Canal180 asked their international network of partners to select 6 new creatives who are standing out in 2018. Scroll down to know what our partners think about Jacob Kane, Myriam Bleau, Catarina de Almeida Brito, Cian Oba-Smith, Rina Sawayama and Harm van den Dorpel. You should definitely keep an eye on them this year.
Alec Dudson’s pick: Jacob Kane
Jacob Kane is a menswear designer who graduated from Manchester Fashion Institute last summer. He won a scholarship award from the British Fashion Council for his final year collection and appeared on our radar shortly afterwards.
Hailing from Preston, Jacob spent two seasons interning with Christopher Shannon and was inspired to launch his own label off the back of that. His first collection is heavily based on utility, wearability and ‘realness’ and recently saw him crowned as The Best Under the Radar Brand of 2017 by Highsnobiety. We’re really looking forward to his new collection and are predicting more well deserved recognition in 2018.
Luís Fernandes’ pick: Myriam Bleau
It’s always difficult to highlight one particular artist in an era in which so much interesting and challenging work is being developed constantly, when it comes to merging technology and art. Myriam Bleau is certainly one of the most refreshing and innovative artists working on the domain of digital art and electronic music, specially when it comes to interfaces and performance.
Her transdisciplinary interest is most visible in her work as founding co-editor of Migrant Journal, the magazine that explores migratory processes and wants to understand architecture in relation to questions of belonging, national identity, financial systems and global food networks.
Catarina’s work contributes to a contemporary understanding of architecture as a practice deeply dependent on a global network of interconnected systems.
— Mariana Pestana
George Muncey’s pick: Cian Oba-Smith
Cian is an incredibly talented documentary and portrait photographer living and working in London who I feel very privileged to now call my friend.
His work is heavily focused on exploring minorities and subcultures, from urban dirt bikers in London, to Islam in Iceland and inner city stables ran by African American men.
Not only are his images beautiful, but they also have an identifiable style — something that’s so hard to achieve in a modern day with such a vast amount of photographers working. Everytime I scroll past a new image of Cian’s I instantly know he took it due to it’s dreamy pink and blue tones.
With a book on the way and having just been selected for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London, 2018 is looking pretty bright for Cian.
Luisa Cativo’s pick: Rina Sawayama
Rina Sawayama was born in Japan but is currently based in London. I picked her because both her sound and her image are interestingly retro-futuristic, kind of like Vaporwave.
It evokes nostalgia but at the same time presents modern-day concerns and themes like love in a time of technology and social media. It features very smart and catchy pop hooks and Rina has a surprisingly soulful R’n’B voice.
I’m actually surprised more people haven’t caught up to her, especially in a time where so many Asian — although mostly Korean — acts are so close to breaking into the mainstream. BTS and other k-pop groups have tens of millions of views, fans and followers online but somehow Rina hasn’t caught the mainstream eye yet. She has written interesting essays on racism and prejudice in the West, and is constantly urging those around her to take the necessary steps to make the world a more united and loving place which is also a message I can get behind.
— Luisa Cativo
David Quiles Guillo’s pick: Harm van den Dorpel
Berlin-based artist Harm van den Dorpel is interested in systems of language, art, and the internet. While much of his work exists as ephemeral Web sites that he programs, such as Deli Near Info, an online curatorial project or “algorithmic studio,” he also creates multimedia work for the gallery space, including layered wall pieces and psychedelic-colored sculptures in printed plastic.
With an interest in the philosophy of technology, Van den Dorpel explores the tension between physical artworks and digital platforms to think about the way we organize information today.