Sunday, April 13, 2014

ART APPRECIATION: Maike Lüedenbach

all images from maikeluedenbach (check him out!) 

While I was on the hunt for inspiring artwork and artists, I found Maike Lüdenbach's work and I couldn't help but post a feature of his art here.

The way he collages gives off an eerie but exciting visual experience as bright, clashing colors pop out at you unsparingly. His art pieces definitely do not shy away, as the bold lines and streaks of color, along with the striking graphics, demand attention. Collaging, I think is a great medium to explore and show layers of whatever is being portrayed in the piece - here, Maike puts humans as his subject. The layers he adds on to human portraits, are historical, cultural, and modern images and ideas, which through my interpretation, is very relevant to us, as we are all differentiated based on these backgrounds.

"Understanding that the human is multidimensional and investigating in its complexity, I scrap and cut deep into the first layers to find what lies underneath. Images of symbolic nature, nature, intrinsic instincts mixed with magical creatures and dark textures is what is left to be discovered and interpreted by the observer once my work lies bare." 
- Maike Lüedenbach


Sunday, April 6, 2014

FRANCE • nice • monte carlo • cannes • paris

- My overdue travel diary from my cny trip in January.

A few months ago I had the chance to explore the more scenic and under-rated spots of France with my family - Nice, Monte Carlo, and Cannes.

For me, the most enjoyable and necessary part of traveling in Europe, is navigating via. train. On these train rides, I get to see the most beautiful sights just by looking out the window and letting the landscapes rush by. This obviously wasn't the highlight of my trip, but it was nice to enjoy even the traveling portions of the trip.

Nice was quiet and away from the crowds of people - very different from the 'fasterfasterfaster' mentality/culture we have in hk.

Next up was Monte Carlo, which was also small, relatively quiet (especially since we went on a Sunday, which in Europe, is equivalent to public rest days -- something we definitely don't have here), but rich in its architecture and landscapes.

Then, we made another day-trip to Cannes, which was a great, quick place to shop in, given its streets that are surprisingly easy to navigate.

Our last stop was Paris, and I don't think an introduction is necessary for this beautiful city.

The different paces and 'artistic atmospheres' I encounter on these trips make me realize how valuable traveling is. Although spring break is coming up, studying is all that's planned for me, so summer will be the next time i'll be on a plane - i'll keep you guys posted!