Rich Mix and Havana Club have announced the winner of the final Wall Project commission.
London artist Olivia Strange was selected from a shortlist of entries.
In her submission Olivia said: “I feel that the colours and textures very much capture the spirit of Havana. To break down the design simply - the vibrant colours suggest the creativity and culture of Cuba and the people of Havana."
"The way in which the paint/colour is applied suggests spontaneity and the black curving line which multiplies and branches out suggests inclusiveness and generosity. I have created this painting using acrylic and emulsion paint so this could easily be applied to a wall either directly or onto canvas first.”
On Thursday 1 September, Rich Mix and Havana Club will unveil Olivia's installation as part of Rich Mix's season launch.
The unveiling will be accompanied by free night of vibrant, dynamic Afrocuban traditional music featuring Cuban musicians Martha Galarraga, Javier Martinez Campos, Gerardo de Armas Sarria and friends.
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About the Wall Project
Rich Mix and Havana Club have collaborated to present the Wall Project. The project is an art competition that allowed emerging talents to gain exposure on a prominent wall of Rich Mix – one of East London’s cultural hotspots.
The twelve-month project included three commissions launched by three live events, hosted in conjunction with the start of Rich Mix’s new seasons.
Artist Remi/Rough launched the Wall Project in January 2011 with his interpretation and vision of the values that make Havana so unique. The celebrated urban artist was specially commissioned to design and paint an interior wall that runs the entire length of the Rich Mix events space.
Artists were then invited to submit their entries to panel of experts, led by Remi/Rough, who selected two winning designs to feature on the Rich Mix interior wall throughout the year. The design had to embody the unique and inspiring attitude that reflects the true values of the Cuban capital – humanity, spontaneity and creativity, this refreshing attitude highlighting the informality, passion and generosity of the people of Havana.
The Summer Season application received many exciting interpretations on the true values of Havana and the final winner was LXOne.
“"I've used shapes and symbols that refers to my work and interpreted the brief using colour and movement. Orange is for the sun, red is for the passion and yellow is for the happiness - all characteristics I see in Cuban humanity. The geometrical patterns convey both accurateness but also spontaneity with my use of the arrow. The value of creativity can be seen in the finished product from submission to completing my work and the whole creative process been something I have hugely enjoyed having the opportunity to do" - LXOne
Wall Project Featured Artists
Olivia Strange www.oliviastrange.com
Remi Rough remirough.com
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