Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.


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amos fricke, moritz firchow

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Meet: Deutsche & Japaner
Posted
Thursday, 08.05.2014

Creative head of Deutsche & Japaner, design studio in Mannheim (Germany), Moritz Firchow brings yet another breathtaking venture into car photography alongside Amos Fricke. Can the BMWi8 be any sleeker? No.


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jordan kasey

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Branden Collins
Meet: Jordan Kasey
Posted
Tuesday, 01.04.2014

Jordan Kasey, a Baltimore-based painter and illustrator, captivates us with her stunning and surreal oil paintings. The Maryland Institute College of Art graduate uses voluptious form and vibrant palettes, she welcomes to unusual, yet somehow familiar dreamscapes where the lines between human identity and organic amorphous matter blur.

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Étienne Saint-Denis for Qompendium

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The man who would be King
Posted
Monday, 20.01.2014

Étienne Saint-Denis for Qompendium
Canadian-born in 1991, Étienne Saint-Denis, graduated in Fines Art at College Edouard-Montpetit and then in Commercial Photography at College Marsan. Momentarily she is a freelance photographer and a curator at DATA Gallery.

Find more about the beautiful shoot she has accomplished for Qompendium here. Download the PDF here.


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rizograph

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Posted
Monday, 13.01.2014

French artist and printmaker Simon John Thompson gives us a glimpse into his disturbingly beautiful world with works full of surreal imagery and an uncompromising color palette.

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fulton, intimacy

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Branden Collins
Meet: John Michael Fulton
Posted
Friday, 08.11.2013

John Michael Fulton is an American photographer based in Los Angeles. The Savannah College of Art & Design graduate placed as a finalist in the 2012 Vogue New Exposure contest and recently awarded best portrait by PDN. 

According to Fulton, "intimacy underlines the mood of his work; a silent dialogue, an emotional suspension linking Fulton and his subjects".

Although most of John Michael Fulton's work lies within the realm of fashion, he hasn't limited himself to this niche. In his personal explorations and portraiture, one gets a real glimpse into the intimacy that Fulton captures in the subtelties of his subjects and in the world around him.


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Meet: Philipp Bolthausen II
Posted
Wednesday, 06.11.2013

Philipp Bolthausen founded “Akzidenz” as a photographic outlet but was never professionally trained as a photographer, he is an art director and a designer. Philipp Bolthausen is currently living and working in Paris and New York. His education focuses around art and communication studies in Paris and New York, where he lived and worked for many years before returning to back to Paris.

He underlines that his works aren’t pictures of something, but rather objects about something.


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philipp Bolthausen, black and white, dice, cube

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Meet: Philipp Bolthausen
Posted
Wednesday, 06.11.2013

Philipp Bolthausen founded “Akzidenz” as a photographic outlet but was never professionally trained as a photographer, he is an art director and a designer. Philipp Bolthausen is currently living and working in Paris and New York. His education focuses around art and communication studies in Paris and New York, where he lived and worked for many years before returning to back to Paris.

He underlines that his works aren’t pictures of something, but rather objects about something.

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matthew stone, london, shaman

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Branden Collins
Meet: Matthew Stone
Posted
Tuesday, 29.10.2013

 

Multi-disciplinary artist, Matthew Stone (born 1982 in London, United Kingdom), uses his own version of shamanism to explore the endless possibilities of human capacities for expression.

Optimism is the Vital Force that Entangles itself with and then Shapes the Future, so says Matthew Stone.

Stone's two interconnected roles, as both artist and shaman, are defined by his activities as photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, optimist and cultural provocateur. The Camberwell Art School graduate and head of !WOWOW! art collective, has become an already recognized figure in the renaissance of London's art sphere.

 

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Yesenia Thibault-Picazo
Posted
Wednesday, 16.10.2013

Defining herself as a 'material teller', London-based artist, Yesenia Thibault-Picazo explores experimental processes and speculative narratives. Within her multidisciplinary playground she brings together her sensibility and craft skills and invites to engage with materiality.

Initiated during her Masters in Textile Futures course, Craft in the Anthropocene is a research led project that investigates the future of geology and interrogates our evolving relationship with nature.

The Anthropocene era is a new geological epoch evidencing the impact of global civilisation on Earth. The term was coined a decade ago by Paul Crutzen and suggests that humankind has become over time a global geophysical force intertwined with the most powerful forces of nature.

