Action has started and we peel back a century of layers. Soon our new showrooms will come to light.
Last week Redspective met up with the ever-energetic CEO from B EAST magazine, as he was in town to spin some tunes at a Hollywood-Bollywood party on one of the islands. As you well know, Both B EAST and Redspective have moved around a bit in recent times, and it was wonderful to catch a breath together again. All looking good for a future collaboration between Redspective and B EAST in upcoming issues – and we are delighted to report that upcoming issues are more than a rumour! As soon as the new Redspective ONLINESHOP is launched (see end September, if Russian systems play fair) we will chase up some of those old B EAST copies, and aim to always keep them available for avid readers. Meanwhile check out links below – especially if you don’t know.
Congratulations to us! We have just secured our new space for the new Redspective showroom and mini studio – and renovation starts today! Our soon to be magic new showroom is located in an old St Petersburg red-brick mid-19th-century factory, which formerly produced paper and notebooks. Our neighbours include several other arty-culture folks, and will soon also include the Delonatelo Showroom & a new work station for the St Petersburg graphics group Mediamama. Looking forward with much delight.
Winner of the GRAFFFEST 2011 graffiti photo competition – according to Redspective – is ADNO! Redspective awarded the ADNO pic below as “MOST HYPNOTISING” - in fact we liked all of Adno’s images, particularly his use of the iconic Russian sailors T-shirt. You can see all of Adno’s submitted street works below – as well as the prize itself – which is a hand-printed certificate, 100Euro prize money, and an invitation to provide an image for Redspective’s 2012 Summer collection. Adno’s certificate was silk-screen printed on old Russian ledger paper, and contained in a matching cotton bag. Both items were prepared by Delonatelo (our beloved print studio). More on Grafffest here : http://grafffest.ru/
The grand finale of the 2011 GRAFFFEST festival was the STREET JAM at the Palace Bridge in St Petersburg! The video “mash up” by Evan Roth and festival participants, as well as the “graffiti-video’s” from the animation competition were on display on the open bridge from 1am. The street jam presentation represents the festivals amalgamation of “graffiti” and “digital”. Link to Grafffest : http://grafffest.ru/
For the first time, St. Petersburg hosted an International Art Forum: GRAFFFEST 2011. The chief guest of the festival was EVAN ROTH from the US of A, (although now based in Paris). Evan is the founder of the international Graffiti Resarch Lab and created a “digital graffiti flow”, allowing for mark free light tracing on walls, plus the hardware/software package “The EyeWriter”. Evan’s lecture at Grafffest talked about harnessing inspiration, whether destructive or constructive, and using “minimal amount of work to maximum effect” (the lazy M.F. effect?) to put these into play. Evan has won numerous awards for his work, and it was wonderful to listen to him talk. Weblink to Grafffest : http://grafffest.ru/
This summer the International Art Forum presented GRAFFFEST 2011, with a strong focus on graffiti aspects in combination with video art or animation. One part of the 5 day festival covers a traditional urban wall painting by celebrated St Petersburg graffiti artists, which culminated on 20th August with the “St Petersburg Wall”. More about Grafffest & the International Art Forum below. Weblink to Grafffest : http://grafffest.ru/
Redspective was rather delighted that Skalitzers had perfectly timed their AWESOME ROA exhibition whilst we were in Berlin for the Bright and B&B shows – and what an exhibition ! ROA delivered in his mesmerising way, true to his stunning style, an exhibition that knocked your socks off. I couldn’t help notice a little of “Peter th’ Greats kunstkamera” eccentricities in ROA’s work… none-the-less always be sure to check out his exhibitions, if you are in the right place at the right time – and be sure pick up one of his new books too (we did!). Weblink ROA TRANSIT @ Skalitzers : http://skalitzers.com/
Rocking up to Bright each season is always a thrill for Redspective – to see our favourite street wear labels presenting the upcoming collections. Also a thrill to discover new East European artists and designers playing with the big guys! Its been a whole year since Redspective last presented at Bright, and we are hoping with all the progress we see at the Stassi House location in Berlin, that Redspective will join Bright again in the future and again showcase the wonderful urban art and design talent from the East.
Bright is one of the official urban, skate, street wear trade shows in Europe, and this season also featured a giant skate park, BBQ and exhibition space. Weblink to Bright : brighttradeshow.com
Redspective returned to Berlin in July to enjoy the woppingly big Bread & Butter tradeshow – tho uber commercial, still impressive and industry insights to be had and had.
Vector artist Anton Ramirez opened a new exhibition this week at the exclusive cafe-bar Dom Beat in St Petersburg! In this exhibition Anton presents original artworks in the clean edge graphic style akin to his T-Show T-shirt collections. Also featured at the exhibition is a large mural painted in the building courtyard. T-show collections are exclusively hand printed by our partner team, Delonatelo, and you can see more about them here: http://antonramirez.com/
Meeting Guseyn from the Forty-Two label at Faces&Laces in Moscow! If you remember, we were the first international group to stock Forty-Two, when we gladly showcased the label in our Berlin store. This gorgeous Russian designer streetwear label will be once again in the hands of Redspective when we open our online shop in Russia this year! Be sure to look for them then, and in the meantime, enjoy a parade of their gears at their weblink: http://www.fortytwostore.com/
An absolute pleasure to return to Faces & Laces Moscow this year! The festival most certainly has quadrupled in size since we visited last, and was housed in the beautiful “behind the Tsum” Center. Four floors of top-notch streetwear brands, interactive displays, games, and urban art – it is clear that Faces&Laces is fast becoming the premium streetwear tradeshow/festival internationally – even though its visitors are still 99% Russian.