THE HEADLINER: FEATURING PREMIER ART EVENTS, ARTISTS PROFILES, INTERVIEWS & EXHIBITIONS

THE SPOTLIGHT:FEATURED ARTISTS

JAN MIN

I absorb my subject first, translating it in order to express this... creating the idea within my soul and brain. Often I use my colors as musical keys, which emphasize the background music, desiring they channel the attention throughout the composition. I always work with music, without I have less energy. Creative process is the wish to play with all the elements who are possible. I always teach my students that only technique is by far not enough. The soul and passion is real creating!!...

IRINA GORYUNOVA

The starting point in the formation of the concept of my painting is the fundamental thesis that the picture is a separate self-sufficient essence. The essence that can pull the feelings out of the viewer, depicting scenes that are not technically there. To exist in accordance with its rules, in its independent reality, it evoked emotions, questions, provoke reflection. I hope to achieve the essence of abstraction - a mixture of deep, honest emotions, on the one hand, and a grandiose form of exclusion, on the other...

EDITH BOGE

I want to tell my audience through my artwork that there is more between heaven and earth and that there is indeed life that we have not yet discovered but what will certainly happen in the future. There are also extraterrestrial influences in my work. I want to give the public back the love for nature and for mother earth and show that nature is close to humanity and we can not live without it...

VLAD TASOFF

The center of its theme is research on human being and feminine beauty; although in his work also appear winged beings, strange figures and mythological entities, such as angels, goblins, witches, etc.,

  Sometimes their figures are shown in third dimension, inviting touch. Undoubtedly, the secret is the mastery of the technique and the materials used by Vladimir.

Only the mastery of the techniques and the palette allow their work to become impeccable.

There are people who are worried about exploiting the intrinsic potentials of technology, Vladimir rather adapted all those resources to his way of doing his art.

MAYA VINOKUROV

When I start to do any new composition for my paintings I always think about theme. Most of the time it came from my the internal knowledge , unconsciously. But the core of this is reality is this time, where we all now! It means environment! My paintings convey a feeling of harmony between nature and humanity. When I know the theme of my new project I start to do many sketches, or if there some thing, what I don’t know, I study it . I never rush to finish my paintings, till I satisfied. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to finish one painting. Shapes, lines and color combination very important for me and It is important  for positive spirit and tranquility in the pictures.

MEGHAN BASI

The recurring fundamental themes and concepts of my art illustrate a series of fictional characters, depicting a different apocalyptic mood of the human mind. It’s seen through the numerous gushing colors of vibrancy melted into the canvas lost through the extravasating amounts of three-dimensional mixed media.  These ideas relate to my creative process by producing a unique piece of art emphasized mostly through my unique touch. I love to express my signature style through various amounts of artistic techniques and materials, transforming all my thoughts into a stargazing mystery.  

MICHELLE DAY

As a sculptor and installation artist I develop my work predominantly from silicone, fabric, fibers, found objects, steel, glass and light. I use labor- intensive processes to create detailed textures on my forms and thin translucent and ethereal skins. I often include artificial light in my work to represent life, warmth and positivity. This counters the fleshy and more visceral aspects of the work...

TEREZA ORDYAN

The core and fundamental themes of my art are the Sun, Nature and the Universe. Those are a great source of inspiration. For me the glowing Sun symbolizes the Soul. Nature symbolizes the imagination and the diversity of Creation. The Universe captures me with its bottomless depth and radiant beauty.  

ARTUR ANSONOV

Art is an area of life where I can do anything, therefore whatever I want to do in my art I do. It can be interpreted differently by different eyes. People see different things in my art. An aspect of infinity is ingrained in it because it shows you that a path can lead and dissolve into countless possibilities. What I try to show the viewer, whoever he or she maybe, is simply beauty.

DARA DANIEL

Nature is the inspiration and departure for my paintings. I enjoy painting my impressions of a variety of nature’s subject like fields of flowers, vineyards, marshes, trees, birds, and horses. My primary goal for all my paintings is not to imitate nature but instead express my visceral connection and love for nature and the life within. In other words, it is my goal to bring life into my paintings lyrically and poetically. And, although I embrace representing my subjects, I am more interested in pushing my art to the abstract...

FARHANA AKHTER

Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Farhana Akhter currently lives and works in New York City. Her mixed media sculptures and paintings explore the transformative journey from chaos to harmony and grace. The found objects incorporated on to the surfaces are symbolic of the transformative process, which combine organic elements such as moss, dried flowers, rice, lentil, with inorganic materials such as plastic, glass and metal...

MARTIN JOYCE

I often include figures in my paintings that have no faces, or very indistinct and not-individualized faces.  I’m not sure why exactly I’m drawn to do this — it’s NOT the result of a specific, intentional strategy, but rather emerged organically with no particular plan on my part to do so.  One suggestion that was put to me is that they represent everyone, or anyone.  That the lack of features means that the viewer is free to imagine himself or herself, or maybe someone else they know, as that person in the picture, and to project themselves into the scene...

BEHIND THE VISION: THE ARTIST IN THEIR OWN WORDS

THE BEAUTY WITHIN FRAGILITY: FROM NATURE, TO THE HUMANITY THE ART OF ANN BUBIS

I explore the relationship of human beings to their environment. I am also intrigued by the concept of the ‘throwaway society’ the spirits of objects that are lost yet still intertwined with memories. Objects of desire, collectables from one’s lifetime create wonderful memorabilia... There is an importance of our ancestral history that slowly slips away through generations. Our past, after all, is as important as our future and it often leads the way....

RHYTHMS OF A VISIONARY: THE BRILLIANCE OF OSVALDO BACMAN

The Geometry is an independent expression that has a life of its own, impregnated with rhythm, movement and continuos change, creating images that appear and disappear, making the invisible visible. My desire is to offer the spectator the possibility of confronting my work, of observing it carefully to continually discover new images that emerge, giving a rhythmic movement and life to the work and be amazed to make visible the invisible.

THE TEMPERAMENT OF HUMANITY MEETS THE LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL: ALISON BARROWS-YOUNG

Thematically and conceptually, I am split between the dignified disposition of nature and the madness inherent in the temperament of humanity. Trying to capture the essence of both, and reconcile their increasing incongruence, has led me to a sense of the “moment in time”, an overarching theme. My artistic vision also speaks to the role of emotions upon what is perceived as reality...

TRANSFORMATIVE VISIONS: THE POETIC PAINTINGS OF FRANCISCA DO NASCIMENTO OHLSEN

The diverse, and multi-talented artist Francisca do Nascimento Ohlsen is able to move effortlessly between vibrant abstraction and sensitive portraiture and narrative. The gifted artists Studies of Painting and Graphics at the Institute of Fine Arts in Bochum have clearly informed both an interest in realism and abstraction. Refusing to be limited to simply one area of creativity this true visionary painter sat down with us to give a greater insight into her world and process...


WHEN COLOR AND CREATIVITY COLLIDE: THE UNSTOPPABLE ART OF KELLIANNE O'BRIEN

Kellianne OBriens paintings and sculpture are born of a spirituality which comes from overcoming a very difficult past. In 1994 Ms. OBrien began to recover from what can only be described as catastrophic psychiatric difficulties. While enduring many dark nights of the soul, Ms. OBrien created works of art that both encouraged and reflected the spiritual awakening through which she began to heal her illness.  We sit down to learn more about her journey of creativity.

COMPLEX CREATIVITY: THE ART OF BEING AN AUTODIDACT ARTIST WITH JONNI EKDAHL

The genius visions of self taught artist Jonni Ekdahl show the audience that to create without limitations, rules or control is, infact creativity in its purest sense. Having had no professional art training gives this true visionary- he has the encouragement and freedom to simply create from his heart instead of trying to find a balance between educational training and personal expressions. The result is breath-taking and a treat for the viewers eyes.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: ARTIST INTERVIEWS

KARIN MONSCHAUER

"I started producing geometric figures and experimented with the half cross-stitch technique, playing with vibrant color tones. Since 2010, I have been creating paintings with art and design computer programs. The knowledge of these software packages has allowed the creation of canvases with colors and shapes that were not possible with the half cross-stitch technique. The ability to use digital art tools allows me to develop my art more and more."

