Daniel Barkley is a Canadian artist whose paintings are at their core reworkings of biblical and mythological stories. Portraying the emotional essence of the dramas, his mostly male subjects display a captivating raw vulnerability.
Traudl Stahl is a German graphic designer and paper artist, whose fragile sculptures combine paper with natural materials, such as grass, bark and branches and/or rusty iron materials.
Spanish Ibiza-based artist Roseline de Thélin works with light as a medium; more precisely, fibre optics, that carry endless possibilities through photons. Finding inspiration in astronomy, scientific theories, quantum physics, and the expansion of consciousness, she creates holographic “Homos Luminosos” (luminous beings).
“Time smiles”, a cosmic and poetic project inviting the public to explore a space where time has stopped, was exhibited in the Atzaro Art Lounge, Ibiza and the Kinetica Art Fair, London between 2008 and 2010
Carl Melegari explores both the human form and the urban landscape. He primarily focuses on the semi-abstraction within the figure. Often working from life and models, Melegari explores how the physicality of the paint combined with the density of pigment can give a sense of life radiating from the canvas. Through the veils of layers, achieved by continuously accumulating and scraping back the paint, a figure emerges as if to suggest how the sitter itself has become enveloped and partly obscured by the energy of the paint.
For her series ‘Cosmic Surgery’ photographer Alma Haser uses origami to manipulate faces. A quite elaborate proces, she firstly photographs her sitters, then prints multiple images of the subject(s) face and folds them into a complicated origami modular construction, which she then places back onto the original face of the portrait. And finally she re-photographers the entire manipulated image.
Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painting numbers in horizontal rows, counting from one to infinity. The final number he painted was 5607249. Source: Wikipedia
Clara Adolphs’ portraits are inspired by memories and captured in what might be described as a retro-perspective coupled with a thick impasto technique.
Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese (1969) creates restless sculptures that are seemingly trapped in walls.
Scottish artist Paul Chiappe creates pencil drawings derived from old photographs. These drawings are meticulously small (some so small that the use of a magnifying glass is required), and upon closer examination, reveal odd smudges and white-outs that seemingly construct distorted versions of the anonymous memories they represent.
Swiss artist and photographer Fabian Oefner (1984) is a curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. His images capture in unique and imaginative ways natural phenomena that appear in our daily lives, such as sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, or the unique properties of magnetic ferroliquids. His exploration of the unseen and poetic facets of the natural world is an invitation, as he says, “to stop for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us.”
A bursting ballon filled with corn starch. For a tiny amount of time, the starch still keeps the shape of the balloon, forming this blossom-like structure, before it collapses.
Black Hole is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force. Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures.
The combustion of alcohol. A flame is stopped in time as it travels through a glass bottle, containing whiskey and oxygen.
Fabian Oefner’s TED Talk
Influenced by a hate crime against him and his partner in 2008 at a music festival, Canadian born London-based artist Andrew Salgado (1982) painted bold, largescale figurative paintings that explore psychological states focusing on ideas of sexuality, masculinity and identity.
His current exhibition The Acquaintance at The Art Gallery of Regina moves away from that particular personal history to reveal stories of others in his familiar Baroque influenced style.
Italian designer Giuseppe Randazzo’s Stone Fields are created from several fractal subdivision strategies.
“I love the work by Richard Long, from which this project takes its cue. The way he fills lonely landscapes with arcaic stones patterns and its eroic artistic practice, in his monumental vision, is in strong contrast with this computational approach that – ironically – allows virtual stones creation and sorting in a non phisical, mental way, a ‘lazy’ version, so to speak. The virtual stones created from several fractal subdivision strategies, find their proper position within the circle, with a trial and error hierarchical algorithm. A mix of attractors and scalar fields drives the density and size of the stones.”
David Maisel’s large-scaled, otherworldly photographs chronicle the complex relationships between natural systems and human intervention, piecing together the fractured logic that informs them both. His series History’s Shadow consists of re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity.
“I have culled these x-rays from museum archives, which utilise them for conservation purposes. Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-familiarised and de-contextualised, yet acutely alive and renewed.”
Italian artist Rabarama creates human or human-like sculptures in distress, whilst contrasting these poses by covering their skins in decorations of patterns and symbols.
For Valerie Hegarty, the joy of her work lies in its destruction rather than its making. Centring her practice on the politics of the American myth, Hegarty’s canvases and sculptures replicate emblems of frontier ethos – colonial furniture, antique dishware, and heroic paintings of landscapes and national figures only to demolish them by devices associated with their historical significance.
Via Saatchi Gallery
Make up artist: Stephanie Neiheisel, Model: Cami Talbot, Photographer: Jesse Erasmus
Canadian artist Linda Vachon creates these intriguing dreamlike pieces of work through
photography, painting and digital manipulation.
Chad Wys, Illinois 1983, explores the idea of “objecthood”: how we decorate our lives with arbitrary as well as meaningful things; how we objectify the ones we love and the strangers we see; how we objectify pain and death; how we objectify complex and sensitive cultural histories. He also questions the concept of “the original”; the basis for his work is created by digitally painting over sections of old Victorian portraits.
“Have I offended the original? Or have I offended the lie of the original? My guess is the original painting was offended the moment its reproduction was created and used in its stead. And because my resultant work is digital in nature, where is it’s original? I’ve spent years studying how different types of paint drip down a canvas. Are those long-gone drips the originals? Or is the original (e.g. the concept) in the my, or my viewer’s, mind? What’s more: does it matter?”
Read the full interview at: The hundred in the hands