The New North (2007) is approximately four metres tall; its colossal dimension allows the artist to create microcosmic worlds within it. It is covered in patches of fuzzy horse hair, wires, mirrored rhomboid shapes and quartz crystals; it also has a mysterious staircase with stalagmites that hang from its steps. Winding its way through the hollow body shape, the stairs are suggestive of mutual ascent and descent, as if inviting an exploration through an ancient cave or ruined architecture. The quasi-taxidermied structure has its own complex logic and systems, like a conceptual city or a building, living and breathing, and self-sufficient.
” In August 2012, I led an Arctic expedition up the NW coast of Greenland. Called “Chasing the Light”, it was the second expedition the mission of which was to create art inspired by this dramatic geography. The first, in 1869, was led by the American painter William Bradford. My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice.” – Zaria Forman
Arianna Vairo is a talented illustrator and printmaker based from Milan, Italy.
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” Every picture has a different story to tell. It is through these stories that people get inspired. Art means everything to me, it is my source of happiness and sadness at the same time. In my work I am not fond of rules but I am searching for the unique, different and for a clear understanding of myself and my world, this allows me to explore fragments of life as an abstract form, while changing things and also to interact with people I would otherwise not be able to engage with. I’m especially drawn to the combination of digital photography and computer generated images. My philosophy on art is about taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. I’m inspired by the contrast of light and dark, while I use the changing light to arouse the mood of my dreams and experiences. I feel that an honest picture of someone or something can tell a short history of the world. It has the power to reach back and remind us who we are and how we behave in the face of loneliness as we relate to it in our everyday lives.” – Paul Pond
‘Salzwedel‘s recent works focus on North American landscapes that reflect the subtle friction between urban development and nature. His work evokes the fragility of our environments often giving hints of mankind’s encroachment on massive landforms such as mountains and forests. His medium of choice is a statement of this clash, graphite, a natural mineral, resin, a byproduct of plant materials, and mylar, a manufactured film. With this process by use of graphite and tape on semi-transparencies, resin on panel, Salzwedel is able to accomplish ethereal artworks with a sense of depth. Salzwedel casts some of these pieces in vintage medicine tins and corroded pipe-ends, lending an intimate quality to the works. As a whole he brings these together creating a beauty and calm out of the detritus we have laid upon the earth.’ Link.
Akinobu Kurokawa is a Japanese artist who was born in 1974. Akinobu Kurokawa has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Mori Yu Gallery – Kyoto and at the Mori Yu Gallery – Tokyo.
Gerald Collings is a romantic. He paints in a warm body-colored fascination. The colors are of slow dying. Depicting the underside of desire, of internal, of meat. The paint is boiling, drooling with layers dripping into each other. Meeting and holding against a slippery form. They are curious, erotic, and bleak. (Continue…)
Born in Tokio in 1973, studies art in USA before to come back in Japan. Began to show art work in Tokio, in 2007. Amano’s photographs are drawn from his own private fantasies. Fantasies that are animistic, animalistic and atavistic in nature, but all-too-human in execution, evoking primal fears and desires. In Amano’s world, the human body is worshipped and admired for its awesome beauty but also deformed and fused with nature – with wood, blood, bones, scales and feathers – transforming it into an erotic grotesque. But these frightful dioramas are also cut through with the blackest humour. Link here.
” I am a survivor of severe and prolonged physical, psychological and sexual abuse, which began by the hands of my mother, who physically and emotionally abused me every day of my life. She also enabled one of her boyfriends to sexually abuse me. I have experienced domestic abuse, both physical and psychological. I also grew up knowing paedophiles, who sexually abused me from when I was an infant. I have experienced numerous rapes. When I was sixteen years old I was abducted into sex trafficking and forced into pornography and prostitution. I have experienced PTSD, including self abuse, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol dependency and suicide attempts. I feel that there are many missed opportunities to utilise the valuable experiences of survivors of abuse. My secondary goal is to work alongside qualified mental health agencies, social workers, professors, police agencies and the judicial system. In order to assist them in a better understanding by my experiences and insight, which could expand and enhance their teaching programmes and/ or knowledge base. This was proven, when I collaborated with professor Claudia Paola Tapia of Barry university, Florida. Who utilised both my art and my insight into the teaching programmes of trainee social workers. I am now about to embark on facilitating seminars about child sexual abuse, for social workers here in the U.K. I have painted forty images that portray my own personal story of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They are my expression of not just a depiction of pain and trauma, but how abuse made me feel. And also the consequences and reverberations of secondary victimisation. I paint to give a tangible voice and resonance to other victims and survivors who cannot express their own atrocities, who have suffered at the hands of others. I am now also an advocate of both child and adult abuse.” – Suzzan Blac