City Focus: León, Mexico

Extensive cycling culture, gastronomy, fine leather products, beautiful architecture, all of these wonderful things can be found in this week's City Focus of León, Mexico. This gem of a city hosts one of the most extensive bike networks in Latin America and is also considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in Mexico. Of course year round there's plenty to do in this city, but also the Feria de León, or León State Fair is also a big hit here, being one of the most visted fairs in Mexico. Unfortunately it only takes place in January and February, however, the fun hasn't stopped yet,PechaKucha Night León Vol. 12 will take place on April 12th. Buena Surete León!

DFA Design for Asia Awards 2019

The DFA Design for Asia Awards 2019 is now open for global online submission. Design projects, launched in one or more Asian markets between 1 January 2017 and 31 May 2019, are eligible for Awards submission by the design’s owner or client, or by the brand’s owner, designer or design consultancy.

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Presentation of the Day

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Ben Frisch

Creative Advertising and Production Company, Self in Collingwood

Ben Frisch has been an artist since the age of 2. He sold his first drawing to a classmate in grade 6 and he was hooked. Art as a career can be a challenging path to take especially as a portrait artist and that pursuit dominated his 20’s. Although Ben had many ups and downs, that dream never came to fruition. His passion for portraiture was put on a shelf and now at 36, he has not made art for a long time. It’s sad to think that dream may have died but in hindsight, Ben now sees the paradox that plagued him. This is the story of Ben's career as a portrait artist and why he was doomed to fail.

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Past Presentations of the Day

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Path To Free Creativity

BY ALEXANDER INCHBALD
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 14, 2019

When Alexander was 16, his dad told him that he would never make money as a professional artist. This was both the worst and best moment in his life: the worst, because he descended into depression for close on ten years; the best, because if he hadn’t gone that low, he wouldn’t know how to get this high and help others free their creativity.

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Evolution of a Life of Art

BY STEPHEN ROCK
@ VOL 16 ON JAN 18, 2019

Artist Stephen Rock takes an evolving look at how to “Get Your S*%t together” at Gallery One in Ellensburg, WA. Over a lifelong journey, he takes us from early works done under his art teacher father to installation pieces, public sculpture projects and innovative large format inkjet prints. Each period of exploration contributes to his current mixed process digital print works. He lives in Seattle, WA and is represented by the Seattle Art Museum Gallery.

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Walls and Spoken Word Poetry

BY MELIZARANI T. SELVA
@ VOL 6 ON AUG 16, 2018

Melizarani T. Selva is a spoken word poet, showrunner, educator and co-curator of George Town Literary Festival 2018. To date, she has performed in six countries and represented Malaysia at the prestigious Commonwealth People's Forum in London and the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Her notable performances include, TEDxGateway in Mumbai and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Her first book titled ‘Taboo’ made Top 10 Best-Seller List on Malaysia’s No.1 Online Bookstore (MPH). To date, her poems have been translated in French by Éditions Jentayu and in Bahasa Malaysia by Malaysia’s National Institute of Language and Literature. Presently, she runs Kuala Lumpur's monthly poetry open mic, ’If Walls Could Talk’, a bilingual poetry slam,‘Slamokrasi’ and teaches performance poetry at international and national schools. This presentation is about Walls, also a monthly spoken word poetry event.

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Creative Companionship

BY LETA SOBIERAJSKI
@ VOL 162 ON JAN 16, 2019

Designer and Art Director Leta Sobierajski shares the origins of her studio with her husband and partner, Wade Jeffree, as well as their reoccurring theme to include themselves in their work as a way of exercising their bodies alongside their minds in their everyday projects, injecting personality and performance into their personal and professional work.

デザイナー/アートディレクターのLeta Sobierajskiは、夫でもあり、ビジネスパートナーでもあるWadeと一緒に仕事をしている。彼らの仕事のモットーは、身体も頭もフル活動しながら、彼ら自身を毎日の作品に投影すること。今回は、個性が光る作品を生み出し続ける彼らの、スタジオでの毎日を紹介してもらう。