BELA GOLD

"It is true that one of the characteristics of my work is the construction of a critical discourse via the creation of aesthetical projects which transfigure language and thus giving new meaning to inanimate objects. But also, the purpose of this research is to salvage memory, is the search and review of documents from its source and its conversion into an artistic piece, a one which functions as an additional educative resource for preserving memory."

ANASTASIA DOMINGO

"The core of my work is fundamentally an action to create a personal, fresh and contemporary language. Formally, I am interested in Graphics, composition, movement, textures, color, wide-plane, simplicity and above all concentration on the expression of my images to the first touch. Currently my work is developed in painting, photo and sculpture, but i have also done installation and video . My creative work is in constant movement."

JOHAN VAN DER DONG

"I am always trying to look beyond the horizon in the secret  way I am acting and working with the concepts and materials which are most appropriate in giving me a clue about whats called the secret of life. Art is a play which is unfolding like an algorithm in your brain, thats were it had to start. Its like a chess game of possibilities which enable you touching just a little bit about what the purpose of life can be."

VOLKER MAYR

"My pictures arise from all the senses and emotions: they are sensual, un-premeditated and with a playful love for enigmatic details. Multiple and vibrant relationships between colors and surface textures are being created by layers that form transparent views, bold and expressive, emotional and spontaneous. My dreams tend to be colorful but non-figurative – thus, my paintings follow my dreams"

ADELE VENTER

"In making the works of art I create patterns which are printed and then I incorporate three dimensional elements into these settings. These images are then photographed using specific light sources in order to accentuate the layering of dimensions. I pay a great deal of attention to detail in the art work which is only visible upon close observation."

ALISE LOEBELSOHN

Alise Loebelsohn glorious almost sculptural paintings create much more than a two-dimensional vision. They surround the viewer as if an installation, all immersive and touching they speak volumes with the most delicate of brushstrokes. 

From her rich use of color, to her peculiarly dynamic narratives, figures and compositions, the work creates a type of visual sound through patches of lines and color—the work is made to listen to. We had the joy to listen further to this important female artist, changing the visual conversation in com-temporary painting...

MARIE-CLAUDE MAQUA-KLEIN

The breath-taking diversity of Marie-Claude Maqua-Klein's art work defies catergorization. Her work moves between mediums and disciplines with effortless grace and confidence. A rarity in her talents, the artist is as gifted a sculptor, as she is a painter, installation and mixed media artist. 

She is an artist who creates without limitations or boundaries. "Creation is only possible if the spirit is free. During my work, observing, feeling and having confidence are the bases for acquiring this freedom" she told us when we had the pleasure to interview the artist...

WALEED R. QAISI

There is a vision based on material and soul, therefore I needed to screen out things to help me understanding, as Andy Warhol has said “looking at the texture of my work, you realize that nix is behind all of them”. Probably it is a mistake to say that there is new idea or new form because art is a practice and belongs to human, but there is approaching between both of them until the visions’ veil is removed from our senses to be able to see, to hear, and to learn more

BRIDGET O'ROURKE

I think I always strive to find a sense of humanism within my work. Over this past year, I have switched to focusing on portraiture. When I first began painting, I was much more intent on tackling Abstract Expressionism. I cosumed the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Clyfford Still. I was striving to find my own voice in the history of oil painting. I think as my work ,and myself, matured, I was craving a more quiet, deeper connection...

DAVE WEINDORF

Working in watercolor, acrylic, ink and stain on canvas and board, the genius of artist David Weindorf employs a range of textures and tones in his images. Bold strokes of paint are placed over contrasting backgrounds with colors that range from delicate pastels to intense blues, reds and yellows. Weindorf says he likes to use vintage paints when possible, feeling that the vividness of those paints gives sharper definition to his images — heightening their three-dimensional sense of space...

