Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Erik de Vlaam

The objects of Erik de Vlaam (1977), graphic designer graduated cum laude from the Willem de Kooning and senior designer at Studio Dumbar, form a critical view of the world. The Vlaam's works reflect the mixed feelings through forms and words that society itself produces. The beauty and at the same time the threatening of the 'progress', for example, can be found in his works. The process itself also experiences an interesting, contrasting development, on the one hand the personal way of working and on the other the technical process. The graphic background of De Vlaam is clearly visible in his objects, composition, color, typography and perspective are essential elements. He works himself from strong abstact forms, which are emphasized by bright color compositions. His objects refer to the society that is full of contrasts. (Christian Ouwens) LINK flamo (under construction)  LINK instagram

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sasya Tranggono

@ “EROPALIA”, National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

She was seeking, seeking for a higher purpose in life as many accomplishers will contemplate once a plateau of performance has been achieved. She sought to live that proverbial cliche: the next mountain to climb, the next limit to reach, the next frontier to cross. Such is the storyline of Sasya at this stage of her career and at this stage of her purpose-driven life. This time Sasya is testing where few forerunners in the field of watercolor pointing have managed to seize: to have the full command and total cooperation of watercolor when mixed and applied on canvas. These two just do not co-exist easily. Sasya is going to change all that. Watercolor techniques have the reputation of being quite demanding, both of the artist's true skill and of the artist's true commitment to this medium. Sasya takes as the next frontier to cross.
LINK Sasya Tranggono

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Radio Ethiopia

Patti Smith Group

Radio Ethiopia was the follow-up record to Smith's widely acclaimed debut Horses. In interviews surrounding the album's release, Smith explained that she chose producer Jack Douglas in hopes of making the album a commercial success. The album was negatively received when it was released and Smith was attacked by critics for what they perceived to be laziness, self-indulgence and selling out. The title track of the album is one of Smith's most notorious songs, almost legendary for appearing to be "10 minutes of noise". Critics often described live renditions of the song as negative moments of Smith's concerts. Patti herself spoke highly of the track and of how the lyrics refer to Arthur Rimbaud's dying wishes. Arguments both for and against the song have been advanced by critics, fans and music listeners over whether the song truly is an example of the Patti Smith Group's boundary-pushing or merely self-indulgence. Critics in negative reviews cited that Douglas' production placed more emphasis on creating a heavy sound through numerous guitar parts which smothered Smith's vocals[2] and, at times, lamented that all of the album's songs were originals of the group (Smith co-wrote much of the album with bassist Ivan Kral, the band member keenest for commercial success. "Ain't It Strange" and "Distant Fingers", the latter co-written with Smith's long-time boyfriend Allen Lanier, had both been staples of the Group's concerts long before the recording of Horses. LINK Patti Smith Group

Seven days

Challenge to place a black and white photo every day on Facebook for a week. LINK Dolf Pauw on FBook

Monday, November 06, 2017

Trakart Research Center

Post Plovdiv, photography Dolf Pauw oct 2017 

Trakart Research Center is a center for cultural tourism and researches on social interactions, providing international experience and opportunities for carrying out meetings, conferences and discussions. The expositions are arranged on 4 levels and trace the evolutional development of the former cultures - from palaeolithic fossils to contemporary artefacts. The expositions feature moveable artefacts gathered in two private collections - the one of Trakart-2000 Foundation, as well as the one of 'Videvi''. Trakart Research Center is part of a complex that also includes Cultural Center Trakart in the Archaeological Underpass, where the ruins of Ancient Residential Building 'Eirene' can be explored. Visit this spot and see more...
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Address: 25 Knyaz Alexander Batemberg Str. - Main 
LINK trakart.org

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Emil and Dariel

Nothing Else Matters

Although in their early teens, brothers Emil and Dariel are making a name for themselves around the world as the youngest American cello virtuoso cross-over duo to be featured on a national stage. Their goal is to cross over multiple genres of music and implement their classical background in transcending inconceivable barriers known to a classical instrument. Emil and Dariel would like to continue the tradition of finding new and undiscovered techniques in playing the cello and taking it to new heights. 
LINK emil and dariel 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Model House sign

Post Bulgaria and Rotterdam

The "Model House" signs are not just an old memory of socialism, they are still a fact to this day. Today, they can still meet on the gates of houses or at the entrances of blocks and old buildings. This and this year Dolf took the initiative to officially return the distinguishing sign in his home, which would be a good motive for the neighbors to keep their home beautiful and tidy. Dolf initiated an Ideal Home and Label initiative.

