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Art Programme2019-06-24T13:33:19+00:00

NOBU KNOWS ART

Nobu Knows Art is a rolling art programme, comprised of the work of early career artists placed within the hotel for a duration of four months. Our aim is to enrich guests experience of Nobu by presenting carefully curated pieces – in different mediums – in surprising and subtle ways. We are also establishing an exciting public programme of events and discussions. Nobu London Shoreditch is at the heart of one of the world’s leading creative hubs: East London. Nobu Knows Art aims to bring you some of the very best of it.

Roll With The Punches (2019)

William Stein

This painting is part of the exhibition ‘Shore Line’. Stein’s works are presented with an extraordinary sense of infinity or ‘non-space’ – expanses seemingly endless and timeless, which do not even vaguely suggest an ending at the paper or canvas’ edge. William Stein’s practice is comprised of spoken and written word as well as the painted object. Intuitive mark-making – not just drawn but also scratched, stippled and stencilled – has seen the artist develop a highly distinctive language of shapes, spheres, line and texture. Working on poured plaster as opposed to canvas or panel, he disrupts our expectations of what a painting should – or could – be.

Roll With The Punches (2019)

William Stein

This painting is part of the exhibition ‘Shore Line’. The Stein’s work are presented with extraordinary senses of infinity or ‘non-space’ – expanses seemingly endless and timeless, which do not even vaguely suggest ending at the paper or canvas’ edge. William Stein’s practice comprises the spoken and written word as well as the painted object. Intuitive mark-making – not just drawn but also scratched, stippled and stenciled – has seen the artist develop a highly distinctive language of shapes, spheres, line and texture. Working on poured plaster as opposed to canvas or panel, he disrupts our expectations of what a painting should – or could – be.

Soft Whispers (2019) & Tomorrow I’ll bake (2018)

Maddalena Zadra

As expressed by the paintings, Zadra investigated surfaces, focusing on motifs, material processes and themes. The paintings are both painterly and highly tactile and are identified most clearly in their dialectical conversation with the medium’s traditions and its classical structure. It consists in a challenge of contrast of materials, shapes and colours. Playing with visual images and symbols that come from many sources, from personal experiences and memories, from classical and modern visual motifs, that represent symbolic ideas.

Soft Whispers (2019) & Tomorrow I’ll bake (2018)

Maddalena Zadra

As expressed by the paintings, Zadra investigated surfaces, focusing on motifs, material processes and themes. The paintings are both painterly and highly tactile and are identified most clearly in their dialectical conversation with the medium’s traditions and its classical structure. It consists in a challenge of contrast of materials, shapes and colours. Playing with visual images and symbols that come from many sources, from personal experiences and memories, from classical and modern visual motifs, that represent symbolic ideas.

Rafaela De Ascanio (2019)

Special ceramic created specifically for Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

‘No tree surveys alone in the forest. When one tree falls ill, we all send food. For if one tree dies, the canopy is broken’ 2019 A special ceramic created for Nobu London Shoreditch inspired by Japanese animation/figuration and Studio Ghibli aesthetic. This vessel holds a secret, levitating kingdom, supported by interwoven roots below and sheltered by a canopy above. A woman and a gnome figure float through the tree roots communicating with them about the future. The imagery references both utopic ‘Laputa’ from Studio Ghibli’s ‘Castle in the Sky’ and Netflix’s supernatural, sci-fi drama ‘The OA’, where an angel is forewarned by the spirit of a giant tree.

Rafaela De Ascanio (2019)

Special ceramic created specifically for Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

‘No tree surveys alone in the forest. When one tree falls ill, we all send food. For if one tree dies, the canopy is broken’ 2019 A special ceramic created for Nobu London Shoreditch inspired by Japanese animation/figuration and Studio Ghibli aesthetic. This vessel holds a secret, levitating kingdom, supported by interwoven roots below and sheltered by a canopy above. A woman and a gnome figure float through the tree roots communicating with them about the future. The imagery references both utopic ‘Laputa’ from Studio Ghibli’s ‘Castle in the Sky’ and Netflix’s supernatural, sci-fi drama ‘The OA’, where an angel is forewarned by the spirit of a giant tree.

Domain (2018)

Florence Sweeney

The powdery blue-pigmented tactile surface of the ‘Domain’ series shift and morph blending into burnished iridescent purples! Abstracted ambiguity at the
forefront of its surface of what perceives to be soft like cloth is in fact a deceptively solid exterior. A blanket fallen upon a metal structure it conceals like a shroud that undulates like a terrain, as a metaphysical space, of one’s domain. Florence Sweeney’s paintings are casted plasters that are inlayed in a aluminium structure, the process combined of sculpture and painting. Florence develops her own paints of binding different elements of pigments, mediums that have a natural effect when friction is applied.

Domain (2018)

Florence Sweeney

The powdery blue-pigmented tactile surface of the ‘Domain’ series shift and morph blending into burnished iridescent purples! Abstracted ambiguity at the forefront of its surface of what perceives to be soft like cloth is in fact a deceptively solid exterior. A blanket fallen upon a metal structure it conceals like a shroud that undulates
like a terrain, as a metaphysical space, of one’s domain.

Florence Sweeney’s paintings are casted plasters that are inlayed in a aluminium structure, the processes combines processes of sculpture and painting. Florence develops her own paints of binding different elements of pigments, mediums that have a natural effect when friction.

Stealth (2018)

Sol Bailey-Baker

We are ancient transhumainists; we have always sought to transcend the boundaries of what it means to be human, from ‘Lion Man’ to body augmentation and flight. ‘Stealth’ through the medium of oak and steel, explores the theory that language evolved out of the communication of tool making several million years ago and that from the ancient fire hardened wood spear to stealth drones and we have sought to expand the boundaries of aerodynamic.

Stealth (2018)

Sol Bailey-Baker

We are ancient transhumainists; we have always sought to transcend the boundaries of what it means to be human, from ‘Lion Man’ to body augmentation and flight. ‘Stealth’ through the medium of oak and steel, explores the theory that language evolved out of the communication of tool making several million years ago and that from the ancient fire hardened wood spear to stealth drones and we have sought to expand the boundaries of aerodynamic.

Algorithm (2019)

Tom Webb

The British born artist lives in London, UK. Yet, his work flirts with the notions of real-time data and present contemporary life in today’s globalised world. More so, Webb captures the exact thoughts, feelings and beliefs through digital data using a combination of media and producing artworks that are programmed to utilise numerous server systems.His digital brilliance has resulted in the artist achieving a world first in holographic technology, in the form of a real-time digital infinity mirror. Webb’s work captures the elements of futurism that we all stereotype – neon light, data, coding, secrecy and hacking.

Algorithm (2019)

Tom Webb

The British born artist lives in London, UK. Yet, his work flirts with the notions of real-time data and present contemporary life in today’s globalised world. More so, Webb captures the exact thoughts, feelings and beliefs through digital data using a combination of media and producing artworks that are programmed to utilise numerous server systems.His digital brilliance has resulted in the artist achieving a world first in holographic technology, in the form of a real-time digital infinity mirror. Webb’s work captures the elements of futurism that we all stereotype – neon light, data, coding, secrecy and hacking.