JEANNE FRIES

Jeanne Fries is a renaissance artist in every sense. The Canadian sculptor, painter and new media artist fundamentally believes in the necessity of art as a means of political activism and social commentary. As part of the Visual Voices series we had the pleasure of learning more about this enigmatic artist, from her core values, approach to how this informs her creative process...

ART RADAR:EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

PIERRE HUYGHE’S MINDBLOWING INSTALLATION & OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM SKULPTUR PROJEKTE DECENNIAL

The fifth edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster, the decennial exhibition dedicated to the medium of sculpture as public art, opened this past weekend in the quaint German city and—for the first time in its history—in the neighboring city, Marl.In addition to spilling over to another municipality, this edition was marked by a string of departures from the ordinary: First, the very definition of sculpture in public space was extended to include both video and performance art...

ART RADAR PICK FOR EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK: GORO MURAYAMA @ G/P GALLERY, TOKYO

Murayama is regarded as one of the artists who can see the relation between two as a kind of interpenetration, not just of materials but processes too. All of the works in the exhibition depict changing shapes and forms that cannot be anticipated. The artist creates artworks through a unique and organic systematic process that cycle through four activities: weaving strings together, applying a ground, painting patterns upon it. The process is then repeated like a circuit, alternating between the making of the 'canvas' and the act of painting/drawings...

ART OPPORTUNITIES: TOP 7 ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Artist residencies vary in location, amenities, and reputation, but they all share one principal goal—to give artists time and space to create their work. In fact, while they may sound like summer camp for creatives, stocked with rustic cabins, communal meals, and rolling hills, most of them are actually venues for continuing the hard work they did in school.For young artists just emerging from art school or an MFA program, studio space may be prohibitively expensive, and leaving the nurturing bubble of school is daunting. Residencies can fill that gap—if these up-and-coming artists know which ones to apply for.

TALKING POINT: AUSTRIAN COLLECTIVE GELATIN'S PERFORMATIVE SCULPTURE... HAVING SEX WITH CLAY

Greene Naftali‘s latest exhibition “New York Golem” features the auspicious clay sculptures of Vienna-based art collective Gelatin (a.k.a. Gelitin).The group, which is known for its playful antics and propensity for the absurd, showcases more than 40 ceramic sculptures, each one placed atop plinths made of assembled materials like wood, metal, and random household objects. The press release gives us another clue to the formation of the work: “It bears marks of its creation in passion, molded by gelatin’s genitals and sometimes through the behind.”...

ARTFAIR NEWS: REPEAT ATTACKS @ SKULPTUR PROJEKTE MÜNSTER CREATE A PLAYGROUND FOR THIEVES AND VANDALS

There’s no end to the problems facing Skulptur Projekte Münster. The Nicole Eisenman ensemble created for the prestigious decennial has been vandalized for the second time in as many weeks, and technical equipment from Koki Tanaka’s project has been stolen.On the night of Monday, July 31, large parts of the technical equipment of Tanaka’s Provisional Studies: Workshop #7 How to Live Together and Sharing the Unknown were removed by thieves. The Skulptur Projekte press team have announced that Tanaka’s project on Johannisstrasse will be closed until new technology can be installed...

THE GLOBAL FORECAST: LIU BOLIN'S EXHIBITION "REVEALING DISAPPEARANCE" OPENING NEXT MONTH IN PARIS

For this coming September Galerie Paris-Beijing is pleased to present Revealing Disappearance, Liu Bolin latest solo exhibition witnessing the artist’s engagement on environmental issues.

Since the beginning of his career, ecology has been a central topic of Liu Bolin’s artistic production. In 2011 he braved the polluted waters of the Yellow River in one of the most industrialized regions of his country, two years ago he organized a collective performance at the edge of a large artificial forest aimed to stop the spreading of the Gobi desert in the Northern territories of China...