CONCERTS AND LECTURES ON THE COSTA DEL SOL… AND FURTHER AFIELD
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY – BREXIT SEPARATION
A portrait series by Laura Pannack asks the question, “What does Brexit mean for love?” Commissioned by British Journal of Photography and created with Affinity Photo for iPad, “Separation” comprises 13 portraits of London- based couples. The portraits are described as exploring “the angst and myriad emotions experienced by London-based couples who, as a result of Brexit, have been forced to contemplate separation.
Brexit has long garnered column inches for its political implications, but what does it mean for love?” The couples are all of different nationalities: one half of each is British and the other half from elsewhere in Europe: Italian, Finnish, Bulgarian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, French and German. At least one half of each of the couples featured in “Separation” works in London’s creative sector – “a diverse and thriving industry that has long been a draw for Europeans moving to the capital” – and the job titles of the couples include film programmer, arts tutor, sound artist, graphic designer, animation designer and professional drummer.
Each portrait is accompanied by candid reflections from each couple detailing how Brexit has personally affected their relationship.
POPULAR MUSICALS ON THE COAST
Costa del Sol Disco is bringing a series of top U.K. shows to the Costa del Sol in 2018. Following the ABBA show and Stars of the West End earlier this year, the Valli Seasons will be performing songs from Jersey Boys from 2 to 6 May, in Puerto Banús, Torre del Mar, Benalmádena, Estepona and Mijas-Costa. More information and reservations: www.costadeldisco.com
ARTS SOCIETY COSTA DEL SOL GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
The Arts Society Costa del Sol ( formerly NADFAS) is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year – 30 years on the Coast. Artist members have been participating in ArtFest, an art competition among all societies worldwide, with members voting for 10 works from each society to be forwarded to London. www.theartssocietycostadelsol.org
Meanwhile, the Benahavís society’s next lecture is “The Night Before the Morning After – Hard Drink and Harlots in Art“ by John Iddon on Tuesday 22 May, 6.30 pm at the Benahavís Town Hall (doors open at 5.30 pm; café/bar available). www.benahavisdfas.com
Vibrant Art and Luxury Furniture (SHOWCASED IN SOTOGRANDE)
A boutique exhibition by Roche Bobois at this year’s polo summer tournament in Sotogrande will include a collection of stunningly designed cushions created by Catalan artist Rita Martorell Coderich. The display will be showcased in Santa María Polo Club’s VIP area, where guests can also view top international polo action from exclusive box seats located in the El Pabellón gallery at Los Pinos.
The exhibition’s inauguration will coincide with the start of the 47th edition of the tournament, on 22 July, and it will remain open until the conclusion of the month-long event – one of the Costa del Sol most glamorous summer sporting soirées. In addition to a selection of Rita’s flamboyant cushions, the showroom will also feature Roche Bobois’s iconic furniture pieces and furnishings.
From a Catalonian family, Rita Martorell Coderch was born in 1971 in Zurich (Switzerland) and travelled to Spain at a young age to undertake her primary schooling in Olot (Gerona). She went on to obtain a degree in arts and trades at La Massana Art and Design College (Barcelona), and gain stage work experience at the Decorative Arts School in Strasbourg and Regional Fine Arts School in Saint-Etienne.
Rita started to paint portraits 20 years ago, first in Barcelona, later of famous people from throughout Spain and Europe, and most recently of leading members of Marbella high-society.
Last year, she presented a celebrity exhibition at the La Zagaleta residential estate that included a portrait of Enrique Pérez Flores, real estate entrepreneur, banker and founder and honorary president of La Zagaleta
Dynamics of the Void by Johnny Gates
MARBELLA GALLERY COLLABORATION BETWEEN MATIAS DI CARLO AND WADSTRÖM TÖNNHEIM
Wadström Tönnheim has opened its first gallery space outside Sweden in Marbella. In April, the acclaimed Swedish gallery launched an ambitious opening programme in Spain with emerging Argentinian artist Matias Di Carlo, exhibiting his powerful sculptures with the title “Dynamics of the Void”.
“For me and my wife Lisa, who also is my gallery partner,” says Mattias Tönnheim, owner and director of Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, “this is a dream come true considering the promising conditions with our new grand space here in Polígono Nueva Campana, which in my opinion is the ultimate location for our gallery in Marbella.
We also strongly believe that there is a newborn interest for contemporary art of quality in the region, and it is with great joy and honour that we present our new collaboration and the fantastic exhibition ‘Dynamics of the Void’ by Matias Di Carlo, who produced several formidable pieces for our premiere opening.”
Very early in his life, Matias Di Carlo felt a close connection with nature and its elements, something which became even more evident during his trips to the mountains in the Patagonian Andes.
Back at home in Buenos Aires, he was taught to master fire and an array of metals, and soon he transformed this knowledge into a sculptural language of his own.
According to the gallery partners, “Matias’s new exhibition invites us to feel and experience the sounds released by the interaction of the density of matter and void space – the tension created between them reveals a virtuous vibration. The effect of light and shadow irradiates poetry.
As though a magnet, his rotund pieces attract the spectator to dive into them to discover the underlying layers and dimensions which surface one after another.” Di Carlo was born in Argentina in 1978, and his Italian roots are imprinted with a long history of artistic ironsmithing.
He is the fourth generation to continue creating with metal and fire, taking it to the level of a sculptural language of his own.
Wadström Tönnheim Gallery is focused on contemporary art, primarily by Scandinavian artists. The mission of the gallery has been “to examine the idea of the painterly, be it also through related media such as photography, sculpture, installations, video and drawing, in order to understand and to promote the direction of painting and its relevance to contemporary visual culture”.
The galleries in Malmö and Marbella are owned and operated by Lisa Wadström and Mattias Tönnheim: (www.wadstromtonnheim.se.) The “Dynamics of the Void” exhibition will remain on show until 9 June.