THE SPOTLIGHT:FEATURED ARTISTS

LISA MISHLER

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Although I may carry the label of Abstract Expressionist, at my core I am a process artist. For me it’s about the discovery. Discovery of color, thickness of paint, movement, spatial placements and time. Time expressed by light. In this pursuit I release fundamental themes allowing my intuitiveness to express itself without intellectual constraint. I come to the canvas empty yet excited like a child ready to play with paint. One of my preparatory steps is to listen to books on tape. This keeps my critical mind off my work and allows me to be spontaneous. Loading my brush I begin with color, stepping back, allowing myself to feel the frequency of the pigments I have chosen.

MICHELLE HOLD

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Nature is both all around me and deep within me. After living for years in big cities like Hong Kong, London, Paris , New York I decided 20 years ago to take a house in the Italian countryside, the Monferrato, where I am surrounded by beautiful uncontaminated nature. I would say this fact shapes my operating and interest. The continuous change of seasons in Europe, my wildflower garden, the natural shapes and color hues, the gorgeous light that filters through leaves, all is inspiration. Right here begins the necessity to show the beauty and magic of nature to people who have forgotten about our deep roots with nature. I aim to pen the viewer’s eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world...

MICHAEL K. YAMAOKA

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Growing up in Japan after WWII, it was a mess. My family was from a very old samurai tradition but we’d been living in China during the war because of my father’s profession. I had spent my very earliest childhood years in Shanghai, and remember seeing B-24s attack and demolish a building right across the street from where I lived. Soon after that we escaped to the countryside, and I became acquainted with Russian army personnel stationed there in Talien, due to my mother’s ability to speak Russian. When we came back to Japan at the end of the war, we were living in poverty—there was a lack of food, and everything was in ruins in many parts of Japan, especially in Tokyo. I think these early experiences made an indelible impression on me. 

STEVE MCGUINNESS

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My work draws on the natural world as inspiration and is based on the idea of solitary contemplation of the sublime beauty of the landscape. My intention, while having this experience of isolation, is to express something of this personal revelry to others, through the act of painting. I share the deep fascination the writers and artists of the early Romantic period held for the natural world. Casper David Friedrich instilled in his work a transcendental mystical presence of early morning mists and evocative shafts of heavenly light...

MARIE-CLAUDE MAQUA-KLEIN

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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

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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

JEANNE FRIES

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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...

ALISE LOEBELSOHN

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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...

DAVE WEINDORF

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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...

JAN MIN

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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!!...

TEREZA ORDYAN

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

ORNA ADORAM

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All works are originals multi-layered acrylic on canvas, which combine the practical world of industrial architecture materials with symbols and concepts from the spiritual world and the Feng Shui .That are transformed together onto the canvas.
Abstract works, characterized by harmony of colors and shapes, are minimalist and powerful. The works present a combined world of contrasts between time and place, past and present, material and spirit, moments of mercy and emotional range. A profound observation will reveal the layers of color, life, places, situations, emotions and experiences which join and complement each other.

VLAD TASOFF

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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.

IRINA GORYUNOVA

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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...

MAYA VINOKUROV

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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...

TJEERD DOOSJE

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Photography is, to me, a way to average this two parts and make me a whole human being. As a teacher I like to be in contact with other human beings (my students, their parents and collegues) and the same goes for being a photographer: I like to communicate with my models (and their parents) and, if available, my makeup artist.
I'm truly interested in people's motives/incentives and that is also what is important for me when working with people around a photoshoot. This already starts when someone asks me if I can do a photoshoot with this person. In the communication beforehand I try to get to know the other person(s), what are their hobbies, interests, etc. It gives me valuable information which I can use during the photoshoot.

MEGHAN BASI

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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.  

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: ARTIST INTERVIEWS

KARIN MONSCHAUER

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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."

ART RADAR:EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...