Through our collective actions, we spread specific elements in nature, rare in the pre-human era, which will become prevalent sediments, building up the future planetary strata.
Observing this shift, Yesenia catalysed the slow geological phenomenon to manufacture human-made minerals out of the most distinctive materials of our epoch (aluminium, bones, plastics). Adopting a speculative approach, the project proposes a tangible experience of this newly proclaimed geological present and intends to stimulate a debate.


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sweden, marble, minerals

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Branden Collins
Hilda Hellstrom
Posted
Saturday, 05.10.2013

Swedish artist Hilda Hellstrom, born 1984 in Gothenburg, is a sculptor whose methodological approach as a designer is of a highly independent nature, craft-based, with a focus on process and a philosophical examination of the themes behind the work.

Preoccupied with things that shock and surprise, and in situations that elevate the soul, she likes to explore the notion of myth and investigate the narrative essential in objects. With this comes an interest for what constitutes our reality; subjective experiences, universal truths and what we classify as ‘fake’ in opposition to ‘real’.

Sometimes she describes herself as an analytic craftswoman, having been influenced from a young age by both her psychoanalyst mother and carpenter father.

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branden collins, atlanta, usa, sculpture

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The Young Never Sleep
Posted
Friday, 04.10.2013

We are delighted by this Atlanta-based, interdisciplinary studio of artist and designer, Branden Collins. The Young Never Sleep studio acts as a realm of exploration for a wide range of medium, it's most recent focus being sculptural and costume works.

http://theyoungneversleep.com/

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chen chen kai williams, marble bangles

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Meet Chen Chen and Kai Williams
Posted
Thursday, 06.06.2013

Chen Chen and Kai Williams met while studying industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Upon graduating, Chen began working for Moss, eventually rising to the rank of Display Director in 2010. Williams began a CNC fabrication company, realizing pieces for a range of both designers and artists. In 2011 Chen and Williams decided to begin a lasting collaboration through founding a design studio.

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How Kimberly Lloyd met David Quiles Guilló
Posted
Tuesday, 04.06.2013

David Quiles Guilló
Born in 1973 in Elche (Spain).
Lives between Spain, Italy and Brazil, married to Graziela and a proud dad to Olivia and Martina.

Since the birth of his personal project ROJO®, David Quiles Guilló has created an international emotional working structure of more than 40 associated directors and more than 1000 artists aka contributors, a distribution network in more than 30 countries. David has edited all 40 issues of the ROJO® magazine, produced 2 issues of the RUGA® magazine DVD, edited 41 monographic ROJO® artist books, produced more than100 art exhibitions, promoted more than 600 events worldwide as well as created different formats and special events to explore different media.

And there is no end to this list.

Read full article here.

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Meet Adam Schreiber
Posted
Tuesday, 28.05.2013

A web search on Adam Schreiber is a visual journey of its own; he does not reveal much about himself but enough to stay on his website for long. This young and very talented artist has exhibited cross country in the United States. Currently Adam Schreiber is working on a new project in Chicago at the Social Services Administration Library. Once again he is following his passion for warehouses, collections and archives.

Here is a recent interview with Cathy Byrd of Fresh Art International with Adam Schreiber.


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Nobrow, Alex Spiro, Sam Arthur, wrapping paper

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Nobrow
Posted
Sunday, 22.07.2012

Wrapping Paper with designs by Ben Newman, Jill Green, Andy Rementer, Eda Akaltun and Paul Paetzel. Each package comes with 5 sheets of high quality FSC assured 90 gsm uncoated wrapping paper printed in four unique spot colours (including gold). 


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Geometric Porn

Tango & Hawaii is collaboration between two visual artists, Luciano Foglia and Anrick Bregman. Working from their studio in Hackney Wick, they create sound and visuals which explore the interplay between the randomised mathematical unpredictability of code and the tangible textures and nuances of real life.

GeometricPorn is a project by Luciano Foglia, a multidisciplinary visual artist. He has been working in the design industry for over ten years focusing on interactive design, code based animations and music. His personal time is spent exploring new ways of expression in music and art, working from his studio in London, Hackney Wick.

israel, installation

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Meet Toony Novak
Posted
Sunday, 24.07.2011

Toony Navok graduated the Advanced studies programe in MFA studies - Bezalel Academy of art & Design, Tel Aviv, and engages mainly in sculpture, installation, and drawing. Her sculptural works rely on found materials, transforming banal mundane objects into fantastical, dynamic structures which draw their form from basic architectural elements and aesthetic codes of interior design, yet always display a disorderly, fragile version, seeking an inner rhythm and balance all their own. Toony Navok lives and works in Tel Aviv.


