photoreport Dubai Design Days 2017 13 – 18 March

overview with MyMondrian, Omniverse and Body Chair | Dubai Design Days 2017 | booth G13 supported by Dutch Creative Industry [DCI]
Dubai Design Days 2017 | fascinated by at MyMondrian Night
Dubai Design Days 2017 | with Varkki Pallathucheril
Dubai Design Days 2017 | capturing MyMondrian Night

MyMondrian @ Dubai Design Days and Salone del Mobile 2017

The jacquard woven tapestries MyMondrian Day and MyMondrian Night designed by visual artist Ilona Lénárd.

MyMondrian Day | design Ilona Lénárd 2016 | Jacquard woven tapestry | 127 x 127 cm
MyMondrian Night | design Ilona Lénárd 2016 | Jacquard woven tapestry | 127 x 127 cm

The year 2017 is the Mondrian year, celebrating 100 years of De Stijl. Having lived and worked in the studio Theo van Doesburg in 1988-89, Ilona Lénárd feels emotionally connected to the work of Piet Mondrian of De Stijl movement, especially to his latest work the Victory Boogie Woogie.

The Victory Boogie Woogie painting by Mondrian is clearly inspired by the busy streets and urban blocks of Manhattan. In her new series of the Jacquard woven tapestries MyMondrian Ilona Lénárd pushes Mondrian’s last unfinished painting into the third dimension, therewith evoking the image of urban blocks and street canyons. The colour fields of the Victory Boogie Woogie are translated using displacement mapping technique into different shades of gray.

The MyMondrian wall tapestries have exactly the same dimensions as the original Victory Boogie Boogie, 127 x 127 cm, diagonally positioned.

MyMondrian Day and Night are on show at Design Days Dubai in Design District D3 from 13-17 March 2017, presented by the Dutch Creative Industry [DCI], and at the Salone del Mobile from 4-9 April, presented by Masterly at the Palazzo Francesco Turati in the center of Milan.

Contact details

Ilona Lénárd visual artist |  email lenard@lenard.nl | website www.lenard.nl | press kit on Dropbox: https://goo.gl/xBCwyC

Beirut Design Week | 20-29 May 2016

Beirut from The Smalville Hotel
Beirut panorama from The Smalville Hotel

During Beirut Design Week I showed two of my Jacquard woven tapestries, Omniverse #1 and Omniverse #2. The show was part of the Partners International Business [PIB] program supported by the Dutch Creative Industry [DCI]. Beirut was a very positive experience, a much more pleasant city than I expected. Although according to the Dutch Ambassador Hester Somsen the militia are unpredictable and may fight each other any moment, adding more bullet holes into the abandoned buildings, the general atmosphere in Beirut city was good and forward looking. The designer community is coming alive and is gaining momentum, especially with respect to sustainability and the relevance of design for the public realm.

my Omniverse tapestries in the back of the exhibition space at the KED
my Omniverse tapestries in the back of the exhibition space at the KED

During the design week I established a good contact with the famous carpet shop Iwan Maktabi and its present owner Mohamed Maktabi. Also we got to know his cousin Hadi Maktabi, also a carpet designer and carpet dealer. I will participate again with new work next year for the Beirut Design Week 2017 and 2018, again as part of the DCI.

me and my assistant Ghida in front of my Omniverse tapestries
My assistant Ghida and me in front of my Omniverse tapestries
unloading my crate in front to the KED venue
unloading my crate in front to the KED venue

 

Design Days Dubai | 13-19 March 2016

Design Days Dubai 2016 | entrance | Burj Khalifa in background

Design Days Dubai 2016 | entrance | Burj Khalifa in background

Design Days Dubai | 13-19 March 2016

During Design Days Dubai 2016 from 13 to 19 March I showed two carpets designs of my series of FLOW carpets, the black and white carpet and the full colour carpet [16 colours].  The carpets were shown in booth G18 of the Dutch Creative Industry, adjacent to Marcel Wanders’s presentation.

Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet seen from Marcel Wanders'booth
Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet as seen from Marcel Wanders’ booth

 

Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet full colour [16 colours] | designed in 2016 | dimensions 2 x 3m
Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet full colour [16 colours] | design 2016 | dimensions 2x3m
Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet black and white| designed 2015 | dimensions 2 x 2m
Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet black and white| design 2015 | dimensions 2x2m | body chair by Kas Oosterhuis in front

 

 

Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet black and white | design 2015 | body chair by Kas Oosterhuis in front
Design Days Dubai 2016 | Flow carpet black and white | design 2015 | dimensios 2x2m | body chair by Kas Oosterhuis in front

Gallery Frank Taal | 9 March 2016

OMNIVERSE paintings at Gallery Frank Taal

Powerlines is the leading theme for my autonomous paintings. The large canvases bear names like TANGLE series, TWIG series, FLOW series, UP series, FOLD series, LOOP series. At Gallery Frank Taal I exhibit my most recent works the Omniverse series. Large canvases of 200x180cm resp 190x180cm are built up of multi layered intuitive gestures, using the acrylic markers to paint on the canvases. The canvas is on the foor af my studio, I approach the painting from all sides, thus building a seemingly weightless personal universe. When the viewer approaches the painting [s]he is sucked into this universe, by seeing more and more detail. On closer inspection one sees the splashes fly off the canvas. The viewer becomes aware of the speed and the force of the intuitive explosive gestures. The speed of my gestures on the canvas is faster than I can think, thus surprising my unimaginable self with the unpredictability of my fast and furious abstract calligraphic traces.

Ilona Lénárd | Omniverse 01 | acrylic marker on canvas | 200x180cm
Ilona Lénárd | Omniverse 02 | acrylic marker on canvas | 200 x 180 cm

Gallery Frank Taal | Inside Out [group show] |March 11 until April 8 2016

preview Design Days Dubai | 13 -19 March 2016

FLOW carpet | hand tufted | 2 x 2 m | 2015
Flow carpet_dimension 2x2m_hand tufted wool_production by Vera Vermeersch studio in Ghent, Belgium_2015
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Flow carpet_dimension 2x2m_hand tufted wool_production by Vera Vermeersch studio in Ghent, Belgium_2015

During Dubai Design Days 2016 I will show my FLOW carpets, based on a collage of fast and intuitive flow sketches on canvas. I will show one black and white hand tufted FLOW carpet and one larger machine tufted full colour printed FLOW carpet.

My presentation at DDD 2016 is supported by the Dutch Creative Industry [DCI] program Partners International Business [PIB] UAE.

Dubai Design Week | 26-31 October 2015

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Machining Emotion Dubai #01_radius 1.50m_robotic painting_acrylic marker on canvas

The robotic painting project titled “Machining Emotion” establishes a mutual relationship between human emotions and robotic machines. The robotic painting process is based on a series of consecutive steps, initiated by fast and intuitive 3d sketches executed by the artists using a 3d digitizer and the leap motion controller. From these initial sketches – the “powerlines” – essential data like speed, angular movements and emotive pressure are used to feed the code with variables. Within this process some algorithms are mapping fractal self-similarity on the initial emotive curve, and eventually the 3d assembly is projected on a flat surface. Last step is to instruct the robot as to machine the emotive content with high precision. The human to robot interplay augments the art of abstract calligraphy with a cross-fertilization of intuitive gestures with logical rationale. The Machining Emotion #01 robotic painting is one out of a series of 4 large robotic circular paintings, executed during Dubai Design Week 2015.

ME@DXB#5 | robotic painting | 180 x 180 cm | acrylic marker on canvas | 2015
ME@DXB#6 | robotic painting | 180 x 180 cm | acrylic marker on canvas | 2015
ME@DXB#6 | robotic painting | 180 x 180 cm | acrylic marker on canvas | 2015

Machining Emotion project team | Ilona Lénárd, visual artist | Kas Oosterhuis, the expert formerly known as the architect | Ana Maria Anton, programmer designer | Serban Bodea, programmer designer.