FRONTRUNNER

From Tuscany to the International Scene: Massimo Bartolini

Massimo Bartolini (b. Cecina, 1962) trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, and his artistic experimentation took shape through multiple mediums in relation to space and its perception. Works made of lights and shadows, of static and dynamic elements.

Jessica Kingdon on her Debut Documentary: Ascension

When someone says “The American Dream”, we think of a white picket fence. But the expression “Chinese Dream”? We won’t know where to begin. ASCENSION is director Jessica Kingdon’s debut documentary feature.

Sanford Biggers: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

Between symbolism and history, Sanford Biggers’ practice is a mix of elements ranging from marble to fabrics, which reinterpret facts of the past through a contemporary lens in paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, films and performances.

Eco-Sustainable Techno-Poetry: Daan Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde’s projects are aimed at the future and the sustainability of the individual. Thanks to technology, every work Roosegaarde creates is visual and immersive poetry.

ART

Alexi Marshall: Female Bodies and Folklore

Alexi Marshall celebrates womanhood in her practice, emphasising unapologetic female bodies. Drawing on print, fabric, and mosaics, she subverts gendered stereotypes through her work.

Digital Empathy: Miltos Manetas

Before the Metaverse, before you heard of NFTs or digital art, something was brewing for Greek artist Miltos Manetas. He was there right at the beginning of it all, searching for digital empathy.

The Fairytale Art World of Alice Ronchi

In the rural landscape where she grew up, who better understands the importance of contact with the life of nature. We’re talking about artist Alice Ronchi, born near Piacenza, in Emilia-Romagna.

A One-On-One With Monica Bonvicini

“I think one strong reason why I wanted to become an artist is that I was terrified by the idea of getting up every day and do the same thing”. With these words, Monica Bonvicini begins our interview.

Francesca Leone: The FRONTRUNNER Interview

An internationally-renowned painter, Francesca Leone is the daughter of art, literally. Her father is director and producer Sergio Leone, the originator of the spaghetti-western film genre and one who had redefined the American gangster movie.

Justin Mortimer: Enigmas and Paradoxes  

Justin Mortimer’s work operates in an enigmatic world that is both surreal and realist. His paintings are marked by implicit figures and apocalyptic landscapes. Mortimer mostly works in oils and acrylics, playing on elusive paradoxes.

The Poetic Research of Alessandro Piangiamore

From coral to flowers, from concrete to wax, Alessandro Piangiamore’s practice is so versatile that it leaves nothing to chance. Having “grown up with Etna on the horizon”, his figure culminates in the contrast emerging from each work in a poetic and clear way, into its essence.

FILM

Alex Hassell on Joel Coen’s ‘Tragedy of Macbeth’

Alex Hassell’s resumé is admirable. With so many performances to discuss, we settle on Joel Coen’s ‘Tragedy of Macbeth’, where he plays alongside a few recognisable names such as Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Director Julia Ducournau

FRONTRUNNER meets director Julia Ducournau and finds out more about her latest film, Titane, winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes.

A FRONTRUNNER Exclusive: Director Alexander Nanau

Our FALL 2021 Cover Story: An interview with Romanian director Alexander Nanau on his double-Academy Award-nominated documentary feature, COLLECTIVE, and how national scandals can – and should – inspire public activism.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Artist & Filmmaker Shen Xin

Shen Xin’s work examines and fabricates techniques and effects of how emotion, politics, identity, gender and ethics circulate through individual and collective subjects.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Creative Polymath Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn, artistic polymath and true Renaissance man, wandered the Sacred Forest and explored the oldest piece of literature to find inspiration for his fifth album, Lost in the Cedar Wood.

When Worlds Collide: Kenny Scharf

FRONTRUNNER presents an exclusive interview with Malia Scharf and filmmaker Max Basch on their documentary When Worlds Collide: Kenny Scharf.

MUSIC

Music That Heals: Ensemble Mik Nawooj

The world can be full of so much pain and suffering that we can’t control. Maybe music can be a cure. That’s what hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj aims to do: alleviate suffering with music.

FRONTRUNNER Gets to Know…Yuno

While he works on his debut album, FRONTRUNNER spoke with Yuno about his latest single, “January’s Somebody”, self-production, how he took music from his bedroom to the stage, and more.

Better Days with The Night Café

Whilst beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, Vincent Van Gogh himself described his piece The Night Café as his ugliest painting ever.

No Place Like Home: Aquilo

Originally from the quaint village of Silverdale in the North of England, the duo Aquilo stumbled upon fame after years of playing in rivalling rock bands. With the release of their debut single, “Calling Me”, people started to really listen.

FRONTRUNNER exclusive: The Magic Gang

From their student house in Brighton to some of the UK’s biggest stages, including the likes of Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, The Magic Gang

Good Conversation(s) with Zein Gowie

This interview, much like Zein’s music, brims with a humble energy that comes hand in hand with being true to oneself. Zein Gowie is a

Coming Up Next: Fickle Friends

Nobody likes fickle friends who are temperamental and inconstant, but it’s a different story when it comes to euphoric indie-pop band Fickle Friends. There’s nothing fickle

Sweet New Sounds From Black Honey

If you can’t make up your mind on whether to listen to Nancy Sinatra or Nirvana: lovechild Black Honey demands to be heard. With their retro film-inspired aesthetic, the British quartet transports you to the movie set of their world.