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illustration, dan stafford, juxaposition, analogue

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Posted
Monday, 13.06.2011

London-based Mancunian Dan Stafford is a trained illustrator and image maker. He enjoys creating intelligent solutions to a brief by mixing startling colour and precise semiotics.

Hard to define, Dan's work is a juxtaposition of digital and analogue techniques; communicative and hypnotic, his work is engaging in any context.

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Oliver Knight, talents, uk

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Meet Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath
Posted
Wednesday, 30.03.2011

OK-RM is a London based design studio founded in 2008 by Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath. Working with a broad range of clients from individuals to institutions, the studio has a project specific approach allowing for a highly varied output that encompasses visual identity, publication design, art direction, editorial and digital projects. The studio’s methodology is built on an objective to communicate the intrinsic attributes of each commission through well-crafted, thoughtful and direct solutions. A grounding in conceptual thinking and a distinctive language based typographic approach is essential to the studio’s practice.

We believe that the studio delivers exceptional work and must be featured even more in the near future.


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illustration, david callow, grandpeople

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By David Callow
Meet Magnus Voll Mathiassen
Posted
Wednesday, 23.03.2011

Mathiassen was a co-founder of the Norwegian graphic design studio Grandpeople, established 2005.  Mathiassen has worked on a variety of projects with clients including Microsoft Zune, Nike Europe, Nike USA, The Norwegian Film School, Bergen International Festival, Bergen County Council, MTV Nordic, Converse and Varoom Magazine. We especially admire his illustrations.

Thank you David Callow for introducing MVM to Qompendium.

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paul stolper

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Meet Claire Pestaille
Posted
Thursday, 17.03.2011

Claire Pestaille is a manipulator of art historical masterpieces both creating her own stories and inventing new visuals using vintage images and analogue methods of intervention.


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illustrations

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Posted
Monday, 28.02.2011

Zander Blom was born in 1982 in Pretoria and lives and works in Johannesburg. His first major body of work, The Drain of Progress, showed in Johannesburg (2007), Cape Town (2008) and London (2009). The Travels of Bad followed, showing in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2009. Both were published as limited edition artist's books. Group shows include Ampersand at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2010); Black, Blank Projects (2009); Why Not?, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin (2009); Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town (2008); and .ZA: Young art from South Africa, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena, Italy (2008). Blom was included in the Younger than Jesus artists' directory published by the New Museum, New York (2009). He was awarded a Red Bull House of Art residency in São Paulo in 2009.

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All the Way to Paris
Posted
Monday, 14.02.2011

All the Way to Paris is a danish-swedish graphic designstudio based in Copenhagen, founded in 2004 by Tanja Vibe and Petra Olsson Gendt. The ladies have ever since build a solid agency reputation working for both commercial and cultural clients. We are intrigued by their work for the Karrier Bar and a really nice newspaper they have created for this bar.

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Talents Worth Watching February

 

Introducing talents, products, brands and sites worth watching

 

Herbert Kapitzki, a former student of Willi Baumeister.

Typografische Monatsblätter, a Swiss magazine focusing on typography and photography.

Archie The Zombie, a Tumblr blog dedicated to zines, comics and illustrations of the Zombie-kind.

Lernert Engelberts, a director, writer and artist and Eike König loves his work.

Anti-Sweden, another design office to launched with their new Website and a new brand.

Black & White Collections, a Tumblr blog only for vintage photography.

Calle Stoltz, Sweden

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Meet Calle Stoltz
Posted
Thursday, 13.01.2011

We know Swedish photographer Calle Stoltz since our very first days in the publishing arena and we are amazed as ever at his genre of artistic work. Taken from meticulously set stills to great portraits and experimental settings, Calle Stoltz continuously pushes the envelope.

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berlin, design studio, catk

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Meet Colors and the Kids
Posted
Thursday, 23.12.2010

It was 2008 when Elisabeth Schulze, Sebastian Gerbert and Maik Bluhm, all former students at the Bauhaus-University Weimar met and decided to run their own design studio. At the studio it is about "playing" together in Berlin while focussing on creative solutions for life style, film, culture, art, fashion and music clients. A colorful-candy-popsicle portfolio to enjoy on a great to navigate and minimalistic website. We love.


