Posts tagged with "sculptures"

Yoshikitty Tops Sanrio Rankings

The final results of the 2020 Sanrio Character Ranking were announced earlier this month and Yoshikitty has defeated Hello Kitty to win #1 in France, Germany, and Brazil, as well as #2 in China.

The Sanrio Character Ranking competition grows more intense every year, and the 2020 event allowed fans from all over the world to vote on a selection of Sanrio’s 80 most-popular characters. Yoshikitty’s massive international support brought the beloved character to #6 worldwide overall, placing in the Top 10 for the fifth straight year in a row. To view the full Sanrio Character Ranking voting results of the 80 characters, click HERE.

In addition to online voting, other voting methods included purchases at Sanrio shops, which overwhelmed demand for the already-popular Yoshikitty items. Stores sold out immediately, and orders were backed up for months. Even with such a voting handicap, Yoshikitty still won a top position among other iconic characters such as Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, and Pompompurin.

Yoshikitty — based on Yoshiki, rock star, composer and the leader of X Japan and created by the original Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi — was born in 2009 as the first Hello Kitty character who is modeled after a real, living person. With more than 500 items on sale, Yoshikitty is associated with many top brands. This year, Yoshikitty also won first place among all 80 characters in the pre-sale of the “Sanrio Character Pedometer”. Because of the award, the decision was made to create the special edition “Yoshikitty Digital Health Meter” just for this character in addition to the “Yoshikitty Pedometer”, with sales starting June 9.

Yoshiki commented, “Thanks to everyone who voted for Yoshikitty. I’m so happy to see the support from fans not just in Japan but also from around the world.” Yoshiki, who composed the official theme song for Hello Kitty, teased fans with the idea that “Maybe I’ll compose a theme song for Yoshikitty to say ‘thank you’ for all the support. Not only that, I would like to continue delivering wonderful music, so that I can give back to everyone as much as possible.”

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Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

VP PLAZA ESPAÑA DESIGN 5

Architecture firm b720 designed the modernistic, metallic façade of the hotel, located in the city’s historic center.

Created by Catalan artist Pere Gifre, who is known for his water-inspired sculptures, the hotel’s piece de resistance is an 80 ft. metal fiberglass waterfall sculpture that tumbles from the glass bottom of the 12th floor swimming pool to the ground floor.

VP Plaza España Design’s hallways take on more of an art gallery feel (uplighting and all), with gold leaf whimsical sculptures by Nacho Zubelu flanking the wall opposite the elevators.

Spanish interior design firm Studio Gronda designed the hotel’s 12th floor Gingko Sky Bar, which is framed by laser-cut, engraved metal sheets that represent the ginkgo leaf, while the inside recreates a wooded forest with corrugated wood panels that rely on lighting effects to create a natural ambiance. A ceiling facetted with mirrors, where the reflections of Plaza de España’s verdant setting mix with the Sky Bar, multiplies the sensation of airiness.

The hotel’s reception areas were designed by Spanish interior design firm Cuarto Interior, and feature a 20 ft. glass curtains, materials such as natural stone from India and bronze, complimented by colorful works of art by Jan Hendrix.

VP Plaza España Design’s 214 rooms are characterized by their large size, views and comfort – all are soundproofed and have double doors. Spanish firm Cuarto Interior interprets chiaroscuro through the use with the natural woods and partitioned ceilings. The rooms contain signed works of art by contemporary artists including Dario Urzay and Fernando Palacios.

to learn more about the VP Plaza España go to: Plaza España Website

VISIT × EAU CLAIRE

Eau Claire is more than just a city —it’s a tourist destination. Whether you need a day of pampering, a weekend filled with recreation, or an evening of sipping wine by candlelight, you can find it here.

Eau Claire” is French for “Clear Water.”

Frontman of Bon Iver and Eau Claire native, Justin Vernon, founded a huge music festival in our city in 2015 named “Eaux Claires.” Eau Claire is host to SIX large music festivals and that number is growing rapidly. There are two rivers that run through Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Eau Claire River and the Chippewa River; their meeting point in downtown Eau Claire is appropriately called “The Confluence.” As you can see, there is a lot to learn about Eau Claire. 

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