A list of creative content ideas and how to use them from The Quarter
HOTEL B- At the top of our list for favorite interior design and boutique hotel.
Located in Barranco, the bohemian district of Lima, Peru, Hotel B with its limited rooms was originally built in the Belle Époque style of the 1920s as a seaside retreat. Now surrounded by contemporary art galleries, beaches and hidden local craft shops, it is a place you go to SLEEP WITH ART. Partnering with Lucia de la Puente Gallery, the hotel is the home to walls and rooms of contemporary works. Surf, cycle, eat EAT EAT and explore the amazing upcoming and ongoing Peruvian art scene. This was the last stop on our founder Alexandra Igleheart's two week Peruvian/Colombian itinerary and she said it was the cherry on top of the trip. The hotel itself has one of the coolest bars in town and with its stunning sundowner roof terrace, you are left to truly unwind. Personalised guest service and creative elements on every step, Hotel B is truly authentic. This was the first of many visits.
If there was anything in particular that we took away from our interview with Adebayo Bolaji (Ade) other then meeting a truly talented, barefooted and brilliant artist, it would be that he taught us a few things about our own authenticity and honesty. When we walked into Proarta Gallery in the Enge District of Zurich Switzerland to meet with resident painter Ade, we asked him what was one of the best pieces of advice ever given to him, and we ended up coming out with some of our own.
Ade is a British painter, actor, director, and writer, residing and working in London. His unapologetic style of work not only comes from his attraction to strong features, lines and color but an unintentional inspiration of African masks. He believes this is something that has been innately distilled in him from his roots (both his parents are Nigerian).
What he paints five minutes earlier maybe completely different five minutes later and this is where the topic of authenticity is discussed.
When asked if he has a favorite piece, Ade said he definitely has a few he dislikes. The difference is that he still appreciates the piece in itself for how it came out in that moment of being true. Ade believes honesty is the most important aspect of his work because it affects his fears, the decisions he makes and the way he expresses himself onto the canvas or any other creative work he does.
THE HIGHEST TECHNIQUE IS TO HAVE NO TECHNIQUE
- BRUCE LEE
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY. Ade believes you should walk into a room and be a child first. That is how his "technique" is formed. He says, if you go into your work with an unpredicted child like mind, your true self will immediately be shown. Edit with your mature self, and you should have an accomplished piece.
Ade's style has never really changed but of course developed. In regards to the mediums he uses he has experimented but always come back to a heavy body acrylic to convey the punch in his work. The first thought is usually the best thought but to be sure he practices with others.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Scariest moment in his life?
When Ade was younger his parents, like many of our own, wanted him to be in a traditional profession (being an artist was not part of the plan!) that gained one's respect and acceptance among one's peers in society (Ade received a degree in law before becoming an artist). Despite his love and respect for his parents, he realized that living their dream out he was becoming extremely unhappy. The stress and desire to "get out" caused him to be both mentally and physically sick and this was the scary moment, that lead him down the path to what he is doing today. Although he appreciates and believes that the education he received has shaped him into the multitalented artist he is today, he did not like the pressure under which he had to do it. He no longer does things to please others and opinions are opinions people are entitled to--they don't affect him. As Ade puts it, the power of words can so strongly affect someone's state of mind, but if you believe in your own intuition then you will get to where you want to be. Being educated is important because knowledge IS power and allows you to understand and apply it to anything in life, be it creatively or academically.
Everyone has a calling and if you keep going with your intuition you will get where you want to be. - Bolaji
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When you think of outer space, you think, Star Wars (Han Solo in particular), black holes, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", and Hal in "2001: A Space Odyssey".
HOWEVER, Da Draussen, a tiny cosmic concept shop located in the "Altstadt" of Zurich makes everything SPACE seem so much cooler. Selling everything from baby onesies, to UFO trinkets, vintage gold charm bracelets and moon globes collected from around the world, walking into Da Draussen is like walking into a mini rocket-ship.
TQ found the concept so unique we wanted to know how it all came to be and decided to sit down with the owners, Katharina and Ben Moore for a quick one on one on what it was all about.
TQ: Why Weltraum? What made you open a concept shop all about it? (TQ translation of space in German)
DD: Space is cool! Everyone loves space... For Ben it was obvious reasons. Ben is a Professor of Astro Physics at Zurich University, but for me (Katharina) as an ex lifestyle journalist, I just like pretty things!
Katharina realized after moving in with Ben that they both had a passion for collecting beautiful objects based around space and that not everything was geeky or cheap. There was actually a lot of beautiful, handmade stuff that represented what they both loved.
Their most prized and Katharina's hardest items to part with in the shop are their vintage moon globes. Any of these made before 1960 has a complete black space on one side as The Apollo mission had yet to get there, making them quite valuable.
TQ: Ben, what do you love most about being a professor?
DD: You have your own research groups investigating topics that interest YOU and you're making discoveries that haven't been made before.
Ben's current research is about understanding the origin of the universe and planets with a focus on astrobiology and how it could evolve.
DD: Such a big topic and it is what my most recent book was based on (Da Draussen). It is about what life could be like out there and what we can learn about it from earth, not just based on the the biochemistries that we know, but also on the bio chemistries that have yet to appear in life.
If you feel like getting your space knowledge on, Ben has written two books; his first being "Elephants in Space" and second being "Da Draussen". They are available in both English and German and illustrated by Katharina.
Their ever popular "Astro-photography apero" will continue happening and potentially turn into workshops in Spring/Summer 2017. If you have ever wondered how to catch that clear, starry night sky on camera, this is one to definitely check out.
Has this cleared our phobia of the vast, dark and cold outer space? Absolutely not, but we definitely are interested to know more about it.
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