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illustrations

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Meet Paul X. Johnson
Posted
Monday, 20.12.2010

27-year-old Paul X. Johnson is a recent graduate of Northumbria University in the U.K. He freelances as an illustrator and graphic designer in his native city of Newcastle. From his website: "Hi there, I am Paul X. Johnson. I make pictures. Sometimes people pay me to make pictures for them. I recently graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in graphic design. I spend my days living, creating and drinking tea in the north east of England, where I live by the ocean."


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Meet Karl Nawrot and Walter Warton
Posted
Thursday, 16.12.2010

Karl Nawrot and Walter Warton founded their studio Voidwreck in Amsterdam with Karl a graduate of the Werkplaats Typografie, a school considered as quite influencial in the realm of typography. Both graphic designers like to explore different mediums in order to develop shape and pattern within the borders of typography. Check out their site and make sure to reload often in order to see more.

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alan clarke, new york, webber represents

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Meet Alan Clarke
Posted
Tuesday, 07.12.2010

Meet photographer Alan Clarke who creates and captures unique moments which seem almost invisible whether with models or celebrities. Alan Clarke lives and works in New York and can be booked for assignments through Webber Represents.

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Meet Teagan White
Posted
Wednesday, 10.11.2010

Teagan White is a freelance designer and illustrator from Chicago, currently a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her experience working with a diverse range of clients, from those in the music, fashion, and editorial industries to small business owners and individuals, has allowed her to reject much of the sterility of contemporary design in favor of an aesthetically-focused approach that bridges the perceived gap between graphic design and illustration. Intricate linework, naturalistic rendering, and subdued color are integral to her visual identity, while a fascination with natural history, antiquities, and mortality drives the content of her work.


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still life, ikea

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Meet Carl Kleiner
Posted
Saturday, 06.11.2010

Carl Kleiner made his major debut with the publication of Ikea's baking book "Homemade is Best". Every one is talking about the beautiful still life imagery he accomplished for that book. His portfolio reveals a much deeper expertise he has for still life. Kleiner seems to translate aesthetics from a one piece object to a more tangible setting. A great inspiration and talent.

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renaissance, old painting

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Meet Christian Tagliavini
Posted
Saturday, 06.11.2010


Christian Tagliavini is born in 1971 and of Swiss and Italian heritage. Here is in his own words, how he thinks about photography and art: "I have lived and studied in Italy and Switzerland in the 80s. Technical education, creative evolution self-taught. Then, the crossroads: on one side, graphics. On the other side, photography. I start with the idea, then I search someone to impersonate it. I build up stories and dramatize them using photography and creativity as a skillful artifice being at the same time author, stage designer, costume designer, casting manager, director - and photographer. I draw inspiration from other photographers and artists: Luigi Ghirri is to me the greatest Italian photographer. His misty landscapes pierced with the winter light remind me of the places where I grew up. Erwin Olaf, creative, elegant, ironic: I consider him a flawless model of technique and style, a true perfectionist of the artificial image."

 


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guns, pistols, american toys, baker

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Meet: Christopher Baker
Posted
Wednesday, 13.10.2010

Baker′s aims to discuss the complex relationship between society and its technologies. Trained first as a scientist and only recently as an artist, his practice represents an uneasy balance of eager technological optimism, analytical processes, deep-rooted skepticism and intuitive engagement. Much of this practice is inspired by the interconnectivities – visible and invisible – present in the modern urban landscape.

One of his projects "American Toys" was created by combining images from every United States patent containing the phrase "toy pistol". The earliest image dates back to the mid 1800′s.

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Meet: Valentin Ruhry
Posted
Tuesday, 12.10.2010

Austrian artist Valentin Ruhry is born in 1982 in Graz. Starting his career with a scholarship at the Royal School of Art and Design in Oslo, he later had no efforts presenting and showcasing his work to European galleries. Momentarily he is Assistant Lecturer at the HTBLA Ortweinschule in Graz. His installations and artistic settings are of minimal nature and should not be reduced to that only.


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Meet: Chris Buck
Posted
Monday, 11.10.2010

Canadian-born Chris Buck is well-known for his distinctive portrait style. He has built and established himself as a sought-after editorial and commericial photographer with clients such as GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, IBM, Microsoft to name a few. One of his latest commericial ventures is the Be Stupid Diesel campaign.

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sweden

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Meet: Ida Lehtonen
Posted
Monday, 11.10.2010

Swedish-born Ida Matilda Lehtonen was born in 1985. Based in Gothenburg she creates ironic settings and installations with every day objects. She is also a part of Wave Int'l,  a platform for an international community of artists and thinkers which is a quarterly publication and exhibition directed by Brian Khek and Jasmine Lee.

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