Guy Laramée

 photo tumblr_myxpdhdVGu1qan19ko2_1280_zps61a7aa8c.jpg  photo Guy-Laramee-Adieu-6_zps640b85a5.jpg  photo 37_ADIEU-daylight-mod-col-1_zps9411eacc.jpg  photo tumblr_myxpdhdVGu1qan19ko4_1280_zps08b2e599.jpg " The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole - is the theme that runs through the last 25 years of my artistic practice. Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones. With the vanishing of cultures, some people are displaced and destroyed. We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts? When I was younger, I was very upset with the ideologies of progress. I wanted to destroy them by showing that we are still primitives. I had the profound intuition that as a species, we had not evolved that much. Now I see that our belief in progress stems from our fascination with the content of consciousness. Despite appearances, our current obsession for changing the forms in which we access culture is but a manifestation of this fascination." - Guy Laramée  photo tumblr_myxpdhdVGu1qan19ko3_1280_zps7fee2bc7.jpg  photo tumblr_myxpdhdVGu1qan19ko1_1280_zps8c9eaf62.jpg

Jana Brike

 photo wpc8299228_05_06_zpsfbc64b0a.jpg  photo wp7a34c342_05_06_zpse3c87f74.jpg  photo wpc7d79907_05_06_zps046cdce8.jpg " I was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under soviet occupation. My inspirations have been as diverse as: folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; the colorful forbidden rare secret imagery of the western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone for us, soviet children; the terrifying war and deportation stories that my grandparents, and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children; pompous alienated eerie atmosphere of the catholic church ceremonies, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where I was taken since the age of two etc. – all the bitter-sweetness and irreality of the every day. But most of all, life is my inspiration. The way I comprehend it, and myself. People are my inspiration. The state of a human soul - dreams, longing, love, pain - that is what my visual images are about. " - Jana Brike  photo wpe6cb3e13_05_06_zps1afcbab2.jpg  photo wp3f215c13_05_06_zps36bdcb56.jpg  photo wpb0d59719_05_06-550x402_zps764359a9.jpg

Wael Shawky

 photo ael_zps91f34938.jpg  photo artwork_images_171564_765622_wael-shawky_zps7a8e3f88.jpg Wael Shawky was born in Alexandria in 1971 where he lives and works. 'Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppet animations – titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files (2010), The Path to Cairo (2012) and The Secrets of Karbala (2014) – while his two-part film, Al Araba Al Madfuna (2013), uses child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage, rather than mere lip-service, to the important narratives of yesteryear.' (via Lisson Gallery and Serpentine Galleries)  photo lo_zpsae673bfe.jpg

Meriem Bouderbala

 photo 358bb9141c195df492070aacdf711857_zps5294db32.jpg  photo 02_zps908ebedd.jpg  photo e604753bb2de5fca9f79bef8e3806f44_zps336e9299.jpg Meriem Bouderbala was born in Tunisia. She studied painting and engraving at the school of Beaux-arts in Provence from 1980 to 1985 and completed a national diploma in the arts. Meriem moved to London in 1986 to study engraving at the Chelsea School of Art. Since 1986 Meriem has exhibited her artwork frequently in both France and Tunisia; including exhibitions of her veils in Lyon (Galerie Olivier Houg, Lyon, 1998). In Tunisia Meriem has exhibited her work a number of times both in Sidi Bou Said and central Tunis. Group exhibitions have taken her as far as Washington where she participated in an exhibition of Women in the Arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1994) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. Meriem continues to exhibit her work widely and a number of pieces can now be seen as part of the permanent collection of the Arab World Institute in Paris. Meriem’s work has received wide recognition and she has won a number of prizes and important commissions. In 1993 she won the prize for best artist at ‘Art Junction International’ in Cannes and in 1997 the ‘Espace Paul Ricard 1997’ prize. Meriem has completed a number of public commissions for the Tunisian Minister of culture, ELF Foundation (Paris), the Arab World Institute (Paris) and the French Institute of Cooperation (Tunis). Her work has also appeared as illustration in a number of books including the poems of Tita Reut.  photo 8fe79e665262aa49ff0727f836fb31d6_zps8f1d0b83.jpg  photo 6044e3d37a397eee91be87c5d564d499_zps19da8958.jpg