LINK @ Doma Dolf

Monday, October 02, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Cheb Khaled, Aicha

My hero

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: خالد حاج إبراهيم‎‎, born 29 February 1960), better known by his stage name Khaled, is an Algerian musician, singer and songwriter born in Oran Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (الشاب خالد, Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï".His most famous songs are "Didi", "Aïcha" and "C'est la vie" as well as "Alech Taadi", which was prominently featured in the feature film The Fifth Element. LINK Aicha

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Remember Christina Grimmie

Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12, 1994 – June 10, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, actress and YouTuber known for her participation in the NBC singing competition The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me. Her studio album With Love was released in 2013. A second EP, Side A, was released in 2016. A posthumous release, Side B, was also made available on iTunes and Spotify. Her posthumous album, titled All Is Vanity, was released on June 9, 2017. In 2014, Grimmie was a contestant on season 6 of The Voice and finished in third place. Adam Levine, her coach on the show, announced in the finale that regardless of the results he would sign her to his label 222 Records. Lil Wayne also offered to sign her to his label, Young Money Entertainment. She was signed with Island Records for a short time before being dropped. She took an acting role in 2016, making her first and only motion picture appearance in The Matchbreaker. On June 10, 2016, Grimmie died of gunshot wounds inflicted in a targeted attack that followed her concert performance in Orlando, Florida. LINK Remember Christina Grimmie LINK Christina Grimmie

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Luna van Leeuwen

And Vinchenzo

Luna van Leeuwen from Bilthoven is totally crazy about music. The young teenager has been playing violin for several years and these weeks are one of the participants at the Summer Academy at the Peter the Great Festival. "I think this is a very nice Academy," says Luna with a big smile on her face. "In the mornings we get lessons from a teacher for a number of hours. This happens in very small companies to make the most of your profit. "At the Summer Academy, held at the Prince Claus Conservatory, this year brings about eighty young musicians. For eleven days, they are working intensively and at high level to improve their technique and repertoire. My mother forbid me to play violin "I'm from a very musical family," says Luna. "My mother is also playing violin and she made me very enthusiastic at an early age. In the beginning, she still forbid me to play violin because two violinists in one family, which was not useful to her. But after a while playing piano, the blood was still crawling where it could not go." Listen Luna @ youtube And more: Despacito - Vinchenzo & Luna

Friday, August 25, 2017

Naum Gabo (Наум Абрамович Певснер)

Finally after years 
The Constructivist sculpture from Naum Gabo Is almost saved

Last year, the owner of the artwork - Bouwfonds Investment Management - and the municipality of Rotterdam intensive consultation on the desired restoration. Based on previous investigations carried out on behalf of the owner, it has decided to restore the sculpture and to consult with representatives of the municipality and the Rijksdienst Cultural Heritage. This led to the submission of the Concept Request on July 25th. Next Wednesday is the first step, the plan of action, for advice at the Welfare and Monuments Commission. The large sculpture, with nicknames 'The stylized flower' and 'Het Ding', is part of the De Bijenkorf complex. The image was produced in 1956-1957 on the basis of a drawing and models of the Russian artist Naum Gabo. The work took place in the construction workshops and machine plant 'Hollandia' in Krimpen aan den IJssel. The artwork was revealed on May 21, 1957. It is about the largest modern artwork in the public space at that time. The National Monument is considered a milestone in the visual arts of the reconstruction period. LINK 2008

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Crown Point Press

Founded in early 2011 by photographer Klea McKenna and writer Nikki Grattan, IN THE MAKE has been a collaboration that offered an intimate look at contemporary art practice on the West Coast. Over the course of 4 years we visited 123 artists. Through visiting artists in their studios we learned about each artist’s space, process, influences, and the behind-the-scenes elements that are often unseen in a gallery or museum setting. We documented and published these visits with the hope of revealing both the richness and the daily realities of creative work. Our aim has been to raise interest in art practice, while simultaneously debunking the romantic myth of the artist. We recognize that creative work is real work, done by real, passionate people in all sorts of different spaces. We are not art critics, but rather deeply curious observers; looking for the ways that each artist’s aesthetic pervades their environment and reveals their perspective. read more... LINK inthemake

Friday, August 18, 2017

The risk of International Klein Blue

A visitor of an art exhibition in Belgium was so impressed by the exhibition that he had a work of art. The visitor walked through the work Dry blue pigment, from the French artist Yves Klein. 

International Klein Blue (IKB) was developed by Yves Klein in collaboration with Edouard Adam, a Parisian art paint supplier whose shop is still in business on the Boulevard Edgar-Quinet in Montparnasse. The uniqueness of IKB does not derive from the ultramarine pigment, but rather from the matte, synthetic resin binder in which the color is suspended, and which allows the pigment to maintain as much of its original qualities and intensity of color as possible. The synthetic resin used in the binder is a polyvinyl acetate developed and marketed at the time under the name Rhodopas M or M60A by the French pharmaceutical company Rhône-Poulenc. Adam still sells the binder under the name "Médium Adam 25".
In May 1960, Klein deposited a Soleau envelope, registering the paint formula under the name International Klein Blue (IKB) at the Institut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI), but he never patented IKB. Only valid under French law, a soleau enveloppe registers the date of invention, according to the depositor, prior to any legal patent application. The copy held by the INPI was destroyed in 1965. Klein's own copy, which the INPI returned to him duly stamped, is still extant. In March 1960, Klein patented a method by which he was able to distance himself from the physical creation of his paintings by remotely directing models covered in the color. LINK BOZAR LINK NOS (in Dutch)

