Russian photographer Evgeniy Shaman captures a labyrinth of experiences within this rather dark mystery world we live in an utterly captivating manner.
Find his book My.sTories here.
Swedish artist Cajsa von Zeipel (1983) works with large format sculptures that carry references to both fashion and teen culture, the Renaissance masters and the classical tradition of sculpture. They are modelled in polystyrene and the final form covered with a layer of plaster. The white surface, the unclothed figures and the realistic depiction of the tall and thin characters have an aesthetic that is simultaneously appealing and scary. Her figures seamlessly move from the attractive to the repulsive, grotesque and studied.
French artist Sylvie Guillot (1972, Paris) started drawing in criminal courts, which in her view was the best drawing school imaginable; with just that element of urgency to get straight to the heart of the matter and produce a drawing that bears witness and shows emotions. Over the years her work has gradually focused more on the human figure, particularly the nude.
“I like the ideas of tension and movement, using compositions where the body seems either to stretch, to fall or to huddle up. I also like to emphasize the tension within the body by drawing contorted torsos, sharp shoulders or strong and nervous hands.”
Artist Ariana Page Russell creates images that explore the skin as a document of human experience. She uses her own “dermatographia” – a hypersensitive skin condition that causes raised lines to appear on skin when scratched – for her art, by drawing on her body and taking pictures of the embossed patterns that occur.
Cornelia Parker investigates the nature of matter often using materials that have a history loaded with association.
Cold Dark Matter, 1991. Parker had a garden shed blown up by the British Army and suspended the fragments as if suspending the explosion process in time.
Mass (Colder Darker Matter), 1997. Parker arranged the charred remains of a church that had been struck by lightning in Texas into a visual form looking like a suspended cube.
Anti-Mass, 2005 – detail. A companion piece for Mass, this time using charcoal from a black congregation church in Kentucky that had been destroyed by arson.
When American artist Leah Yerpe captures her models twisting, floating and falling on a ground she sees them transformed from free individuals into symbolic figures. The influence of mythology is often hinted at in the titles, though her work is not a direct illustration of the stories.
In 2000 Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere made “Flanders Fields”, a poignant commentary on World War I, for the Flanders Fields Museum. This work consists of five life-sized horse casts covered in horse skin displayed in vulnerable poses.
Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco has created stunning interpretations of several of
Picasso’s women paintings.
For the 54th Venice Art Biennale (2011), Swiss artist Urs Fischer created a full-size wax replica of Giambologna’s 16th-century sculpture ‘The Rape of the Sabine Women’ in front of a viewer. Both served as a giant candles, gradually disintegrating during the months-long show.
Artist Miya Ando is of half-Japanese and half-Russian heritage and is a descendent of Bizen sword maker Ando Yoshiro Masakatsu. Her 2012 art installation Obon – named after the Japanese Obon Festival that commemorates the spirit of the dead and is said to guide ancestral spirits home with floating lanterns – consisted of a thousand ficus leaves coated in a non-toxic bioluminescent resin, floating in a small pond in Puerto Rico. During the day, the coating absorbed energy from the sun and when night arrived, each leaf would emit a soft blue and purple hued light.
Justin Bartels is an American photographer. His series Impression showcases imprints left on women’s skin from the binding apparel they wear.
Spanish artist Patricia March was trained in Fine Arts and Cinematography, hence her interest in movement and time. She aims to incorporate a cinematic style in her drawings and captures movement in terms of her own time perception, which is something like water; it erodes and destroys forms while building new ones.
‘Falling’, a series of sculptures and drawings, visualises Clara Lieu’s personal experience with depression and anxiety. Unable to “release” herself from these episodes, she waited for the physical limitations of her body to end them.
Diana Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who lives and works in New York. Her sculptures take “towers” as their central theme, drawing together a wide variety of associations: power, wealth, technological and urban development, ideas of progress and globalism, problems of cultural difference and conflict. Her works are informed by myriad sources: Eastern and Western-ancient biblical and mythological narratives, Arabic oral traditions, Gothic architecture, Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Islamic ornamentation, and scientific advances in physics and astronomy.
Eduardo Izq is a scientist who loves photography, and who’s female portraits are simply stunning.