Roger Hiorns

 photo DSC_7683_zps73f80132.jpg  photo c3tzxpatuc1ushj0fupc_zps34ebfb3a.jpg  photo DSC_7731-466x700_zps84b302d2.jpg  photo jwkdftijrbvi8s6sf2mr_zps59edd103.jpg Roger Hiorns (born 1975) is a British artist. He uses materials and convolutions to affect transformations on found objects, social encounters and urban situations. Fictional scenarios are made real, Fire emerges from storm drains, perfume permeates metal surfaces, and crystals colonise industrial objects, naked youths contemplate fire, a clear plastic object becomes the focus of prayer, a boys choir play dead, a proposal to bury a passenger jet plane. In 2008 he created an installation in South London where he materially claimed an entire ex-council flat, growing within it an industrialized scale of copper sulphate crystals. 75,000 litres of solution were pumped into the council flat to create a crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of this abandoned dwelling. The project was called Seizure and was produced by Artangel.  photo khz2zdpubhqjzapfocrl_zps509b3aa4.jpg  photo DSC_7607-2b-800x533_zps7644c9ac.jpg

Ester Roi

 photo social_network-site_627_493_zps813e4cba.jpg  photo ephemeral_journey_627_604_zps11cd030f.jpg  photo impasse-site_557_627_zpse9e90d49.jpg " In the last several years I have been painting flowers and rocks and their interaction with water. I study them above and below the surface, and observe how their visual characteristics change and relate to each other. I relish the contrast between a solid rock above the surface and its restless reflection below; the realistic depiction of a floating daisy versus its abstract, refracted counterpart. I marvel at how a flower can take on a new identity when floating below the surface and I strive to capture its ever-changing shape. Water transforms everything it touches: hard lines become soft, warm colors cool, solid shapes break down into parts. Realism evolves into abstraction and the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The interplay between these realms is an endless source of inspiration for me. I choose to create with artist crayons and oil pastels for their directness and simplicity. My process consists of a combination of drawing and painting. I alternate between working on cool and warm paper using the heated drawing board I invented. The heat helps soften or melt the waxy pigments so they can be easily manipulated and blended in a painterly fashion. When finished, the artwork is mounted on a cradled board, varnished, framed and shown without glass. " - Ester Roi  photo metamorphosis_627_382_zpsda649b0c.jpg  photo river-pebbles-no-11_zps4740dc11.jpg  photo ester-roi-01_zps21fed35e.jpg

Lo Chan Peng

 photo 9137175754_7cfb64b9d1_b_zps8212819a.jpg  photo 9137175746_ece335c49f_b_zps5c0d7b49.jpg  photo 9137175924_f3a7f24dc1_b_zps5782825d.jpg Taiwanese artist Lo Chan Peng is absolutely amazing to me. Beautiful stuff.  photo 9137175900_bf63f71623_b_zpse640cbfc.jpg  photo 9137175672_f33d79190f_b_zps88e88ca7.jpg

Ethan Greenbaum

 photo 201202_web_zps55565f56.jpg  photo 201210_web_zpsb4cb7734.jpg  photo 201209_02intall_fr_web_zpsf29b3481.jpg Ethan Greenbaum has exhibited at numerous galleries and institutions, including KANSAS, New York; Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York; Derek Eller Gallery, New York; Marlborough Gallery, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC; Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; Michael Jon Gallery, Miami; The Suburban, Chicago; and The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut. Greenbaum received a MFA in Painting from Yale School of Art and is a co-editor of the Highlights, an online arts journal.  photo 2012CulturedStone01_web_zps55c5b145.jpg  photo 2012CulturedStone03_web_zps3e61ef42.jpg

Jon Beinart

 photo beinart-toddlerpede-20-2_zpse7e55543.jpg  photo jon-beinart-toddlerpede-20_zps652867c3.jpg Jon Beinart is best known for his notorious Toddlerpede sculptures. Jon also paints, draws, curates exhibitions and publishes books about contemporary artists who inspire him.  photo beinart-toddlerpede-photo_zpsd4be5604.jpg

