Coming straight off the heels of November’s sobering election results, no one knew what to expect of this year’s Miami Art Basel— would the vibe be just as unsettled, anxious? The answer, we now know, is a resounding no. True to form, the international art world poured into the always exuberant city with as much enthusiasm and spirit as ever, filling the galleries, studios, streets and beaches with their usual joie de vivre.
When HG Contemporary’s inaugural show is a solo exhibit of acclaimed street artist RETNA’s work, you know it’s a gallery with a distinct point of view. That guiding direction comes mainly from the Chelsea gallery’s director, Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, who has been visiting museums since he was four years old, getting carted around the Louvre with his art-obsessed mother and internalizing her penchant for the arts.
Following your gut is for the brave and consider Rachel Brennecke the bravest. Under the name Bon Jane, the skilled performance artist has created compelling pieces using her skills in photography, directing and filmmaking. With a BFA from the Rietveld Academie in Netherlands, the American born creator now resides and works out of her Brooklyn studio. Relying heavily on her instinctual emotions she creates impactful work that allows her feelings to transcend onto her viewers. Spending years working under industry greats such as Peter Beard, Mark Seliger, and Gilles Bensimon her skillset is tremendous, refined and sometimes controversial. She’s even performed with Marina Abramovic in her iconic MoMa exhibition “The Artist is Present”.
The perfect home for a free spirit, this industrial structure serves as a modern nest amidst a beautiful forest. With only glass walls separating the interior from the exterior, the lines between man and nature are blurred, creating an organic harmony. Standing on metal pillars that resemble the surrounding tree trunks, it is as if the structure grew on its own.
Born in central Russia, Anna has been drawing from childhood. We discovered her talent looking through fashion portraits on Shutterstock. In 2004 after moving Saint Petersburg, she began to worked on portraits, landscapes, and murals eventually focusing on watercolor technique.
Rising amidst the Adriatic Sea, the Murano island burns with fiery beauties that have an even cooler finish. The glassmaking techniques of the Murano people have served as a trademark of the exquisite isle for centuries.
We were honored to have the opportunity to shoot our story for Vena Amoris, in The Metropolitan Building, surrounding ourselves in a time almost forgotten… Creating timeless memories…
Bec Brittain founded her studio in 2011. Her designs draw upon a varied professional and educational background of architecture, philosophy, and product design; the work brings those different themes together, shaping the complexity to arrive at a new clarity.