Trust a British photographer to ponder the weather. On a recent skiing trip Charlie Clift, a London based portrait photographer was struck by the effect the weather has on our faces. Panda eyes, red noses, wide grins and sun-kissed cheeks – Charlie took his camera to the slopes to photograph the faces of winter sports enthusiasts as they arrived down from the slopes for their lunch break. The result is a collection of fascinating faces all exposed to the same weather conditions – harsh alpine wind, blazing sunshine and icy snowflakes. If there is one piece of advice to give it is: always wear sunscreen. More photos on Charlie’s website here.
TALWST is a Canadian-Trinidadian artist engaged in mixed media and performance practices. Through his work, he explores the narrative of art history, whilst inserting elements of contrasting cultures in order to engage a larger audience and in hopes of broadening the addressed themes in art historical discourse.
Fábio Magalhães (Tanque Novo – Ba, 1982) lives and works in Salvador, where he went to undergraduate school in Fine Arts at the Federal University of Bahia. He works with self-reference painting. Metaphorically connecting images of his own body, feelings and banal situations, he aims at pointing out conditions inconceivable to be portrayed but through artifices and distortions of reality. As for this, his art pieces are the result of a modus operandi that makes part of the photographic universe and results in a kind of parallel reality, materialized in the universe of painting. In which, he creates contours of a disturbing reality.
Mike Dargas was born 1983 in Cologne, Germany. Inspiried by Dali, Caravaggio and HR Giga Mike begins to focus on surrealism and realism. His works show the picture of people, painted realistically in oil on canvas. The precise technique gives, like a photography, a snapshot of the moment. The artist studies his motifs with such intensity, that each portrait pictures a profile of increasing intimate closeness. The perfection of his technique seems to search for the perfect image, like he was searching for the soul within each single one. With his works Mike Dargas challenges us to take a deeper look, to understand the nature of human being and to question our own emotional perception. The artist lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
“Black Hole” is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force. The setup is very simple: Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures. The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on.
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Today’s discovery is the wonderful world of artist Shih Yung-Chun. Just wow.
Margarita Sampson works predominantly in soft sculpture & contemporary jewellery. Her work is strongly influenced by her Norfolk Island background, referencing natural forms, patterns & textures, in particular underwater lifeforms.
” I grew up in the West, so am inclined towards mighty spaces. Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt’s grand landscapes make perfect sense to me. Our family’s version of a cheap vacation was camping in gorgeous National Parks such as Yosemite and Lassen. Like Cole, the places we visited got us as close to god as we could possibly imagine being. At the same time, they represented what we had lost…My recent work is focused on making sense of the world around me after calamities such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. We are slowly making our world unlivable, and I want to bring to the surface the destructive action, waste, and contamination that is generally invisible to us. I need to imagine another way, to outfit myself with signs and banners that speak louder than I can, to envision how we might remake the world as it is slowly falling apart…I have always been up for a good journey and that is what painting offers me. Like the game Chutes and Ladders, the basic thrust of which – flying down slides and plodding up pathways – I always loved as a kid, my work allows the eye to meander through spaces, across rivers, get lost in thickets, singed by forest fires, pass by warning signs and under control towers that speak, in smoke signals, to our great distress.” – Julie Heffernan