Archives for category: Political

Christophe von Hohenberg

“Throughout his productive career photographing celebrities, he has worked with magazines including American Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, German Vogue, German Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, French Vogue, Hampton’s Magazine, and others. Von Hohenberg has established his place in the art world, as a portrait photographer, with his unique gift for capturing the inner essence of individuals in distinguished and elegant ways. His portraits have been displayed at The Grey Art Gallery in New York, Art and Interior in Berlin and Valentina Moncada in Rome. In addition, Von Hohenberg is actively engaged in shooting advertising campaigns for major companies” Nuartlink Gallery

 

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Alicja Kwade

“Kwade changes and manipulates the physical properties of materials, thereby evoking the surprise effects which disconcert the value we place on experience, our attitudes and our viewing habits.
The transformation of the simplest everyday objects by way of an elaborate procedure into apparently luxurious artifacts shows our understanding of materials, objects and ideas.
Our ascriptions and perceptions, frequently irrational, are based on cultural patterns, conventions and codes which Kwade undertakes to question with her ‘counteractions’. “What interests me are those things and phenomena about which one is not in a position to comprehend […] these concern the abstract, the absurd, the inexplicable and the not-experienceable, but the nevertheless constantly present […]”. (Alicja Kwade)” Isabel Meixner

“With the materials she uses, the found pieces and design objects, she also draws on the wealth of forms and ideas of art history: she touches the cosmos of a Marcel Duchamp with his idea of the Readymade. Merging objects and the cancellation of physical attributes are reminiscent of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. But when viewing Alicja Kwade’s clear and minimalist sculptures one may also observe an affinity to Donald Judd and Robert Morris. For this process-oriented further development, Kwade counteracts the aspects of the museal and of conservation, here addressing a fundamental question in the contemporary art world and institutions” Isabel Meixner

Peter Land

“peter land was born in 1966 in aarhus, denmark. The artist lives and works in copenhagen, he studied at the royal danish academy of fine arts in copenhagen and at goldsmiths college in london. He is primarily known for his video installations, which are simultaneously tragic and comic. Peter land is especially interested in people’s constant attempts (which often fail) to appear competent, relaxed and convincing in socially predetermined roles.” Statement

Victor van Gaasbeek

“The Sliced Pixel technique originated from some experiments in Adobe Illustrator mid 2009. This project is all about simplicity, only including what’s absolutly necessary, yet preserving as much detail as possible.”

“With this technique I used the most basic elements in todays graphic design; the pixel. The pixels were sliced in half, and with the sliced pixels I created numerous animal heads. Up-close all you see is triangles, but when you look from a distance, the big picture becomes clear”

“The Sliced Pixel Technique isn’t a ‘one-button’ effect, although there’s some software available that tries to mimic the effect, the original Sliced Pixel images are made in (Adobe) Illustrator using a grid. Every triangle has been colored one by one”

Bill Sullivan

“I was tired of the conventions in which most photographs of people are taken. And I was tired of the results that  often seem to pass for poetry. I needed something to be objective : I wanted the context to be clearly established . I  wanted play a role in the situation, but I wanted the situation to take a photograph of itself for me . I would design the scenarios in which this could happen, and then the situation could be responsible for creating the picture. The poetry would be as much in the design of that scenario as from any photograph that might come from it. These situations would include me but I would disappear as any kind of typical photographer. I would simply play a role in the  scenario. I would become someone waiting for an elevator, a man reading the New Yorker waiting for a friend to pass through the turnstile, or simply another tourist watching someone having his or her portrait done. The situations were mapped out, tests were made, and special clothing was worn. I became a spy for the obvious”

Maria Jose Arjona

“Her body of work is divided in two: Single pieces (site specific) and performance cycles which operate in synchronicity within the chronological timeline. The performance cycles, composed by a series of works, are created by the artist as “research spaces” in order to understand the meaning of specific concepts and their effects on the body. Both, concepts and effects, within the frame of an almost scientific method, unfold into different dynamics where the presence of the artist must function outside the boundaries of identity. Arjona’s work does not respond or denounces specific events; the performances their selves, are transformed into questions or bridges uniting distant points of diverse conversations. The artist’s objective then, is to become a connecting entity, operating as medium of visual communication and energy exchange.”

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Bernardi Roig

“Roig is obsessed with death and immortality, aesthetics and eroticism, and the “idée fixe” that the thinking man must reclaim his forfeited ability to relate to others on an intimate level. He realizes that to truly communicate, we need a dialogue of more than the spoken word. Roig speaks to the viewer through his solitary man by forcing us to confront our desires, the human concepts of progress, and social change – all of which remain unfulfilled. With these elusive, undefined objectives the Artist invites a dialogue on the multiple identities of the contemporary man, seen in the light of art and philosophy. It is this, the Artist’s realm of unwritten poetry, which lingers in our mind’s eye long after the works are out of view. For Roig, desire is the only thing that keeps death at arm’s length. It is this tangible proof that we are here, struggling to achieve higher consciousness that defies the vacuum of meaning that exists in a large part of present day art” Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

 

Kumi Yamashita

“I sculpt shadow with light or sometimes light with shadow, but both function in essentially the same manner. I take objects and carve and place them in relation to a single light source. The complete artwork is therefore comprised of both the material (the solid objects) and the immaterial (the light or shadow)”

Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

“is a self-taught artist whose creative production revolves around classic figurative painting, presented in a contemporary manner. The atmosphere in his subject matter is often depict in a limbo or dream-like state. Despite his realistic approach, photographic accuracy is not what he seeks to achieve”

Claire Morgan

“My work is about our relationship with the rest of nature, explored through notions of change, the passing of time, and the transience of everything around us. For me, creating seemingly solid structures or forms from thousands of individually suspended elements has a direct relation with my experience of these forces. There is a sense of fragility and a lack of solidity that carries through all the sculptures. I feel as if they are somewhere between movement and stillness, and thus in possession of a certain energy…”

The titles of the works are very important, and often make reference to historical or contemporary popular culture, words being appropriated from the titles of films or books, or phrases being manipulated through combination with the artwork. These connections often add a comedic element to the works, a sense of irony or bluntness that keeps them firmly rooted in my experience of the world that we humans inhabit. Though the phrases have a specific history, the jarring between the title and the form can bring a desirable ambiguity through intentionally creating confusion…”

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