On the 16th and 17th of April, on it's tenth edition, students of the Fine-Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon exhibit their work to the public, at the Open Gallery weekend event, that brought nearly 2000 people to visit and appreciate the work of over 200 students from different areas, ranging from Product Design and Audiovisuals to Illustration and Sculpture.
With so much to see, I decided to bring an old friend to tag along and help me pick out some favorites:
The Governor by Ana Pinote & Diogo Matos
Let's start out with something rather useful. The Governor is a way to visually measure your professional life and personal life. Sounds blimey? Well, creators Ana Pinote and Diogo Matos found a way to mix two liquids with different densities, one red, representing your personal life, the other yellowish, representing your professional life, in order see how balanced each are.
OK, so maybe it's more of a metaphorical novelty, but this is life-changing stuff here!
Diana Gomes aka MIDREKY
MIDREKY is a 20 year old student that does amazing work! These two illustrations, Chained To The Sea (left) and Radioactive Girl (right), are just an example of what she can do! Check her out on Facebook and Tumblr!
Moldavian-born Nicoleta Sandulescu shares the family passion for art, as her mother and sister share an atelier, where they back each other up.
Proof of her talent: She's been doing exhibits since she was 14 and her work can be bought at auctions. Need I say more?
Multimedia Arts student Patrícia Carvalho uses photography and drawing to demonstrate her inner feelings. With the long and mostly poetic texts that accompany her visual work, she is definitely one to watch, as she can be as creative as unpredictable, as you can see with Cristina's Picture and Coloring Book, above.
You can see more of her work on Behance.
Project Sleed by Cátia Moura & Rita Sebastião
Two very creative Product Design students found a solution to a possible kitchen problem. Nevermind those wooden knife holders that look cheesy, using Sleed, you've got a stylish, versatile, knife holder, that can be hung safely on the wall. Why are we not funding this?
Rita Martins aka Mazedoodle
Lisbon-local, drawing student Rita, was one of my personal highlights from last year's edition and I was happy to revisit her work again this time around.
More recently she's been gaining an interest in illustration for children and has been incorporating that into her drawings. Do see her work on Behance and Facebook.
I've been a huge fan of Mariana's work for years already. Having already participated in several fanzines, she's been focusing in showing her work at different conventions. Her main objective is to bring out the shocking fuzzy feelings out of us, through her stories. And what an amazing job she's done.
You can see more photos at the official blog of the event.