all images are © the artist unless otherwise noted
The Stages of Restoration: The use of these vintage images connects the past as an important part of our present. More often than not, we do not know the stories behind these pictures -- leaving us to project our own meaning and history. Alongside these projections, habits and psychological patterns are passed from one generation to the next. When self-defeating habits rise to our consciousness, and more important when we act on changing these routines, we can break free from what confines us. The cut-out silhouettes implies a sense of loss. These open figures are the play of photography whose shapes are framing new environments; it is a frame within a frame. Though we don’t see the people whose bodies are removed, we see their gestures and absences. Not only do we naturally perform those gestures, we learn them.
Meanwhile, the isolated figurines reenter the contemporary world with a new context. These remote figures have accomplished a journey through their dark nights of the soul and now have the capacity to reveal their deeper, truer selves. Once we fully release our past and other collective memories, we create a stronger sense of place. Dedicating oneself to venture through a vulnerable, lonely path leads to shedding light on the subconscious and conscious voices in our minds. Commitment -- to personal growth and healing -- is ultimate freedom.
Key words: Layered - Portrait - Weave - Double - People - Angle - Expression - Movement
These days, creative polymaths are commonplace. But have you ever come across a professional butcher-cum-photographer, as happy working in fine dining establishments across Canada as he is wielding a camera? Enter David Chaim Jacob Zilber, whose latest series Empiricism is a colour-heavy exercise in the creation of parallels. Like all photographers, Zilber doesn’t always get it right, but when he does, he really does…
Key words: Parallel - Narrative - Colour - Everyday - Juxtapose - Spliced - Memory
Amazing collaged photographs. Half the image is painstakingly pixellated by cutting the image into tiny squares and reassembling in graded patterns. These already busy scenes are transformed to a sort of digital representation. All the information is still there but representation has been lost through an ordered explosion.
Key words: Pixel - Mosaic - Collage - People - Digital - Square - Pattern - Information - Colour
Photographer Januz Miralles from Philippines explores the beauty and fragility of the woman’s body with care and delicacy. Mixing photography with drawing and painting techniques, in mostly muted tones (but sometimes with bold strokes of red), he manages to highlight a wide range of emotions both in his subjects.
Key words: Female - Sexuality - Paint - Portrait - Mask - Emotions - Colour - Tone - Body - Beauty
This Spanish artist creates surreal photomontage compositions by blending imagery from different times and sources. The resulting narratives are clever, witty and thought provoking.
Key words: Time - Surreal - Narrative - Past - Future - History - Events - Fantasy - Layered - Space
Scotland-based artist Lola Dupre cuts up photographs and collages the snips into mind-bendingly weird and witty deformed portraits. She is a master of scissors, glue, and surrealism. "For me, I take a certain delight in the ready-made colour schemes and the detail of the images I work from."
Key words: Portrait - Surrealism - Collage - Found Imagery - Famous - Iconic - Repetition - Media
Michael Mapes creates elaborate specimen boxes by dissecting photographs and then compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins. The boxes exist in an uncanny area between photography and sculpture, functioning both as portraits and as fascinating scientific canvases that make you question the the logic behind the organization of each piece.
Key words: Specimen - Display - Fragments - Dissects - Explode - Science - Portrait - Organise
Untitled (octopus with bird)
Cibachrome on aluminium
Ed. of 3
60 x 68 cm
23.6 x 26.8 inches
Digital print on aluminium
Ed. of 3
Digital print on aluminium
ed. of 3
The Diver in Elena's House
Cibatransparency on lightbox
Ed. of 3
125 x 125 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics contemporary, Brussels
The objects I make serve as devices for poetic awareness. Looking into them creates an atmosphere of in-betweenness which helps frame the small extractions and resonances of the world featured in each work. Commonplace elements in the natural and built worlds provide points of origin for helping people gain insights and understandings of the landscape around them. My work incorporates extractions from sites in urban and pastoral landscapes, whether the material extracted is local stone or wood, video, or photographs.
Key words: Collage - Torn - In-between - Distance - Portal - Escape - Layered - Space - Hole - 3D
Thomas Robson Remixing Fine Art with Appropriation Art to confront received aesthetics and critically re-appraise imagery in a visually saturated world. Art Manifesto: Exploring the role of Artistic Provocateur, attacking the boundaries between graphic design & fine art by subverting and re-contextualising imagery with dramatic visual interventions.
Key words: Media - Aesthetics - Beauty - Graphics - Subvert - Visual interventions - Advertising