Aug 22, 2016
Born in Louisiana, Carrie Ann Baade
received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago that included one year of study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware. Her paintings combine remnants of Renaissance and Baroque imagery, creating surreal landscapes inhabited by exotic flora, fauna, and figures. As a contemporary painter, she returns to the relevant moments in art history in order to reclaim them. Baade’s artworks are in collections around the world and have been featured in numerous publications. She has been awarded the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship in 2010 and the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for Established Artist in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions: the Delaware Contemporary, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles, the Ningbo Art Museum in China, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida. Raised on the front range in Colorado, she now lives and works in Tallahassee where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Florida State University.
Aug 15, 2016
As jigsaw puzzles piece together to a form a visual image, the sedimentation of symbols within Christto & Andrew
’s photographs reveal the affects of history, politics, the economy and popular culture into the construction of contemporary society specifically found in the Gulf region. Using Qatar as an example, exaggerated colours, staged compositions and uncanny humour hightlight this constant development, and the malleable state of transformations into which its multitude of lifestyles are nurtured and interact. In the same way, scavenged objects are transformed into cement moulds and regular people into models through photography to subvert and further notions of value, commodification and occupation. As a result, each object and character within their photographs become symbolic refelections of these stratifications found in Qatari society.Christto and Andrew’s images, therefore, do not to critcise but rather hightlight two parallel dialogues-a local one and an expatriate one, which equally weave together this complex network of cultures and subcultures evident in most Gulf and MENA contexts.
Aug 1, 2016
Check out the work of Ruth Murray
, a contemporary painter based in London, UK. Please click here
to get to her website.