Cristina Guitian’s solo exhibition Hinges presents an enigmatic tale of life and death. Using a wide range of media including sculpture, drawing and installation, Cristina explores the infinite and finite, holding time at bay, but also gently letting it go…
Photography: Manuel Vázquez
To introduce their new site my Dutch agents Art Associates asked me for an illustration based on the idea of the Magic Glasses, showing the magic within the site.
’2-headed Christmas’ is a collaborative piece whereby provided with a metal structure, I was invited to create a decorative seasonal display.
I brought together some of the objects collected since 2010 from forgotten corners in London, the installation working therefore as a celebration of the last three years exploring this great city, its memories and artefacts.
This Summer I was invited to take part in the 3rd edition of the street art festival VANG!. Over the Summer period a total of 40 artists were invited to visit Es Castell (a small town on the Spanish island of Menorca) to paint on its abandoned walls.
A massive THANKS to the artists and organisers of the festival Pol Marban and Hombre López.
Hohe Luft, a German magazine about philosophy, recently commissioned me to illustrate 4 of their topics.
The illustrations aim to deal with the complex ethical issue that arose out of Boston Bombing Suspect deaths. They also touch on sensationalism and mass media control in dictating our cultural narrative.
I recently was commissioned to produce a piece at Cr8net, a one-day conference for the creative and cultural industries. Bringing together industry practitioners, policy makers and senior management, the organizer CIDA commissioned the artist Jane Core and myself to enhance the event with some live work.
I took the opportunity to work on a couple of new sculptures, exploring reflections. See more of what came up on the day of work here
The Healthcare Advertising agency McCann Healthcare asked me to create a symbolic artwork of what the agency stands for: Creative, Science and Conectivity.
I created an A1 inked illustration that was then blown up to fill 6 m of wall space in their offices in Sydney.
Ghosts of Gone Birds are raising a creative army for conservation through a series of multimedia exhibitions and events that will breathe artistic life back into extinct birds species.
I am delighted to take part in their next group exhibition in Brighton along many other artists, from upcoming ones to iconic figures like Sir Peter Blake or Margaret Atwood. Some of the money raised will be donated to BirdLife International’s Preventing Extinctions programme.
The exhibition will be on for 3 months from 1 November – 31 January. Find the details about the gallery here
The Jaws of Chance will be on display as part of a fashion exhibition at the Covent Garden Piazza from 18 – 28 October 2012 (open everyday from 9am – 7pm).
The curator Tony Turk invited me to exhibit my customized Nikies next to the most iconic trainers from the history of fashion: including Vivienne Westwood ‘Tracey’ heeled sneakers, Nike ‘Studio 54′ Discos, Kill Bill Onitsuka Tigers, 1960s custom made Vans, and many more.
The exhibition explores how trainers have become part of the fabric of our culture and showcases rare pairs. Read The Guardian’s article of the exhibition here.
And find out more about the piece here.
Photography: Manuel Vázquez.No comments
The last month of August Marie Claire Spain published an article about my home/studio and its inhabitants!
It was about alternative ways of living and the story of each of us.. It was titled ‘The New Commune’, check out the full article here (in Spanish only, sorry!)
Written by – Verónica Ramírez Muro
Photography - Manuel Vázquez
Quintessentially Magazine recently asked me to illustrate a piece by Lucia van der Post on British sartorial eccentricity. It was great fun and I also learned some very interesting cultural facts (read them here).
The article was published in the latest issue of Quintessentially Magazine – a global magazine, published quarterly, covering arts, culture, academia, travel, fashion, leisure and lifestyle for its exclusive audience.
The talented Marcelo Pena Costa & Denis Kakazu recently commissioned me to create a poster for Brainstorm Shop. The artwork has been awarded with a Slice D&DA Award and will be included in their 2012 Annual.
I recently had the honour of creating some installations for one of the rooms in Victoria Revealed, a permanent exhibition at Kensington Palace that was part of the reopening of the Palace last 26th of March.
I was asked to come up with a way of displaying the selected objects inside 7 cabinets emphasizing the story-telling without being too obvious while dealing with very strong conservation restrictions to protect the objects from being damaged.
Our creations for the collection Olvidando Volar (‘Forgetting Flying’) are based on the concept of impermanence and renewal, symbolised by birds and bones…
Our choice of materials is brass plated pieces, ebony and bone, pheasant feathers and old handwritten music sheets. (Which were found in the streets of Hackney and kindly donated by Andrew Fairhurst – thanks!)
I worked closely with the designer Eva Ruíz to create the jewellery and also produced a limited edition of screen-print cards used as a bespoke packaging for the collection.
La Jara has boutiques in the UK, Japan, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Morocco and Spain, where they also create limited edition collections for museums like Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and Carmen Thyssen Museum.
My limited edition series of my ‘There is No Santa’ card is ready to go!
If you are in London you can purchase them by popping in to my studio in London Fields (to arrange a time email me) or by coming to a Christmas Salon in Stoke Newington next weekend.
SATURDAY 10TH – SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2011
18 GIBSON GARDENS, STOKE NEWINGTON.
More info here
‘Once upon a time’ is an exhibition of work by a selection of up and coming artists on the theme of childhood curated by Paul Robinson
Join us for the opening night and meet the artists on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm
@ Radcliffe & Newlands, 14 Bonhill Street, London
The exhibition will run from 7 December to 18 February.No comments
‘Bed 1′ was the main piece I exhibited at the collective show. See bellow the text Will Furtado wrote about it:
Cristina Guitian’s installation piece ‘Bed 1′ presents an eerie world behind a veil of hazy memories transporting the viewer back to subdued broken dreams and interrupted life events.
Part installation, part sculpture, this enigmatic construction reflects Cristina’s current experimentation and fascination with the hybrid: the transformation of disparate and obsolete found objects into reborn creatures with a new purpose. The dismembered dolls lie around the bed and hang from the ceiling, but at the same time their once defunct parts are given a new life and form when merged with elements from a different context.
This rebirth also extends beyond this ‘room’, suggesting that life transcends itself when given a chance to be reinterpreted, eventually being revived by one’s thought and creative desire.