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Mark Luyten - Untitled (Hotel Furkablick, CH, July 8, 1990) (2011)

The relationship between man and nature, as mediated by the artificial construct of language, has been the focus of Mark Luyten’s work, which often takes the form of installations combining video, sculpture, text, and photographs. He likes to site his work in the interstitial spaces between indoors and outdoors, balconies, porches, windows or in landscape simulacra such as greenhouses, parks and gardens.

In 1990, he made a piece in the Hotel Furkablick, which sits at the Furka Pass high in the Swiss Alps (the hotel’s name means “view of the Furka”). It consisted of phrases and words (“dream”, “boredom”, “storm”, “music”) rubber-stamped on windows throughout the building. As the artist has noted, windows serve as both access and barrier to the landscape, and here the texts function in the same way, both describing the view and suggesting that it will eventually be reduced to an abstraction in our memories.

(Galerie Micheline Szwajcer)

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Mark Luyten - Untitled (1984)

The relationship between man and nature, as mediated by the artificial construct of language, has been the focus of Mark Luyten’s work, which often takes the form of installations combining video, sculpture, text, and photographs. He likes to site his work in the interstitial spaces between indoors and outdoors, balconies, porches, windows or in landscape simulacra such as greenhouses, parks and gardens.

(Joan Rothfuss)

Beautiful Sin - "The Unexpected" (2006)

Label : AFM Records

Review by John Davies

I’ve been looking forward to writing a review for this album, because it’s easily one of the top five albums I’ve bought in the past couple of years. The sound on this album is huge! It’s freakin’ colossal! If you’re lucky enough to still own a pair of those huge speakers from the old days, with twelve inch bass drivers and a full midrange, then crank it up and just immerse yourself in this glorious metal! This band was formed by Uli Kusch (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) and Belgian singer Magali Luyten, and together they have created one heck of an album. Magali Luyten’s vocals are powerful and captivating and the guitars are super sharp, with some very original solos. The song writing is incredible, with every track being an outstanding metal masterpiece. I can’t do this album justice with words. The power and passion in these songs just escalates to infinity. The first song “Lost” opens with mega-huge, reverberating guitar notes, followed by Magali’s robust vocals, then joined by the hard driving rhythm guitars. Right away you know you are in for a great ride on this album. “This is Not the Original Dream” has a great pounding guitar line that supports enchanting vocals in this anthem style song. “Take Me Home” breaks right into a fast paced, energetic thrill ride, and Magali’s voice adds passion galore to this great cut. “I’m Real" has a great, melancholy opening countered with hammering guitar riffs, followed by an amazing, soaring chorus."Spark of Ignition” – Wow! Just wow! An excellent metal song with a very powerful vocal melody, made all the better by Magali’s amazing voice. The chorus is just spellbinding, and the guitar solo is absolutely unique. One of the best songs on the album. I could go on, but I think you get the idea. This is a top notch power metal album, filled with awe inspiring songs, enthralling, passionate vocals, and one of the best sounding guitar tracks I’ve ever heard. The production on this album is incredible, making the guitars leap right out at you and the drums and bass will shake your house to its foundations. I really don’t think you can get any better than this. The music is outstanding, and so powerful and Magali’s vocals are mind blowing. I love, love, love this album. Power metal as good as it gets.

Rating - 100/100

Tracklist

  1. Lost
  2. This Is Not the Original Dream
  3. Take Me Home
  4. I’m Real
  5. The Spark of Ignition
  6. The Pact of Silence
  7. Closer to My Heart
  8. Give Up Once for All
  9. Brace for Impact
  10. Pechvogel
  11. Metalwaves
  12. The Beautiful Sin

Line Up

  • Magali Luyten – Vocals
  • Axel Mackenrott – Keyboards
  • Jørn Viggo Lofstad – Guitars
  • Steinar Krokmo – Bass
  • Uli Kusch – Drums, Backing Vocals

Links

MySpace

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“Las lágrimas hacen brillar sus ojos, su manita, alargada hacia esa pieza de color rosa, se para y parece relajarse. En el suelo, su otra mano ya no avanza y tampoco se esfuerza ya en moverse para conseguirlo. Un puchero curva sus labios y un ligero temblor en ellos delata su llanto antes de que comience a nacer. ¿Estoy siendo testigo de su primer fracaso? Yo quiero ser testigo y dueña de todo, lo suyo pero, sin embargo, sus sufrimientos me duelen más que los míos. Entonces rompe a llorar. Se hace añicos ese sueño de alcanzar lo que tan inalcanzable parece.”

“Encajo las piezas de esos juguetes blanditos que compró Albus en la juguetería,  con Luyten sentada en el suelo. A mí me parecen un valioso regalo porque veo reír a mi hija siempre que juega con ellos. Creo que, eso y sus peluches, son sus juguetes favoritos. Ríe… ríe y a mí me hace feliz. Sostengo en mi mano una de las piezas mientras arrugo la nariz y la pongo muecas. Ella trata de imitar mi gesto y consigue arrugar un poco su pequeña nariz mientras deja que se vea el filo ya mucho más crecido de esos dos dientes inferiores cuyo dolor por crecer he conseguido calmar gracias a un remedio de mi madre.

Luyten apoya sus manos en el suelo y yo apoyo mi mano en su espalda porque me da miedo que trate de hacer algo y se caiga. Entonces con esfuerzo y emitiendo ruidos que a mí se me antojan fruto de ese pequeño gran esfuerzo, se estira para coger una pieza. Ella quiere alcanzar algo que está lejos de ella… No sé que siente en ese momento pero, a mí, me emociona. Es la primera vez que veo cómo intenta algo con tanto tesón y eso logra que las lágrimas de emoción acudan a mis ojos. Con cuidado, retiro mi mano de su espalda pues, ese momento, por mucho que sea pequeño, es muy grande y yo quiero ser testigo de todos sus pequeños grandes momentos.

Es curioso… Todo lo que a ojos de los demás es pequeño, para quien está empezando a vivir es colosal. ¿Cuánto duele el primer Es curioso… Todo lo que a ojos de los demás es pequeño, para quien está empezando a vivir es colosal. ¿Cuánto duele el primer lo olvidamos. Es triste no poder recordar nuestros primeros triunfos pero, tal vez, también sea motivo de triunfo no recordar nuestros primeros fracasos.

Las piernas se me empiezan a cansar al estar acuclillada y relajo mi postura sentándome en el suelo sin dejar de contemplar cada movimiento de mi pequeña, que no cesa en su empeño.- A quiénes te parecerás, Luyten… -Digo sonriendo. Pero se me borra la sonrisa al ver su gesto de desazón.”