Bas Waijers

 photo tumblr_m7soa8xhHq1rzgmiuo1_r1_1280_zps1f4d589e.jpg  photo tumblr_m6eohust4L1rzgmiuo3_r1_1280_zps7dbae8cf.jpg  photo tumblr_m6ffsc0qBA1rzgmiuo1_1280_zps51c8d9cb.jpg Lovely works by Bas Waijers, a talented Brooklyn based Dutch illustrator and Senior UX designer. Check it out guys.  photo tumblr_m7soa8xhHq1rzgmiuo2_r1_1280_zps25a9eb07.jpg  photo tumblr_m6ovlzQU3S1rzgmiuo1_r1_1280_zpsb85ef1e9.jpg  photo tumblr_m6fzd7QRNT1rzgmiuo1_r1_1280_zps03c39138.jpg

Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil

 photo Martine-Feipel-Jean-Bechameil-Le-Cercle-Ferme-Luxembourg-Pavilion--The-54th-International-Art-Exhibition-of-the-Venice-Bienn_zps80e4108c.jpg  photo Martine-Feipel-et-Jean-Bechameil_b_zps82c39a0c.jpg  photo p1030543-copy_zps684eaa63.jpg  photo tumblr_m86y65kvM51r0i205o1_500_zps97a78e34.jpg Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil mainly produce installations that react to the context in which they are presented. From drawings and sculptures that serve as models, the couple tries to create spaces; by crossing and fragmenting volumes, they recreate a dislocated, rickety universe that is, a priori, completely illogical.  photo FeipelBechameilhhF4_zpsd177b22b.jpg  photo FeipelBechameilhhF6_zps2f890fe8.jpg  photo FeipelBechameil_09_zps8377059e.jpg

Fred Calmets

 photo fredcalmets5-600x456_zps7fa07ca4.jpg  photo 64542-10014460-7_zpsa6d043f5.jpg Fred Calmets is a self-taught artist born in 1976. He lives and works in Poitiers, France. From the beginning he practiced making graffiti with spraying aerosols on walls. He has participated in numerous collective workshops and worked with galleries since 2005. In 2009 Fred decided to dedicate himself to painting. The “women painting” collection expresses the female beauty with its both sides – it is severe and delicate at the same time. (via Feather Of Me)  photo fredcalmets4-600x454_zps8720292b.jpg  photo fredcalmets3-600x452_zps04640ab8.jpg

Rebecca Louise Law

 photo Rebecca-Louise-Law-Flower-Installation-1_zps25b7879b.jpg  photo tumblr_n0nssjKMg21qajye7o5_1280_zpsc40b34df.jpg Rebecca Louise Law is a Floral Installation Artist and has been working with flowers for over 17 years. She trained in Fine Art at Newcastle University, England. Rebecca's work plays with the relationship between the human being and the ephemeral nature of flowers. She is best known for her interactive large scale installations of hanging flowers within site specific spaces.  photo Roses-2013-Nicola-Tree-copyr_zpsc693897f.jpg  photo rebeccalouiselaw07_zps4e787bf0.jpg

Mimi Yoon

 photo large2_zps8f8d247d.jpg  photo flat550x550075f_zps08d4d431.jpg For international artist Mimi Yoon, there is no concrete definition for art. To her it is simply that “art is.” Her artwork vibrates with tangible and sensual beauty and honesty. It subtly allures then climaxes to demand attention and is immediately unforgettable. Mimi has a BFA in Graphic Design from California State University Long Beach, and has founded an art academy for youth and mentored for 10 years before she started to paint her passion. When not painting, Mimi can be found curating art shows and contributing to local charities, with the goal of using the arts to bring raw honest humanity into the realm of community.  photo large1_zps8092dc53.jpg  photo tumblr_n1awrbTTU31qbmgeto3_500_zps4bd9169a.jpg

Claudia Giannuli

 photo Untitled-1_zps138d72de.jpg  photo 2-2_zps3a48d110.jpg  photo Untitled-3_zpsb33ad189.jpg Claudia Giannuli was born in Bari in 1979. She got her degree in Fine Arts in 2004 then she decided to keep herself away from the Accademy and find her personal style. Her “NU DOLLS” (as the artist Guido Corazziari defined them) are absolutely white creatures, cynical and irriverent, half-children, half-women. Their whiteness and purity are opposed to their sense of deep solitude, their dramatic existence in which man is just a walk-on actor, crucified at the right moment. The Nu Dolls stare at us proudly. Sometimes it seems they’re laughing at us like innocent and erotic post-atomic temptresses. Clay has always been her favorite material. In the last years Claudia has been mixing it with resin, wood, plastic, creating settings just like theatrical stages scrupulously built in scale. A little mnemonic architecture, halfway between fiction and reality.  photo Untitled-4_zps0390937f.jpg  photo Untitled-2_zps9e6b7114.jpg