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Audi Summer Night At The Stedelijk Museum

By on Jul 3, 2014

Last week we were invited to the Audi Summer Night at Amsterdam’s famous museum the Stedelijk Museum. For a few years now, Audi has organized this exclusive night on the longest day of the year to celebrate the beginning of Summer and its strong relation with the modern art institution. The reception was on a special designed Audi terrace; under the marquise of the ‘bateau’ shaped museum, we were welcomed with a fresh cocktail, and there was a live jazz band to set the summer mood. Shortly after, visitors were escorted into the museum for a reading by the Dutch writer Joost Zwagerman, who spoke about the ‘enlightenment and influence of art’; different paintings were presented, numerous artists were described and various oeuvres were discussed, all to explain what happiness art can bring. With this teaching in mind and a floor map in hand, the galleries were opened for us to freely roam...

WDSTCK x SPRMRKT Exhibition

By on Jun 20, 2014

On Sunday the 22nd of June 2014, WDSTCK will open its new exhibition at the concept store SPRMRKT in Amsterdam, called ‘WDSTCK X SPRMRKT’. The collection is based on the Greek Mythology ‘The Lost Daughter of Icarus’: One day, a skilfull craftsman and artist called Daedalus, was on the run for the armies of King Minos. To flee from them, he created two pairs of wings; one for himself and one for his son Icarus. The wings were made out of wax and feathers. When flying, Icarus started getting too close to the sun which caused the wax on his wings to melt, and ultimately sent him plummeting towards his doom in the tumultuous seas below. Back on earth, Icarus had a daughter, who lived a solitary life. After her father’s death, she hid and locked herself in Daedalus’ cathedral – her fear of being devoured by the sun, just like her dad, made her fearful of leaving the...

Pebblestone // Fitness For the Soul

By on Jun 17, 2014

Having a peaceful mind in our present-day society is not easy – phone calls, e-mails, appointments and social activities are easily part of ‘another regular day’. A current trend is the principle of ‘Mindfulness’, where you work on a constructive manner to ease the mind. But I can imagine most people will find it too ‘woolly’ to adopt. MOJO Creations has however invented a device that uses modern technology to help train the mind. on being more calm and sensible to the little things in life; the Pebblestone. The source of inspiration for Mojo Creations is The Science of Gratitude. Recently, scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding the importance of gratitude and the findings are impressive. This encouraged MOJO Creations to develop a tangible tool with which people can consciously apply the practice of gratitude and thus to...

An Artistic View On Fashion // Stussy by Stefan Sloot

By on Jun 11, 2014

An Artistic View On Fashion is an art series whereby AJANAKU invites upcoming artists to share their view on fashion. Not in words, but through their artistry. By incorporating a fashion product in their work, each item is approached as a work of art. This time we asked the young artist Stefan Sloot to share his artist view on fashion. Sloot is an independent designer who works under the name Studio Captain. Specialized in collage art work, Stefan used a mix of digital and analogue media to create a unique artwork around the new Stussy cap. Stussy The early success of Stussy has been attributed to its popularity in the hip-hop and DJ scenes. With a classical take on sportswear, the brand has ever since been embraced by skaters, punks, hipsters, and other street subcultures. To capture the funky and disruptive coolness of this cap, Sloot approached his design as follows: I don’t wear...

Illustrating Kanye // Interview with Kwame Kwanzaa

By on Jun 6, 2014

Meet Kwame Kwanzaa – a talented young guy we’ve been following on tumbler and Instagram for a while. Why you ask? Because he creates perfect illustrations of hip hop artists such as Kanye West, about life, and hip-hop-inspired-life, and turns these into great artworks. AJANAKU was curious to know who this guy is, and asked him a few questions… AJANAKU: How did you start out as an artist? Were you raised in a creative environment? Kwame: I always was into drawing and making art. Back in primary school, I drew a lot of ‘Dragonball Z’-stuff. I had a little book at home where I drew all the characters. My big brother was also doing that. So you could say I wanted to follow his footsteps. Sometimes he showed me his drawings and we just compared our work. I like, grew up being close with my family and all my nephews where creative people. It was either music or it had...

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