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial Foundation

R † JAM 
@ Oude Binnenweg Rotterdam

The Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial Foundation commemorates the deceased Rotterdam jazz musicians in an artistic way. One of the initiatives of R † JAM is the production of portraits of Rotterdam's jazz cory fairies by renowned cartoonists and illustrators. The images of Theo van den Boogaard, Lorenzo de Bruin, Robert van der Kroft, Jan Kruis, Louise Lagerweij, Martin Lodewijk, Dick Matena, Peter Pontiac, Wouter Tulp, Martin Valkhoff and Joost Swarte are performed on enamelled signs and a number of murals. With this and the publication of the biographies of Rotterdam jazz musicians, the foundation R † JAM seeks to preserve them for oblivion. LINK: R † JAM (in Dutch)

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Старо Железаре (Staro Zhelezare)

Mural project

A sleepy village in central Bulgaria is harnessing the power of celebrities, hoping for an economic revival through art. This project has been created by Bulgarian artist Ventsislav Piryankov. He has an ancestral home in the village, which has become a small art centre. The artist has been living in Poland with his wife, but he spends the summer months in Staro Zhelezare. In the last three years Ventsislav Piryankov organizes a festival of wall painting called Village of specifics in which Polish artists paint portraits of local people with chosen by them celebrities. In the village there are 38 murals with Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, Margaret Thatcher, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mr. Bean, Leonid Brezhnev, Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachov and others. Among Bulgarian celebrities are Todor Zhivkov, Volen Siderov, Maya Manolova, Rashidov and others. read more... LINK Daily Mail LINK BNR

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Exhibition @ PHŒBUS

Film by Dolf Pauw

The summer exhibition 2017 in PHŒBUS • Rotterdam shows an overview Of work in the gallery - a good time to get to know the gallery. To enjoy the decor and works by 40 visual artists. Open on appointment and on dates read more on site... LINK PHŒBUS

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


The Hague has been enjoying his hopjes and the Zealands since their memory of humanity, their Babbelaars. But Rotterdam had their teeth full of teeth for centuries when asked for their traditional candy. Until now, since next week, the candy can be found in Rotterdam. The candy has been added as 'the building blocks of Rotterdam'. This refers to the rich architecture of the city of Maas and reconstruction. Ingredients include spicy cinnamon and a touch of mint. That causes a tingling feeling on the tongue. The candy is produced in Rotterdam by Rotterdammers and packed in a box with the skyline of the city. LINK Rotterdammertjes

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lakota ceremonial songs

Performed by John Around Him 
Translated by Albert White Hat, Sr. 

Albert White Hat, Sr. (1938-2013) was a Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota educator, author, linguist, tribal and spiritual leader, and respected elder. His Lakota name, Natan Tokahe, means "The First One to Charge." His grandfather was Chief Hollow Horn Bear, a Lakota war leader and later a negotiator for native rights. A respected tribal leader himself, Albert White Hat, Sr.’s awards included the 2007 Governor's Award in South Dakota. Specifically, he received the Living Indian Treasure Award “for his many contributions to Native American art forms. White Hat, who has been honored by the designation of traditional Chief by the Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota people…continues to promote education and awareness for his people in the 21st century while maintaining a traditional way of life.” Other awards include the Gamahiel Chair for Peace and Justice in 1987, the Outstanding Indian Educator Award in 1995, and the National Indian Education Association's Indian Elder of the Year in 2001. He also served on a number of tribal councils over the years. LINK Albert White Hat, Sr. LINK Lakota Lodge Songs 1/16

Monday, July 10, 2017


A protest march against the policy of President Erdogan from Ankara to Istanbul ended Sunday afternoon with a mass incident attended by hundreds of thousands of Turks. The mass protest in the Maltepe district of Istanbul formed the conclusion of a march from Turkey's biggest opposition party, the CHP, which is intended as protest against the Islamic Conservative government. LINK read more

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Quality Bulgarian wine you’ll find here

@ Vino Orenda

Our concept is that we offer wines not from large wineries that are familiar to the general public, but emphasize on small family, boutique, craft wineries. Each bottle has passed through us, through our personal selection, we have tasted it, we know where it comes from. What matters to us is not only the actual wine itself – as a value, vision and product, but the whole process and the people behind it, what is their idea for the creation of wine culture itself. Nowadays many wineries work with environmentally friendly practices for certified organic production and naturally, doing this in Bulgaria, creates a product with a very high value that we want to be familiar with, not just a bottle and a label. So for us it is important to know the history, the small details, even gossip about a producer and everything associated with them. LINK read more

Monday, July 03, 2017

Jazz in the City

In Rotterdam The Netherlands 

In June and July, leading up to the Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival, many jazz festivals and events take place throughout the city. The Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival is the biggest jazz festival of The Netherlands. Every year they manage to attract legendary names and new talents in the jazz genre. Before and during NSJ there's lots of jazz activities in the city to enjoy. LINK northseajazz