Palau de Pedralbes is the scenery chosen by 080 Barcelona Fashion to present Toni Francesc’s “Gypsum”, his newest collection for Spring Summer 2013.

This collection is inspired by crystals and stones that connect the functional design together with natural woman sensuality providing a constructive treatment of each piece and fabric, looking like plaster in its mineral state. It’s about the search for clean lines and geometric shapes that fit the body and merge it with the materials showing the balance, fluidity and feminine style.

In the chromatic range the collection includes a set of transparencies and translucent with bright colors, which are inspired by crystals as selenite and alabaster with shades of green, blue and orange that get integrated with some other opaque and dusty colors, looking for a stronger and architectural feeling, plaster and cement colors.

These fabrics are vaporous like Tencel and silk, or constructed as the technical ones, cottons, wool, linen and organza.

For this Spring Summer 2013 collection, Toni Francesc’s woman is strong and balanced, but also sensual and fragile.

About Toni Francesc

Toni was born in Badalona, Barcelona, and felt attracted by fashion since he was a child. His mother was dressmaker and he grew up between threads and patterns. He studied fashion design at Instituto de la Moda in Barcelona at eighteen an immediately after he began working in the family business, while in 1992 he created his own brand.

Toni Francesc’s first collection was presented in Mexico Fashion Week and Bread & Butter in 2007, emphasizing his fresh and dynamic style, with functional styles intended for modern, urban and sophisticated women.

Toni looks for inspiration in daily, streets and his people, and then interprets what he has seen in his studio: “through my designs I want to communicate the moment experiences”. Hence some of his most personal collections like “Feelings” or “Water’s mood”, in which Toni sent a very human and close message.

Toni bases his work on experimentation, from fabrics to patterns: “I want to achieve the simplicity and the impossible at the same time, that a dress seems easy although it isn’t ” and his style is recognized in sober colors and outstanding and defiant volumes, but enhancing the most feminine side of women.

Nowadays he presents his collections first in 080 Barcelona Fashion and then Mercedes Benz Fashion Mexico , but he also has modeled down Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week or Russian Fashion Week catwalk.

Toni cooperates with Mexican universities to teach fashion design and fashion business and took part on a discussion board in collaboration with Spain-USA Chamber of Commerce and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York in September 2010.

Source: www.tonifrancesc.com

Weekends May 7 through June 12, Creative Time and the Brooklyn Navy Yard will present Fly By Night, artist Duke Riley’s public artwork of unprecedented scale and beauty. Fly By Night will be Riley’s largest project to date.

Friday through Sunday evenings at dusk, a massive flock of pigeons will elegantly twirl, swoop, and glide above the East River, as Riley orchestrates a series of performances occurring regularly throughout late spring. At the call of a whistle, thousands of birds will emerge from their home in a grand, converted historic boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The pigeons will circle above the river as the sun sets over Manhattan, and small leg bands, historically used to carry messages, will be replaced with tiny LED lights, illuminating the sky in a transcendent union of public art and nature.

Fly By Night pays homage to pigeon keeping, both in New York and farther afield. Pigeons have been domesticated for thousands of years and kept by people around the world for their companionship, sport, and service.

Locally, each neighborhood in New York once had a community of pigeon keepers (or fanciers, as they are commonly known); a dense network of rooftop pigeon lofts stretched across the five boroughs.

While property development and population shifts have caused the practice to wane, Fly By Night reflects back on and makes visible this largely forgotten culture.

The iconic Brooklyn Navy Yard, once home to the country’s largest naval fleet of pigeon carriers, is the ideal setting for Riley’s Fly By Night–a tribute to the beautiful, diverse, and fascinating histories of pigeon flying and New York City.

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About Duke Riley

Duke Riley (b. 1972, Boston) explores the struggles of marginal communities who exist, perhaps forgotten, within larger encompassing societies, looking at such issues as the tension between individual and collective behavior, and conflict with institutional power.

Riley is known for work that combines the seafarer’s craft with nautical history through drawing, printmaking, mosaic, sculpture, performative interventions, and video structured as complex multimedia installations.

Riley has had solo exhibitions at Magnan Metz Gallery, New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; and the Havana Biennial, among other venues.

He has received numerous awards and commissions, including a Percent for Art commission, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, and the MTA Arts For Transit commission for the Beach 98th Street Station renovation. Born in Boston, he received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, before moving to New York, settling in Brooklyn, and earning his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute.

About Creative Time

Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space.

Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.

We are acclaimed for the innovative and meaningful projects we have commissioned, from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to bus ads promoting HIV awareness, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and much more.

In partnership with a variety of well-known cultural institutions and community groups, we have commissioned art in unique landmark sites from the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Governors Island, and the High Line, to neglected urban treasures like the Lower East Side’s historic Essex Street Market, Coney Island, and New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward.

We are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.