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Artist Spotlight: Bisco Smith

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Art is all around us – in architecture, home decor, fashion and more. It is a conglomeration of culture, individual expression, and inspiration that can’t be replicated. Urban art, in particular, cultivates a sense of expression in the community, as it reflects the streets and the culture buzzing around it. Vivince loves seeing the colorful conviction that urban street art brings, and that’s why we have loved following New York City’s, Bisco Smith, as he is making waves in Park City through his daring street art and creative workshops. Keep reading to discover just what he’s up to!

Graffiti artist and DJ Bisco Smith has his roots planted in Queens, New York, but has a traveled all across New York, Los Angeles, and even to the Middle East to create magnificent works and support the next generation in artistic exploration. This past spring, he was chosen among the many talented candidates to partner with the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board in conjunction with the PCSC Arts Council and Basin Recreation to lead the Park City young artist community in a two-day creative workshop.

The youth engagement project formerly known as “The Future is Now” is designed to engage a diverse population of the local youth by having them contribute to an interactive street art mural in the tunnel under Highway 224, which serves as a literal and figurative connection point for the Park City community. 

The leaders brought in Bisco to lay the street art groundwork and foster a positive outlet for the diverse group of young people to work together, express themselves, and collectively create a vision and a bridge for the future. Hadley Dynak, Executive Director of the PCSC Arts Council states, “This is a youth engagement project first, with a public art outcome.”

The workshop took place in early May at the Skullcandy HQ in Kimball Junction and allowed the youth of Summit County to work with the internationally-known street artist to express their voices and creativity while collaborating to create a mural that reflects the community vision and personality. 

The results can be seen at the public site in the tunnel under Highway 224. To see a glimpse of the creation, keep scrolling! And a thank you to our friend and fellow artist, Bisco Smith, for investing in the Park City community.

Favorite Four: Florists

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Whether we are hosting a wedding, planning an interactive art exhibition, or throwing an exciting celebration, it is almost a guarantee that flowers will be a part of the day. They might adorn the tables as centerpieces, hang from the ceiling in an artistic collection, or float frozen in blocks of ice, but flowers are ever-present and have a way of bringing pops of color and strains of life into any setting.

Here at Vivince, we have had the joy of connecting and collaborating with some of the best florists in the Parks City area and beyond and we want to brag on our top five favorite florists.
So if you’re in the market for a floral expert in the area, or you’re just looking for local inspiration, keep reading to learn all about our five favorite florists! 

Decoration Inc – Salt Lake City-based, Decoration Inc. is a boutique floral studio that has been servicing style-conscious clients more than 25 years. Environmentally conscious and experts in locally-sourced products, they have provided beautiful blooms for weddings and events big and small, including our very own High West styled shoot, Natural History Museum of Utah styled shoot, and more. Take a look at their seasonal selections and versatile arrangements here! 

Pepper Nix Photography

Honey of a Thousand Flowers – Sarah Winward – As sweet as the name might imply, Honey of a Thousand Flowers is owned and operated by Sarah, a destination wedding florist that creates flower arrangements that evoke feeling rather than just sit idly on a table. Inspired by diverse textures and the changing of the seasons, her arrangements contain blooms that are natural for the environment for which she designs. Sarah makes her floral arrangements speak for themselves by gathering materials and blooms that are indigenous to the area to make them look organic and effortless. Don’t you love this look? 

Ryan Ray Photography

Orchid Dynasty – Have you ever wanted to add a completely original element to your decor? Orchid Dynasty is the florist to carry it out. Specializing in out-of-the-box blooms that will have guests scratching their heads in amazement, Orchid Dynasty delivers unique orchids and oriental flowers big and small. The Salt Lake City company provides a-la-carte pieces, as well as wedding and event florals. You may remember their bouquet beauty in Madison and Igor’s wedding.

Artisan Bloom – A Utah native, Kellie from Artisan Bloom has been providing the state with custom floral design since 2000. A nature lover at her core, Kellie and her team of designers take flair and creativity to another level, bringing Utah’s freshest flowers to her customers and arranging them in creative ways.

Whether we have worked with them in the past or we simply admire how they conduct their business, we are excited to include florals as a part of the Favorite Five series! Don’t forget to follow these flower experts for more inspiration and check back on the blog for more favorite fives!

Vienna Biennale for Change 2019

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The Vienna Biennale is the first event of its kind to combine art, design, and architecture, with the aim of generating creative ideas and artistic projects to help improve the world. It was established with the understanding that we are living in a new modernity in which the digital revolution penetrates all areas of our life and is thus fundamentally changing our civilization. This year’s event, Vienna Biennale for Change: BRAVE NEW VIRTUES. Shaping Our Digital World will take place May 25 to June 6. 

The city of Vienna was chosen as a host in recognition of its impact to the era of Western Modernity in the 1900s and the significant creations that still affect our society up to this day. At The Vienna Biennale, the city becomes a part of the exhibit. 

This year, the most salient exhibitions are:

UNCANNY VALUES: Artificial Intelligence & You

In this new, technologically advanced world, we need to develop new values that include our machines regarding society, politics, economy and ecology; in short, our civilization.

CHANGE WAS OUR ONLY CHANCE

An exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna in collaboration with Time’s Up and Linz. This exhibition presents an “experiential future,” a walk-through story set in an immersive surrounding, a stimulation for all of the senses. Possible futures are explored in a real-life setting, in the here and now with curiosity and playfulness.

MAK DESIGN LAB

The exhibition will put objects from the collection into the context of new, heterogenic perspectives. Here, historical objects from the collection and contemporary productions by local and international designers engage in an intensive dialogue with one another and provide a better understanding of the potential and transformation of design across disciplines and epochs. 

The Vienna Biennale is an initiative of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. It is organized by the MAK, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Business Agency, and with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner.