In the search for art

Today I visited the Witte de With in Rotterdam. The street where Marlies Dekkers owns a shop, worldly restaurant Bazar is suited, where cultural festivals meet and where lots of art galleries are listed. With my yet new bedroom I’m in the search of a lovely art piece, so with the sun in my back I enjoyed an inspirational trip. Two art galleries popped out: The House Of Ababa and art expo TENT – which was recently renewed. The House Of Ababa is brand new and a platform for both established artists and young talent to show and sell their work and to give art lovers the chance to collect art in an easy and accessible way. The art now established, is a combination of graffiti, photo manipulation and pop art. TENT exposed a complete different way of art by Anne Wenzel. The Opaque Palace are works produced over the past ten years and show a large monographic exhibition. Wenzels work is dark and shows lost causes with her post-romantic imagination and baroque.

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o two completely different art genres, but in my eyes both inspirational and beautiful. What I like about Anne Wenzel in TENT is the dark imagination and material use, creating a haunted place laden with old and mostly forgotten stories. What I like about The House Of Ababa is the changing collection with young talent and the pop art signature. For example, the huge banana something ordinary which the great – yes I’m a huge fan – Andy Warhol turned into art. So here are my favorites, hope I can inspire you to visit both galleries 🙂

Enjoy !

// The House Of Ababa – A touch of pop art and young and established talents






// TENT – Anne Wenzel “The Opaque Palace”








Photos by Johan Hazenbroek

More info on tentrotterdam.nl & ababa.nl

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Guest post: Ten artists who will give your interior a natural vibe

The first guest post goes to friend, fellow blogger and THE one who ‘seduced’ me to start my own blog: Jantine of Bleaq.com. In 2012 she founded Bleaq and I follow her ever since. Bleaq – I quote – ‘collects visual inspiration focussing on the melancholic, bleak side of traditional art, illustration, design and photography’. Besides blogging we have a lot in common. During our study some called her ‘my evil twin’, because of her love for the art she now shares on her blog. So let’s kick off  with the first guest post. Again thanks Jantine for inspiring me and my readers!

When Johan asked me if I wanted to write a guest-post for Label 1114 I was a bit scared: I don’t know a lot about interior. But when he explained that he was interested in art that could add a little something to a modern-black-and-white-Label-1114-approved interior (he didn’t say it like that of course, but you’ll get my point) I was immediately excited! I really like what art can do with your home, for me art makes a house a home.

Next to my work as a designer I have an art blog called ‘Bleaq’. Three times a week I share the work of artists I love, hopefully getting their work known and loved by my readers. The style and techniques of the featured artists is quite varied – from sculptures to illustration, and from paintings to photography – but the art usually has a dark, melancholic side. Since the beginning of Bleaq to today I featured hundreds of artists, which I had to shrink down to just a few to share with you today.

To shrink the pool of artists a bit I decided to have some rules for this list. One: you should be able to purchase the works displayed immediately. All the works are available at Society6, a great webshop where you can buy prints, apparel and gadgets from thousands of artists from all over the world. The second rule is more a theme than a rule: nature. Lately I’ve been very inspired by several ‘Cabin in the woods’-boards on Pinterest: images from beautiful homes situated in dense pine forests. Living in Rotterdam the fresh air of nature seems a bit far away sometimes, that’s why I decided on a natural theme.

So let’s get going: ten artists who will give your interior a natural vibe, without having to water any plants 😉 Enjoy!



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