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.
Jul 21, 2016
" I am a painter of landscapes. In my work, painting and landscape are conceptual in nature and experimental in process. I am fascinated with the landscape. Show me a craggy, decaying space wrought with history and meaning, and I will explore it, both on foot and in my work. I feel an urgency to immerse myself in these places before they are totally gone. The landscape can also be an intangible space. Ethereal in nature, this type of landscape fills the mind with memories and thoughts acquired from living. My paintings focus on activating a landscape of memory and how it portrays a certain person or place. As a painter, there is nothing more satisfying than the smell and feel of paint, and dealing with the elusive white canvas. Yet, I enjoy challenging the notion of what a painting can be and how we participate as viewers. I paint in both two and three dimensions, and use a variety of methods and mediums, in order to capture that moment when opposing elements converge. By merging these disparate components, my challenge is to distill experiential space to its very essence, and discover the silent place." - Lisa Kellner