stilwerk, Broadwovens, Telio Textures, Flickr: Fiona Watson, Wabi Sabi, Flodeau, Schoolhouse Electric, Coco Lapine Design

Sophie Buhai Jewellery

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

In/Out: Sophie Buhai 'Jewellery'

We first met Sophie Buhai a year ago on IN/Out. We featured the fruits of her labour from an artist in residency at the Tuscan guesthouse Villa Lena, where the former fashion design began exploring her creative desire to produce sculptural adornments. This was the turning point for Buhai, an industrious, bright and infectiously inspiring creator. Now devoted full time to her jewellery line Buhai’s offering is complemented by a collection of object both crafted and curated.

Buhai’s jewels are not sparkly or flashy but honed and refined until one singular perfect shape is revealed. They are weighty honest objects with a Bauhausian simplicity. Solid silver neck cuffs and turned timber bracelets are oversized, elongating the limbs that wear them. Restrained and controlled forms, Buhai’s pieces have an organic nature to them – a simple egg, a skeletal silhouette – harping back to the days of timeless beauty. Reminiscent of a Helmut Newton photo they are striking and seductive, complex in their simplicity.

Credits: Sophie Buhai

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