The “QLOCKTWO Artist’s Edition Award” results from the partnership between the International Emerging Artist Award, designer brand QLOCKTWO and M.A.D.Gallery who created a unique prize which would land the winners one year contract for the manufacture and sale of the QLOCKTWO Artist’s Edition.
Participants were requested to submit an artistic variation of the QLOCKTWO front cover while keeping in mind the technical configuration of the product. Marco Biegert & Andreas Funk, Founders of QLOCKTWO and Rebia Naim, Award Director were among the jurors who scored the 500 entries received for this award category. A separate selection was made for the artists who entered the Emerging Emirati Artist Award. The outcome is the unearthing of two brilliant visual artists, Emirati born Eman ElHashemi and Dubai-based Lebanese citizen Lauris Zailaa whose proposals made the unanimity among the jury panel.
Eman ElHashemi’s visual explores the vulnerable and unpredictable nature of things, the contrast between boldness and fragility, order and disorder, predictability and chaos. “The combination of random bold chaotic marks that I try to control by the layering of shapes and positioning them is an attempt to control this chaos and give it order. Experimentation and process are an important part of my work but it remains uncertain, mysterious, and unpredictable”, says Eman.
Lauris Zailaa’ work is about the universal concept of OneLOVE or in Arabic Al Eshq Wal Hawa (العشق و الهوى ) which combines classical Arabic Calligraphy in 'Al Thulth' font style with a vibrant and modern geometrical twist. “In a world where too many tears had shed and 'Enough' was screamed in all languages, I try to bring back the essence of OneLOVE and the principle to achieve it: taking the “time” to reflect on ourselves and the world we live in and realize our differences are what unite us. I visually represented this concept by blending colors and shapes to create a harmonious piece filled with positive energy”, stated Lauris.
The two winners will also travel to Germany with IEAA in July 2016 to meet the founders of QLOCKTWO Marco Biegert & Andreas Funk and visit both the factory and flagship store.
“We are very pleased that the International Emerging Artist Award was able to bring together both QLOCKTWO and M.A.D.Gallery to offer a prize of this caliber to the winners. Proposing this award shows the different ways to nurture the career of an emerging artist as an alternative to traditional gallery representation and exhibition shows. It is our mission to create these opportunities especially when organizations are willing to involve young artists in their creative and selling process but do not have access to these portfolios”, explained Rebia Naim, Award Director.
The QLOCKTWO Artist’s Edition will be produced in a limited edition of 20 piece for each artist and available exclusively at M.A.D.Gallery. The artists will receive a royalty fee for each piece sold.
ABOUT MB&F M.A.D.Gallery:
The MB&F M.A.D.Gallery is a captivating universe of kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme. The first M.A.D.Gallery opened in 2011 in Geneva on Rue Verdaine, a stone’s throw from MB&F’s offices and atelier in the heart of the city’s old town. A second location opened in 2014 in Taipei. Inside the galleries, you have the pleasure of discovering carefully-curated pieces – or, as we like to call them, Mechanical Art Devices – from around the world, each one making your heart beat that little bit faster. You exhale, only then to find the complete range of MB&F Horological Machines and Legacy Machines.
Speaking on the decision to launch the Dubai outpost of the M.A.D.Gallery concept, MB&F Founder and Creator Maximilian Büsser said: “Dubai is the most influential and dynamic art hub in the region and we are excited to introduce these international artists to the local audience for the first time. In Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons we found the perfect local partners as they have believed in and supported the M.A.D.Gallery concept from the very beginning. We saw the M.A.D.Gallery as the perfect platform to showcase kinetic art by creators we greatly admire. The artworks we have chosen for M.A.D.Gallery speak to the creative, youthful and playful spirit within us and encourage the viewer to engage on a personal level.”
A strong friendship paired with diligence and inventive genius has helped the designer duo Marco Biegert and Andreas Funk from Schwaebisch Gmünd achieve global success. They are the inventors of the word clock "QLOCKTWO®". The principle behind displaying the time in words is as amazing as it is brilliant. The two friends founded their company "BIEGERT & FUNK" in 1999 already. The emerging internet turned out to be the ideal booster and soon the company was offering web- and print-related services, design and advertising concepts, growing to 20 employees.
Alongside day-to-day business, Biegert and Funk were constantly exploring new ideas. They are enthusiastic about anything to do with time displays and new techniques. After countless discussions and few approaches, they developed the "QLOCKTWO®" concept. The basic principle is simple as it often is with good things. A matrix with a seemingly random arrangement of letters forms the basis. However, the design contains the words necessary to describe the hours and five-minute intervals. "Es ist halb acht" or "It is twenty past nine".
Behind each letter cut out of the front plate there is a white LED. The two designers also found a way to display the minutes between each five-minute interval – through four LEDs in the corners of the square clock.