NATALIE CHRISTENSENPhotographer Natalie Christensen explores the often overlooked spaces of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to create minimalist abstractions of urban architecture and streetscapes. Informed by her career as a psychotherapist, her work uncovers hidden beauty within the ordinary through a keen focus on colour, shadow and geometry.
SCOTT WESTArmed with a Pentax 67 camera, American artist Scott West transforms everyday surroundings and ordinary objects into carefully considered compositions. Inspired by the work of Bruce Weber, William Eggleston and Paul Strand, his subtle approach is forward-thinking yet grounded in an enduring sense of heritage.
PAWEL BOWNIKIn his Disassembly series, artist Pawel Bownik takes apart 23 species of plants and flowers before meticulously stitching them back together using scientific methods and household tools. The resulting still life images present a strange vision, delicately merging the natural with the artificial.
DOUG JOHNSTONNew York-based designer Doug Johnston blends traditional materials with modernist design and 3D printing to create coiled vessels and art objects made from cotton cord and rope. Made in Brooklyn using vintage industrial sewing machines, their irregular shapes reference the natural rock formations and canyons of the American Southwest.
PER KRISTIAN NYGÅRDPer Kristian Nygård’s installation Not Red But Green presents an unlikely scene, filling Oslo’s No Place gallery with sprawling mounds of grass. Tended and watered daily throughout the duration of the exhibition, the undulating landscape boldly blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors, disrupting the familiarity of everyday designed environments.
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADESA trained engineer and graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Michael Anastassiades’ work deftly combines fine art with functionality. His mobile chandelier collection features linear metalwork and delicate glass spheres, each designed to be rearranged while remaining perfectly balanced.
The minimal lighting can be seen in COS stores around the world including London Regent Street, Hamburg and our new store in Ginza, Tokyo.
WOLFGANG TILLMANSPhotographer Wolfgang Tillmans’ 2016 exhibition On the Verge of Visibility presented a range of abstract and figurative work in a site-specific installation at Porto’s Serralves Foundation. Captured in a 96 page exhibition catalogue, the series focuses on what he describes as ‘Vertical Landscapes’, photographs of natural light phenomena that occur when day meets night, and sky meets earth and sea.
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OLLE BENGTSSONInfluenced by his background in graphic design and art direction, Paris-based photographer Olle Bengtsson takes a conceptual approach to still life that references a long-standing interest in science, architecture and geometry. In his recent series Nudes, Olle explores line and colour with abstract arrangements of paper.
RALF BRUECKIn Deconstruction, German artist Ralf Brueck uses digital effects to elongate and distort urban landscapes. Futuristic and surreal, the series creates imagined realities that mark a radical departure from our own.
JI ZHOUThe Civilized Landscape exhibition by Chinese artist Ji Zhou presented landscapes made from maps and books. Hand-sculpted into mountainous peaks and troughs, the books were carefully assembled into soaring towers reminiscent of a city skyline.
CHRISTINA MACKIEThe Filters was a three-part installation on display at London’s Tate Britain in 2015 by artist Christina Mackie. Inspired by her interest in colour and pigment, Christina presented 12 metre-high silk nets dipped in vats of dye alongside an apparatus-like metal sculpture and a plinth displaying raw glass.
LEV KHESINBerlin-based artist Lev Khesin works with silicone paint, layering one coat at a time to create tactile patterns and unexpected colour blends. Never planning ahead, he allows his work to grow organically into three-dimensional pieces that echo the structure of minerals and precious stones.
JONGJIN PARKKorean ceramicist Jongjin Park creates his stacked sculptural forms by layering paper, porcelain slip and pigment before firing at a high temperature. Mimicking the appearance of wood or sponge, the strength and durability of the pieces belie their fragile origins, resulting in a surprising trompe l’oeil effect.
NINA BANDPensive Dimensions by photographer Nina Band presents an abstract vision of architecture through paper reconstructions of original imagery. Inspired by the Cubist and Minimalist movements, her work focuses on the way shapes and forms are perceived within complex spaces.
Commissioned by COS, Nina has created a unique series of prints that are currently on display in a selection of our store windows worldwide. To be in with a chance of winning a set,
join us on Instagram at @cosstores #NinaBandforCOS
COHEN VAN BALENLondon-based artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen work with objects, installation, film and photography to explore materials and processes. Their 2015 work From Below, is a series of still life images that reference the parallels between Iceland’s geology and the country’s evolving political and economic climate.
DELPHINE BURTINEncouble by Swiss artist Delphine Burtin plays with visual perception to distort seemingly ordinary images into something more uncertain. In a series of ‘visual accidents’, photographs are reconfigured to create a trompe l’oeil effect designed to make the viewer look twice. www.burtin.ch
LUKE DIIORIOSunset Park by New York artist Luke Diiorio is a series of folded paintings that examine the subtle boundary between painting and sculpture. Presented at London’s Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, each piece was created through a meticulous process of painting, stitching and folding linen and raw canvas.
ROANNA WELLSThe work of Sheffield-based artist Roanna Wells explores how a greater depth of knowledge and understanding can be learnt from the act of repetition and the study of multiples. In Traces of Process, water vessels made from unglazed porcelain capture the remnants of painting, a subtle documentation of the creative process.
SHANA LUTKERPaul, Paul, Paul, and Paul by American artist Shana Lutker is the fourth chapter of her ongoing research-led project Le NEW Monocle: The History of the Fistfights of the Surrealists. An unusual mix of sculpture, writing and performance, each chapter focuses on exploring and restaging historical altercations between artists during the height of Surrealism in 1920s Paris.
Studio SwineInspired by the tropical ghost town of American industrialist Henry Ford, Fordlandia by London-based design practice Studio Swine imagines a world where Ford’s project is a success. Bringing together furniture, products, workwear and textiles that reference the Brazilian tropical modernist movement, the exhibition creates an imagined domestic environment within the gallery. Fordlandia runs from 22 September – 10 December 2016 at London’s Fashion Space Gallery .
AGNES MARTINPaintings, Writings, Rembrances by Arne Glimcher is the first and only complete retrospective publication of the visionary American painter, Agnes Martin. Bringing together 130 of Martin’s paintings and drawings, the book also features previously unpublished writings and lecture notes. This autumn, COS will be supporting the Guggenheim Museum’s Agnes Martin retrospective in New York.
ELMGREEN & DRAGSETCooling Box (2015) by London and Berlin based design duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset explores the relationship between art, its environment and the viewer. Both familiar and strangely out of context, the seemingly misplaced objects are cast from bronze and painted to appear plastic.
SHIN SHINSeoul-based graphic design duo Haeok Shin and Donghyeok Shin work together in the fields of art and culture collaborating with a broad range of curators, editors, artists and institutions.
Shin Shin’s new work The Bibliophile’s Booklets will be on display at the COS Cheongdam project space in Seoul from Saturday 6th August, as part of our ongoing collaboration
with local publishing project, The Book Society.
Find out more about the project here.