I came across this Netflix series by chance. One Sunday morning, I logged on Netflix to spend (even) more time procrastinating. Instead, I found the new series Abstract.
The first episode grabbed me with such interest I saw them all in one go! The series explore the lives and work of eight renowned artists. You get a great understanding of the artists’ life, work and individuality.
Each episode is a work of art itself, very well produced. The series make you feel like you are opening a beautiful present, wrapped in the most creative way. It was such a delight watching it and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest for art.
Here’s a small paragraph review of each episode without giving much away.
Christoph Niemann: Illustration
This episode was the first one I watched and is one of my favourites. I’m very passionate about illustration and Christoph is a legend. You get a sense of who Christoph Niemann is and the creative process behind his work. But you also a great understanding of what happens inside his studio and how he finds his inspiration. It was produced in such an innovative way. It’s packed with loads of incredible illustrations and artwork.
Tinker Hatfield: Footwear design
This guy is THE footwear legend. It’s almost impossible to see hhis design work and not recognising it. What I found great about this episode is that you have a first-line view of his amazing life outside his work. You are invited to the journey of his life and how it all came together to design the most famous sneakers of all time. He unveils his drawings, studio and, best of all, his personality.
Es Davlin: Stage design
By golly, this episode!! Es Davlin is such an interesting person already and to see her career compacted into one 42-minute episode is a masterpiece. The producer takes you on a journey of the amazing stage design she’s done for artists like Adele, Beyonce and Kanye West. We are welcomed to her artwork and routine, which is an unforgettable experience. You’ll never look at concert )or theatre) stages the same way again.
Bjarke Ingels: Architecture
With just one minute on, I was hooked. This is one architect you can distinctly separate from the rest. Bjarke Ingels sees the world in a different way and you can see that in his designs. He transforms spaces with his futuristics designs, from which you can clearly see inspirations from experiences and (yes!) comic books. There’s a fun and humane influence to it, which the producer successfully communicates. And, if you live in London (or visited in 2016), you might have seen one of his works at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.
Ralph Gilles: Automotive design
OK, so let me be 100% honest here. I’m not into cars. Like, at all. A rare or unusual car could pass by me and I wouldn’t see it. Having said that, it was an interesting episode. Ralph Gilles is a quiet person. I personally found a strange sadness in his eyes which throughout the episode you understand where it comes from. He fought his way to becoming the Global Designer of Fiat Chrysler and you see the entire work process a new project has. It will be interesting to see your thoughts. If you (like me) don’t particularly like cars, you’ll learn a lot from the automotive industry and car design.
Paula Scher: Graphic design
The insatiable Paula Scher has got to be the most famous typographer in the world. Even if you haven’t heard of her (yet), you’ve seen her work. The episode shows her most accomplished work and love affair for New York. Her style is so different and insanely creative, you’ll easily recognise it. From her roots to her present, it’s impossible to not fall in love with her.
This was the only episode that made me cry. Humility and empathy are two great words that can describe Platon’s work. One of the most famous photographers in the world and whose brutally honest pictures make you think. They help you make a connection to who is on the other side of the camera. It’s an incredible documentary of his life and influence in today’s culture.
Ilse Crawford: Interior design
If I’m honest, I saw this episode twice. Ilse Crawfords has this sensibility that most people can only dream of. She creates beautiful artwork through spaces. Her design is born from extensive research, an eye from beautiful details and, of course, experience. The entire episode was a wonder to my eyes. The episode is really well produced and is a medium to Ilse Crawford’s achievements.
All episodes are a feast for our eyes and soul. These are very distinct artists. Their experiences, life journey and sensibility have a great impact on their careers. This was a very well structured and produced series; you don’t need to be a designer or an artist to appreciate it.
At the end, it motivated me to write and create something new. I sure hope it gives you the same motivation and inspiration.
Pictures Source: Netflix Inc.