CULTURE

Silva Cunningham: The Sketchbooks of Growing Up

Silva Cunningham created a youth culture magazine called Plates Of Meat one year ago. In her words, “The entire thing is about the process of growing up and figuring itself out”.

Enrico Caruso Centenary: A Tenor for All Time

Even today, his voice is among the most important in the history of world music and the first voice of Italian music to cross the ocean. We speak of tenor Enrico Caruso.

Jazmyn W: A Rising Comedic Force

Leaving a six-figure corporate job for the world of standup comedy is brave. But, if your name is Jazmyn W, that gambit has already paid off.

An Interview with Curator Taras Matla

Taras W. Matla is the Associate Director of the University of Maryland (UMD) Art Gallery. He’s worked for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust.

TRAVEL

Vacationing in Stockholm with your teens

ART The Snösätra Graffiti Wall of Fame is a good way to experience some contemporary art outside a gallery or museum. The Snösatra Graffiti Wall

You should explore Stockholm’s art scene

Stockholm is an ideal destination for any student interested in the arts. Museums almost always offer student discounts, and straying away from the touristy Gamla

DESIGN

Calen Knauf’s Case for Specialization

Industrial designer Calen Knauf won the Rising Star Award at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2017 and has collaborated with companies including Stüssy and Tetra.

Careful Curation with Éditions 8888

Born in Montréal, a city notorious for its counterculture, Éditions 8888 nestles itself between the disciplines of postmodernism, brutalism, punk, sci-fi … we could go

Disco Daydreaming at Lland Studio

Rachel Shillander wants to explore her architectural ambitions – which she says are here for the long haul – through functional and decorative furniture, objects,

Shrouding Light with Stamatios Fragos

The power of the internet purveys in the case of Stamatios Fragos, a designer whose lamps, which combine traditional elements of design with a concept of concealed illumination.

Intuitive Creation with Yasmin Bawa

Experimentation, in terms of both medium and process, delineates Yasmin Bawa’s Berlin-based practice where she designs various objects, furniture and spaces. Evidently, instinctive trial and error pays off.

Cory Henry’s Narrative Architecture

As an educator and practitioner, Cory Henry knows the architectural discipline is burdened with social responsibility. In an exclusive for FRONTRUNNER, Cory Henry discusses inspiration, academic obstacles, plus how context and culture informs a bigger design narrative.

FRONTRUNNER Meets Studio Dainelli

Exploring themes of balance, proportionality and shape in their timeless products, Dainelli Studio’s research (helmed by founders Leonardo and Marzia Dainelli) has led to prestigious collaborations with brands such as Gallotti&Radice, Mogg, and Fendi Casa.

FORUM HIGHLIGHTS

Finding Peace and Beauty with Farida Bustani

The seaside town resort of El Gouna, near Hurghada is a picturesque town built along the Red Sea shore. It has distinct architectural styles, adjoining

Ziyang Wu: Cutting Through The Noise

Born and raised in Xuzhou (Jiangsu Province, China), Ziyang Wu is a contemporary artist teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The Art of Life and Death with Vern Rattapoom

Thai artist Rattapoom Piwpantamit (Vern) moved from a small village in Thailand to the city (Bangkok) to pursue his art career. He talks of heart-wrenching

Profile of the Week: Carla Timoc

Romanian artist Carla Timoc, recently graduated from the University of Art and Design receiving a MA degree in Photography. Her work experiments with film format

YngSpc: A space nurturing the future of art

Imagine: an independent, online/offline platform for contemporary art that emphasizes artists early in their careers. Kate Mothes never imagined her blog would turn into a

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Sierra Cortner, Social Media Marketing

So, I’m guessing purple is your favorite color? What significance does the color purple have to you? It’s not my favorite color but I recently

Dana Nehdaran, Painter

What’s something you consider “cool” and how would you classify what cool is? Someone who’s outgoing, laid back, and a smooth talker Would you call

Rameet Chawla, Farmer

Can you tell me a little bit about your role as a farmer. What exactly do you do? Do you own land or animals? I

Amy van Doran, Matchmaker

So as a matchmaker, how would you say one finds compatibility in someone else? I think it’s good to start with having a shared value

Nima Veiseh, Painter

How does your fashion and style reflect who you are as an artist? I’m the founder of a clothing company called “Dress Abstract”, which is

Pajtim Osmanaj, Artist

What colors do you like to wear? I go to both extremes. I’m either super shiny like I’m dressed today. A lot of the times

Blair Quinn, Dancer/Artist/Designer

How would you categorize your style and how does it reflect who you are? My style is very “real”. It represents my feelings and my

Dennis Carroll, Photographer and Painter

What do you photograph? I go to a lot of state sales and flea markets and I take pictures of people’s stuff that they’ve been

Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, Curator

As a curator, what kind of artists do you try to find? At art fairs you can get pretty overwhelmed. So I’m looking for something