by Nathan Coley
Built as a municipal bathhouse in the late 19th century, Les Bains-Douches would eventually become one of the hottest night clubs in Paris known simply as Les Bains, a destination for the likes of Kate Moss, Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp and even Andy Warhol. Due to some faulty construction in 2010 the building was declared a safety hazard and is now slated for complete renovation in just a few days to pave way for La Société des Bains, a new space that will open in 2014. In the meantime, owner Jean-Pierre Marois turned over the building to 50 street artists commissioned by Magda Danysz Gallery who have been working since January to turn the decaying building into an endless canvas of artwork.
While the entire space will unfortunately remain closed to the public, photographers Stephane Bisseuil and Jérôme Coton were allowed in to shoot many of the artworks in progress. Above is just a small selection, head over to Les Bains “One Day One Artist” page to see much more.
Designer Tobias Van Schneider has created the most honest & human weather app out there. The app tells you whether it’s “cold as fuck” or just “damn chilly” outside, and will let you know if there are “clear fucking skies” or if “it’s fucking raining right now”. It is currently only available for Blackberry users, but the designer has submitted it to Apple’s iTunes App Store for Approval.
Nancy Fouts seeks out varied objects that she marries poetically, leaving the interpretation of their meaning open to the mind of their viewers. The themes of nature and religion frequently recur and overlap in the artist’s work as mediums to make us see things afresh. The overarching theme is freedom of thought; Fouts makes art inspired by the naïveté of childhood and by doing so she imagines each of her subjects without preconceptions.
American born Fouts yet has lived and worked in London for the past 40 years, first graduating from the Chelsea College of Art and then the RCA. In the 1960’s the artist went on to co-found the Shirt Sleeve Studio and later set up the artist-run gallery Fouts and Fowler.