Aki Inomata

 photo greece_web_zps5115b6b3.jpg  photo minato_web_zpsf7f3ddd5.jpg  photo nyc_web_zps21fee324.jpg " In this piece I gave hermit crabs shelters that I had made for them, and if they liked my shelters, they will take them as their shell. The very first idea of the work was conceived on the occasion of the participation in the "No Man's land" exhibition that has been held in the French Embassy in Japan in 2009. This work is inspired by the fact that the land of the former French Embassy in Japan had been French until October 2009, and become Japanese for the following fifty years, and then be returned to France.The same piece of land is peacefully transferred from one country to the other. These kinds of things take place without our being aware of it. On the other hand, similar events are not unrelated to us as individuals. For example, acquiring nationality, moving, and migration. The hermit crabs wearing the shelters I built for them, which imitate the architecture of various countries, appeared to be crossing various national borders. Though the body of the hermit crab is the same, according to the shell it is wearing, its appearance changes completely. It’s as if they were asking, “Who are you?”" - Aki Inomata  photo santorini_web_zps1db37c22.jpg  photo thailand_web_zpsa1528d25.jpg  photo windmill_web_zps73e6d1a1.jpg

Through Hollow Lands

 photo IMG_8823_zps04d7d139.jpg  photo LZ-THL-2_zps36322b52.jpg Installation by Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora, Through Hollow Lands.  photo IMG_8776_zps616a449f.jpg  photo 034-Fixed_zpsac6e970e.jpg

David Michael Bowers

 photo DavidMichaelBowers08_zps2ebfc601.jpg  photo DavidMichaelBowers01_zps6c177605.jpg  photo DavidMichaelBowers14_zps938aab11.jpg Upon first glance Bowers work seems to take you back to periods of painting long gone. However, Bowers paintings incorporate modern themes and ideas. There is always a message in his work. For him the idea is the most challenging and rewarding part of the painting. Symbolism is a main ingredient in his work. Bower’s paintings are in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe as well as The Museum of American Illustration in New York and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Bowers lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife Kimberlie, where he paints very slowly and methodically day in and day out. Website here.  photo 03-15-30_the-cock-thief_original_zps46dce0d7.jpg  photo DavidMichaelBowers00_zps1056ad38.jpg

Ruhe by Anouk Kruithof

 photo ruhe_selection_bentenclay_15_zpsec8ba1fe.jpg  photo ruhe_selection_bentenclay_12_zpse6094d72.jpg  photo ruhe_selection_bentenclay_04_zpsaa2200c6.jpg Anouk Kruithof was born in 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. She studied photography at st. Joost Academy Breda from 1999-2003. She lives mainly in Berlin since she attended the artist in residence program Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2008/2009. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at museum Het Domein, Sittard and FOAM Amsterdam. Her work includes international groupshows at KIT (kunst im tunnel) Düsseldorf, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, ACP Sydney, DCC Shanghai, MAMAC, Liege, Temporäre Künsthalle Berlin, Künstraum Niederösterreich Vienna. Last February she won the ILLY public prize at ART Rotterdam and in May the Grand Prix Jury and the SVA photoglobal prize at Hyeres, festival international de mode et photographie. From September 2011 on she attends the artist in residency ‘photoglobal’ at the school of visual arts in New York.  photo ruhe_selection_bentenclay_14_zpsd27a726a.jpg  photo ruhe_selection_bentenclay_03_zps786535f5.jpg  photo ruhe_selection_bentenclay_10_zps65a0b2f0.jpg

Christopher Stevens

 photo 53_zps7dc2c22a.jpg  photo 59_zps045e5c6c.jpg Stevens's work has, for some years now, been concerned with the idea of ‘'everything'. This interest has its origin in the 19th Century plein-air tradition of artists drawing their subject matter from their local surroundings. But today this has become problematic. What now constitutes ‘'local' includes images spanning horizons that stretch from our own interiors to the farthest regions of space. The appearance of reality itself has multiplied to include high-speed and time-lapse, x-ray and infrared, the cinematic, the virtual and the prosthetic. Stevens is haunted by the thought that there may now be more images in the world than there are things that they depict or represent. How can we find meaning in this plethora of visual material, a way through this forest of signs? Instead of offering specific answers to these questions, Stevens is more interested in looking at how we attempt to understand the totality of this landscape. He sees something definingly human in our need to order and make sense of that which is beyond our grasp. Link here.  photo 54_zpsaa04a410.jpg  photo 58_zpsf12155ca.jpg