We have the pleasure to introduce a collection of accessories exclusively designed for MAPP. by Brussels designer Michael Guérisse O'Leary.
This collection of strictly limited edition of belts comprises two styles for men, and two thin styles for women.
Michael declined his famous work for MAPP. to let you discover the aesthetic of his line coupled with the expression of contrasts of colors. Hand-made in his own workshop, Michael takes care of the quality of each commercialised item. The colours in use for this special edition will perfectly fit the spring/summer's collections.
After receiving his architecture degree at Victor Horta Institute in Brussels, Michael Guérisse O'Leary worked a few years as an architect before following a training in leatherworks at Arts et Métiers of Brussels, directed by a master-artisan of the famous Maison Delvaux. Since 2005, more and more shops around the world have started selling Michael's line. Recently, the Luxemburg Modern Art Museum has taken his accessories for the shop designed by Erwan Bouroullec.
This collection will only be available at MAPP.
Less than one year after signing a recording contract with Matador records, this Austin trio has already released its second album, 'Hippies'. Expect no flowers but power, harsh and infectious pop songs, all what love from a garage pop band.
Harlem "hippies" / cd & vynil / availabe at MAPP.
David Favrod was born in Kobe, Japan, of a Japanese mother and a Swiss father. When he was 6 months old, his family moved to Switzerland. Of this series, Gaijin, he says, ‘As my father had to travel for his work a lot, I was mainly brought up by my mother who taught me her principles and her culture. When I was 18, I asked for double nationality at the Japanese embassy, but they refused, because it is only given to Japanese women who wish to obtain their husband’s nationality. It is from this feeling of rejection and also from a desire to prove that I am as Japanese as I am Swiss that this work was created. “Gaijin” is a fictional recital, a tool for my quest for identity, where auto-portraits imply an intimate and solitary relationship that I have with myself. The mirror image is frozen in a figurative alter ego that serves as an anchor point. The aim of this work is to create “my own Japan”, in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents war recitals’.
Insights from memories, fantasies of an extraworld strangely real as it is also geographically distant: his work invites us to a fragile travel through identities from the alpine moutaintops to the Kensai countryside. "I can see Japan" as the songwriter Momus sang during his childhood. So do we...
David Favrod featured in the new Dorade magazine / Available at MAPP.
Ed Templeton’s (b. 1972) work cannot easily be categorised. He was brought up in Orange County, a suburb of Los Angeles, and spent his youth in a world of skateboarding and punk music. While still very young he became a professional skateboarder and at the age of 21 set up his Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company, for which he did all the artwork. Photography has also always been a constant interest. In the same way as he was never able to choose between skateboarding and being an artist – they fuel each other.
Templeton mainly documents his own life and that of the people around him. Being on the road also inspires Templeton into traditional street photography. His career as a pro skateboarder means he spends a lot of time with youngsters who are at an uncertain phase of discovery in their lives. With dreams, hope, worries, the formation of identity and the presentation of the self to the fore. He wants to create openness and offer insights and opportunities to those who want to grasp them.
His exhibition at the S.M.A.K. in Gent tells the story of a pro skateboarder, a photographer, a draftsman, a painter, etc. A story which, although it focuses on his own life and those of the people around him, transcends the autobiographical and exposes social and societal phenomena unhesitatingly but without pointing a finger.
Ed Templeton "The cemetery of reason" until 13.06.2010 at S.M.A.K.
Book "The cemetery of reason" availabe at MAPP.